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Cheryl's Little Urban Oasis In Somerville

Somerville, Massachusetts
Fully Fenced
0.06 acres
4.712 reviews
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Hosted by Cheryl B.



Fully Fenced

Fencing height (at lowest point)

3 ft

88% of guests said fencing at this spot was secure enough to contain their dogs

Gaps or holes in fence: No gaps

Fencing type(s): Wood - privacy

Fencing details: Chicken wire/bushes on one side; 6ft wooden fence, side of garage and gate, and deck on the other sides.

Audible/visible from spot

Only the people and dogs included in your booking can be in the spot during your visit. This section refers to distractions seen/heard from the spot.


Other domestic animalsNo



Dog drinking water


Rain shelter / sun shade

Trash can

Hand sanitizer


$6 per dog per hour

50% off all dogs after the 1st dog

25% off hourly price for 30 min visit

Optional monthly membership available!

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I’m lucky enough to have a private backyard in Somerville, where extra space is a rare commodity. Fenced, with some ground area and some brick-paved. Play with your dog or relax on the deck furniture (swinging rope chair, hammock, table and chairs) while your furbaby explores, sniffs, and enjoys their freedom. Plenty of street parking; visitors pass available to borrow.


100% of guests said this spot was as clean as expected during their visit.

Host Rules

Minimum visit length
30 minutes
Max dogs per booking

Community safety rules
Dogs must be leashed when entering and exiting the spot.
Make sure the area is safe and secure before bringing your dog in.
Arrive and leave on time, this is important for safety.
Pick up after your dogs. Leave the spot as it was when you arrived.
Always review and abide by spot specific rules.
Unless otherwise stated, restrooms are not available on site.

Booking Policies

Booking Policies
Only one booking is allowed at a time at any spot and there is an enforced 30 min buffer between all bookings to ensure dogs in separate bookings do not meet.
This spot is set for Booking, which means you will be instantly confirmed for any booking you request. You will receive the address and access instruction immediately following booking.
Visits can be moved or cancelled up to 2 hours before a visit.
Visits can be extended and dogs can be added throughout the visit.

(12) Reviews

  • Alissa Z., Apr 9, 2023

    This spot was exactly as described, but unfortunately my pup is still quite young so she couldn’t appreciate it fully. There were a lot of leaves, twigs, and moss that she was eating, and the proximity to the commuter rail and the wind chimes spooked her a little. All things that are not the fault of the host, just worth noting if your pup is sound sensitive. Great little spot tucked away in Somerville otherwise!

  • Eduarda A., Mar 26, 2023

    Good spot for a dog to spend energy sniffing around, and running a little bit. Ours got home exhausted. =) We had a great time and plan on bringing our dog here at least once a week!

  • Allison M., Mar 20, 2023

    Nice backyard for your puppy. Hopefully we will be back sometime soon!

  • Deborah C., Mar 1, 2023

    My 1 y o rescue Douglas loves to visit Cheryl’s Little Urban Oasis. He can sniff around off-leash and (consensually) wrestle with a playmate. Don’t let the size of the Oasis fool you— even though Douglas is 55+ lbs, he can get a lot of exercise this space. Thanks, Cheryl!

    Host replied: Thanks, Deborah! I’m glad Douglas and his playmate had a great time!

  • Kelsey M., Feb 17, 2023

    Pros: the place was easy to find and easy to access. There was a little note on the fence that "sniff spot", making us confident we were in the right place. There was a porch with seats for the humans. Cons: one side of the yard is fenced with trees and chicken wire. The chicken wire has some holes near the bottom, and one of our dogs escaped into the neighbor's yard. We moved around items in the yard to plug the holes, but it definitely made for a scary few minutes when the dog was loose! Also, the yard has no grass. The ground is entirely dirt, so our pups were in desperate need of a bath by the end!

    Host replied: Oh, I’m so glad your dog didn’t go too far and I’m sorry you had a scary few minutes. Thanks for pointing out the hole in the chicken wire and I’ll be sure to take care of that right away!

  • Lexi K., Jan 29, 2023

    Exactly as described. Easy to get in and out. Treats and tennis balls available!

  • Milagros P., Jan 15, 2023

    The space is as shown on the pictures. Quiet spot. We'll be back!

  • Nivedita M., Jan 9, 2023

    The spot is as is right behind the driveway and the door says sniffspot. There is a patio on top with chairs to sit on and quite a few treats available. The area is high fenced on two side and the third side is wire fenced (As you can see in the pics). It is definitely a little oasis of sorts for small dogs to run around a bit and medium size dogs to jump around. It is also quite close to the train tracks so you can hear sometimes as they go by. My dogs had a nice time sniffing around and just jumping up and down the patio and the garden area.

  • Sarah B., Nov 4, 2022

    The spot was as shown in the pictures! The entrance is through the driveway on the right on the house and had a small sign on it that said sniffspot!

  • Ana M., Oct 27, 2022

    Good spot

Meet your host

Hi! I’ve had dogs all my life, and have lived in the Somerville area for 20 years. Two of my late rescue dogs were very reactive to other dogs and sometimes people, so I couldn’t take them to parks. It was wonderful to have even a small spot for them to be off-leash and sniff and play. I’m hoping to provide such a little spot for others through Sniffspot!

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