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Near scenic Fresh Pond, Charles river, shops, Harvard Sq access , Free parking

Bedrooms Studio
Space 330 sq ft
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Sunny studio apt - cozy - private - in historic neighborhood.- free parking

Our studio apartment is sunny, cozy, self-contained, and privately accessible.

New kitchen stove, refrigerator, toaster oven, sink, and microwave. Stocked with cookware, silverware, and dishware.

Sleeps up to five people. There is a standard queen sized bed suitable for two people, a couch in the living room area that easily converts to an additional comfortable two person queen sized bed, and a single cot.

We supply clean bedding, blankets, and towels.

Studio bathroom with comfortable shower.

The large studio room has sliding pocket doors allowing quick reconfiguration into two smaller rooms. This allows uses such as having a child sleeping in one room while parents remain awake in the other.

Built-in spacious closet.

Plentiful shelving for storage of books, nick-knacks, etc.

Dimmable adjustable track lighting.

Heating controlled by separately zoned studio thermostat.

Large (~230 sq ft) private deck suitable for pleasant candlelit outdoor eating in warm weather.

Window Air conditioner in summer.

Shared use of basement laundry room with washer and dryer.

Single car off-road driveway parking.

The House:

Easy access to Harvard Square and near MBTA bus stop.

High speed wired and wireless Internet access.

Large shared back yard (~66' x ~44') with tall trees.

Wisteria covered trellis over back deck with summer furniture.

Comfortable hammock in yard.

Basement laundry room with shared washer and dryer.

No smoking inside please!

More Details

Victor Oppenheimer
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
23 September, 2018

About Victor Oppenheimer

I have owned the Cambridge property for around forty years. During that time I have taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, run a successful software company, studied and taught yoga around the world and been the proud dad of my two sons.

I spend the winter months in Cambridge and the warm summers Maine Lake.

Why Victor Oppenheimer chose West Cambridge

I chose this property for it's beauty, it historic location and its propinquity Fresh Pond with its peaceful natural beauty and the culturally rich offerings of Harvard Square.

What makes this apartment unique

I love the house's design. I am told that the design was originally created by its first occupant, an emissary from France to the USA. I also delight in its location and its expansive and private back yard and decks.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Really cute apartment, perfect for our stay
Nov 2014
  • 1 of 3


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment around the West Cambridge around the Cambridge

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 330 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • village ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Lift
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Hot shower
  • Studio, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 Large Double Bed , 1 Bunk Bed , A sturdy single bunk bed cot is available if needed.
  • The living room couch easily converts to a comfortable full sized bed. We also keep a full sized fold-up in the apartment for use by children and other guests.
  • Books ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Spa Whirlpool
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
The house is close to MBTA buses that go back and forth to Harvard Square throughout the day. If you prefer to walk, it is 1.4 miles and approximately a twenty minutes walk from Harvard Square.


Very Good! 4.2/5 -
(35 traveller reviews)

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Near scenic Fresh Pond, Charles river, shops, Harvard Sq access , Free parking
average rating of 4.2 based on 38 reviews

A small condo, Extremely NOISY, close to bus stops, minimum amenities

  • 3 of 5

My friend and I stayed for three nights. The condo faces to SUPER busy road, the busy traffic starts from around 5 am to 11 pm. Plus, a high beep was constantly going off all day and all night long, which eventually someone fixed it. I couldn't sleep on the night, but after that we were able to get some sleep only because we were tired from walking around the town all day long.

We didn't use the kitchen or the fridge at all, but if you plan to cook, you'd need pretty much everything, oil, seasoning, etc. There are only two cups and two glasses, and a tiny table, which is not for four guests.

After raining one day, it got much cooler and we needed to warm up the condo, but we couldn't find any facility. Next day, we found the round thing on the wall, which we eventually figured out it was a heater. It'd have helped if the owner had told us how to use it beforehand.

The owner was not in the house, but in Maine, quick to respond to our questions. The condo is close to the bus stops, but Harvard square is only 20 min to walk in the pretty and safe neighbourhood.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Sep-2018
  • Date of Stay: September 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Desoto, TX

Well-equipped apartment

  • 5 of 5

The apartment is relatively small, but it is well-equipped with all the amenities we needed for our stay. Victor's detailed instructions about everything were very helpful. Wi-fi worked great. The apartment was thoughtfully designed & furnished -- plenty of hooks to hang towels, shelf space for misc items, nice cookware and cooking utensils, great track lighting, convenient combination lock on the door, etc. Also had soap, shampoo, paper towels, foil/wrap, dish soap, basic spices, etc. Lots of books on the bookshelf (though we didn't have time to read any of them). We enjoyed our stay in Cambridge.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 3 of 5

Good, convenient location in nice neighborhood. The apartment is very small - smaller than a typical hotel room. We had four people staying in the apartment, which was very cramped, though it would probably be fine for just two people. The apartment is part of a larger house, which is a bit run-down. The apartment wasn't as well equipped as most HomeAway apartments that I have stayed in but it does have all of the basics.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cozy good location

  • 4 of 5

The upper apartment was cozy and very functional. We ate out and cooked in. Easy walk to the Charles River and fresh lake. We enjoyed the deck. AC was a godsend. Victor was helpful when we had some internet issues. Walk from Harvard was a bit of a hike, but very doable and interesting looking at the historical houses.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Clean "bachelor pad" on noisy, super-busy street, with no amenities except a/c in bdrm

  • 2 of 5

Host nice on phone, son @ property. Postage-stamp "kitchen" with very few dishes or utensils. We hoped for a few basics as in a bit of olive oil, mustard, salt & pepper to help the weary traveler. Only one towel per person, we had a two-night stay. If you have hair on your head, you may need two towels. You have to walk up a bunch of stairs to get to your door from the outside deck; the motion sensor comes on every time any of the other downstairs guests come out-- all night. Comfy double bed but there was smell of dog in the place (there had been a dog the night before..,) We just tried to be gone a lot for the 3 days.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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staten island, NY

Just what we needed. Very comforable

  • 5 of 5

It was very convenient. To the city.

  • Review Submitted: 20-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
8.9 Miles
Logan International Airport
Nearest Golf
0.6 Miles
Fresh Pond Golf Course
Nearest Train
6.5 Miles
Boston South Station
Nearest Motorway
1.4 Miles
Route 2
Nearest Restaurant
0.4 Miles
Full Moon Restaurant
Nearest Beach
9.3 Miles
Castle Island Beach
Car: not necessary


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment around the West Cambridge,

Rental Basis:
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £7.54

Pet fees are $10 per pet night for approved pets.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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