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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.

The Turret – House Parts We Love

Victorian House with a Turret in Arlington Center

Victorian House with a Turret in Arlington Center

A turret, or a tower as it’s also called, is an enormously appealing house part. There’s something romantic about a tower and the rooms inside it. The pull is strong enough that some people search for a house with a turret to call home – and around Cambridge they just may find one.

Turrets or towers were features in houses in several architectural styles including the Second Empire, Shingle Style, Romanesque Revival, and Gothic Revival. It is the Queen Anne style however that is most commonly identified with the turret. Many of these turreted Queen Anne Victorians can be found around Cambridge, Arlington and Somerville.

Turrets were typically topped with conical roofs, often covered in slate. Multi-sided turrets were capped with multi-sided roofs. The roof on a Second Empire Mansard tower often mimics the mansard roof of the main portion of the house.

Here are some other house parts we love:

 Granite Steps and Posts

Front Entry Benches

Curved Porch Balusters

Decorative Metal Doorknobs

Here are some pictures of houses with turrets.

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  1. Betty Saenz REALTOR® Historic House Specialist

    I am a Native Texan and Certified Historic House Specialist REALTOR® practicing Real Estate in Texas and I just love your web site! I just listed a beautiful 1904 Victorian historic home with a turret at 606 S Key Avenue in Lampasas Texas, north of Austin, Texas, my state’s capital. I can only imagine the age of the historic homes you deal with in Boston! That is so exciting.

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