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Davis Sq. Roomate Search

Short form: we're looking for two roommates for our 4BR Davis square-area apartment, to enter a year-long lease starting June first. Please send inquiries to mrpet. Feel free to forward this message to anyone you think may be interested. (Lists are okay too.) Thanks!

We are:

moonshadow. I'm in the middle of a career transition, not working at the moment but have income. Home frequently. When I'm in, I tend to knit, cook, read, have sex, and play on the 'puter. Occasionally I have overnight guests.

mrpet. Software engineer, not too geeky but have been known to fix people's computers :) Spends a fair amount of time around the house doing various creative type stuff, including: cooking, sewing, pattern drafting and some website design.

Feline family members Charlie and Pretzel. Two mellow, lovable, neutered adult male cats, who only have access to the second floor. They are allowed by the landlord - unfortunately two cats is the limit, but we guarantee their pettability.

Communally - We are partnered long-term and we prefer to be friendly with our roomates. In the past we've done some shared meals (omnivorous), movie nights, and hanging out, but you don't have to if that's not your thing. We also host parties of various sizes. The house is clothing-optional for residents and their partners (although we will happily put our clothes on when your parents/new sweetie/coworkers are coming over). We are currently a member of Parker Farm. In exchange for using our driveway for drop off of farm shares we get a free 4 person sized share of fresh veggies.

We are looking for:

Friendly people, poly/bi/pagan/trans/etc-friendly, non-smoker with no dogs or cats (small pets negotiable) who like to share a house with others, doesn't mind cleaning up after themselves (but doesn't mind some clutter, either). Crafty and/or geeky a plus. We would prefer our roomates to be women or transpeople but will consider the exceptional man. Sorry, no kids.

The apartment is:

On Orchard Street, a 5 minute walk to Davis Square Station, under 10 minutes to Porter square station. Walking distance under 5 minutes to many restaurants/convenience stores/groceries/etc. etc. etc. (it's Davis Square :) 30 seconds from Mass ave, which is the 77 bus, and Davis has lots of buses. Really really public-transit accessible.

Rent is currently $2600 which we split $675 each for the three big bedrooms and $575 for the little one. This includes heat and hot water (big bonus). Currently, other utilities (phone/cablemodem/electricity) run about $80 per person per month. We don't expect a dramatic change in utilities in the coming year and the landlord has agreed to keep the rent the same.

We have an Comcast cable package which includes cablemodem, (and we have a router set up and CAT-5 to the bedrooms). Cable/cablemodem/phone costs about $35/month/person.

The apartment is the second and third floor of a two-family house. This includes large living room and dining room, enclosed second floor porch, reasonable kitchen with great counter space, 1 3/4 baths (full one on second floor, shower-only on third), very plushy carpet in all rooms (except the kitchen) and 70's wallpaper (though it's pretty muted.)

The current housemates have what we need to furnish the common spaces of the apartment, plus lots of kitchen gear (but there's still space for your stuff). Gas stove and dishwasher in kitchen, new this year. Free laundry in the basement. We also own a TV/VCR and DVD player.

The landlords are a couple who live in Boston and seem pretty nice, but we've never needed to have much contact with them.

There is a garage in which we can store bikes, but not much else. We have a driveway, in which it is possible to park a car without blocking in the downstairs neighbor. There is also plenty of on-street parking, even in the evening.

No large pets, no smoking.

The bedrooms:

A reasonably sized bedroom on the third floor which has its own kitchenette (sink, small fridge, 4 burner electric range). It has carpet, sloped ceilings in part of it, and a good closet. Rent for this room is currently $675.

A second reasonably sized bedroom on the third floor which has a walk-in closet with built-in dresser. It has carpet, sloped ceilings in places, and lots of sunlight. It is currently painted green, you can re-paint if desired. Rent for this room is currently $675.

And if you're wondering: what happened to your previous roommates? One is moving to California, one is seeking a cheaper pad. We're on good terms and will happily furnish references in response to serious inquiries.

Please contact mrpet if you have any questions, and again, please feel free to forward to interested parties and/or lists.

Comments

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moonshadow
Mar. 14th, 2005 09:47 pm (UTC)
Not everyone knows what a CSA is - you might want to say "fresh local vegetables for four people."

Also, when it goes out over email, it should have names and your email address instead of LJ handles.

Otherwise it looks good.
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mrpet
Mar. 15th, 2005 09:30 pm (UTC)
Clarification
The two rooms for rent are each $675/mo. The other room's rents were stated for reference.
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mrpet
Mar. 15th, 2005 09:31 pm (UTC)
It's her room that's up for rent as well as one other.
desiringsubject
Apr. 1st, 2005 04:17 am (UTC)
HI-- I'm a grad student at Tufts and our department is giving out acceptances for next year. One of the new students asked "do you know how to hook into any communal living situations/ co-op living etc." in the area? She's all queer and funky (so I ascertain after one meeting, so, who knows?!) but I was wondering, since you seem to be of the funky communal living sort (so I ascertain by your posting) if you had any advice for her. I assume your room will be long gone by August! Thanks for any advice. IF you have advice, you could e-mail me at auntie DOT cogito AT gmail DOT com.
mrpet
Apr. 10th, 2005 01:20 pm (UTC)
oops, I missed seeing this one. The apt will be gone by Aug since it's a June 1 lease.

There are a lot of shared apts in and around Boston. I know of some Intentional Communities are in the area as well, Mosaic Commons is being formed out of Homeport, I don't know what the state it is all in.
ayalanya
Apr. 10th, 2005 04:49 am (UTC)
i'm interested (very), though i'm going to need to talk to wispfox further about housing and such (there's hope of getting an apartment together for continued rommieship, if the parking situation doesn't improve soon, but it's possible that i'll need to find a place closer to boston and my job if the best apartment for her isn't)...are both/either of these rooms still available?
ayalanya
Apr. 10th, 2005 04:54 am (UTC)
incidentally, i think you already know this about me, but i fit most of the lsited requirements (all if friendly !=extrovert, as i'm much more of an introvert and likely to have occasional periods where i hole up in my room for a day or two and don't want to talk to anyone). *hopeful grin*
ayalanya
Apr. 10th, 2005 04:58 am (UTC)
ah! eheh. i think i misread something there, with the friendly. anyway. i think i ought to go to sleep before i babble at you further.

my email is in my userinfo, if you/moonshadow want to talk stuff over.
mrpet
Apr. 10th, 2005 01:16 pm (UTC)
yes, they are both still avail!
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