North Cambridge stretches from Porter Square to the Arlington line. Porter Square merits its own page so here we’ll look at the neighborhood down Mass Ave from Porter.
North Cambridge offers Cambridge real estate buyers a walkable neighborhood with plenty of options – condos and single families – close to public transportation and to the bike path. There are small neighborhood parks and playgrounds as well as Cambridge’s largest park, Danehy Park. Public tennis courts can be found on Pemberton Street. There’s an active arts scene with a large and popular open studios event every year.
North Cambridge Shops and Restaurants
Most retail establishments in North Cambridge are located in Porter Square or on Mass Ave. Davis Square is also close by with plenty of restaurants, cafes and shops.
North Cambridge shops and restaurants on Mass Ave include:
- Andy’s Diner
- Bob Slate – stationery and office supplies
- Cafe Barada – Lebanese restaurant
- China Fair – housewares
- Christopher’s – restaurant
- Frameworks – picture framing
- Greek Corner
- Hana Sushi
- Pemberton Farms – garden center, gourmet & prepared foods
- Qingdao Garden – Chinese restaurant
North Cambridge Transportation
North Cambridge residents enjoy access to several nearby Red Line subway stops: Alewife, Davis Square and Porter Square. It’s even possible (really!) to walk to Harvard Square or you can jump on the 77 bus that runs up and down Mass Ave.
The bike path crosses Mass Ave at Cameron Ave heading to Davis Square in one direction, out to Arlington and beyond in the other.
Nearby commuting routes include routes 2, 16, 93, 95 and 128.
North Cambridge Real Estate
Cambridge condo buyers will find plenty of options in North Cambridge. Mass Ave is lined with condo buildings – some built in the 1970s, many built in the last few years. There are a variety of styles – elevator buildings, townhouses, lofts, modern buildings with garage parking, co-housing buildings, as well as condos in converted two and three-family buildings.
North Cambridge also has a large number of single family houses. Houses that are closer to Porter Square and to Mass Ave tend to be larger and more expensive, with some that have sold for more than $1,000,000. In the neighborhood that runs between Rindge Ave and Harvey Street – one of few parts of Cambridge laid out in a grid – the houses tend to be more modest with fewer large Victorians. Lots are often 6000 sq.ft – generous by city standards. Recently North Cambridge single family houses have sold for about $400,000 to $1,400,000.
North Cambridge Condos