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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.

Cambridge Real Estate – New Listings Tour – Cambridge and Somerville

Every Wednesday the Cambridge Coldwell Banker Real Estate agents tour the new listings coming on the market.  Today was a great tour.  There were 15 properties on the tour and among them some real gems.  Here are my favorites:

Avon Hill Mansard Townhouse

avon-hill-condoWe started the tour at a very special property – a townhouse condominium in a largely unspoiled Victorian mansard duplex on an Avon Hill side street.  Beautiful period detail, high ceilings, and wonderful views of the surrounding Avon Hill Victorians and backyards from every window.  Most will opt to update this three-bedroom townhouse but the price of $799,000 in this desirable neighborhood struck everyone as a very good buy.

Cambridge Single Family Homes

One of the highlights of our tour was a single family home on Avon Hill.  Essentially new after a complete transformation in 2006, this house is exquisite. New houses or gut renovations are not usually my personal favorites but this house is exceptional.  As I walked through it, accompanied by a chorus of ooohs and aahs from my fellow real estate agents, the Not So Big House books by Sarah Susanka came to mind. Not that the house is small – with four bedrooms, four levels of living space, and over 3500 square feet it’s generously sized – but the fine finishes and exquisite detail remind me of Susanka’s emphasis on quality.  From the beamed ceiling in the living room, the unusually wide staircase, to the perfection of the kitchen and baths – this house is a delight.  Priced at $2,325,000 and one of the nicest Cambridge single family houses I’ve seen in a long time.

Most days the Avon Hill house would be hard to beat but we weren’t done yet.  I’m an old house enthusiast and a huge fan of unspoiled antique houses.  As we walked into the next house on tour, a 13 room, 6 bedroom Victorian, my colleague exclaimed “Now this  is what it’s all about.”  This absolutely lovely quintessential Cambridge home sits on a quarter acre lot on a side street near Brattle Street and the Charles River in West Cambridge.  A grand old home, it has wonderful period detail, elegant formal rooms and sweet and cheery bedrooms. Gracious and inviting, this is the house you think of when you visualize an old Cambridge manse.  Well loved for decades, the next owners will be fortunate to call this house home.

Somerville Condominiums

Somerville CondoWe saw a variety of condominiums in Somerville, Watertown, Cambridge and Arlington on tour. The standout for me was a spacious six-room, two-bedroom condo on Winter Hill in Somerville.  Somerville  has several streets with really beautiful Victorians and Adams Street in Winter Hill is one of them.  This condo, one of five condominiums spread out in the house and adjacent carriage house, is the crown jewel of the association at 60 Adams.  Walk across the wide front porch through the main door of the house – now the private entry to the condo – into an enormous foyer.  Inside, the Victorian golden oak detail is jaw dropping – a built-in bench next to the fireplace in the living room, thickly framed stained glass panels in the formal dining room, columns, pocket doors, and a massive built-in china cabinet with leaded glass doors.  The kitchen is scrumptious – a bit updated, a bit vintage – very usable and completely charming.  60 Adams Street, Somerville is a dazzler and is coming on the market for $424,900. 

Arlington and Watertown Condominiums

We also saw two condos today that are great options for first-time buyers.  One is a newly renovated condo in a brick four-unit condo building in Watertown.  Filled with light, open and bright, this two-bedroom condo with study has a gorgeous kitchen and new bath.  The developer did some very nice detail work and this condo seems exceptionally well priced at $314,000.  If you’re looking for a Cambridge condominium you might want to include this Watertown condo in your search since it’s just off Mount Auburn Street near the Cambridge line.

Another excellent first-time buyer option was a three-room one-bedroom condo in a classic brick building in Arlington near the Capitol Theatre.  Charm and character, hardwood floors and parking for $229,900 and you can hop on the 77 bus to Harvard Square.

I tour new listings all week long. Check back often for the latest and greatest.  See a property you like?  Need more information?  I’m just a phone call or email away!

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