Listing Owner user icon

Listing Owner

Member Since 2020

Trust Score (68)
Individual Outside of Academia
Matched Member

Listing Owner

Member Since 2020

Trust Score (68)
Individual Outside of Academia
Matched Member
Listing Owner user icon

Sunny, quiet 2 br home on 3rd fl. w/yard, near Harvard, MIT, BU & Longwood

Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Rates from USD $3500 | Monthly

Apartment or Condo | Entire Home | House Sitting Requested
Available Dates:
From December 1, 2024 until March 31, 2025


The warmth of traditional Cambridgeport family housing with clean, modernist décor and a strong sense of color. The location is terrific, just a 15 minute walk from MIT, Harvard, Central Square or Boston University. Longwood Medical Area is just a little further and right on the #47 bus line that stops 1 block away. Because Glenwood Ave is one-way and only one block long, the spot is very quiet, peaceful, and green. Enjoy the large, well-kept back yard and gardens with a picnic area and fire pit. The Charles River is 1½ blocks south, with paths for running, walking, biking, and cross-country skiing, as well as an exercise area, playing fields and a boat launch. There are also multiple activities each week at Magazine Beach Park operated by the Mass Audubon Society. The apartment comes with the use of my kayak as well! Even though the house feels far from any business, just one block West is Trader Joe’s and the MicroCenter tech superstore, as well as Whole Foods, two gas stations. and Walgreen’s Pharmacy are just one block further. The neighborhood is peppered with local gems, like Alive & Kicking Lobsters & Seafood, often featured internationally as one of the best neighborhood spots in the Boston metro area. Central Square, the heart of Cambridge, is a 15 minute walk away with a great variety of shopping spots, restaurants, theaters, arts venues, and businesses. Harvard Square, Kendall Square, and Kenmore Square are each just a 20 minute walk. I’ve lived in this house for over 35 years. Until recently, it belonged to legendary MIT Literature Professor Louis Kampf. Back in the early 60s, Louis convinced MIT to hire his best friend and protégé Noam Chomsky, when everyone in academia still considered Chomsky’s linguistic theories to be heresy. If you’re a Chomsky admirer, you can enjoy knowing that he took part in countless boisterous discourses over delicious meals in this house. On-street parking is plentiful. But if you have a car and would like to rent a spot in the driveway (avoiding the drama of tickets and towing during street cleaning and snow removal), we can work that out. If you’d prefer to rent my 2016 Subaru Crosstrek for the period of your rental, I might be able to work that out as well. During the rental period I can be reached by email, text, or WhatsApp. I will be working in Costa Rica but I have an excellent team of regular workers who can solve any problems. I have also engaged a snow removal company. My husband Roberto is a visual artist who trained at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. The apartment is filled with terrific works by many of our friends as well as several by Roberto himself. Roberto and I both love to cook, so the kitchen is well equipped, with a large, well-supplied pantry, some useful equipment, and plenty of counter space. Free laundry washer and dryer are included in the basement. This third floor space is light and open, with lots of windows holding broad views of the Cambridge rooftops and across the river into Boston. The skyline view includes the Hancock and Prudential buildings in the Back Bay, as well as the new "Jenga" building, about which a Bloomberg article is entitled, "Staid Boston Gets An Architectural Wake-Up Call). The two bedrooms are newly remodeled. Bedroom #2 has a very comfortable new Queen Size Bed and a heated floor, as well as a large desk and file cabinets. Bedroom #1 has a very comfortable Double Size Futon Bed on a metal frame that super-easily transforms to a couch if you wish, as well as an office alcove with an architect desk and three filing cabinets. I feel tremendously privileged and delighted every day I get to be in this home. I hope you’ll enjoy it too!




950 ft2

Suited For

Property Type
Apartment or Condo


From December 1, 2024 until March 31, 2025

Minimum Stay

1 Month | Dates are flexible for this listing


Apartment or Condo in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

Closest University

Boston University

Nearby Universities
Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Harvard University | Simmons University | Tufts University School of Dental Medicine | Lesley University | Harvard Medical School | Harvard Business School | Emerson College | Northeastern University | Boston Architectural College | Berklee College of Music


Nearby Cities

Boston | Cambridge

Comments: Also close and convenient to the Longwood Medical Area and the Massachusetts General Hospital

Explore the Area


  • Off Campus
  • Walk to Campus
  • Bike to Campus
  • Urban
  • Near Ocean or Lake
  • Near Restaurants
  • Near Shops
  • Near Public Transportation

Rental Rates and Terms

Rates from USD $3500 Monthly | Negotiable

Utilities are included

A cleaning service can be discussed

Comments: Can include an off-street parking spot for one car for an additional rental fee.


The home is not suitable for young kids

Pets are not allowed

Smoking is not allowed

Ask about the availability of a car

Comments: I will be leaving my 2016 Subaru Crosstrek in the driveway. If you are interested in renting it while I'm away, let me know.

House Sitting

I am looking for help while I am away

I would like help with mail and deliveries

I will leave a box in which you can put my mail. I will add your name to the mailbox if you'd like.

I would like help with plants or garden

There are 5 house plants that need to be watered every week or so. If you want to take part in the Spring Gardening as well, let me know.

Comments: My tenants on the second and first floors are Harvard Medical School Students and others associated with other local institutions. They are dependable and cooperative in taking care of house business.





High Speed Internet


Cable or Satellite



Balcony or Patio


Dedicated Parking




Temperature Control

Air Conditioning









Comments: Back Yard and Fire Pit


Listing Owner user icon

Listing Owner

Member Since 2020

Trust Score (68)
Individual Outside of Academia
Matched Member

Listing Owner

Member Since 2020

Trust Score (68)
Individual Outside of Academia
Matched Member
Listing Owner user icon