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Harborfront Villa, Charming Mix of Contemporary and Turn of the Century Elegance

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 2,500 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

4 bedrooms,1.5 baths accomodates eight adults,one or two infants

The Villa at Eastie overlooks the harbor and shipping channels, early morning lobstermen can be seen from the sunroom hauling their traps, as well as the ships coming to port. Plane bugs (id book) will love the spectacular view of Logan Int. Airport. At the end of the street is Constitution Beach. There are bicycles and kayaks for the adventurous or relax in the fountain garden. Smell the sea breeze and reminisce about the politics that must have been discussed in this former Senators home. Entertain in the formal dining room under the crystal chandelier or relax and read a book on one of the balconies overlooking the harbor. The Blue line(public trans) is only a few blocks away and offers a ride to the airport station and free shuttle bus to your terminal, a few more stops and you are downtown for world class shopping, restaurants, museums and the Swan boats ride. Arrange for a daylong antique 'pickers' tour and our driver will take you to the hidden spots where only the dealers buy.

Nelson Emmons
Member since: 2010
Speaks english
Response time
Within 12 hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
12 April, 2017

Why Nelson Emmons chose Boston

We are close to all that Boston has to offer, either by car or public transportation.

What makes this villa unique

The sheer size and location on Boston Harbor was one of the most attractive features that lured us to purchase the Villa. It's ease to public transportation connecting all the city has to offer without the need of a car, was a real game changer. The view from the sun porch and in the summer months having a glass of wine on the upper balcony is delightful while watching the planes come and go. It is similar to an orchestrated symphony.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Madeline and Nelson:

It certainly has been a whirlwind since we returned from Boston and I

apologize for the delay in getting this out to you.

Thank you very much for opening your home to all of us. We had a most

enjoyable time. Your home is comfortable and so lovely and charming. We

enjoyed every aspect of your house and we met some of your neighbours who

are equally as nice and as friendly.

Going back to Boston and the Cape was reliving my childhood and one that

was both refreshing and sad at the same time. Progress has certainly taken

over and a lot has changed.....thank goodness the character of the City and

the people have remained the same.....just as friendly and charming as ever.

I never thought the road to the Cape would ever be complete. When I was

growing up it was the worst road in the world. What a wonderful change

seeing the road complete. The ride we had was wonderful, no traffic and

smooth sailing all the way. The T has improved as well and we used it a

lot. Downtown Crossing has a new grocery store called Roche

Bros.....fantastic place. We shopped there quite a bit. Their produce was

amazing as was their Butcher Shop......the desserts, we could eat them but

preferred the North End for that....the walk justified all the Italian


We cooked in two nights and had so much fun with that. I have always

wanted a gas cook top and finally had the chance to use one. We set the

smoke alarm off and you should have seen us. We didn't know if you were

hard wired to the Fire Hall......thank goodness you were not. We laughed

so hard we cried. Six grown adults fanning the smoke (very minimal, I was

doing a chicken stir fry and accidentally put in olive oil vs

peanut...olive oil does not like high heat) when we all decided to open the

windows......we are still laughing about that today. The Fire Department

did not come, the house is still standing, we had a good laugh and we had a

great dinner that night...all is well with the world.

Your paintings are spectacular, the decor was perfect, your neighbourhood

was so friendly and welcoming. The planes captivated us every night and

during breakfast every morning.....we miss them but did get educated in the

flight path of Logan International.

We managed to walk the entire Freedom Trail, tour Cambridge, go into Mass

General and the museum to visit my cousins, take in a game at Fenway and

tour all the Cape along with Plymouth. We walked about 10 miles a day

Jun 2015
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa rental in East Boston, Massachusetts

