2 BR/1 Bath, City Views, Great for Families
Donna & Max Rans, Owners-occupied
About Donna & Max Rans, Owners-occupied
Married with 3 children ages 23, 21 & 17, we moved here 18 years ago (2001) from Redondo Bch, Southern California. Donna is originally from the Boston area, but moved to LA for work after graduate school where she met and fell in love with Max - a native Southern Californian she married in 1994. Seven years later, Donna convinced Max to move back to her Boston routes - and by the winter of 2015 they weren't sure why! But seriously, Boston has been a great family urban setting to raise our children - we love the city and the exciting life it offers!
Donna & Max Rans, Owners-occupied purchased this Apartment in 1999
Why Donna & Max Rans, Owners-occupied chose South Boston
Even with 5 of us, this large house with 4 floors was always more space than we needed. The top floor was originally built with separate access and often operated as an autonomous level, so we continued renting it as such when we moved in. Since we have often traveled via VRBO/Homeaway, we thought it would be great to similarly offer short-term rentals instead of the traditional month-to-month or yearly leasing. We've always had much success renting our top floor through VRBO, and have met so many wonderful people from around the world. It's truly a labor love!
What makes this Apartment unique
Our longevity! We were only the 7th property listed on Boston's VRBO website in 2005, long before it became popular - and LONG before Air BnB. In light of increased immense competition, we remain one of the busier properties with many cherished "regulars" - and we're one of the few with such longevity that has all 5-star reviews. Hopefully we're doing something right:)
Will consider most small pets (i.e., dogs, cats).
Very kid-friendly, pack-n-play crib & high chair
Minimum age of primary renter:21
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
Great Family Place
Our family felt right at home here. Donna was extremely nice and helpful throughout the whole process. She also let us check in early which was a huge help. We enjoyed the large kitchen table for our family of 5 and the comfortable living room to play many of the games that were provided. The house is in a very convenient location to walk in a few minutes to the grocery store, library, coffee shop and more. And it was very easy to take the bus to the Redline to get anywhere we needed. Thanks for a nice Thanksgiving vacation!
Thank you Kristine! So glad you and your family enjoyed the holiday weekend in Southie! It was great meeting you all. Happy Holidays:)
Nice place. Very nice and friendly family.
Donna was excellent host.
Thanks Alina! So nice meeting you all. Hope you made it home safe & sound:)
We truly enjoyed our visit. Donna was very accommodating and friendly place was very clean and quiet Loved the neighborhood. Would definitely recommend
Oh Jill and you haven't even left yet!! Thanks so much - while the unit has some wear-n-tear, we do take pride in how clean we keep it. And it is quiet for the city, isn't it? Thanks for highlighting both of those. So nice having and meeting you all. Such a great family:)
Fabulous stay close to everything in Boston
Lovely comfortable apartment in real Boston. Donna was a fantastic host who made our stay very enjoyable. Lots of very good recommendations for things to do and places to visit. Excellent transportation links from the apartment to visit anywhere in Boston. We were a family of four and this place was a real gem in southie. Thanks Donna
You're so welcome Derek & Linda. Sorry we missed your departure. It was great meeting you and your lovely family! Thanks for staying with us, and I do hope you come again!
Cozy skyline-view apartment
This was a great place to stay during our Boston visit. We didn't end up taking public transportation but pretty much every place we wanted to go was within 20 minutes (Cambridge), if not closer. While parking was definitely limited and sometimes hard to find, it was very nice to have free parking available. We were a group of five women and the space was really quite perfect. All beds (including the futon) were comfortable, the living room and kitchen/dining area were spacious, and the bathroom was also large. The hostess was very friendly and welcoming and even helped us carry up some of our bags. We appreciated having our own entrance and, while we had to climb several flights of stairs to get up to the apartment, it meant we got a beautiful skyline view out of all the windows (& a quieter space)! I'll add that this apartment is very close to lots of bars, restaurants, cafes, a grocery store, etc. but they're all located on adjacent blocks, making it a very quiet location in spite of its proximity to lots of nightlife options. Overall we had a great time, were pleased with the cleanliness and coziness of the space, and appreciated some of the "extras" available, such as a jug of bottled water in the fridge, coffee filters, etc. I would definitely recommend it!
Oh my goodness, what a thorough review Cherilyn!! Thanks so much. I'm so happy you ladies enjoyed your weekend together - such a lovely group! And thanks again for staying with us:)
Superb apartment in South Boston
Here you get all you need for a trip to Boston!
The apartment is just af few kilometers outside city center with a busstop right in front of your doorstep, so you can get to all parts of town in no time.
And yet you can walk to several restaurants and a supermarket in the neighboorhood.
We really enjoyed our stay and throughout our week there Donna and Max made sure that all was perfect, without intruding on our privacy.
The apartment has its own entrance so you can actually stay there without noticing that you are in a family’s home. Should you bump into Donna in the staircase, you will surely be asked if everything is ok and if she can help you with anything.
Staying here beats any hotel you can imagine!
Thank you so much for that glowing review Michael. Glad you enjoyed yourselves, and it was great having/meeting you all! Thanks again - and please let us know if you return to this area.
Best, Donna & Max
Located on a street rated 'one of the 10 best' to live on in Mass, our South Boston unit is 6 blocks from the beach, and 3 blocks from the sight of the first Revolutionary War battle - Dorchester Heights (also the highest natural point in Boston). Surrounded by several of Boston's newest/hottest restaurants and ample shopping, we have a bus stop at the corner of our block, and the BCEC Convention Center just over a mile.