400 Washington St Somerville – Lofts at Ivy Place

400 Washington Street, Somerville - Ivy Place

400 Washington Street, Somerville MA - Ivy Place

Condo buyers looking for a true loft-style condo that’s close to Harvard will want to consider the the lofts at Ivy Place at 400 Washington St in Somerville MA.  Built in 2001 there are 15 condos on four floors including one commercial space.

Unlike some condos that are described as lofts because the floor plan is a bit more open than a traditional layout, the condos at 400 Washington Street are true lofts.  The floor plan, with the kitchen and bath at the core, allows for some privacy for the sleeping area / bedroom and owners often divide the space with bookcases and other room dividers.

Near the intersection of Beacon Street, there are shops and restaurants nearby including Dali, evoo, the Wine and Cheese Cask, Savenor’s, the Biscuit and the Kebab Factory.  Harvard Yard is about half a mile down Kirkland Street (Washington Street becomes Kirkland at the Cambridge line).  Union and Inman Squares are not far away.

400 Washington Street Somerville MA Condo Features

  • Condos range in size from 1084 to 1258 sq. ft.
  • Elevator
  • 9.5 ft. ceilings
  • Central air conditioning
  • Granite counters, stainless steel appliances with gas stove
  • Hardwood floors
  • Huge windows
  • Gas fireplace
  • In-unit laundry
  • Balcony or patio
  • Offstreet parking space
  • Pet friendly
  • Professionally managed
  • Heat and hot water included in the condo fee

400 Washington St. – Recent Sales at Ivy Place

  • A second floor unit with two parking spaces sold for $433,000 in 2009
  • A penthouse condo with one parking space sold for $417,000 in 2009

If there are condos for sale or rent at 400 Washington Street, Somerville they’ll appear below. Click on the small photo for additional photographs and more information.




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50 Bow Street Somerville – Lofts – Urbanica 50

50 Bow St. Somerville MA - Urbanica 50 Lofts

50 Bow St. Somerville MA - Urbanica 50 Lofts

50 Bow Street Somerville MA – Lofts at Urbanica 50  The renovated police station at 50 Bow St. in Union Square in Somerville MA is now home to 14 loft- style condos.

The former police station, built in 1874, is a Second Empire mansard style brick building. Renovated in 2005, the project’s developers have also redeveloped a former police station in the South End at 7 Warren Street, now called D4, and the former fire station in Belmont, now known as Engine 1.

50 Bow Street Somerville MA Lofts Feature:

  • 872 – 1753 sq.ft
  • Very high ceilings and large windows
  • Mahogany floors
  • Stone counters and stainless steel kitchen appliances
  • Limestone tiled baths
  • Central air conditioning
  • Philippe Starck lighting
  • In-unit laundry
  • Most units have parking
  • Elevator building

50 Bow Street Somerville MA – Urbanica 50 Sales

  • Lofts at Urbanica 50 sold for prices between $380,000 and $699,000.
  • Penthouse condos sold in 2006 for $590,000 and $600,000
  • A one-bedroom, one-bath condo sold in 2008 for $323,000

If condos are for sale or rent at 50 Bow St. Somerville MA they’ll appear below.  Click on the small photo for more information and additional photographs.




Urbanica 50 is at 50 Bow St., Somerville MA 02143 in Union Square.

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Osgood Lofts – Somerville Condos – 25-27 Osgood St. Somerville

The Osgood Lofts. These 14 Somerville condos were built in 2005 at 25-27 Osgood Street between Porter Square and Union Square.

Osgood Street is just one block long, tucked above Somerville Ave. There’s a community garden and a park with playground on the block.  The street is named in honor of Osgood Dane who quarried slate and granite on the hill here in the 1800s. Dane and Granite Streets also commemorate the quarry.

Osgood Lofts - Somerville Condos at 25-27 Osgood St.

Osgood Lofts - Somerville Condos at 25-27 Osgood St.

Osgood Lofts Features

  • Two bedrooms, two baths
  • Huge windows
  • In-unit laundry
  • Central air conditioning
  • Two-car garage parking with storage
  • Visitor parking
  • Elevator
  • Pet friendly

Osgood Lofts – Real Estate Sales

12 two-bedrooms, 1066-1147 sq.ft.

  • Sold for $387,000 to $451,000
  • Average sales price – $424,214

2 larger two-bedroom condos, 2100+ sq.ft.

  • Sold for $580,000 and $635,000

 Available real estate on Osgood Street will appear below.  Click on the small photo for additional info and more photographs.


The Osgood Lofts are located at 25-27 Osgood St., Somerville, MA 02143.

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Davis Square Condos

Davis Square T Station

Davis Square T Station

Davis Square Condos   No doubt about it – Davis Square is a popular location for Somerville real estate buyers.  Davis has a Red Line T stop, the bike path, the Somerville Theatre, and plenty of shops, restaurants, cafes and bars.  There’s a liveliness to the square day and night.

The condominium styles available in the neighborhood are similar to options elsewhere in Somerville and Cambridge – units in converted two and three-family houses, in converted brick buildings – one from the 1930s, one circa 1960, lofts in former industrial buildings, condos in a converted school, and new or recently built townhouses.

In the last 12 months the average sale price for Davis Square condos was $462,504 and the median sales price was $429,500.  52 condominiums sold in the neighborhood (or at least those identified to be in the neighborhood by the listing agent – truth be told some stretch the location a bit and others fail to include the neighborhood designation in the listing entry) for sale prices from $145,000 to $893,000.

