Centers And Squares
1-3 Rockingham Place to my coworkers. My colleague, Allan Rikhi, and I have listed this big two-family house in the Cambridgeport neighborhood of Cambridge. It's a beauty and bound to be popular. 1-3 Rockingham Place has a five-room apartment on the first floor. Upstairs is huge with nine rooms, including three bedrooms. two studies and a spacious family room. The house is filled with light and the upstairs decks have amazing views. Outside there are two separate patio areas, garden beds, fruit trees, mature shrubs, and parking. It's truly an urban oasis. This is the neighborhood where my father grew up - in fact the house our family owned for eighty years abuts the yard at 1-3 Rockingham Place. It's a great place to live in a neighborhood filled with Victorian houses. The Charles River is around the corner, Magazine Beach is nearby, there's a playground and ball field down the block, you can walk over the bridge to BU as my Dad did, and nowadays Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, etc. are close by. Yesterday when I stopped by Rockingham Place I daydreamed about how the neighborhood used to be in the 1930s, 40s and 50s. Growing up, my dad played baseball with the Rockingham Sox. Billy Harris, who used to live in 1-3 Rockingham Place was on the team. My aunt Irene who grew up around the corner on Granite Street remembers visiting the Harris's house at Christmas time every year for a party. It's time for new memories to be made at 1-3 Rockingham Place. Call me if you'd like more information or would like to schedule a time to see this lovely home.
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 $509,900There 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.
Cambridge Concierge BuildingsToday we toured units in two of Cambridge's premiere luxury buildings. By coincidence both properties were actually two units combined to make one large condo or co-op. At 1010 Memorial Drive we saw a three bedroom, three bath co-op with the amazing Charles River views that the building is known for. At the Esplanade we saw a three bedroom three bath condo with a huge master suite on the 11th floor. The owners of the unit had bought pre-construction so the layout and features were unique in the building. This was our second property of the day with amazing river views.
Condo Buildings With PoolsIf you'd like to take a dip after work, two of the condos we saw today fit the bill. The Esplanade has an indoor three-lane pool adjacent to the exercise room. We also saw a condo at 19 Chauncy Street in Harvard Square. That condo building has an outdoor pool.
Elevator BuildingsMany of the condos in Cambridge don't have elevators but several of the properties we saw today were in elevator buildings. Since each is a modern building it's not surprising that 19 Chauncy Street, 1010 Memorial Drive and the Esplanade all have elevators. The Porter Square condo building that we toured was a surprise however. This turn-of-the-century nine-unit building is not the type of property where you expect to find an elevator. But the building was completely renovated several years ago and now you have the best of both worlds. This light-filled third floor two-bedroom has a deck, parking, central air, in-unit laundry and the convenience of an elevator. If you like the architectural character of an older building, albeit one that has been thoroughly renovated, you won't have to live without all the modern conveniences in this condo.
Large Cambridge CondosIt was a day for house-sized condominiums. We saw two very attractive condos in older two-unit buildings. A Kirkland Village 3-4 bedroom condo near Harvard Square was beautiful. Built-in bookcases everywhere, a fireplace, mudroom, back deck, and a super sunny third floor master bedroom suite. Another charming condo in mid-Cambridge was a townhouse-style six bedroom. It was a lovely space - not mucked up but very liveable. The kitchen was great - exposed brick, warm wood counters and cabinets, and large windows on two sides overlooking the backyard. At over 3500 sq. ft. the condo was larger than many houses.
Somerville Single Family in Ball SquareWe saw a super single family house smack dab in the middle of Ball Square. The house has nice original detail, four bedrooms, 1.5 baths, and a fenced yard. Walk out your door for breakfast at Kelly's Diner or Soundbites. At $595,000 the house is in the same price range as many condos. If you want more information about any new listing remember - I'm only a phone call or email away!
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Our office tours new listings every Wednesday morning. This morning it was hard to be enthusiastic - 18 degrees, more snow, fewer parking spaces, and the prospect of putting boots on and off at every property was enough to make me want to stay at home where it was warm.
But I love touring new listings and I was happy to see we had 15 properties on the tour. The actual breakdown was 11 condos, 3 single families, and 1 multi-family. Since we've been in a period of low inventory and it's been difficult for buyers to find what they want I was delighted to see plenty of new listings on this tour. Read the rest of this entry »