Colonial home on historic street

Colonial home on historic street

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4 Bedrooms
Sleeps 6
3 Bathrooms

About our home

Our comfortable colonial home has character and is a short walk from the town center and a half-hour drive from downtown Boston.

Our street is where Paul Revere rode to warn John Adams that the British regulars were coming. The street ends at the Battle Green where the American War of Independence began on April 19, 1775. A battle re-enactment takes place there each April on Patriot's Day.

Over the years this house has been updated. It now has a gas furnace, energy-conserving windows, a tankless hot water heater, a renovated kitchen (2013) and renovated bathrooms (2016). Two bicycles, a manual transmission Volkswagon Jetta, and a 2-person kayak can be made available. The basement includes a work area, storage area, recreation room, and half bath. The first floor consists of a kitchen, half bath, dining room, screened porch, living room, and sitting room. The second floor has two bathrooms, three bedrooms, and a study. The third floor has one bedroom, a study, and a bathroom. A heat exchanger that can provide cooling in the summer was recently installed on the third floor.

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  1. We are Les and Bertina. Les is a professor at MIT and Bertina works at our public library. We both enjoy traveling in the US and abroad. We enjoyed our first home exchange in Cambridge, UK, in 2014, our second in Victoria, Canada, in 2018, and our third in Cantabria, Spain, in 2019. We especially like hiking and exploring parks and wilderness areas. We also enjoy seeing world heritage and cultural sites.

    We are tidy, would be respectful of your home, and take good care of it.

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Where is it?

Neighbourhood

Lexington has been named the second best small city in the US. ( See https://wallethub.com/edu/best-worst-small-cities-to-live-in/16581/ ) We live in a safe residential neighborhood with large trees and gardens. However, it is easy to access many nearby cultural amenities, such as the Museum of Fine Arts, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Harvard Art Museums. the New England Conservatory, Boston Ballet, Boston theaters, and Symphony Hall. Boston's many historical sites, Science Museum, The New England Aquarium, The Christian Science Church Center, Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market, Boston Common, and Beacon Hill, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Harvard University are all fun places to visit and easy to reach by car or public transportation. Locally, one can visit Lexington's Visitor Center, historic houses, and the Minuteman National Park. A popular 10-mile multi-use bike trail runs from neighboring Bedford, through Lexington, to Alewife station, the northern end of the Red Line subway in Cambridge..

We are within walking distance of an elementary school, a middle school, and the high school. Lexington offers many activities and enrichment opportunities for children of all ages all year round.

The nearby town center has restaurants, banks, churches, a library, a movie theater, a grocery store, and public transportation. We are serviced by a town bus system, which goes right by our front door, and by the Metropolitan Boston Transit Authority buses, which connect Lexington to neighboring communities and the Boston subway network at Alewife station. The nearby Minuteman bike path connects Lexington to the adjoining towns of Arlington and Bedford. Several large shopping malls are within a 15-minute drive.

We are also within a few hours drive of scenic Cape Cod and the mountains of western Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine. We are near the historic Minuteman National Park and the charming town of Concord, where writers Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Louisa May Alcott, and Nathaniel Hawthorne lived. The nearby town of Lincoln has many hiking paths through wooded and undeveloped land, DeCordova Sculpture Garden and Art Museum. and Drumlin Farm, run by the Audubon Society. Walden Pond, made famous by Henry David Thoreau, is close, and several good Atlantic Ocean beach areas can be accessed within 2 hours. See also https://www.tourlexington.us and https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g60745-Activities-Boston_Massachusetts.html.

Buzzy restaurants
Via Lago, Love at First Bite, The Royal India Bistro in Lexington Center
Cool bars
Lexington Venue, a movie theater
Cozy cafés
Ride Studio Café
Retail therapy
Burlington Mall, Concord, Harvard Square, Newbury Street in Boston
Bit of culture
Lexington Green, Hancock-Clarke House, Monroe Tavern, Buckman Tavern, Minuteman National Park, Walden Pond, Orchard House
Walks in the park
Minuteman Bike Path, Cross-Lexington paths
Spot of exercise
paths through town conservation land, paths in nearby Lincoln
Day tripping
Downtown Boston museums; Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, MA; Portland, Maine; Proidence, RI: Mystic, Connecticut; Plymouth Plantation; Sturbridge Village, Cape Cod, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine

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