Cambridge Pod Patrol

Join the Cambridge Pod Patrol - Pick Pods!

Join the Cambridge Pod Patrol - Pick Pods!

Black swallow-wort is flourishing in Cambridge and nearby cities and towns  so the Cambridge Pod Patrol will be hitting the streets and city green spaces.

The Cambridge Pod Patrol is a volunteer endeavor organized to spread the word about this highly invasive vine-like plant and to enlist residents’ help in stemming its spread throughout the city.

Black swallow-wort is a danger for birds and butterflies and its aggressive growth forces out native vegetation or garden plants.

Once you know what it looks like you’ll likely spot black swallow-wort all over the city.  It covers chain link fences, it grows in gardens and winds its way around other plants, it’s likely to sprout up anywhere there’s a bit of dirt.  It’s most distinctive features are green, shiny leaves in opposing pairs and, at this time of year, smooth greed pods that look like a cross between a milk weed pod and a peapod.

What can you do about black swallowwort when you see it? 

Pick pods!  Carry a bag with you when you’re out on a walk and pick all the pods you can find.  Tightly wrap the bag and dispose of it in the trash – not in a compost bin or with yard waste. 

And let your neighbors know about black swallow-wort in the neighborhood.  Here’s the Cambridge Pod Patrol flyer with more info and pictures of Black Swallow-wort.

Estimates suggest that a thick stand of black swallow-wort will produce 2,000 seeds per square yard.  Pods left on a dead vine will still open and send out seeds.

Unfortunately, black swallow-wort has made inroads at Fresh Pond Reservation.  This Sunday, July 10th, the Cambridge Pod Patrol will hold it’s debut event at Fresh Pond Reservation.  Come join the battle against Black Swallow-wort and help pick pods.  There’ll be information and refreshments for pod pickers.

The Cambridge Pod Patrol kickoff is scheduled for Sunday, July 10, 2011 from 1 to 4 pm at Fresh Pond Reservation.  Volunteers can meet in the Water Department parking lot and will head out around Fresh Pond to pick pods.

Black Swallow-wort – Help Spread the Word – Not the Seed!

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Bay State Flats – Condos At 24 Bay State Road, Cambridge

Bay State Flats Near Fresh Pond In Cambridge

Bay State Flats Near Fresh Pond In Cambridge

The Bay State Flats at 24 Bay State Road in Cambridge MA near Fresh Pond were built in 2006.  There are 23 condos in this distinctive four-story elevator building.  The condominiums have stylish finishes, open loft-like layouts, and large windows.

There are:

  • Fourteen one-bedrooms, 650 – 790 s.f.
  • Seven two-bedrooms, 948 – 1043 s.f.
  • Two three-bedrooms, 1152 – 1273 s.f.

Bay State Lofts Features:

  • Central air conditioning
  • Heated garage parking
  • Maple floors
  • Cherry cabinets, granite counters, stainless steel appliances
  • In-unit washer / dryer

Sale prices at 24 Bay State Road, Cambridge MA have ranged from $300,000 for a 783 s.f. one-bedroom condo to $539,000 for a 1273 s.f. three-bedroom.






 The Bay State Flats are located at 24 Bay State Road, Cambridge MA 02138

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Fresh Pond Place Condos – Cambridge Condominiums

Fresh Pond Place Condos

Fresh Pond Place Condos – Cambridge MA

The Fresh Pond Place condos offer many amenities for Cambridge MA real estate buyers.  Located in  the Strawberry Hill neighborhood, just across Huron Ave from the Fresh Pond Reservation, Fresh Pond Place residents will have no shortage of recreational opportunities.

Fresh Pond Place Condominiums

Fresh Pond Place, built in the early 1980s, was Cambridge’s first planned community of townhouses in condominium ownership.  Fifty-seven townhouses were built in three phases.  Landscaped courtyards, walkways and bridges connect the townhouses in the association.  Lower level driveways lead to condo residents’ garage parking and to guest parking.

There are several townhouse floor plans at Fresh Pond Place.  Townhouses range in size from 1325 sq. ft. to over 1800 sq. ft. laid out on two to four levels.  Condos have skylights, decks, central air conditioning, central vac and garage parking for one or two cars. Other features in some units include greenhouse dining areas, balconies, and patios.

Fresh Pond Place has an indoor recreation center with a 16′ by 45′ swimming pool, changing rooms, sauna and a whirlpool.  Across the street at Fresh Pond Reservation there is a public golf course, tennis courts, playground and a two mile path for walking or jogging around Fresh Pond Reservoir.  The area is popular with dog owners and Fresh Pond Place is pet friendly.

Buses to Harvard Square run by Fresh Pond Place and the Alewife Red Line T stop is nearby.  Commuting to Boston or to Route 2, 93 and 128 is easy from this convenient location. The shops and restaurants in Huron Village are a pleasant walk and Star Market is close by. 

Recent Sales of Fresh Pond Place Townhouse Condos:

There have been only a couple of sales in the last two years in the MLS for Fresh Pond Place.

  • A 1456 sq.ft townhouse at 676 Huron Ave – 2 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 1 garage space sold for $525,000 in 2013
  • A townhouse at 676 Huron Ave – 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bath, 1721 sq. ft, 2 garage spaces sold for $635,500 in 2013 

If any condos are available at Fresh Pond Place they will appear below. Click on the photo for more information and additional photographs.

There’s been a lot of new construction near Fresh Pond. Interested in living in the neighborhood? I can help with that! Just give me a call at 617-504-1737 or email me at [email protected]

Liz Bolton, ReMax Destiny Cambridge. Sales data about Fresh Pond Place condos from MLSpin

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