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beach View ...
  • City Centre ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • soap
  • Filtered Water
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • local restaurant guide
  • mobile phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • water cooler
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower , jacuzzi
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
  • The full bath upstairs has a jacuzzi system for whirlpool bathing and relaxation. There is also a rainfall shower head.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed , 1 cot , crib available
    Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed , crib available
    Bedroom 4 - 2 single bed , crib available
    Bedroom 3 - 1 large double bed , crib available
  • All bedrooms are fully furnished with sheets and towels. The master has an inside door to bedroom (4) with two twin beds, for children monitoring.There is also a door to the balcony overlooking the harbor from bedroom 4 .A crib can be made available in any bedroom with some advance notice. If you require more than one crib let us know.
  • Books
  • books - fiction/non-fiction
  • books - kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • games - kids
  • Radio
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch Furniture
  • Small Cooler
  • veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Yard
  • 8 bicycles
  • 4 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Jacuzzi
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Newly upgraded WiFi installed this year for your mobile internet connections.Newly installed central air conditioning for our guests staying during the hot days of summer or with medical conditions requiring central air. .


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(68 traveller reviews)

Harborfront Villa, Charming Mix of Contemporary and Turn of the Century Elegance
average rating of 4.882353 based on 70 reviews

Great home!! Terrific location - close to airport and train! Nelson was a great host!

  • 5 of 5

Property was beautiful! We loved the sun porch and spent lots of family time there watching the airplanes and relaxing. We went into greater Boston everyday very easily b/c of the proximity to the train. Enjoyed long runs through the lovely surrounding neighborhoods!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your visit and welcome back any time. It was a pleasure meeting your family members.
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We had a fantastic visit to Boston and couldn't have stayed at a better place!

  • 5 of 5

We had a group of 8 ladies in town for a medical conference at Harvard. Several women had flown in from China so we wanted the experience to be special. The house was spectacular and perfectly laid out for us to gather and talk. The furnishings are gorgeous with top quality antiques. The bedding and mattresses were of the best line. The kitchen was well equipped with pans and dishes which is frankly rare when you rent homes. We hosted a brunch our last day and used the kitchen to make a big meal. It had everything a top chef would need.

The setting and views are second to none of the water and Boston skyline. The house is 15 minutes from the airport which you can see across the ocean which is really cool. I fly over Boston a lot heading to Nantucket and I always wondered what the neighborhoods surrounding the coastline were like to live near. It's amazingly beautiful and the airplane noise is minimal.

We were there in late fall so it was a bit chilly but every sunny so we got to enjoy the big sunroom on the front of the house. Parking was a breeze and basically unlimited.

Now I want to comeback and rent the house again with my husband and family in the spring when we start visiting colleges for my 16 year old. The owner Nelson was gracious and very accommodating. I give this home the top review of any home I've ever rented and I travel extensively and own 3 homes in very exclusive areas.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: My wife and I were hosted in China many years ago. I want to thank our Chinese friends for their humble acceptance, generosity and wonderful lodgings. It was the very least we could do to reciprocate and give our guests the best face forward the U.S.A. has. I hope everyone enjoyed their stay! We welcome everyone back with open arms. Thanks for your visit and careful consideration of our home!!
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It felt like home!

  • 5 of 5

Thank you so much to the Emmons', you were incredible for working with us! This home is better than ANYTHING I have stayed in to date and I can't say enough. Comfortable beds, easy drive, down the road from an awesome bakery and seafood. The view was to die for and the neighborhood felt safe and cozy! My 3 favorite rooms: the master bedroom, the kitchen and the sun room! It was close to the train but Uber is a cheap and quicker way to commute too. What you see isn't what you get, it's better! I am already talking my hubby into returning with the family (I was there for a conference). But if you want to stay in Boston without the bustle of Boston, this is your place! Did I mention the view, lol). Thank you both a million times over, your home is superb!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wonderful guests who respect the home of others. We would welcome your return visit anytime.
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A week in Boston at the Villa!!

  • 4 of 5

There were six of us - 4 sisters and 2 friends - The house is beautiful. The bedding very comfortable. The only downfall I saw was 1 bedroom does not have a TV - maybe that can be rectified!! Kitchen stocked - loved the sun room - we spent mornings and nights out there. Loved the location - nice neighborhood - a 5 minute walk to the T and so easy to get around. Nelson and Madeline were at the house to greet us and walk us through. Any problems/questions we had they were right there with answers. Very helpful. Thank you again for allowing us to enjoy your home and make our "sister" week such a great success.

