Home Exchange / House Swap

Cambridge Massachusetts 02138 United States of America

Listing # 138897

Independent Scholar
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Last Updated: Sunday, July 19, 2020

Our Cambridge for your Manhattan.

[NOTE: We still hope for an exchange in the fall of 2021; for now we are among the Covid cautious, and staying close to our Cambridge home.]

Single-family, nineteenth-century home, recently and fully renovated. Currently set up as two bedrooms and two studies. The whole property is sunny and spacious. Living room has a twenty foot high interior atrium at its south end.

The house is located on Observatory Hill, near Garden Street and Huron Avenue, two blocks from the Harvard Observatory and one mile from Harvard Yard. There are excellent shops nearby. You can walk around the block and come home with fish, cheese, bread, wine – whatever you need for dinner.

* Two full baths and two half baths
* Eat-in kitchen plus separate dining room.
* Fully furnished (linens, kitchen equipment..., everything).
* Off-street parking.
* Full laundry.
* Private yard & garden.
* Central air conditioning.
* Wood floors throughout.
* Dishwasher & microwave.
* 1,800 square foot house

We’ll be at the Cullman Center at the New York Public Library, September through May, 2021-2022 and those are the ideal exchange dates, though we’re flexible.

Much more detail available for any serious inquiry.


Number of Bedrooms
Number of Bathrooms
Number of Offices
Surface Size
1800 Sq. Feet
Suited for
2 people
Property Type


Available from Wednesday, September 1, 2021 until Tuesday, May 31, 2022
Minimum Stay
9 month(s)
Flexible With Dates

*Approximate location of the property is within the blue radius. Red markers indicate surrounding points of interest including schools, universities, libraries and museums.

City Cambridge
Postal Code - State or Province 02138 MA
Country United States of America
Neighborhood Keywords Observatory Hill
Closest University Harvard
University nearby Tufts, Lesley ... and 10 more

Home Exchange:

We are only interested in a home swap with the following location(s)...

Preferred Exchange Destination(s) and timing:

Destination 1: New York
New York
Postal Code
State or Province
United States of America

Neighborhood Keywords
Midtown -- a mile or two from Bryant Park

Dates Wanted:
Wanted from Tuesday, September 1, 2020 until Monday, May 31, 2021

Rental Price:

Rental price not specified.


  • Near Shops
  • Walk To Campus
  • Near Restaurants
  • Near Public Transports

Additional Information:

  • Furnished
  • Available for Academic Term


  • Modern Kitchen
  • Washer
  • Dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Air-Conditioning
  • High Speed Internet
  • Wireless Network
  • Printer
  • Stairs
  • Reserved Parking
  • TV
  • Balcony or Patio
  • Garden
  • Other:


Smoke Free
Pets Welcome
Car Available

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About Me
Lewis Hyde is an essayist and cultural critic with a particular interest in the public life of the imagination. A MacArthur Fellow and former director of undergraduate creative writing at Harvard University, Hyde taught creative writing and American literature for many years at Kenyon College. Now retired, he lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with his wife, the writer Patricia Vigderman. Hyde is a trustee of the MacDowell Colony and a founding director of the Creative Capital Foundation. Best known for books like THE GIFT and TRICKSTER MAKES THIS WORLD, Hyde will be a fellow at the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center during the 2020-2021 academic year, working on a book about hunting for butterflies.

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