Home for Rent or House to Share


Lexington Massachusetts 02420 United States of America

Listing # 67402


Rates From USD 1150 Monthly
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Last Updated: Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Furnished Private Single Rooms in Luxury Home (also 3-Room Private Suite; see detail)

Seeking Post Docs/Visiting Faculty/Graduate Students to share Large, Luxurious Contemporary in Historic Lexington ("Birthplace of American Liberty"). Lexington has some of the best public schools in the nation and is a favorite community for surrounding university faculty to raise their own families. One mile to Lexington Center, 1 block to MBTA bus routes to Alewife and/or Harvard Square/MIT, steps from the Minuteman Bikeway.

I have two bedrooms on the 2nd floor, one with a private ½ bath (available 8/1/2019), the other with access to a roof deck (available 12/1/2018). I have a third room (my guest room) which I occasionally use as "swing space" when the schedules of my tenants require. All 2nd floor tenants share the full bath/laundry room in the upstairs main hall.

Share main house kitchen and other amenities including a 3-season porch with a hot tub (used year-round), a large library, both a casual family room and a formal LR/DR with piano, a full basement which includes a 2nd family room & office area (perfect for those who wish to work part-time from home) and an exercise/workout/play space. Extensive grounds include multiple decks, a beautiful patio, and both organic vegetable and flower gardens. Must see to appreciate!

Rent includes all utilities (heat/AC, electricity, water/sewer, cable, WiFi internet, and access to 2nd floor laundry facilities). Off-street parking on driveway parking pad. (Many tenants use bicycles year-round.) I'm very energy conscious and try to live "green" whenever possible, so would appreciate like-minded tenants.

No smoking and no pets.

I also have a sunny, private, furnished suite on the main floor, east wing of the house (available again mid-August 2019).

Private suite has two rooms, one huge (21'x12.5'), one smaller (12'x10'), plus a private full bath. Configure to suit your needs: two bedrooms, one bedroom/one office, other.

I work to build a family-like environment among my tenants, primarily academics from a variety of different countries, working or studying in this area for 2 months to 2 years. Be as involved or as separate as fits your comfort level and workload, but know you will be well provided for during your stay in my home. All you need to bring are your clothes!

Common tenant feedback: "The place is so beautiful, safe, and fun that I would recommend it to anyone!! My stay here was far too short and I will miss the house, and everyone here, terribly."

Additional positive feedback is easily provided. Just ask!

First and Last month's rent, plus 1-month rent equivalent as Security Deposit. References required. Preference given to longer term tenants, but will consider shorter term rentals.

2 month minimum for an individual room.
5 month minimum for the main floor suite.

The household is not suitable for infants or toddlers.

Main Floor Suite: 2 adults, 2 school-aged children (max) - $2400/mth

Upstairs rooms (priced for single occupancy): $1200/month/room for a short term stay, $1150/month/room for a full year agreement (10-12 months for an academic posting). Price would increase for an additional person in the room (as utilities are included in the rent.)

Basics:

Number of Bedrooms
1
Number of Bathrooms
1
Number of Offices
0

 
Suited for
1 people
Property Type
Room in Private Home

Availability:

Available from Saturday, December 1, 2018 onward
Available from Thursday, August 1, 2019 onward
Available from Thursday, August 15, 2019 onward
Minimum Stay
2 month(s)
Flexible With Dates
Yes
Comments on Dates
1 indiv room avail 12/1/18, the other 8/1/19; suite available mid-August 2019
*Approximate location of the property is within the blue radius. Red markers indicate surrounding points of interest including schools, universities, libraries and museums.

City Lexington
Postal Code - State or Province 02420 MA
Country United States of America
Neighborhood Keywords
Closest University Harvard, MIT
University nearby Tufts, Boston University, Boston College, Brandeis, Bentley, Lesley, Simmons, Regis, Wellesley, many others




Rental Price:

Asked
USD 1150 Monthly
Rental Fee Comments
above pricing is for long term agreement for individual room for single academic individual; see description for other prices
Rent Negotiable
Yes
Utilities Included
Yes
Cleaning Services Included
No

Surroundings:

  • Near Woods
  • Near Shops
  • Near Ocean/Lake
  • Near Restaurants
  • Sub Urban Environment
  • Near Mountains
  • Near Public Transports

Additional Information:

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

Amenities:

  • Modern Kitchen
  • Washer
  • Dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Air-Conditioning
  • High Speed Internet
  • Wireless Network
  • Printer
  • Stairs
  • Reserved Parking
  • Security System or Doorman
  • Fireplace
  • Piano
  • TV
  • Balcony or Patio
  • Garden
  • ArtStudio
  • Gym
  • Other: hot tub/spa inside 3-season porch (used all year)

Considerations:

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

Perform Housesitting Duties?:

Yes
  • Look after Pets
  • Care for Plants
Housesitting Comments
only if I am away and you are agreeable

About Member

Name
Status
Non-Academic Individual
SH Refer
Member referred by Randall P. Ellis

This party posted the following feedback for me:
'Julie Sibert is a delightful warm, intelligent person that I have known for many years. I highly recommend her as someone to consider renting some or all of her house. I have been to her house in Lexington MA, and it is a wonderful, large, modern home in a quiet neighborhood in one of the favorite suburbs for Harvard and MIT in the Boston area. Lexington has excellent schools. I recommend her without reservation.'
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Member Since Feb 17 2012
This member has 4 reviews
About Me
I am an empty-nested mom who loves her big cozy house and is not ready to give it up just yet. I have two daughters, one a post-doc at Harvard, the other is working on her PhD in NY. Both are in the sciences. I have experience in sharing my home long-term with friends and acquaintances and their families (who have become and remain friends) when they have undergone extensive renovations on their own properties and needed a place to live. And I now have over 7 years' experience sharing my home with visiting scholars, their families, and graduate students. I enjoy people and they seem to enjoy living with me. I particularly enjoy the interactions with and between my tenants of diverse nationalities. I call my house a "mini-UN". Many personal and professional relationships have continued long past residency in the house. Both of my cats have died (of old age), so the house is now pet-free (and it is my plan to keep it that way).

