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Small New England Charm - Close to Beaches, Boston, Plymouth, Cape Cod!


House • Scituate MA United States

    10 Guests  
    4 Bedrooms  
    8 Beds  
    2.5 Bathrooms  
    4 Car spaces 
    1 Car available  
  Primary home

Exchange types accepted

  Simultaneous  
  Non-simultaneous  
  Non-reciprocal  
  Hospitality  

Statistics

Listed  July 2021
Views  1048

General overview

Our home is situated in a quiet residential neighborhood in the small seaside town of Scituate, MA. There are always people out walking their dogs, families taking a stroll, and kids riding bikes (Scituate is an extremely safe town). The South Shore is a wonderful, scenic area south of Boston with loads of history and outdoor recreation areas. The kids are homeschooled and Artie works remotely, so we’re wide open to travel at any time! Our home is 1 mile from the beach and 2 miles from Scituate Harbor (the town center), and we often walk or ride bikes around town. There are things to do year-round in the area: hiking, kayaking, skiing, beaching, boating, fishing, fall foliage, apple picking, historical sites, golfing, and exploring! Scituate Harbor is pure New England with a relaxing, picturesque view that ranks up there as one of the best scenic views in the region. There are five beaches, four rivers, a brewery, hiking trails, an historic tavern, several independent shops, fresh seafood, and fishing tours aplenty. While Scituate can get busy in the summer, it's nowhere as touristy and crowded as much of Cape Cod, simply because we have never presented ourselves as a tourist destination. Since Scituate is a bit of a drive off the main highway, it makes this beautiful Massachusetts town more of a hidden gem.

The space

***More photos coming soon! We're having work/painting done and taking photos as we go along!*** Our home is a 2-story Colonial with 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms; it sleeps 10. We have a working fireplace in the family room, piano, screen porch, deck, outdoor shower (a must for the beach sand!). The kitchen and dining room together form a large, open space that functions as the heart of the home, with lots of seating room, gas stovetop and oven, a large fridge, and a kitchen island with barstool seating. It’s the kind of space that invites cooking and conversation all throughout the day. Room 1: Double bed - Sleeps 2 Room 2: Two sets of twin bunk beds - Sleeps 4 Room 3: Twin bed + kid bunk (‘The Nest’) - Sleeps 2 Master: King bed - Sleeps 2. Private master bath with double sinks, shower, and tub; small private deck. Rooms 1-3 share a bathroom with a tub shower, sink, and toilet. The master has an en-suite bathroom, and there is a half bath on the first floor. We have loads of toys (Legos, board games, Barbies, art table) for the kiddos. We have a crib/toddler bed that can be set up on request, as well as air mattresses and sleeping bags for more fun. There is also a finished basement with playroom, 2-person pullout couch, and television that can be included in the exchange. Using this optional area brings the accommodation count to 12. The backyard is a wonderful place ringed in trees that has a swingset, trampoline, tree swings, fire pit, garden, and barbecue. We have bikes, scooters, ride-ons, skateboards, sports equipment, and lawn games. For beach excursions, there are beach chairs, boogie boards, beach towels, and sand toys. We also have various ocean kayaks (double adult/single adult/medium kids/small kids), a canoe, and life jackets that are all available for you to use during your stay. We have a wonderfully lazy cat, Scout, and you can choose whether you’d like her company during your stay. She only needs love and laps; her food and litter is already taken care of. She is very friendly, loves people, is used to kids and noise, but we fully understand if you would prefer not to have her sleeping on you. Our backyard chickens are also well tended to, so you won’t have to worry about them during your stay. Feel free to toss them your table scraps, feed them treats, and collect eggs anytime - we get 7-10 each day, perfect for a few omelettes! We also have a large raised garden and you are welcome to anything that’s growing at the time. Our home’s first floor is attached to a separate in-law apartment where my parents live. They enjoy traveling as well, so may or may not be home during your stay. They are very quiet and have a separate entrance and driveway, so you can enjoy the main home, driveway, screen porch, deck and yard to yourself. We have a wonderful family home that’s very comfortable, cared for, and well lived in. It’s full of joy, creativity, color, and warmth — we love living and schooling in this house. There are great spaces indoors and outdoors for all kinds of activities; with five kids, the cat, and chickens, hearts and bookshelves and toy bins are full, Legos are under the couch, and our home is clean, functional, and we live here as a family of 7 very happily.

Guest access

2-story home with steps to enter home; staircase to second floor; 3 steps up to family room on 1st floor; 2 steps up to master on 2nd floor.

Notes

Please ask if there are any special accommodations you need. If we are able, we’ll be more than happy to accommodate and make your stay the most comfortable it can be.

Features


Washer

Washer

Dishwasher

Dishwasher

Clothes dryer

Clothes dryer

Oven

Oven

Coffee machine

Coffee machine

Fridge

Fridge

Iron

Iron

Hair dryer

Hair dryer

Heating

Heating

Air conditioning

Air conditioning

TV

TV

High Speed Internet

High Speed Internet

WiFi

WiFi

Bathtub

Bathtub

First aid kit

First aid kit

Smoke alarms

Smoke alarms

Fire extinguisher

Fire extinguisher

Bed sheets

Bed sheets

Towels

Towels

Workspace

Workspace

Fireplace

Fireplace

Toys

Toys

BBQ

BBQ

Balcony

Balcony

Garden / yard

Garden / yard

Deck / patio / courtyard / terrace

Deck / patio / courtyard / terrace

Covered porch / verandah

Covered porch / verandah


Travel Styles

    Long term
    Weekend
    Adventure
    Budget
    Family
    Romantic
    Sport and leisure
    Foodie
    Relaxing
    Beach
    Skiing
    Hiking
    Cycling
    Last minute
    Golf
    Cross-country skiing

House rules

    Suitable for infants under 2
    Suitable for children ages 2-12
    Pets not allowed
    No smoking

Allergens

    Dog free
    Smoke free

Neighbourhood

We love Scituate, the South Shore, Boston, and New England! We both grew up in the area and have lived in this house together for 12 years. We live in a family oriented neighborhood that gets a nice sea breeze and is nestled in with lots of oak, maple, and pine trees. You need a car to fully explore the area, and we’re a 5 minute drive to just about anywhere in town. There is a school playground half a mile from us that the kids walk to, and Egypt Beach is only 1 mile away so we often walk or bike over. Enjoy a longer stroll or bike ride by heading to Scituate Lighthouse (2 miles) and around Scituate Harbor to Front Street (1 mile) before heading back home (2 miles). 
 By car: - 5 min to anywhere in town — beaches, harbor, restaurants, coffee shops, lighthouse, parks, playgrounds, library, brewery, MBTA train station, grocery store, gas station, downtown, pharmacy - 10 min to small shopping areas (Shaw’s, Stop & Shop, Starbucks, CVS, Walgreens) - 10-15 min to Wompatuck State Park (walking, hiking, biking, mountain biking, trail running) - 15 min to larger shopping areas (Trader Joe's, Target, Whole Foods, Chipotle, Apple store) - 20 min to MBTA boat into Boston - 20 min to the highway and larger shopping areas (Department stores, clothing stores) - 45 min south to Plymouth - 45 min north to Boston - 1 hr to Cape Cod - 1.5 hrs to New Hampshire (~3 hrs to NH ski areas) - 1.5 hrs to closest ski areas - 2 hrs to Martha's Vineyard / Nantucket (by car & ferry) - 4 hrs to NYC

Getting to my home

Fly into Boston and rent a car / call an Uber / use public transit (bus & train) to travel 30 miles to our home (40 minutes). You can make it directly to Scituate by train, but you will need a car or Uber from the station to our home (2.5 miles). We can arrange for a pickup at the airport or train station, and you are welcome to use our car with the exchange (7-seater).

Nearest airport

The nearest airport, Boston Logan International Airport (BOS), is 40 minutes by car.

Getting around

You will need a car to discover the area. We are happy to leave our SUV for you (7-seater). There are beaches, shops, and local features within walking and biking distance (depending on your appetite for biking and walking). There are loads of outdoor options for rest and recreation, from walking the local beaches, to hiking or running in the many nature preserves and walking trail areas, to exploring hiking, biking, trail running, and mountain biking options in Wompatuck State Park, a true jewel of the area; water activities on the ocean, in the harbor, or on the North River. Athletic fields area available throughout town. Many options for your shopping basics in the way of markets, package stores, drugstore/ pharmacies, hardware stores, coffee shops, and more are available both in the town of Scituate and in easily accessible neighboring towns. Some featured shops of note in the local area are a number of gift shops in Scituate Harbor; a surf shop called Nor’easter and the boutique market Board 143 in North Scituate; Scituate Music, a music shop in the harbor; and Buttonwood Books in Cohasset. Scituate’s own Untold Brewery is a popular spot, and could be folded into a South Shore brewery tour (Barrel House Z, Stellwagen, Vitamin Sea, and Burke’s Aleworks are in the nearby area) for those who enjoy sampling local suds while traveling. Historic Scituate Light is a favorite spot in town, as is our gorgeous and unique Lawson Tower. There are a number of colonial houses, historical sites, and local museums to visit. Sub and pizza shops abound, and restaurants line Front Street in Scituate Harbor. You’ll find interesting downtown areas in adjacent towns full of shops and restaurants as well. Head to Hull for a boardwalk vibe, historic carousel, and beachside dining. Downtown Plymouth is a great place to spend a day, and the Mayflower and Plimoth Patuxet Museums are standout historical locations in an area positively packed with history. Jump on the commuter rail train for about an hour’s ride into Boston right out of Scituate, or opt for a ferry ride into Boston through scenic Boston Harbor from the Hingham or Hull ferry terminals. The MBTA Red Line is also available from Braintree. From Boston's South Station, you can get anywhere in the Amtrak Northeast Corridor (runs from Boston through NYC to Washington, D.C.). Boston is a great place to visit for historical sites and tours, theatre, live music of all genres, sports, museums, and restaurants. Walking the Freedom Trail, visiting Fenway Park, taking a duck boat tour, exploring the Seaport, touring the Massachusetts State House, wandering around the MFA and Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum, and shopping Newbury Street and Copley Place are all very popular activities while in town.

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