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A Reader's Paradise In The Heart Of Harvard Square

Bedrooms 1
Space 450 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Homey Apartment Located In Bustling Harvard Square By Public Transportation

The unit is a great studio space with separate kitchen, and a really neat breakfast nook (with under-lighting!) that's a perfect spot to work, eat, or just hang out at. It gets fantastic light during the day, and is bright and homey at night.


- Queen Bed

- Desk

- Television with cable

- Full Bath

- Full Kitchen with Coffee Maker, Refrigerator, Oven, and Microwave

- Laundry

- Stocked bookcases

- Free WiFi

- Free Netflix

- Free Coffee

The apartment is located on Garden Street. It's quiet, leafy street that's just steps from the MBTA Red Line, and all of the bustle of Harvard Square.

Harvard Square itself is a fantastic neighborhood with a lot to do, plus easy access to downtown Boston.

The MBTA Red Line is right nearby, and there's parking all over Harvard Square (garages or street parking, whichever you prefer).

Getting in and out is easy. We won't be there when you're there (though you can always get in touch). Cleaners will be in before you arrive, and you'll have keyless entry 24/7!

Please get in touch about any special requests such as transportation from and to the airport, etc. Bookings include the legally required 14.45% MA taxes.

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Observatory Hill Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 450 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom - 1 queen
  • Books ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • kayaking
  • sailing


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(6 traveler reviews)

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A Reader's Paradise In The Heart Of Harvard Square
average rating of 4.0 based on 7 reviews
Lakewood Ohio

Make sure you confirm

  • 3 of 5

Owner forgot that I had a reservation. Didn't send me any confirmation email and directions to property leading up to arrival date. Tried multiple times to contact him which were unsuccessful. Thanks to the VRBO helpline they were able to reach him and solve this problem quickly. Not what you want to be dealing with hours before your arrival to Boston for the marathon. The apartment is ok. The bathroom needs improvement especially the shower.

  • Submitted: Apr 29, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Shaker Heights, OH

Comfortable lodging near Harvard Square

  • 5 of 5

This ground-floor apartment is directly across the street from the Harvard Quad, and about a 10 minute walk from Harvard Yard and Harvard Square. It is attractive, clean, and comfortable, in a nice building, with a well-appointed kitchenette. Bathroom has a shower. Owner was very helpful in giving us detailed instructions for access and other needs. We would definitely opt for this pleasant apartment over the more expensive hotel options in this area.

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2015
  • Stayed: October 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice apartment

  • 5 of 5

Really liked the apartment. The location by the law school was convenient. Keyless entry was nice. Apartment was clean. Kitchen was handy in the mornings. Maybe a bit small for multiple travelers (it is a studio apartment with a separate kitchen/bath). Overall enjoy my stay.

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Rafael

Is This the Same Rental Reviewed by Others?

  • 1 of 5

After contacting Will about the discrepancies listed about his flat, and no response from him about those discrepancies, I feel compelled to let others know that things were not as they are listed. Following are some of the items which I mentioned should be attended to before renting out the property again:If you are truly hiring a cleaner for your flat, fire her/him. Seriously. If you are cleaning it yourself, more power to you, but I list the things which need attending to:Dust the blinds-all of them. It matters. Wash the floors, wood and tile-dirty feet after just getting out of the shower were quite a surprise. Scrub out the tub so there is not a thick film on the sides. The bottom was pretty good, but the sides were very noticeable. The tub was slow to drain the first morning, and ceased to drain well thereafter. We were able to extract a huge mound of long hair, of which neither of us are blessed, and then on we were in the clear. I would not be surprised if it plugs up again, as I am certain without any tools at hand that we were to get at the root of the problem.-Fresh sponges in the sink are a plus. Used ones are a downer.-Replace the kitchen sink strainer. Yellowed with age does not lend itself to a prosperous business.-Replace the shower liners, yellowed with age does not reek of success, once again - and when you get the new ones, trim them so that they do not drag in the tub and stay wet, therefor gathering mildew. -Get rid of the frayed bath towels - that matters, too.Supply a bath mat. We used the wash cloths to step out of the tub onto so that we would not slip on the slick floor.-Do supply extra toilet paper and paper towels. These are basics. The keurig is a nice touch, but I would rather have toilet paper. Darkening shades or curtains are a plus in a well lit area, and your flat is definitely in a well lit area. Keep the front door to the apartments from screeching heinously when opening and shutting. Waking to that in the mornings after a long day of travel, and subsequent days of celebrations was really awful, and at this point we realized we should have kept our reservation at a local B&B. All of this being said, if Will makes some improvements, the flat could be a gem. Older building, close to Harvard Yard and the rest of downtown Cambridge. He supplies some basis kitchen tools.