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We, my two daughters, 6 and 11 years old, my wife and I, had the pleasure to stay in Julies house for three and a half months. We rented the suite in the 1st floor. The furniture has seen some decades already. However, the rooms we tidy and spacious, absolutely sufficient for the period of the stay. We arrived at the beginning of spring. So we could enjoy the terrace, where could have our own breakfast and enjoy the bunnies and chipmunks in the garden. The shared rooms, such as the kitchen and living room were very well equipped with all we needed for daily life and school life for kids. The kids also enjoyed the basement, where lots of toys and a playground was waiting for them. We used the bikes also, because the minuteman bikeway is close nearby, helping us easily to commute to Alewife station or just to Lexington, Arlington or Burlington Mall. We quickly adapted to the house rules. We found them very suitable and necessary, as we share one beautiful spot in Lexington, which should be sustained for many more of those nice experiences as we had them. Julie is a very open minded, smart, positive, communicative and open host. She was always around in case we needed anything. She was very much taking care that all facilities in the house were in operating condition or organized quick repairs in case necessary. We shared plenty of time together in the living room, up to the point we gave names to the fish:) We definitely can recommend without any reservations. Excellent Christoph Herwig 8/30/2018 1:01:00 PM
I lived here with my wife and 2 sons (2 and 5 years old) from October 2015 until August 2017. We greatly enjoyed our stay here. Its a very spacious house and we stayed in the ground floor suite. Our private space consisted of a large bedroom , the kids bedroom (with bunk beds), and a bathroom with bathtub. The large bedroom also has a desk and a sofa so can also double as a workspace or private living room. Both these rooms have large windows with views of the garden and large sliding doors to the garden.

The shared spaces in the house include the large kitchen (renovated August 2017) and living room spaces (2 living rooms). There is also a huge basement which is a great space for kids to play.

Our family really loved the huge garden. It is a great and safe place for kids to play. There are large rocks (great for dinosaur island play) and woody spaces (great for hut making) for the kids to play. There is a small vegetable garden to use as well. We grew tomatoes, beans, herbs, and pumpkins. There is access to water in the garden as well which is great for water play with the kids. The bedroom doors open to the garden where there are patios to sit outside. There is also a gas bbq installed outside to use.

The neighborhood is really nice, friendly neighbors, and kids in the area. There are many green spaces and opportunities for walks. The house is really close to the Minuteman bike way and the great Meadows and a short walk/cycle from playgrounds and Wilson’s farm.

The house is a 5 minute walk away from buses to Alewife and MIT is ~50 minutes away by public transport. However I tended to cycle via the Minuteman (~20 min to Alewife).

Julie is a very friendly and helpful person, and always goes the extra bit to make things as smooth as possible for her tenants. We've enjoyed great conversations with Julie, nice summer BBQs in the garden, and have met and enjoyed the company of some of her friends when they have visited. Our children also have built a great relationship with Julie.

Excellent Kevin Moerman 7/27/2017 6:10:00 PM
My family (with two kids at age of 8 and 4) have rented the private suite at Julie's house since July 2013 during my sabbatical leave. I should say that this has been the best experience we have in Boston. Julie is a very reasonable and considerate landlord in all the respects. Before we arrived the house, she reorganized the basement and built a nice play area with a lot of toys for my kids. (they are having a lot of happy hours down in the basement). She also moved furniture around to set up a bunk bed in the second room. All we need to pack are our clothes. Everything else we can find in the house. It is very convenient for us.

The house is very big and organized. Even though it is shared with two other tenants, we never feel it is crowded. In the kitchen, you can find all the kitchen accessories that you can think of. You can cook any food you like - as long as you clean it up afterwards. Julie is very open to this.

The two bedrooms are specious, along with the bathroom, you have your own privacy. There are two patios, each connected with one room, where you can access to the beautiful backyard easily.

The hot tub is a best treatment if you need some relaxation after a busy long day.

Julie also has a Yamaha piano in the living room that my daughter plays almost everyday.

The house is in a convenient location. 5 minutes to Lexington center, 10 minutes to Alwife station, supermarkets such as H-Mart, Market Basket, Wholefood, Trader Joes, and Burlington Mall; one block to the Minuteman Bikeway.

The rent is very reasonable considering all the utilities are included.

We will miss Julie and this house a lot when we leave by the end of December.

Excellent Sulin Zhang 11/5/2013 9:43:00 PM
My family of four people spent in this house 4 months. There were two other tenants with whom we shared the house. And the house never was crowded (neither in physical nor psychological sense). It is big enough to find cosy and quiet place to work or to have a rest. Or to watch TV. Or to do some exercises in mini-gym. Or to play frisbee in yard.

We adored beautiful kitchen, two roomy living rooms, and of course our two bedrooms (both with nice view outside). And our kids (teenagers) preferred basement where they spent most of the time after school in wintertime. Basement is well furnished and heated so it was good extra space for all of us. Hot tub is something that I will miss very much. This is exceptional pleasure to have a hot tub after busy day in big porch with big window to rainy yard. The most helpful person in the house was landlady. She helped us on plenty of occasions.

Perfect bikeway behind the house is just additional advantage. I use it everyday to get to Harvard (although there are convenient bus routes and T).

This house and its owner are among best things that happened to us in this trip.

Excellent Maria Mayerchyk 12/20/2012 6:25:00 AM
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