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Cambridge Urban Oasis Apartment betw M.I.T. & Harvard

Bedrooms 1
Space 425 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 90 nights


About the property

Apartment, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2+child)

Newly renovated upscale one bedroom private apartment on first floor in an owner occupied Central Square Cambridge 2 family house - vibrant urban neighborhood steps away from the T, cafes, shops, live theater and music, and Zagat-rated restaurants. Walk 10 minutes to MIT or 20 minutes to Harvard or take the T and be in Harvard Square in 2 minutes. Bring your significant other and enjoy cooking in a fully stocked kitchen or dining out.

Rated by walkscore as a Walker's & Biker's Paradise with Excellent Transit, it is a perfect location for the car-free traveller!

Designed by a LEED-certified architect with an eye for natural light and an award-winning lighting designer, it gets its electricity through a 100% Green Renewable Energy program. PaperStone countertops, custom-built cabinets, wood floors throughout, a Liebherr fridge, and a gorgeous granite vanity are just some of the touches that welcome you home.

Fully equipped kitchen, queen-sized bed, washer/dryer & free high caliber Wifi. Cot available upon request.

Another Boston area designer landscaped a magical green garden in spring 2013, completing the creation of what visitors have called 'a little piece of heaven' in the middle of the city.

Parking options include metered parking, local garages, or, with a deposit, a 3-day temporary guest parking permit for on-street resident parking. Truly, a car is really unnecessary.

The owners, Bill and Carolyn, paid a lot of attention to detail as they created a modern oasis in the middle of bustling Central Square, Cambridge. The apartment is located on the first floor of their newly renovated home.

Just a block away from top-rated restaurants, including Craigie on Main, Salts, Chi Chi's and Central Kitchen. Also, a block away is the Central Square Theater, home to The Underground Railway Theater and The Nora Theatre Company. The Middle East is renowned for their live music entertainment.

4 grocery stores within a couple of blocks. And, of course, there are the two world-class universities - MIT and Harvard - both within walking distance or one short subway stop away.

Check out our reviews. 90% of our tenants have given us a review and many of them capture what we love most about the apartment, our tenants and Cambridge.

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More Details

Carolyn Fuller
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 23, 2018

About Carolyn Fuller

My name is Carolyn and my husband, Bill, and I will be here to greet you and give you the keys to the apartment when you arrive. Starting in 2010, we spent 3 years working with an architect, lighting designer, contractor and landscape designer to re-envision our home and to create an apartment on our first floor. Our home, our apartment and the garden have turned out to be delightful retreats in the middle of a bustling city environment. One of the many joys of this location is that we can walk to M.I.T. where we both worked in the IT department for many years before retiring in 2018.

Carolyn Fuller purchased this apartment in 1984

Why Carolyn Fuller chose Area IV

Bill has lived in this home since he was a student at MIT. Several years later, I joined him and together we purchased it in 1984, the year our son was born. We love Central Square for its rich weave of diversity and culture, restaurants and nightlife, education and the creative and whimsical local merchants!

What makes this apartment unique

Walkable, bikable or public transit to everything! Vibrant city activity all around and yet, in the garden you are within a little magic garden oasis.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dear Carolyn & Bill,

We had wonderful three weeks here. This is a nice and neat house with a lot of convenient stores around. We definitely would like to come back again in the future. Thank you for everything you have done for us.
Jan 2015
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Area IV Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 425 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Please note that there is no T.V. in the apartment but there is an iPad2 and wifi.
  • Central Square is experiencing a surge of new apartment construction. The construction activities are weekdays between 7:00 am and 3:00 pm.
  • No smoking in the apartment but smoking is allowed in the garden.
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Custom built vanity with waterfall faucet
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size Bed (1), A cot, suitable for a child, is available upon request.
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • ice skating
  • roller blading
Garden has been described by multiple guests as 'a little piece of heaven in the middle of Cambridge.'


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Cambridge Urban Oasis Apartment betw M.I.T. & Harvard
average rating of 4.8636365 based on 53 reviews

Convenient, modern and well-equipped

  • 4 of 5

We had a nice stay in Cambridge, despite the frigid weather! The apartment was nice and warm, well-laid out, modern and fully equipped. Location is fabulous, right around the corner from many great restaurants and the Central "T" station to get to the rest of the city. Carolyn prepared me well for the challenge of parking a car there. After unloading our stuff, I moved the car to the garage a couple blocks away which charges $22 a day. The only reason why I don't give it a 5-star rating is the construction right outside the bedroom window that started up at 7 a.m. each weekday. We probably should have been told about it, we still would have come but it was a bit of a surprise.

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dan, Thanks for the suggestion. I have now added a note to our house rules which everyone will see before they book: "Central Square is experiencing a surge of new apartment construction. The construction noise can be an issue weekdays between 7:00 am and 3:00 pm." Happy New Year!
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Great Central Square location

  • 5 of 5

Great place with all the modern conveniences, perfect for a couple or couple with 1 small child.

Carolyn met us & sowed us everything how to work everything in the apartment. Coffee, tea & sugar we’re provided. We had a wonderful stay!

  • Submitted: Dec 25, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Shari, It was a pleasure having you. I hope your travel home was smooth. We look forward to having you stay with us again.
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Convenient, Clean, Cozy

  • 5 of 5

* Well furnished kitchen: spices; utensils, cookware.

* Great location. So many grocery stores and restaurants nearby. Close to the T.

* Beautiful wooden floors!

* Access to the washer and dryer was very much appreciated.

* Construction next door included a pile driver, but they did not start until after 8am.

* We were very busy, so did not miss TV too much. We could stream from the internet. But there was one evening we would have liked to just sit back and watch network TV.

* The tankless hot water heater worked great for the shower, although the shower head is quite tall and difficult to direct for people 5'3" or less.

* Thank you so much for providing such a lovely apartment with plenty of closet space for longer visits.

  • Submitted: Dec 22, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Another awesome stay

  • 5 of 5

This was our 2nd stay with Bill and Carolyn and like the first it made our holiday extra special. Clean, comfortable, it fact we refer to it as our home in Boston. We will be back for sure. Thank you Bill and Corolyn for the beers in the garden when we landed early and Thanks for being such great friends.

Graham and Helen

North East England

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We look forward to your next visit!
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A perfect place located between MIT and Harvard

  • 5 of 5

The place is extremely well managed and the owner is very responsive. It is very convenient to go to shops nearby, including a nice grocery store. Definitely highly recommeded.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location, well appointed

  • 4 of 5

Exactly as shown in the pictures, kitchen had everything one needed to feel at home (even had some spices etc). Communicating with the owners before/during the trip was easy. The only two downfalls were the noise transfer from the unit above (it is an older building which gives charm but you can hear every footstep from upstairs) and the parking. There is a visitor parking pass but there are only 5 spaces on the street so we ended up paying to park at a nearby lot most of the time. Overall it is a great unit and the location cannot be beat!

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
5.1 Miles
Logan International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Middle East
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Fresh Pond Golf Course
Nearest Train
0.2 Miles
Red Line Stop Central Square
Nearest Motorway
1.4 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Little Donkey
Nearest Ski
50.5 Miles
Wachusett Mountain Ski Area
Nearest Beach
10.1 Miles
Tenean Beach Boston
Car: not necessary

Vibrant urban neighborhood steps away from transit system, cafes, shops, 5 star restaurants, live theater and music. A 10 min walk to MIT and a 20 min walk to Harvard or one subway stop to each.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $70

There is a one time cleaning fee of $70 if staying less than 3 months. Otherwise, monthly cleaning service is provided free of charge. All of December 2017 is $2,750

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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