Condo Near Harvard – New to the Market

Are you looking for a condo near Harvard?  Hoping to find garage parking? Central air conditioning? An elevator building?  You’ll find all this and much more at a newly listed condo near Harvard in Kirkland Village at the Cambridge / Somerville line.

97 Kirkland St Living Room

97 Kirkland St Living Room

 

This four room, one-bedroom condo with a study is less than a half mile from the heart of the Harvard campus.  97 Kirkland Street Cambridge (aka 435 Washington Street Somerville) is in Kirkland Village and Savenor’s Market, Dali, the Wine and Cheese Cask, The Biscuit and more are just outside your door.

This condo near Harvard has a sparkling renovated kitchen

This condo near Harvard has a sparkling renovated kitchen

You’ll be able to check off all the items on your wish list including hardwood floors, in-unit washer and dryer, air conditioning, an elevator, garage parking, stainless steel appliances and granite counters in the kitchen, and a  private balcony.

This Kirkland Village Condo has a spacious bedroom plus a study

This Kirkland Village Condo has a spacious bedroom plus a study

Unit 206 at 97 Kirkland Street Cambridge is new to the market at $349,000.  You won’t find a nicer condo near Harvard for the price. 

For more information, please call Liz Bolton of ReMax Destiny- that’s me! – at 617-504-1737 or come by the open house on Saturday or Sunday, July 7 and 8, 2012 from noon to 1:30 pm.

Unit 206, 97 Kirkland Street, Cambridge MA in the 97 Kirkland Condo Association, is taxed in Somerville as 435 Washington Street.

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How Much Space Is Enough?

Our tour was short this week because of the upcoming holiday weekend.  We saw only four properties, two of which were under 500 square feet in size.  It really made me think – how much space is enough?

The 390 sq. ft. condo that we saw really drove home the point that a relatively small amount of space can be enough – can be just right in fact.  The one-bedroom condo we saw had a small bedroom, a living room / dining room that fit a couch, a small desk, and a dining table, and a little kitchen.  It was compact, well laid out, and very appealing.

Truth be told – those are the rooms in which I spend almost all of my time.  I work at my desk, I hang out in the kitchen, I sleep – though not enough. The rest of the rooms in the house?  Storage for my stuff.

There’s a Tiny House movement afoot in America.  In Cambridge, you can opt for a small condo if you want to downsize dramatically.  Here are some options on the market – click on the small photo for more photographs and additional info:

And if you’re in the market for a condo or house in Cambridge, don’t let the lack of new listings this week get you down.  Few new properties are listed for sale close to Memorial Day.  Next week should be a good week for new listings.

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150 Hampshire Street Cambridge MA

150 Hampshire Street in Cambridge MA is a handsome loft-style complex featuring six unique units.  Originally, the site contained an ice house built in the 1870s.  The property was gutted and transformed into six townhouse / lofts in 2006.  With a brick and stucco exterior and an inner brick courtyard, the complex is architecturally interesting and an attractive addition to the streetscape.

150 Hampshire Street Cambridge MA 02139

150 Hampshire Street Cambridge MA 02139

150 Hampshire Street is close to Inman Square with its myriad of restaurants and an easy walk to either Central Square or Kendall Square, both with Red Line subway stops.

150 Hampshire Street Cambridge MA Condos Feature

  • Two and three bedroom condos
  • 882 -1383 sq.ft.
  • Multi-level layouts
  • Cherry, granite, and stainless steel kitchens
  • Hardwood floors
  • Central air conditioning
  • Parking

Condo Sales at 150 Hampshire St Cambridge

The units at 150 Hampshire Street originally sold in 2006 – 2007 for $375,000 to $524,000.   The first resales of units in the complex were listed for sale in January 2012: a 1069 sq.ft. two bedroom condo with1.5 baths was listed for $445,000, and a 1023 sq.ft. two bedroom unit with two baths was priced at $450,000.  Both condos went under agreement almost immediately.

If there is an available unit at 150 Hampshire Street in Cambridge it will appear below.  Click on the small photo for additional info and more photographs.

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What Does a Two-Bedroom Cambridge Condo In A House Cost?

Many Cambridge condos are in converted two- or three-family houses

Many Cambridge condos are in converted two- or three-family houses

Are you hoping to buy a condo in the Cambridge area?  Wondering what you get for your money?  Here’s a look at what you can expect to spend for a two-bedroom Cambridge condo in a converted two or three-unit house.

Last week we looked at Cambridge condo sales prices in larger buildings.  Today we’ll look at sales of condominiums in converted multi-unit houses.  Many Cambridge condos can be found in converted two-family houses or triple deckers.

What Does a Two-Bedroom Cambridge Condo In a House Cost?

