Comfortable living in elegant, antique house, a block from Arboretum, minutes from Boston center

Comfortable living in elegant, antique house, a block from Arboretum, minutes from Boston center




May 2009

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3 Bedrooms
Sleeps 4
2 Bathrooms

About our home

Built in 1910, our home is newly renovated with 8 enormous light-filled rooms on two floors. It is 2,500 square feet and occupies the second and third floor of a beautiful well-kept house with lovely grounds. It is elegantly furnished with antiques and oriental rugs and has an old-world aura with up-to-date bathrooms, modern appliances, and recessed lighting. The well-supplied retro kitchen is adjacent to an informal eating and sitting area. The kitchen opens onto to a gorgeous newly built back porch with a beautiful tree-top view at all times of day, excellent for listening to birds during breakfast or enjoying beverages while watching the sun set. Another porch can be found at the front of the house overlooking the comings and goings of the quiet neighborhood. A spare bedroom/television room and modern bathroom with refurbished clawfoot tub complete this floor. The spacious living/dining room is surrounded by bay windows and provides a more formal environment for special dinners and guests. Two stairways lead to the top floor which has an over-sized bedroom with a turret, a bathroom with a modern walk-in shower, and three private reading and study spaces that can also accommodate more sleeping arrangements.

Our home is located in Jamaica Plain (JP), a lovely residential part of Boston. Called "Pondside", the area is very green, safe, and well kept. Our short, quiet street, hidden from traffic, is located one block from Jamaica Pond (thus "Pondside") and one block from the Arnold Arboretum (maintained and owned by Harvard University. Part of Boston's "Emerald necklace of parks, the pond and the Arboretum are great for walks and cycling! Only three blocks away is the main JP shopping and dining district (Centre and South Streets) with abundant stores and restaurants. From Centre Street, you can take a bus, or a bus and the subway, right to the center of Boston. Or drive our car down the Jamaicaway directly into Copley Square. It is only a 15-20 minute ride to downtown Boston and the ocean when there is no traffic. We are also an easy 1 1/2 hour drive to Cape Cod, for more seashore views.Our house on Cape Cod may also be available by arrangement.

Jamaica Plain is a real multi-cultural neighborhood with a great atmosphere. Whether having an ice cream at Centre Street's JP Licks, the neighborhood hangout, or walking the 1-mile circumference of Jamaica Pond, it is a people-oriented place, close but not too close, to the urban bussle.

We are a professional, same-sex couple with high aethetic standards and a love of books, art, and antiques. We are also passionate urban dwellers who have found a great compromise--living in the city yet also in the midst of green space. We also love Boston architecture and have fallen in love with our quaint but comfortable house. We enjoy restaurant hopping both in JP, in Brookline (the town next door), and downtown Boston.

Ellie is a professor at Brandeis University and Sarah is a freelance book editor and writer. Sarah's daughters are 29 and 36 and both live in Boston. Both of us are unusually responsible, neat and tidy. We love to cook and travel to Europe. Most important to both of us is respectful relationships and and seeing the humor in all aspects of life.


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