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Cambridge Condo Styles

If you’ve decided to buy a condo in Cambridge MA you’ll want to think about what style of condo you prefer.

Cambridge condo styles include lofts, townhouses, luxury condos, condos in buildings, and units in converted two and three-family houses.

It’s often a good idea to look at several condo styles when you first go out with your agent to visit properties. You’ll fairly quickly determine which style of condo best suits your needs and preferences.

Cambridge Loft Condos

Cambridge Loft Condos

Cambridge Loft Condos

Cambridge has a number of condo complexes in converted industrial buildings.  Many offer very finished spaces with kitchens outfitted with granite counters and high end appliances, new hardwood floors and finished walls and ceilings. In other lofts the space is more raw. Condo buyers who are looking for wide open layouts and soaring ceilings will want to look at Cambridge loft condos.  In 2010 Cambridge lofts sold for $318,000 to $671,000.

Cambridge loft buildings include:

155 Brookline Street Cambridge MA

Erie Street Lofts

147 Sherman Street Cambridge MA

Aberdeen Lofts

Cambridge Townhouses

There are many townhouse complexes scattered around Cambridge, most built in the last 35 years or so. Some associations are comprised of just two or three townhouses while other complexes have many more units.  Rooms are laid out on two to four floors and many have garage parking on the first level. Often there will be some outdoor space – a private patio or small enclosed yard, a deck or two, perhaps a private roof deck.  Townhouses offer some of the largest condos in Cambridge often with three bedrooms and two or more baths. In 2010 Cambridge townhouses sold for $329,000 to $1,435,000.

Cambridge townhouses include:

Valentine Place in Cambridgeport

54 Trowbridge Street

91 Sherman St Cambridge MA

Lilac Court Cambridge

177 Pemberton St Cambridge MA

Luxury Condos In Cambridge

Luxury Condos

Luxury Condos

Luxury is a bit hard to define – not everyone describes it in just the same way.  There are a number of luxury buildings in Cambridge that offer high end amenities including concierge service, indoor pools, valet parking, etc.  Several are located in East Cambridge near Lechmere and close to Boston, others are near or in Harvard Square. In 2010 the most expensive luxury condo in Cambridge sold for $4,250,000.

Luxury condos in Cambridge include:

 950 Mass Ave Cambridge MA

130 Mount Auburn Street Cambridge MA

Thomas Graves Landing

Condos In Buildings

When you’re thinking of buying a condo in Cambridge one of the first decisions to make is whether you prefer to live in a condo in a building or a condo in a house. Cambridge condo buildings range from wood buildings from the late 1800s with six to twelve units, to classic brick converted apartment buildings of the early 1900s, to modern buildings built from the 1970s to the present.  Each has its particular charms.  Some prefer the classic architectural details of the older buildings while other condo buyers seek the modern conveniences available in the newer buildings. In 2010 the median price for a Cambridge condo in a building with ten or more units was $395,000.

Here’s a small sample of Cambridge condo buildings of various vintages:

 Cambridgeport Commons

50 Follen Street Cambridge MA

19 Chauncy Street Cambridge MA

61 Garfield St Cambridge MA

773 Concord Ave

88 Hancock Street Cambridge MA

329 Harvard St Cambridge MA

Cambridge Condos In Converted Two and Three-Family Houses

Condos In Houses

Condos In Houses

A large share of the Cambridge condo inventory consists of condos in two-family and three-family houses. Some of these multi-family units remain in close to original condition while others have been thoroughly renovated, sometimes transformed into modern spaces that previous tenants would barely recognize.

Typically, the condos in three families, or triple deckers as we call them, are of equal size. Some two-families have units of equivalent size while others have a smaller unit on the first floor and a larger two-level unit on the second and third floor.  Another layout is what’s referred to as “Philadelphia style” in which the first floor unit has a staircase leading to a room or two on the second floor.  The median price for a Cambridge condo in a two or three unit association in 2010 was $470,000.

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Cambridge Condo Styles was written by Elizabeth Bolton, a Cambridge real estate agent with ReMax Destiny. Would you like some help with your search for a condo in Cambridge?   Give Liz a call at 617-504-1737 or send her an email.

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