The Sisters!!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Grand house in a great Boston location

  • 5 of 5

When we were planning our trip, Nelson was extremely prompt at responding to my queries and made the whole booking process very easy.

After a busy, full on week in New York we travelled up to Boston by Amtrak and met Nelson and Madeline who gave us a tour of their lovely house. Our first impressions were of a grand, beautiful home that has been gracefully brought into the 21st century - air con throughout and Wi-Fi internet (an essential for two teenagers). The house has some great history and the rooms are large with exceptional, period décor - really giving the sense of being in the shoes of the senator that built it. Everything that we needed during our stay was catered for - enabling us to prepare meals and eat them in the splendour of the dining room.

The house is located in a safe quiet area overlooking the seafront, with views of the airport - watching the planes come and go was fascinating! We breakfasted on the veranda most mornings - soaking up the early morning sunshine whilst consuming Dunkin Donuts and hot chocolate (how we miss that now we are back in the UK). In the evening you can watch downtown Boston and the airport light up as it gets dark.

Boston was easily accessed using the subway - the station was a 5 minute walk and the subway ride another 10 minutes into the city centre. We walked the Freedom Trail, visited Harvard and MIT - having a car was useful, enabling us to venture further afield to go shopping at Wrentham Premium Outlets (great prices despite exchange rate) and whale watching from Gloucester (Seven Seas Whale Watching is highly recommended).

We would highly recommend Nelson and Madeline's home and thank them for their kind hospitality.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank You Thank You Thank You. We so loved having you visit and leaving our home in such exceptional condition. Come across the pond anytime and we will meet you at your Home Away from Home Nelson and Madeline
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Just amazing

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Nelson's beautiful old Senator's Mansion after a week in a crowded apartment in New York with four other friends. The joy of have such large bedrooms and living space was wonderful. Although we only stayed for three nights it was amazing, we sat on the balcony every afternoon after a busy day sight seeing with a glass of wine and cheese platter watching the planes come and go from Logan airport across the bay, and the occasional cruise ship come in. It was so pleasant with the little harbour across the road. The art work and antiques are an extra bonus. Nelson and Madeleine were there to greet us when we arrived even though we were running very late. They showed us around the glorious house answering any questions we had on Boston and things to do. We would highly recommend this property to anyone visiting Boston.

Many thanks Karen and Keith


  • Review Submitted: Sep 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Having guest from around the world gives great pleasure to share the Boston area and all that it offers, culturally, and with the greatest sports teams in the world, as well as world class museums. Even a short stay is welcome and with those from down under, thank you and come again!
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Nearest Airport
3 Miles
Logan International
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Orient Heights
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Nearest Train
0.5 Miles
Blue Line
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Route 1A
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Orient Heights, Winthrop
Nearest Ski
100 Miles
Nearest Beach
0.2 Miles
Constitution Beach
Car: not necessary

Boston is the seat of the history of the United States and offers cultural sites and events throughout the year. The Theater District is about 10 minutes by public transportation as well as museums and art galleries. Famous Newbury St, Downtown Crossing and Historic Fanuel Hall are minutes away. With world class hospitals such as Mass General, Brigham and Womens and The Deconess, you know your stay is covered. With events such as the Boston Marathon, Trade shows or an art walk at Sowa's first Friday open studios, first run Broadway shows, know your stay here will be fun filled. Within a few blocks there are restaurants, 1st place winner Belle Isle Seafood, ethnic groceries, spas.. Constitution Beach is at the end of the street and Belle Isl. Hike up Madonna Hill and view the bronze statue of the Madonna and take in the incredible view. If your an airplane enthusiast stay home and watch the planes take off, and land.


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Refundable Damage Deposit A$663.25

The first payment of $500.00 is the refundable damage deposit and is refundable within 10 days of check out providing no damage and the Villa Rules Agreements are followed. When booking with PayPal $500.00 deposit, the PayPal fee is $15.00 ($515.00 total due at booking). International rates may be higher. I will figure the PayPal fee for the "rate" in our Villa Rules Agreement for you.

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