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Franklin Street Cambridge – Real Estate Rambles

House on Franklin Street in Cambridge MA

House on Franklin Street in Cambridge MA

Franklin Street, with its interesting variety of house styles and location between Harvard Square and Central Square, is popular with Cambridge real estate buyers.  Franklin Street is a one-way street running from Putnam Avenue to one block past Sidney Street, ending at Landsdowne Street near MIT.  A walkable a location as you can find, Franklin Street parallels Mass Ave, just two blocks in towards the Charles River, and crosses through two popular Cambridge neighborhoods, Cambridgeport and Riverside.

History of Franklin Street Cambridge

Franklin Street was one of the first streets laid out in the Cambridgeport neighborhood.  Between 1800 and 1801 Judge Francis Dana, who owned a large portion of what is now Cambridgeport, laid out Franklin, Brookline, and Pearl Streets and began to sell lots of land.  Originally named Second Parallel Street it was renamed in 1838 in honor of Benjamin Franklin.

Franklin Street Houses

There’s a funky charm to the houses on Franklin Street which are varied in style and more modest in scale than some Cambridge neighborhoods.  Most homes sit close to the brick sidewalks and there are a good number of trees lining the street.  Homes on the street range from small single family houses to multi-families to mid-sized condominium buildings. 

Most houses on Franklin Street were built from the 1830s to the 1890s, with triple deckers filling some lots in the early 1900s.  More recent buildings include the round building at 348 Franklin Street, built in 1965 and now condos, a modern apartment building at 345 Franklin, a seven-story condo building at 332 Franklin Street built in the late ’80s, and an 18-unit condominium building at 369 Franklin built in 2003.

Franklin Street, Cambridge Real Estate Sales

Single family home sales in the last five years ranged from $426,550 to $1,125,000.  The average sale price was $713,694.

18 condos sold in the last two years for prices that ranged from $300,000 to $547,000.   The median sales price was $452,000.  The average price per square foot was $441

There have been just two sales of multi-family properties in the last few years on Franklin Street.  A triple-decker sold in 2007 for $1,065,000.  In 2008 a triple decker and two two-families sold as a package for $1,450,000 which strikes me as a good deal.

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  1. June Despres

    Amazing!!!!!! One needs to sit and peruse all day to check out everything you have included. Awesome work.

  2. Elizabeth Bolton

    Hi June ~ Thanks so much! I really appreciate that! Hope you’re having a good summer.


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