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Carr Schoolhouse Condos in Somerville MA – Atherton Street Condominiums

Carr School Condos in Somerville MassachusettsThe condominums at the Carr School on Atherton Street in the Spring Hill neighborhood of Somerville, Massachusetts are my favorite schoolhouse condos.  The interior hallways and stairwells are the best preserved I’ve seen with golden oak wainscotting and wide oak stairwells. The huge windows, high ceilings (maybe 12 ft.), transom windows over the doors, and blackboards and cubbies in many units add to the schoolhouse vibe.  I went to elementary school in a similar building – the Dale Street School in Medfield, MA – and when I walk through the Carr Schoolhouse I can just imagine the schoolkids filling the halls between classes.

History of the Carr School

The Martin S. Carr School was built in 1898 as an elementary school with fourteen classrooms. The school was named in honor of Martin S. Carr, a successful Somerville manufacturer who was active in City government serving over the years as Alderman, City Councilor, and member of the School Committee. Carr’s factory, in buildings now converted to lofts in Davis Square, manufactured jewelry, novelties, and metal ware.  The handsome school building was built of red brick in the Renaissance Revival style.  The Carr School was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.

The Carr School sits across the street from one of Somerville’s historic landmarks – Robinson’s Round House.

Condominiums at the Carr Schoolhouse

Interior at the Carr Schoolhouse Condos in Somerville MAThe City of Somerville closed the Carr School in 1980.  The building was sold to a developer who converted it to residential use.  It was initially a rental building and subsequently converted to condos.

Today there are 20 condominiums in the Carr School.  There are studios, one-bedrooms, and two-bedroom condos on three floors plus a lower level.  Condos on the top floor have the attic space above the units deeded to their units and at least one owner has expanded into that space. Residents enjoy off street parking in the lot to the side of the building.

Real Estate Sales at the Carr School

A beautiful top floor condo was listed recently at the Carr Schoolhouse.  It’s a wonderful unit with oversized windows looking out onto beautiful mature trees with the Boston skyline visible through the branches.  Handsome woodwork, ~12″ ceilings, transoms, and an original blackboard add to the charm.  

There hasn’t been a sale at the Carr School since 2005.  Here’s the most recent real estate sales activity from MLSpin:

Recent Real Estate Sales Activity at the Carr School in Somerville MA
Recent Real Estate Sales Activity at the Carr School in Somerville MA

The Carr Schoolhouse Condos are located at 25 Atherton Street, Somerville MA 02143 

Vintage View of the Carr School in Spring Hill

Vintage View of the Carr School in Spring Hill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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