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Watertown Massachusetts 02472 United States of America

Listing # 99742

Rates From USD 600 Weekly
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Last Updated: Sunday, April 4, 2021

Apartment in Victorian House

This fully-furnished apartment is more than half of the first floor of a grand Victorian house, built in 1860. It used to occupy the entire block on which it sits. It has 11-foot ceilings, two (non working) marble fireplaces and a living room with walnut paneling and butler's pantry. Perfect for an academic sabbatical of one to twelve months. It has a patio right next to the front door. There is a small park nearby for a short walk, and a bike path along the Charles River for more exercise.

The apartment has its own entrance and its own off-street parking spot (potential for a 2nd space on request).

Watertown, just west of Boston, is a small, quiet town of two- and single-family homes. There's very little traffic in our part of town. It's very convenient to downtown Boston, to Cambridge and to Route 128. There are many nice restaurants within a mile radius. You can walk to Watertown Square, where there are many amenities of a small downtown. The Charles River is a great place to explore.

There's a bus to Harvard Square a short walk away. There's also express bus to Downtown and busses to Kenmore and Central Squares. It's a short ride to Harvard Square or downtown Boston. Very convenient access by car, bike or public transportation to MIT, Harvard, BU and Bentley. Previous sabbatical visitors have had positions at Harvard, MIT and Northeastern.

Some of our visitors have appreciated the company of our golden retriever Oliver. He stays in our unit and an enclosed yard, but is available for playing, especially with kids.


Number of Bedrooms
Number of Bathrooms
Number of Offices
Surface Size
1200 Sq. Feet
Suited for
4 people
Property Type
Apartment or Condo


Available from Wednesday, September 1, 2021 until Saturday, December 31, 2022
Minimum Stay
4 week(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 Watertown
Postal Code - State or Province 02472 MA
Country United States of America
Neighborhood Keywords Watertown
Closest University Harvard, Bentley, MIT, Boston University and Boston College
University nearby Northeastern, Tufts

Rental Price:

USD 600 Weekly
Rental Fee Comments
The monthly rate is 4 times the weekly rate. Minium stay is 2 weeks. We give a 5% discount for for six months or more.
Rent Negotiable
Utilities Included
Cleaning Services Included


  • Near Shops
  • Sub Urban Environment
  • Near Public Transports

Additional Information:

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


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


Kid Friendly
Small Children Safe
Smoke Free
Pets Welcome
Car Available

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Member Since Nov 2 2015
This member has 5 reviews
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I'm a freelance science journalist. I've reported on climate issues all around the world, often along with research expeditions. In my free time I do home repairs and woodworking projects. I built a tiny house in our yard. My wife is a nurse practitioner in women's health. We have two kids, one of whom has just started college and the other of whom is applying for next year.

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During my research stay at Harvard, this place really felt like home! I stayed here with my husband and 6-year-old daughter, who went to kindergarten at the nearby elementary school. The owners, Dan and Sarah, are very helpful and extremely friendly and caring. They are very knowledgeable about all the interesting events and activities in Watertown and its surroundings (e.g. where to hike, where to go on a bike trip, which museums to visit, etc. etc.). We stayed here for a total of 6 months and were lucky to experience both winter and spring. Winter was a great time for my daughter (Dan and Sarah lent us their sleigh) and spring was simply beautiful with all the blossoms in full bloom in this quiet, friendly neighborhood in Watertown. The apartment itself is very spacious and comes fully equipped. It has a large kitchen and a cozy living room, which has a large closet that is full of books, games, tennis racquets, and other wonderful surprises (the squirrel game is our daughter’s favorite!). There are two bedrooms: one bright sunroom – that can also be used as a study - and a large master bedroom. All in all, we are very happy that we found this place and we can definitely recommend it! Excellent Laura Rosendahl Huber 5/7/2019 5:55:00 PM
We stayed in Dan and Sarah's apartment for about 9 months (from September 2017 to May 2018) and can only say good things about the experience. Dan and Sarah have been extremely welcoming, generous and exceptionally helpful: they even provided us with bicycles, and a car seat and toys for our kid. The apartment is well kept, it has been equipped with everything we needed, it is charming and spacious, and conveniently located in a quiet and pleasant neighborhood and in close proximity to a library, parks, and public transportation (I've been commuting to MIT and found it entirely reasonable). It was warm and cozy during the Boston winter (we could adjust the heat according to our needs). We wholeheartedly recommend the apartment, the landlords, the neighborhood, and everything else having to do with this place. Excellent Moshe Bar-Lev 6/28/2018 9:20:00 AM
We rented this apartment in the summer of 2017 for two months and found the experience outstanding. The apartment is quite spacious for the location and the price and it was clean and tidy. The hosts were welcoming and very accommodating to our needs. In particular, they were happy to let us purchase an inexpensive air conditioner for the parlor and kitchen areas to supplement the units in the two bedrooms.

Although we only needed one bedroom most of the time, the second bedroom provided a handy place for crafts and quiet reading.

The location is convenient to Harvard and MIT. Bus lines are an easy 10 minute walk and they lead to the campuses or to easy connections via the MTA.

So, if you are looking for a place convenient to Cambridge, especially if you plan to stay more than a week or two, we think you will find this apartment will be ideal.

Andy and Jodie Seila

Excellent Jodie 1/30/2018 1:01:00 PM
We, a family of four (4 and 11 years old kids), rented this apartment for six months from September to March. It is in a well-kept charming old house in a very nice neighborhood in Watertown. The house is the last one in a dead end street; it is very quiet and not much traffic. It is a five minute walk from Watertown Square with restaurants, shops, library, banks and bus connections to Harvard Square. Pre-school and elementary schools are within walking distance as well. The landlords, Dan and Sarah, live in the same house (separate entrance). They are very nice people, warm and welcoming - always helpful with everything! We planned to buy a car, but after a few weeks we decided we really didn't need one. Buses run fairly often (every ten minutes or so) to Harvard Square - a 15-25 minute ride depending on traffic. Harvard Square has subway connection to Boston - trains run about every five minutes, and it takes 7-8 minutes to get to Park Street Station in the city center. Dan and Sarah had a bicycle that we could use whenever we needed it, extending our radius to the shopping mall in Arsenal Street and other places. There is also a large supermarket (Star Market) right next to a bus stop between Watertown and Harvard Square. Sometimes we needed a car though, and we used two services near Watertown. Enterprise car rental is a 5-7 minute walk from the apartment. The other option for short term needs was Zip car. They have a pick up spot in Newton, 15 minutes or so walk from the apartment. We had a very nice stay in this apartment, and give it our best recommendations for families on sabbatical in Boston. Excellent Øyvind Ødegård 4/30/2017 4:48:00 AM
What a wonderful location! Clean apartment, very welcoming family. Highly recommended! Excellent Kaleigh 8/10/2016 7:17:00 AM