Cambridgeport – Cambridge MA
Cambridgeport is a popular neighborhood with Cambridge real estate buyers who appreciate its proximity to Central Square, to MIT, and to BU, Brookline and Boston.
Cambridgeport stretches from Mass Ave in Central Square to the Charles River. It’s an attractive residential neighborhood with leafy streets lined with Victorians. Many former industrial buildings have been converted to loft-style condos.
The land that we now call Cambridgeport was primarily agricultural through the end of the 1700s. Development began after the opening of the West Boston Bridge (now the Longfellow Bridge or “Salt and Pepper Bridge” that connects Kendall Square in Cambridge to Beacon Hill in Boston) in 1793. Streets were laid out in Cambridgeport and some of the earliest hosues were built.
Manufacturing concerns were established in Cambridgeport in the early 1800s. Industrial development picked up after 1850 with the coming of the railroad.
Cambridgeport’s residential construction was fast paced, especially in the second half of the 19th century. Almost all of Cambridgeport’s land was built up by World War I. Cambridgeport has many free standing single family houses and many triple-deckers and two-family houses built as demand for housing units in Cambridge increased.
Cambridgeport Real Estate
Cambridgeport offers real estate buyers a great mix of condo options and styles and single families.
Cambridgeport, like other Cambridge neighborhoods, has its share of condos in converted two and three-unit houses. It also has condos in converted industrial buildings and a former church and former school. Several large, former apartment buildings from the early 1900s have been converted to condos. Cambridgeport Commons offers 100 modern units in elevator buildings and townhouses. There are a number of other townhouse complexes in the neighborhood. David Aposhian built several of his signature style buildings in Cambridgeport.
Recent Cambridgeport single family sales have been in the $500,000 to $1,200,000 range. Houses at the lower end of the range tend to be “fixer-uppers”.
Cambridgeport Condos Include:
Cambridgeport residents can head to Central Square to the Red Line or at the other end of the neighborhood walk across the BU Bridge – while enjoying stellar views – and take the Green Line B train.
The CT2 crosstown bus runs through the edge of the neighborhood on Vassar Street and stops at Kendall Square and at the Longwood Medical Area.
The 47 bus goes through Cambridgeport on its route to the Boston Medical Center.
The 64 bus runs from Kendall Square to Oak Square in Brighton through Cambridgeport.
Here’s a Cambridgeport slideshow: