Welcome to Centers and Squares
As a Cambridge real estate agent, the city squares of Cambridge, Somerville and Medford and the town centers of Arlington, Watertown and Belmont, Massachusetts are my home turf. And as a lifelong New Englander who’s lived within twenty miles of Boston most of my life, I can introduce you to other nearby towns as we search for your new home. If you’re planning to sell your home in Cambridge, MA or nearby you’ll find plenty of info about the home selling process here too. Questions? Send me an email or call me at 617-504-1737.
The Castle at 10 Dana Street is one of Cambridge’s most distinctive condo buildings. Built in 1909 and designed by well known Boston architects, Newhall and Blevins, the building today houses 59 condominiums. Located on Dana Hill in Mid-Cambridge, the convenient location is within walking distance of Harvard Square and Central Square.
History of 10 Dana Street, Cambridge MA
Newhall and Blevins was a very successful Boston architectural firm. Albert Blevins was a member of Harvard’s Class of 1898, Louis Newhall was an MIT man. From 1903 to 1925 their firm designed over 40 buildings in Cambridge including private homes, apartment buildings, commercial structures, and university buildings. The Cambridge YMCA, the Cambridge Savings Bank building in Harvard Square, and the fire station in Inman Square are examples of their work.
“The Castle” was originally built as a residential hotel, Burton Halls, complete with a central kitchen from which meals were delivered by dumbwaiter to residents. It later became an apartment building and eventually was converted to condominiums.
10 Dana Street Architecture
The Tudor style apartment building is configured as a large “U” with a central entrance courtyard. This style of apartment building became popular in cities where the myriad of details and irregular shape of the building made it loom less large on the street. The building has multiple protuding bays, chimneys, copper trimmed curved gables, turrets, onion shaped domes, and leaded windows.
Burton Halls was typical of the best courtyard buildings as described in a 1922 article in The Architectural Recordthat included several buildings designed by Newhall and Blevins. Courtyard buildings were particularly well suited for irregular shaped lots and were designed to maximize views, light, and ventilation.
Condos at The Castle
There are studios, many one bedrooms, and a dozen or so two-bedrooms in the building. Some of the two-bedrooms are duplex units. Most two bedrooms are about 900 to 1000 sq.ft. Two-room studios are usually about 350 sq.ft. in size, and the one bedrooms range in size from about 450 sq.ft. to 800 sq.ft. or so.
The building is four stories and there are some lower level units.
- Maple floors
- Wood burning fireplace
- Basement storage
- Resident super
- Cat friendly
- Heat and hot water included in the condo fee
In the last year sales at 10 Dana Street have included:
- 383 sq.ft. studio condo sold for $235,000
- 691 sq.ft. one-bedroom sold for $338,000
- 951 sq.ft. five room two-bedroom condo sold for $419,000
- 1132 sq.ft. two-level two-bedroom sold for $458,500
Here are some other condo buildings in Cambridge:
If you’re interested in condos at The Castle or would like to look at other condos in Cambridge please give me a call. I can be reached at 617-504-1737 or by email. I’ve been a real estate agent in Cambridge since 2000 and would be delighted to help you with your search. Elizabeth Bolton, CRS, ABR.