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The Larchwood Neighborhood – Cambridge Real Estate, History and Architecture

The Larchwood Neighborhood – Cambridge Real Estate, History and Architecture  Larchwood is one of Cambridge’s prettiest neighborhoods.  Designed as a residential subdivision in 1915, its winding streets, lined with handsome houses and lush landscaping, are tucked between Brattle Street, Huron Avenue, and Fresh Pond Parkway.

Larchwood Neighborhood History

House in the Larchwood neighborhood of Cambridge MA

House in the Larchwood neighborhood of Cambridge MA

The Larchwood neighborhood was carved out of the former summer estate of William Gray, a wealthy Salem merchant.  His 38 acre property, The Larches, remained in the Gray family for over 100 years before it was subdivided in 1915.  The original house, which had been surrounded by ornamental gardens, was relocated to Larch Road.  Attempts were made to preserve elements of Gray’s garden when the streets in the Larchwood neighborhood were laid out.

The Larchwood subdivision was designed in 1915 by noted landscape architect Henry Hubbard.  Hubbard had studied at Harvard under Frederick Law Olmsted, whose firm he later joined, and was the first person to earn a degree in landscape architecture.  He later taught at Harvard for more than thirty years focusing on landscape architecture and city planning, and in 1917 wrote with his wife, Theodora Kimball, An Introduction to the Study of Landscape Design, the standard textbook in the field for decades.

Houses in the Larchwood Neighborhood in Cambridge

The predominant architectural style in the Larchwood neighborhood is Georgian Revival.  Here and there another architectural style can be spotted – there’s a large Mansard Victorian on Larchwood Drive and a Modernist house by the Architects Collaborative on Old Dee Road.  There are Capes, Gambrels, and Tudor Revivals  in the neighborhood.

Larchwood Home Sales – Cambridge Real Estate

Larchwood is a popular neighborhood for Cambridge real estate buyers.  Houses in the neighborhood are often extensively renovated after passing hands.  The streets in the Larchwood neighborhood are:

  • Fresh Pond Lane
  • Old Dee Road
  • Meadow Way
  • Larchwood Road

Here are some recent real estate sales in the neighborhood:

Single Family Home Sales in the Larchwood Neighborhood of Cambridge

Single Family Home Sales in the Larchwood Neighborhood of Cambridge

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And enjoy the slide show of photographs of many of the Cambridge houses in Larchwood:

 

 

 And here are some other Cambridge streets and neighborhoods to check out:

The Agassiz Neighborhood of Cambridge
Follen Street Cambridge
Garfield Street Cambridge
Orchard Street Cambridge
Pemberton Street Cambridge

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