How much would you pay for a piece of literary real estate gold? For $14,000 per month, you can live in the Cambridge building T.S. Eliot called home — and it’s certainly no “Waste Land.”
A four-bed, 3.5-bath attached home at 14 Ash St. in Harvard Square is on the market as a fully furnished rental that’s available for a six- to nine-month stay beginning in November, but the dates are flexible. Eliot lived on the other side of the two-unit building, 16 Ash St.
The home dates to 1855, and the section of the Greek Revival for rent measures 3,475 square feet and is a classic piece of Cambridge history. It features a spacious living room with high ceilings and a wood-burning fireplace, as well as an elegant dining room with big windows. The kitchen has stainless-steel appliances, double ovens, and opens into a sunroom with a breakfast nook that overlooks the leafy yard.
The primary bedroom, found on the second floor, is awash in natural light, thanks to an expansive greenhouse-style window overlooking the gardens below. The primary bathroom features a jetted tub and separate shower, as well as plenty of closet space. Down the hall, the home office is the ideal spot for remote work and has built-in bookshelves and the property’s second fireplace (this one gas). The home’s second bedroom is also on this floor. Continue up to the third level, where two bedrooms are filled with light from skylights.
The finished basement offers plenty of space for a busy family, but could easily function as an additional remote workspace. The basement is also home to a beautiful laundry room with fresh cabinetry and extensive storage. After work, head out to the stone patio and lush garden, which provides a rare element of privacy in a prime Harvard Square location.
“In the last year and a half, the first question people ask me now is ‘Does it have any outdoor space?’” said Victoria Kennedy of Coldwell Banker Real Estate, the agent on the listing. “It’s so important.”
The property also comes with three off-street parking spaces.
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“Inside it’s just really homey and comfortable,” Kennedy said. “It’s got amazing light, high ceilings, and it just feels like a home. It’s a really classic Cambridge experience.”
But if you’re thinking Eliot lived a life of luxury in the home as a young doctoral candidate, think again. After studying at Harvard as a young man, he returned to Cambridge and lived on the other side of the property at 16 Ash St. from 1913 to 1914. According to “Young Eliot: From St. Louis to The Waste Land by Robert Crawford,” Eliot lived in the attic during his time there.