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Comfort And Location In Cambridge!

Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Available Beginning June 1, 2018

This is a tastefully furnished two-bedroom, with a dining room, living room, study, one full bathroom, walk-in closet, and a newly-renovated eat-in kitchen. There is one queen-size bed in one bedroom and two twin beds in the other bedroom, so it sleeps four. The kitchen is fully equipped; there is a large flat screen TV; cable and Wifi, and a washer and dryer in the basement. Our photos say it all…this is a cozy (but roomy), comfortable place to stay while you are in the Boston-Cambridge-Somerville area. Whether it is for business, pleasure, visiting the area colleges and universities or medical centers, you will feel at home on our quiet street just steps from busy Massachusetts Avenue.

The apartment is also for visiting faculty or graduate students with families interested in a longer-term rental of 1 month or more.

Guest Access

You have the whole apartment for yourselves, with your own front and back entrances. You have your own washer and dryer in the basement. Sit out on the back porch and yard and enjoy the garden! My husband and I live upstairs on the second and third floors.

Interaction with Guests

We respect your privacy. On the other hand, if we can help you figure out what to do and how to get around, just ask!

The Neighborhood

This is a safe neighborhood with a lot of open space. Besides our yard, which is considered large by city standards, there is a school with public playing fields, two playgrounds, and public tennis courts at the end of the street on Rindge Avenue. Right around the corner, on Sherman Street, there is a giant public park - Danehy Park - with playgrounds and playing fields, trails for walking and jogging, and in the winter, a giant hill for sledding.

The location gets even more perfect....You can get easily anywhere and everywhere from Hollis Street without a car. Walk, bike, or take public transportation. You will be close to the major universities, museums, medical centers, and other attractions of the Boston- Cambridge area. Hip Davis Square (Somerville) is just short five -minute walk, with its historic movie theater and great restaurants. There are many other restaurants right around the corner on Massachusetts Avenue, like L’Impasto (Italian), Café Barada (Middle-Eastern), Greek Corner (Greek), and Frank’s Steakhouse (American). You can also walk to Jose’s Mexican Restaurant or Grand Gusto Tretorria (Italian) on nearby Sherman Street. There are Asian restaurants, like The Elephant Walk, in the neighborhood too.

Pemberton Farms and Market is diagonally across from Hollis Street on Massachusetts Avenue. This is a wonderful market with farm-fresh produce and specialty foods, a deli, bakery, wine and beer, and excellent meat and fish. Have one of their delicious sandwiches and sip coffee sitting with the flowers at a table in their greenhouse! Shaws/Star Market is a huge supermarket in Porter Square (.5 miles) with everything you could possibly need. Whole Foods is also very close by. Food shopping could not be easier from your home-base.

Getting Around

There is limited, free, on-street parking. Ask me about longer-term parking options. Logan Airport and South Station are easily accessible by public transportation (subway). You can rent a car in nearby Harvard Square. Zip cars are parked in a lot right across Hollis Street on Massachusetts Ave.

More on public transportation….From Davis Square (5 minute walk), you can walk to Tufts University or go by bus. You can also get on the Red Line subway line in Davis Square, and be in Porter Square (Lesley University) in 1 stop; Harvard Square (Harvard University) in 2 stops: Central Square (MIT) in 3 stops; Kendall Square (MIT) in 4 stops, Massachusetts General Hospital and historic Beacon Hill in 5 stops, and then downtown Boston in 6 stops! This location is w perfect alternative to staying in Boston. A city bus that goes to Porter and Harvard Squares also stops frequently at the end of Hollis Street.

Colleges located right in downtown Boston include Emerson College and Suffolk University. You can also pick up the historic Freedom Trial right outside the subway stop and brush up on your American history. From downtown Boston you can connect to the subway lines that take you to other colleges and universities, like Northeastern, Boston University, and Boston College, the University of Massachusetts (on Red Line), and Tufts, Harvard and Boston University Medical Schools. Ride the subway to acclaimed museums such as the Boston Children’s Museum, the New England Aquarium, the Boston Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Gardner Museum. Other attractions that are a short walk or subway ride from downtown include the New England Aquarium, Boston’s North End, Quincy Market, and the JFK Library and Museum (on Red Line). Needing to be close to some major medical centers? You can take public transportation there. Massachusetts General Hospital is very accessible – it’s on the Red Line. You can take the T to the Longwood medical area for Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital, Beth Israel-Deaconess Hospital, Dana Farber Institute, and the Joslin Diabetes Center.