In 2011 127 two-bedroom condominiums in two- or three-unit associations sold in Cambridge for prices ranging from $180,000 to $1,300,000.

The two-bedroom condo that sold for $180,000 was a foreclosure.  It was the third-floor unit of a triple-decker in the Riverside neighborhood. 

For $1,300,000 the most expensive condo was anything but typical.  It was a one-of-a-kind,dramatic, architect-designed addition to an older Avon Hill house. It measured over 2,500 sq.ft. with two bedrooms, 3.5 baths and one parking space.

But what’s the average two-bedroom Cambridge condo in a house cost?  For this let’s look at the median sales price in 2011. 

The median sales price in 2011 for a two-bedroom condo in a two- or three-unit building was $420,000. 

For $420,000 you got an 1100 sq.ft.  two-bedroom, one-bath condo on the second floor of a triple-decker midway between Harvard and Central Squares.  The condo had a back porch and did not have air conditioning. The laundry was in the basement and there was one tandem parking space.  The house was built in 1920.  Most two and three-unit houses in Cambridge were built in the late 1800s or early 1900s.

Prices for two-bedroom condos will vary by neighborhood, by level of renovation,  by what amenities are included such as parking or in-unit laundry, etc.

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How Much Does a Two-Bedroom Cambridge Condo In a Building Cost?

Have you wondered how much a two-bedroom Cambridge condo costs?

If you’re thinking of buying real estate in Cambridge you’ll want to get an idea of what you get for the money.  You’ll also want to think about housing styles – condo or house; condo in a house or condo in a building; townhouse or flat, etc.

Cambridge and surrounding towns have many condos in converted two- or three-family houses – the “2/3 family”  style in the MLS that often mystifies buyers.  Many condo buyers like this style – the condos are often charming, you may get a yard or shared outdoor space, and you’ll get to know your neighbors well.

Ofter Cambridge condo buyers prefer to look for condos in buildings.  Sometimes it’s because of the amenities – an elevator, garage parking, or exercise facilities for example. Others prefer a larger building because there’s a management company and sometimes even building staff.  Condo buildings in Cambridge span the decades – from charming turn-of-the-century  buildings to modern high-rises.

Today we’ll look at Cambridge condos in buildings with ten or more units.

How Much Does a Two-Bedroom Cambridge Condo In a Building Cost?

In 2011, 144 two-bedroom condos sold in Cambridge in complexes with ten or more units.  Sale prices ranged from $205,000 to $3,150,000. 

At the low end of the price range, $205,000 bought a 683 sq.ft. two-bedroom condo  in a 1965 brick building near the Alewife T.  It’s the sort of building commonly built in the 1960s and 1970s – a brick box with a dozen units in what I think of as a split-level configuration. When you walk in the front door there are half a dozen stairs going up to the second floor and half a flight down to the first floor.  The condo that sold for $205,000 was on the first level, partially below grade, and came with one parking space.

At the other end of the spectrum, for $3M+ you could have bought an expansive 2700 sq.ft. two-bedroom condo with 2.5 baths in a luxury condo building in Harvard Square.  The condo. part of the Residences at Charles Square, had private gardens, two garage spaces, and acess to the amenities of the adjacent Charles Hotel, including the pool and room service.

But what’s the average Cambridge two-bedroom condo cost?  For that, we’ll look at the median price in 2011.  The median price for a two-bedroom Cambridge condo in a building with 10+ units was $$452,500 in 2011.  Here are some examples of two-bedroom units that sold at that price point:

Two-bedroom condo at 205 Richdale Ave

Two-bedroom condo at 205 Richdale Ave

A two-bedroom condo with 1.5 baths and one garage space sold at 205 Richdale Ave in Cambridge near Porter Square for $450,000.  The condo, a two-level walk-up, was on the 3rd and 4th floors. The 40-unit complex was built in the late 1980s.  The kitchen had its original white cabinets and counters with a new range and microwave.  There was a deck off the dining area and central air conditioning in this 1290 sq.ft. condo.

 

 

Kitchen in a two-bedroom Cambridge condo

Kitchen in a two-bedroom Cambridge condo

At 369 Franklin Street, near Central Square in Cambridge, a two-bedroom, two-bath condo sold for $450,000.  The 18-unit building was constructed in 2003 and has an elevator, small exercise room, and garage parking.  The 884 sq.ft. condo had central air conditioning, in-unit washer/dryer, and stainless steel appliances and granite counters in the kitchen.

 

 

 

Two bedroom Cambridge condos on Newport Road

Two bedroom Cambridge condos on Newport Road

A two-bedroom condo with one bath sold on Newport Road in Cambridge for $455,000.  The Newport Road Condos in Porter Square were built in the early 1900s. This unit was a third floor walk-up and had rental parking and in-unit laundry.  Like the other condos in this complex, the 1142. sq.ft. condo was very charming with a fireplace, high ceilings, hardwood floors, and good closets for a building of this period.  The kitchen had been redone at some point with modern cabinetry and counters.

