9 reviews

1 / 24 Our new single-family Boston home, near restaurants, \"T,\" downtown attractions



Pets allowed:
Wi-Fi available:

1 Full bath, 1 Half bath, 1 Attached (ensuite)

Description from owner

You'll find a welcome basket to help you feel at home. And you'll enjoy the mix of family antiques, stainless kitchen appliances, home-y art on the walls, high-end linens on the beds and spotless towels in the bathrooms.

Just steps from numerous great restaurants and the city's excellent public transportation system, it's the perfect spot to gather for a graduation, a conference or a reunion of old friends looking for a base to visit all that Boston and New England have to offer.

We're in a lively neighborhood full of shops and restaurants, close to hospitals, universities, museums, historic sites and green spaces. Families have come from around the world to celebrate holidays, birthdays, commencents or a relative's participation in the Boston Marathon.

The Green Street stop on the Orange Line of Boston's subway system (we call it the "T") is less than a block down the street. And bus line #39, a 6-minute walk up the street, will take you quickly to the Longwood Medical area, the Museum of Fine Arts, Copley Square, the Boston Public Garden and Faneuil Hall.

We've decorated and equipped our gracious new Boston home for our own use, so we are confident that guests will enjoy it as much as we do. It's an 1890's single-family (not an apartment or condo) light and airy, recently renovated with a modern, open floor plan, freshly painted and warmly furnished with family antiques.

It's fully equipped and offers free, off-street parking for two cars.

You'll feel perfectly comfortable and at home as you head out from this quiet oasis to explore one of the world's most interesting cities!

The Rooms

There are three carpeted bedrooms upstairs: one queen, one double, and one with twin beds. On the ground floor there is a new, full-sized sofa bed in the family room. Total capacity: 8 guests.

Two full bathrooms serve the bedrooms on the second floor, one for the master suite (with large shower), and another with a bathtub and shower for guests staying in the two other rooms.

There is a half-bath ("powder room") on the ground floor, near the TV/music room.

The main floor is "open plan," with oak flooring throughout. The modern kitchen is equipped with granite counters, gas stove, dishwasher, large refrigerator with ice-maker and filtered water tap, microwave, coffee maker, toaster, blender and various other small appliances. In a closet you'll find a stacked, front-loading washer and dryer.

The kitchen opens onto a comfortable dining area and spacious living room, both bathed in sunlight under 10-foot ceilings.

The Amenities

The house has forced hot air heat, central air conditioning, high-speed Wi-Fi, flat screen smart TV, Blu-ray network-enabled DVD player, a printer, ironing board and iron, hair dryers, an upright piano and every utensil you could possible need in the kitchen.

Of course, all linens are provided.

Please let us know if we've failed to think of something!

The Furnishings

We have furnished the house not with standard-issue pieces you'll find in rentals and hotels all over the world, but with souvenirs from our travels and antique furniture inherited from our family. There are, for example, the carpet I brought back from Tunisia in 1972, a pair of upholstered "barrel chairs" given to my parents 50 years ago, a marble-topped bureau that belonged my great-grandparents in the 1890's, and a chest of drawers that was delivered to my great-great grandparents in Elizabeth, New Jersey, probably about 1860.

We hope you'll enjoy the warm ambience the furnishings create, the fact that each piece has a rich history ... and that you will care for them as we do.

Beds: 1 Queen Bed, 1 Double Bed, 2 Twin Beds, 1 Sofa Bed

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TripAdvisor Property ID: 5075885

About the area

The house is perfectly located in Jamaica Plain, a Boston neighborhood animated by an eclectic mix of artists, medical professionals, students and young families, and known for its many excellent restaurants. There is off-street parking next to the house, but you will not really need a car, since restaurants and shops are so close, the Orange Line of the subway system (known as "the T") is just a block away, and there's a #39 bus stop an easy six-minute walk up the street. Travel by public transportation to the Boston Marathon finish line, Copley Square with Trinity Church and the Public Library, and all the city's many universities, hospitals, museums and historic sites could not be easier. Even Logan International Airport is accessible via subway, with just one change. All Jamaica Plain's charming shops, cafés, pubs and diverse restaurants are within easy walking distance of the house; nearby too there are bakeries, a brewery, a library, running and bike paths, parks, playgrounds and Harvard University's Arboretum, a 280-acre natural preserve and botanical research center in the heart of the city. There is even a 68-acre (31 ha.) lake where you can rent a boat when the weather is good. We'll be happy to offer suggestions and recommendations, especially about our favorite restaurants, as soon as we know your particular interests. The "Orange Line" of the subway (known locally as the "T") and city bus line #39 both pass nearby (about a 6-minute walk from the house) and will take you swiftly and economically to all Boston's historic and cultural attractions. Or you can rent a city bicycle either on Center Street or at the "T" station and ride all the way to Back Bay along the Southwest Corridor biking path and jogging park. Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Pond Ten Tables, Vee Vee, 7 Pond, JP Seafood, Bukhara, Wonder Spice Café, Café Beirut

Getting around

Our home is quiet, but ideally located between a subway stop (the "T") and a convenient bus line. Off-street parking is included in rental, if you decide to bring a car.