Prefer to walk or bike? It’s a pleasant walk or bike ride to Harvard Square (1.5 miles) the house. Ask me how to walk/bike the really pretty back road route to Harvard Square, which only a true Cantabrigian, like me, would know. Hubway bikes are available to rent on the corner of Hollis Street ($6. for 24 hours). Ride a bike along the Charles River to Boston! You can also pick up the Minuteman Bike Trail in our neighborhood and ride to historic Lexington, where you can visit Lexington Green, where the the American Revolutionary War began. Ask me about some other little-known biking and hiking trails that wind through the woods and wildlife refuges beyond Lexington to historic Concord and beyond…they are just a bike ride away from Hollis Street. Visit Lexington and Concord historical sites by car too, they are a 15-20-minute ride from the house north on Massachusetts Avenue.

Other Things to Note

There is a pretty Catholic Church on the corner of Hollis Street and Massachusetts Avenue, with church bells that ring throughout the day (but not at night). Other places of worship are within walking distances or accessible by public transportation.

Consider combining your visit to Boston/Cambridge with a trip to Cape Cod - we have the perfect vacation rental for you in Harwich Port. Click on the Owner Info tab for the link to our charming cottage.

More Details

Mary Ann
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
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Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
30 May, 2018

About Mary Ann

I'm a college professor, with a husband and 3 grown kids and we live in Cambridge and in Harwich Port Massachusetts We have two nice places to stay when you visit Massachusetts - a cottage by the sea on Cape Cod and and lovely 2 bedroom first floor apartment in our two family home in Cambridge.

Regarding our Cambridge listing:

Part of my mother's family emigrated to Cambridge at the turn of last century from Co. Kerry, Ireland, taking up residence in our Hollis Street neighborhood that was once called "Little Dublin". Her cousins became successful funeral home owners and leaders in the Cambridge community. This neighborhood was also home to the famous House Speaker, "Tip" O'Neil, and has a rich history, dating back to the Revolutionary War. The first floor apartment where my parents once lived has been renovated and is now available for guests.

I like to travel, garden, and be near the ocean!

Mary Ann purchased this apartment in 1994

Why Mary Ann chose North Cambridge

This is a great location and nice neighborhood. The apartment is comfortable and there is a yard! Walk or take the Red Line to everything.

What makes this apartment unique

This neighborhood has the best of both the "new" and "old" Cambridge!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in North Cambridge in Cambridge

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , There are two twin beds with new mattresses.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • The first bedroom is a master bedroom with a new bed and mattress - queen size. The second has two twin beds with new matresses.
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible


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Comfort And Location In Cambridge!
average rating of 5.0 based on 2 reviews

Perfect Host and Accomodation

  • 5 of 5

Our only regret is that we did not find this place earlier! Being only one long block from Davis Square, you will be close to the Red Line, food, shopping and bars. It is also walking distance to both Harvard and Tufts. Located on a quiet, one way street, this beautifully furnished two bedroom, one bath apartment feels like you are staying in an entire house. Beautiful art, fully stocked kitchen, comfortable beds and furniture. There is a back porch overlooking a back yard.

  • Review Submitted: 26-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Excellent housing in Cambridge

  • 5 of 5

We, a family of four, lived in the apartment for three months. We can’t really think of anything negative to say, our time there was wonderful. Mary Ann is a really generous and wonderful land lady; She answers emails really quickly if something comes up and is easy to get hold of, she gave us good advice on what happened in the local community, recommended restaurants etc. Always very helpful. The apartment is spacious, it has kitchen, dining room, living room, and office space in connection with the living room, and two bedrooms - and it has much storage space, many closets, etc. There are two entrances. The kitchen is new, with the utensils you need, the bathroom is older, but it works perfectly well. We were in the house while the season shifted, and the house is easy to warm up. The garden is really beautiful, and is kept nicely with flowers, pumpkins for halloween, etc, and on warm days it is nice to sit on the porch. The neighbourhood is safe, no problems in going out at night, nice houses around, and Danehy Park, with playground and sports possibilities, is close by. Grocery shopping is easy, with various options to choose among; There are many good local restaurants as well. It is easy to come around - buses are running on Massachusetts Ave, and Red line has a station nearby, 15 minutes by train or bus to Harvard Square. If you have a car, you can park outside the house. Highly recommendable!

  • Review Submitted: 01-Dec-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We enjoyed you and your family so much, and miss you already. You were a delight to have as our downstairs neighbors and want to come back before too long to visit!
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Car: not necessary


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in North Cambridge, Greater Boston

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3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Property Damage Protection £44.42
Cleaning fee £94.11

Please talk to me about longer term rentals and rates beyond 1 month. Rates may be negotiable! Utilities, Wi-Fi and cable TV are included in the rate.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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