 

You can see all available 2+ bedroom Cambridge condos for sale by clicking the link below.  If you see something you like or have questions about buying real estate in Cambridge or nearby – give me a call at 617-504-1737 or contact me by email

Liz Bolton, ReMax Destiny, Cambridge

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Cambridge Condo – New to the Market

This two-bedroom North Cambridge condo has a wonderful feel-  it’s warm, bright and inviting.  It’s on the top floor of a well maintained triple decker on a small side street not far from Mass Ave and the bike path.  It’s an easy walk to Davis Square and to the shops and restaurants on Mass Ave.

8 George Street Cambridge Living Room

8 George Street Cambridge Living Room

The light-filled condo has two skylights, high ceilings, wood floors, in-unit laundry and a back deck that has lovely views of trees and neighboring gardens.  The eat-in kitchen has lots of counter space and cabinets, a gas stove and a dishwasher.  You can display your favorite dishes in the built-in cabinet in the adjacent dining room.

The dining room has been opened to the eat-in kitchen

The dining room has been opened to the eat-in kitchen

There’s extra storage in the basement, common space outside, and yes – a deeded parking space.

8 George Street, Cambridge MA is new to the market and listed for $379,000.  Email or call Liz Bolton of Coldwell Banker at 617-504-1737  to schedule a visit or for more information.

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New Somerville and Cambridge Real Estate Listings

33 Willard St Overlooks the Cambridge Skating Club

33 Willard St Overlooks the Cambridge Skating Club

After a couple of weeks with few or no new listings, our first tour after Thanksgiving was a good one.  We saw half a dozen new listings in Somerville and Cambridge today.  Nice weather, new listings – it was a great day!

Cambridge and Somerville condo buyers have several new places to choose from if their price range is between $500,000 and $1,000,000.

 

33 Willard Street in Cambridge is a super location between Brattle Street and Mount Auburn, close to Harvard Square. This two-level condo looks over the ice skating (or summer tennis!) at the Cambridge Skating Club.  There are Charles River views from several rooms. This three-bedroom condo is new to the market at $995,000.

345 Harvard Street #2 in Cambridge has just come on the market at $749,000.  It’s a sleek modern renovation in an elevator building in mid-Cambridge.  There are three bedrooms and two baths.

140 Hudson Street in Somerville also has an elevator.  Spacious and super bright and sunny, this two-bedroom condo with study is listed for $509,900

There are also several multi-family houses new to the market in Cambridge:

We saw a two-family fixer-upper on Homer Ave in Cambridge. The townhouse-style units have some nice original details.  There’s work to be done but the house is priced at just $449,000.

5 Warwick Park is a handsome three-decker in close to original condition.  There are some very nice details – high ceilings, original woodwork and light fixtures and back porches on each floor.  Warwick Park is tucked away off Pemberton Street close to Mass Ave.  5 Warwick is priced at $875,000.

45-47 Putnam Ave is close to Harvard Square and the Charles River.  This triple-decker has had some very interesting architect-designed renovations and was a treat to see.  It’s new to the market at $1,195,000.

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44 Langdon St Cambridge MA 02138

44 Langdon St Cambridge MA 02138

44 Langdon St Cambridge MA 02138

Cambridge condo buyers hoping to find a classic Cambridge condo close to Harvard Square will want to consider any available condos at 44 Langdon Street.

44 Langdon St in Cambridge MA is a lovely side street, tucked away off Mass Avenue, very close to Harvard Square and to Harvard Law School.

44 Langdon St Cambridge MA History

The 12-unit building was designed by architect Hamilton Harlow and built in 1915.  Harlow designed a number of Cambridge buildings in this period including 7 Linnaean, 46 Shepard Street, 77-79 Martin Street and 11 Story Street.  Harlow buildings are well loved by Cantabridgians who appreciate their classic charm, many windows, and ample storage spaces.  The building was converted to condominiums in 1977.

44 Langdon Street Features

  • One and two-bedroom condos
  • 635 – 1272 sq. ft.
  • Beamed ceilings
  • Leaded glass windows
  • Fireplaces
  • Maple floors
  • Storage and laundry in the basement
  • Heat and hot water included in the condo fee
  • Pet friendly

Condo Sales at 44 Langdon St Cambridge MA

There has not been a lot of turnover in the building.  The most recent sales were for larger units – each was 1272 sq. ft. with two bedrooms and two baths.  A 4th floor condo sold in 2007 for $530,000.  A first floor unit sold in 2011 for $600,000.

If there are condos available at 44 Langdon they will appear below.  Click on the small photograph for additional photos and more information.

 

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