Getting here

Our home is easy to get to from Logan Airport, South Station, or by car. We'll send detailed directions when you've booked.

Interaction with guest

We've prepared a detailed notebook on things to do and the many recommended places to eat and drink in the neighborhood. We're always eager to answer your questions via email or phone.

Owner profile

Woody And Pauline H.
Years listed:

Languages spoken: English, French, Spanish, Italian

About the owner

We moved to France with our twin daughters when Woody retired in 2011, and fell in love with Avignon. We spent two years renovating and furnishing this elegant, perfectly located 1920's townhouse. We're sure you'll love t as much as we do!

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Check in time: 16:00, Check out time: 10:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
This rental can only be paid for online through Vacation Home Rentals using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).

Damage deposit: $500.00
No smoking at this property



  • Bedroom 1: Queen Bed
    Bedroom 2: Full bed
    Bedroom 3: 2 Twin beds
    Bedroom 4: Sofa beds
    Beds in other rooms:


  • Air conditioning
  • Heating
  • Balcony/Terrace
  • High Speed Internet
  • Linen provided
  • Parking Included
  • Towels provided
  • Wi-Fi available


  • Clothes dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD player
  • High chair
  • Freezer
  • Hair dryer
  • Iron
  • Stereo system
  • Kettle
  • Refrigerator
  • Satellite TV
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Telephone
  • Toaster
  • Washing machine


  • Cycling Trips
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Water sports
  • Horse riding


  • 1 Full bath
  • 1 Half bath
  • 1 Attached (ensuite)

Reviews (9)

9 reviews

“Beautiful home with easy access to all of Boston”

Reviewed 4 Oct 2014

Wonderful accommodations and everything that you need is provided. We were appreciative of the period furniture, and the blend of old and new was just what we were looking for to share with our family of six. A beautiful home and neighborhood with easy transit access to all of Boston. If your considering accommodations in Boston do not overlook this well cared for property. You will not be disappointed!

Owner's reply: We're so glad you enjoyed your stay, Marsha. Thanks for taking the time to post a review that future guests will surely find helpful ... and please try to come back! Woody and Pauline

“Home away from home”

Reviewed 29 Sep 2014

We found this Boston home to be very comfortable. It was super clean and well equipped, especially the kitchen which had everything you need to cook or prepare meals. It's nicely decorated with beautiful old furniture of good quality. We love that the TV had a great selection of cable channels. Although the house is a 20min trip from Boston central, the house is located in a good area close to parks, restaurants, shops and the T line. It's perfect for people who want to see the sights in Boston whilst 'living like a local'. I was lucky to be staying during open studios where local artists open their studios for one weekend a year. I don't think I would have stumbled across this event if I was staying in the more touristy areas. Woody was good to deal with and I would definitely recommend this house to anyone.

Owner's reply: Thank you, Georgina, for your thoughtful and thorough review. We're sure future guests will find it helpful. We're so glad you took advantage of the "open studios," and that enjoyed your stay in our home. Please come back any time! Woody and Pauline

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Owner Supplied Testimonials

"I did an extensive search for a house that fulfill our needs, and this one came just as expected: short distance from Boston downtown and Logan airport, good neighborhood, lots of business at ten minutes walking, "T" station around the corner, isolated from the street noise and surroundings, perfect distribution, comfortable rooms, 2 1/2 bathrooms were a plus, TV room away from the other bedrooms, ample kitchen in an open space, two parking spaces, very clean, nice decorations (including old beautiful furniture).
Best of all, the owners went the extra mile to make our stay a perfect one. Thanks to woody and Pauline, it was great to deal with them.
Definitively I recommend this house for anyone and for perfectionists like myself."
Guest from El Paso, TX

House full of history, hospitality and thoughtful touches of welcome. Outstanding urban neighborhood Jamaica Plain, MA, 02130, United States
Date of Stay
Nov 22, 2016

House has the right balance of renovation, comfort and real respect for 150 years of history. Welcome mat is out from the first moment Great modern kitchen lovely historic furniture downstairs Family can find comfort everywhere -- from living room to den/office to three full bedrooms Special attention to guest needs from bathroom fittings to cooking equipment, to good advice for sights and essentials in the City and Jamaica Plain neighborhood have already recommended to friends and family Hope we get a chance to return.

Incredible Boston Find
Date of Stay
Nov 16, 2016

With the most graduate students in the world finding a wonderful short-term stay in Boston is near impossible. Which makes finding a 3 bedroom 3 bath home complete with plenty of off street driveway parking a minor miracle. Woody and Pauline's historic home was immaculately clean and more than ready for our stay in perfect Boston weather. I can not imagine finding a more reasonably priced home for 6 or less that was more comfortable. If I move to Boston I want to live in this neighborhood (actually I want this house!) - quaint little coffee shop and restaurants are a short walk away and anything else you could want was close by. We didn't cook but kitchen could easily play host to hungry family. I get to Boston several times a year and keeping my 'fingers crossed' this amazing home has a few open days on the calendar on future visits. Recommended for: Families with Young Children, Girls Getaway, Adventure Seekers, Age 55+, Romantic Getaway, Families with Teenagers.