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Cambridge Massachusetts 02138 United States of America

Listing # 36078


Rates From USD 3600 Monthly
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Last Updated: Thursday, May 14, 2015

"Sun-splashed Serenity": elegant, newly-renovated furnished unit with 2 bedrooms + 2 studies $3600/month All Inclusive

This elegant, sun-splashed, newly-renovated, expansive 1st-floor unit has been completely redone with meticulous attention to detail. In a 2-family house on a quiet street in leafy Huron Village /W. Cambridge, close to Harvard, the open, airy space offers stylish architectural elements and high-end finishes. The contemporary eat-in kitchen with large bay window & window-seat overlooks a garden; a storage pantry leads to stairs to the laundry. The kitchen office nook with wireless internet (& phone line for wired service) doubles as a bar for entertaining. A brand-new marble-tiled bath offers built-in storage, a vessel sink, shower, full tub and dimmable low-voltage lighting. The full dining room, with its copper chair-rail & shelf brackets and built-in sideboard is furnished with an expandable table seating 6-10. French doors through the living room lead to a beautiful sun-room/study with a custom built-in office area, two phone lines and an all-in-one color printer/fax/copier. Among the designer furniture in the living room is a BKF butterfly chair, a leather club chair and a sumptuous sofa. The master bedroom features a walk-in closet and additional wardrobe, if needed. The second bedroom offers a twin bed and a fold-out sofa that sleeps two additional guests. Throughout the unit are hardwood floors, European cable and recessed dimmable lighting, roomy storage and a central sound system with remote speakers, adaptable for your iPod docking station or stereo. Drink your morning coffee on the covered back porch overlooking the leafy, perennial-bordered backyard. Relax with a book in the double hammock or grow vegetables & herbs in the small kitchen garden. A new bluestone patio, enclosed by trellisses and cobblestone driveway were just completed. A barbecue and table seats up to 12 for gatherings. Backyard photos will be added soon.

Walking distance to Radcliffe (10 min), Harvard (15 min), Fresh Pond (5 min), near Huron Ave and Fresh Pond cafes & shops (Formaggio, Hi-Rise Bakery, Whole Foods, Starbucks). Subway at Harvard Square is a 15-minute walk or a direct connection via 2 different bus lines, all 1-2 blocks away. Easy access to Rtes. 2 & 128. Near jogging paths, bike trails and parks.

Please, no smokers; no pets.

The unit is furnished and fully appointed with kitchenware, small appliances, TV, bed linens, towels, & kitchen/dining room linens. The furniture can be adjusted to fit your needs and your family.

Price includes all utilities: air-conditioning, basic cable TV, "instant office" (wireless internet & color all-in-one printer/scanner/copier), housecleaning (every two weeks), laundry and a bicycle. Garage parking available for $150/mo extra. Storage is available in the basement.

This home is not a sublet. It is a furnished apartment, perfect for a single, couple, or small family. It has been designed and outfitted with attention to the needs of the visiting scholar, faculty, diplomat, or business person who wants a stylish, serene, comfortable, and tasteful residence.
Additional photos at:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/janet_randall/sets/72157615975552978/with/3400221931/
Neighborhood info at: http://www.bostonmagazine.com/fashion-style/article/2013/03/26/observatory-hill-cambridge-shopping-eating/
and
http://www.boston.com/travel/explorene/massachusetts/articles/2010/10/24/west_side_welcome/

Basics:

Number of Bedrooms
2
Number of Bathrooms
1
Number of Offices
2
Surface Size
1200 Sq. Feet
Suited for
4 people
Property Type
House

Availability:

Available from Wednesday, July 1, 2015 until Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Available from Friday, August 14, 2015 until Monday, September 7, 2015
Available from Monday, June 1, 2015 until Open
Minimum Stay
5 day(s)
Flexibles With Dates
Yes
Comments on Dates
After Sept 1, academic or full year minimum stay.
*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 Huron Village, Harvard Square, Fresh Pond
Closest University Harvard
University nearby Harvard, Radcliffe, MIT, Tufts, BU, Northeastern, Brandeis




Rental Price:

Asked
USD 3600 Monthly
Rental Fee Comments
Garage space may be available ($150 extra). Available for $1300/week July/Aug
Rent Negotiable
No
Utilities Included
Yes
Cleaning Services Included
Yes

Surroundings:

  • Near Woods
  • Near Shops
  • Walk To Campus
  • Urban Environment
  • Near Restaurants
  • Near Public Transports

Additional Information:

  • Furnished
  • Available for Academic Term
  • Available for Long Term
  • Off Campus
  • Architectural Gem
  • Available for Short Term
  • Writing or Country Retreat

Amenities:

  • Modern Kitchen
  • Washer
  • Dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Air-Conditioning
  • High Speed Internet
  • Wireless Network
  • Printer
  • Reserved Parking
  • TV
  • Balcony or Patio
  • Garden
  • Baby Furniture
  • Other: printer/scanner/copier, house-cleaning included

Considerations:

Kid Friendly
Yes
Small Children Safe
Yes
Smoke Free
Yes
Pets Welcome
No
Car Available
No

Perform Housesitting Duties?:

No

About Member

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Academic Confirmed Academic Faculty or Staff (Universities, Research Institutes, and Museums)
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Member Since Apr 5 2004
About Me
I am a professor at one of the local universities. I live on the second floor with my 15-year old daughter. We very much enjoy meeting all the interesting visitors who come to Cambridge for brief stays.

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This party has 2 feedback
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I have worked with Janet on two rentals; the first did not work out and the second did.

In both instances, it has been a pleasure working with Janet: she has been clear about her needs and probing about mine, working to ensure a good fit between the two.

When the dates and actual offering did not work out on our first attempt, we both left the door open for later opportunities because the communications were clear, quick and friendly.

When Janet's second posting came up for different dates that worked out well for me, we were able to strike an agreement quickly and I'm very much looking forward to being Janet's neighbor for a full year. Again: our dealings have been professional, with everything in writing and nothing left ambiguous (down to a written inventory of the contents of the apartment!); at the same time, they have been warm, with a glass of wine being shared as we were signing documents.

I hope all my interactions with SabbaticalHomes.come over the coming years are as successful as these have been.

As a side note: this is my second rental through SabbaticalHomes, with two different "landlords" and both have exceeded my expectations.

Thank you for the great site and the great people on it!

Martin S.

Excellent Martin Sinozich 2/5/2014 6:46:00 AM
I've rented three times before with Sabbatical Homes and been delighted by the trust, transparency and spirit of our exchanges. However, from the time we began our exchange on this property, it was evident that the owner was renting her Cambridge home purely as a business venture. After agreeing on a price and rough dates she effectively reneged on her offer because someone better came along just before the deal was signed. (We were just going through the paperwork.) She then claimed it was my fault for having been slow in responding to her request for a credit checks and "in America there is competition" (I had submitted my forms but my wife was out of town so there was a few day delay -- in the mean time I was arranging to send her a deposit). Just as I was preparing to submit, she came back saying if we wanted to keep the place we would have to pay more and rent for longer. While I begrudgingly admire her mercenary spirit, it does not seem in the spirit of sabbatical homes. If all she is after is money, then I would encourage her (and encourage you to encourage her) to rent through a property management company.

I just thought I should let you know.

Disappointing Loren Landau 2/5/2014 6:27:00 AM
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