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm disappointed to see such a negative review, and sorry to hear about such a disappointing experience at the apartment. Rather than get into a back and forth, I'd encourage any prospective guests reading this to read the other reviews for the unit here and on the other major vacation rental sites (where there are 40+ reviews and a 4.5 star average). I'd link to them, but it seems VRBO does not permit linking or naming other sites - so please see room #2079354 on the other major vacation rental site for the reviews. :)
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14 2

Perfect for a short and personal visit

  • 5 of 5

The property if fully equipped, better than how normal hotels are. Kitchen has all that is needed for meals preparation. Place was very clean and location is good.

When needed any questions answered I had calls returned in within 5 minutes. People in the building where the property is located is friendly as well.

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2015
  • Stayed: March 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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London, Ontario Canada

Clean and Cozy

  • 5 of 5

I've stayed in several HomeAway properties and have never been disappointed, from a medieval villa in Tuscany to a very large vacation home on a golf course in Orlando. This was no exception. I needed a pied a terre while visiting my son at Harvard and, having stayed in all the hotels off Harvard Square, was looking for something a little more homey. Will was attentive, informative and always quick to answer any questions. The location was fabulous, within easy walking distance of Harvard and all the shopping and restaurants of Harvard Square. There is a full, albeit tiny, kitchen if you choose to do your own cooking. The bed was super comfy, the Keurig coffee maker provided my morning caffeine to start my day, and the bookshelves stocked with great titles made me wish I had more time! Will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Nov 19, 2014
  • Stayed: November 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Property Manager

Will Henchy
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 13, 2017

About Will Henchy

Vacation rentals in the Boston area.

Will Henchy purchased this apartment in 2013

Why Will Henchy chose Observatory Hill

The Garden is in a fantastic location (just steps from the Sheraton Commander, the MBTA Red Line, and of course Harvard Square's sites and sounds), and it's a great property. It's homey, has an awesome breakfast nook, and it's easy to get to.

Guestbook comments from the manager

A great trip! Communication with Will before hand was very good, and we found the place very easily. Not having to collect a key was a bonus as we didn't have to hurry from the airport. The apartment is in a very quiet block a 10 minute walk from Harvard T and a short walk from the bars on Mass Ave. It was very clean and exactly as shown in the photos, if not nicer. I can't think of a bad thing to say about this apartment and would certainly consider staying here again if I came back to Cambridge. Many thanks!
May 2015
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Logan Airport
Car: not necessary

Harvard Square is a bustling historical area near the center of Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States, at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue, Brattle Street, and John F. Kennedy Street. It is the historic center of Cambridge.

Adjacent to Harvard Yard, the historic heart of Harvard University, the Square (as it is sometimes called locally) functions as a commercial center for Harvard students and residents. These residents use the Harvard T station, a major MBTA Red Line subway and bus transportation hub, for access to downtown Boston and the surrounding area.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $99
Damage Waiver $35
Cleaning $99

Rates and availability subject to change until confirmed. No pets, smoking, or parties. All of our bookings are subject to our Freedom Flats policies. No persons other than registered guests allowed please. We cannot be responsible for or liable to anybody not on the premises without our permission.

Check in is after 4 PM, check out is before 11 AM. Air mattress and cot available.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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