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Cambridge Massachusetts 02138 United States of America

Listing # 81733

Rates From USD 5400 Monthly
Independent Scholar
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Last Updated: Monday, December 28, 2020

1860s townhouse 4 blocks from Harvard Yard

3 3/4 floors of a four-story 1860s townhouse 4 blocks from Harvard Yard, 1/2 block from Cambridge Library and playground: $5,400/month including utilities (heat/AC, phone/WiFi) and two off-street parking spaces. The house is semi-furnished: the current furnishings, described below, can be rearranged as needed.

Two bedrooms (each approx 14X15') on the third floor share a renovated bath with whirlpool tub. The sunny front bedroom has a full-size French antique brass bed, plus a large closet. The quiet back bedroom has a king platform bed with side shelves, antique bureau, and a large closet. Also on this floor, adjoining the front bedroom, is a 6X10 study with teak desk and shelving; it could be converted, as needed, to a small additional bedroom. Another 6X10 bedroom on the 4th floor (part of which is given over to the owner's long-term storage) is also available; it has an antique full-size bed and shelving.

The ground floor consists of an open living room/kitchen with working fireplace; couch; antique sideboard; washer-dryer; L-shaped kitchen (the woodwork is dated, but the appliances -- stovetop, double-oven, and dishwashe -- are new); and a half-bath. There's a sunny patio in front, and a large fenced back yard, adjoined by two off-street parking spaces.

The second-floor library/living room, with a balcony overlooking the floor below, features a floor-to-ceiling bookshelf, turntable (with LPs), sofa, antique Heriz rug, side tables, and a newly restored 1906 Steinway grand.

The house is well suited to scholars or professionals (classical musicians especially) seeking a quiet, comfortable, peaceful setting in an ideal location. If a match seems promising, we'll send a copy of a boilerplate Massachusetts rental agreement, with highlighted amendments particular to this property.

Visits can be arranged by appointment. In inquiring, please tell us something about yourself, what you're seeking, and for how long. Long-term renters will be given preference.

P.S. We can't consider exchanges at present, but we're interested (eventually) in France, Italy, or the Caribbean. The maximum exchange would be 2 months, minimum 2 weeks. We also have a house and cottage on Nantucket and a pied-a-terre in midtown Manhattan, both available for exchange.


Number of Bedrooms
Number of Bathrooms
Number of Offices
Surface Size
2000 Sq. Feet
Suited for
4 people
Property Type


Available from Tuesday, June 1, 2021 onward
Minimum Stay
1 month(s)
Flexible With Dates
Comments on Dates
Long-term renters preferred, but flexible
*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 Mid-Cambridge, near Harvard Yard
Closest University Harvard; Longy School of Music of Bard College
University nearby MIT, Leslie, Tufts, Suffolk, Emerson, etc.

Rental Price:

USD 5400 Monthly

Rent Negotiable
Utilities Included
Cleaning Services Included


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

Additional Information:

  • Furnished
  • Second Home
  • Available for Academic Term
  • Available for Long Term
  • Off Campus
  • Architectural Gem
  • Available for Short Term
  • SemiFurnished
  • Historical Home
  • Summer Term


  • Modern Kitchen
  • Washer
  • Dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Air-Conditioning
  • High Speed Internet
  • Wireless Network
  • Stairs
  • Reserved Parking
  • Fireplace
  • Piano
  • Balcony or Patio
  • Garden
  • Other: Restored 1906 Steinway grand


Kid Friendly
Small Children Safe
Smoke Free
Pets Welcome
Car Available

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Independent Scholar Independent Scholar (working outside traditional academia) & Retired Academics
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I am a freelance writer, now primarily a theatre critic; my husband, John Devaney, is a painter and former Teaching Fellow at Harvard.


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