Currently 17 condominiums are listed for sale in Davis priced between $299,000 for a one-bedroom in a 15-unit brick building to $1,100,000 for an enormous condo in a converted church.  The median asking price per square foot is $388.

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Click on the photos below for more info (and more photos) about these Davis Square condos. If you’d like to take a look at any of these or want some help with your real estate search please give me a call at 617-504-1737. I’d be happy to help! Elizabeth A. Bolton, ReMax Destiny, 907 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02144.

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Somerville and Cambridge Schoolhouse Condos


Lowe School Condos in Davis Square

Somerville and Cambridge have several schoolhouse condominium associations and more on the way.  Schoolhouse condos are popular with real estate buyers who appreciate the large windows, high ceilings, and vintage details often found in these condominiums.

My favorite school was in a similar large old brick building, the Dale Street School in Medfield Mass.  I still remember the breezes that came through the oversized windows, the wide hallways and stairs, and the water bubblers that lined the hall.  Happily it’s still used as a school but if it’s ever converted to condos I’ll be first in line.  The converted schools in Cambridge and Somerville give real estate buyers the opportunity to relive – just a bit – their schooldays.

Condos in Converted Schools in Cambridge

The Lincoln School Condos on Walden and Mead Streets are very close to Porter Square.  This large former school has been divided into just twenty condominiums, with a number of spacious condos measuring more than 1500 sq. ft.  There’s less of a schoolhouse feel in these condos though the large windows and super high ceilings make for dramatic and open spaces.  Condos at the Lincoln School turn over infrequently.  The last sale in MLS was a 1000 sq. ft. condo that sold in 2006 for $430,000.

 The French School condos at 69 Harvey Street in North Cambridge are close to Davis Square.  The  bike path to Davis crosses Mass Ave at the end of Harvey Street.  There are sixteen condos on four floors in the former school.  The condos have a loft like feel with exposed brick walls and high ceilings.  A two-bedroom condo on the second floor sold this year for $415,000.  Read more about the French School condos.

Dana Park Place in Cambridgeport is Cambridge’s newest condo development in a converted school.  The former school has been transformed into 23 condos and more units will be built in the former church next door.  The buildings overlook the recently refurbished Dana Park and Central Square is right down the street. The condos have luxurious finishes, central air conditioning, and garage parking.




North Cambridge School Conversion

New Schoolhouse Condos Coming to Cambridge?  It looks like it – these buildings, between Middlesex Street and Yerxa Road in North Cambridge, once housed St. John’s R. C. School and are now in the midst of construction.  There’s a notice for a special hearing to construct decks posted but I don’t yet know much about this project.  I’ll add more details when I get them.

Somerville Condos in Former Schools

The Carr Schoolhouse Condos on Atherton Street in the Spring Hill neighborhood are some of the most charming schoolhouse condos around.  There’s lots of original oak woodwork, beautiful windows, and even blackboards preserved in some units.  There are studios, one bedrooms, and two-bedroom condominiums.  Spring Hill is near Porter Square and Harvard Square isn’t that far away.  Read more about the Carr School condominiums.

The former Lowe School on Morrison Avenue in Davis Square is another popular school house condo association.  The former school now houses 16 condominiums.  The condos have very high ceilings – 12′ in some units  – and condos on the third floor have private decks, some have skylights.  The location is clearly a big draw with the heart of Davis Square just a couple of blocks away.  The last condo sale in MLS at the Lowe School was two years ago when a two-bedroom condo sold for $402,000.


Dreaming of a schoolhouse condo of your own?  Click on the buttons below to search the MLS for Somerville and Cambridge condos.  And if you would like some help with your real estate search call me at 617-504-1737 or email me – I would be delighted to help.



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Somerville Two-Bedroom Condos – Condominiums In Somerville MA

Many Somerville Condos Are in Three-Families

Many Somerville Condos Are in Three-Families

In the real estate market in Cambridge and Somerville, condos are often the best option for first time homebuyers.  In Cambridge the average sales price for a single family home in the last 12 months was $1,140,675 – well out of range for first time buyers. In Somerville, during the last twelve months single family houses sold for an average of $434,626. Somerville real estate buyers, however, will find that condos are in better condition, are usually more updated, or in a better location than a similarly priced house in Somerville.

The 2009 Two-Bedroom Condo Market in Somerville MA

Many first time buyers are looking for a two-bedroom condominium.  Since January 1, 2009:

  • 19 two-bedroom condos sold in Somerville
  • Average sale price of a two-bedroom condo: $410,983
  • Median sale price of a two-bedroom condo: $403,000
  • Average price per square foot: $325
  • Two-bedroom Somerville condos sold on average for 97% of asking price

Sale prices of two bedroom condominiums sold in Somerville since the beginning of 2009 ranged from $265,000 to $639,500.

What You Get for The Money in 2009- Somerville Two-Bedroom Condos 

For $265,000 a five room, two-bedroom, 1.5 bath, 1114 sq. ft. condo sold in East Somerville on Myrtle Street, not far from Union Square.  The condo was a townhouse, part of an 18-unit association built in 1989.  There was parking for two cars, an 80’s era kitchen, private patio, and finished basement.  Seems like a good deal!

Right in the middle of the pack, for the median price of $403,000, a six room, two-bedroom, 1 bath condo sold on Electric Avenue (can’t you just hear the song in your head?) near Teele and Davis Square.  This 1074 sq.ft. condo was on the first floor of three-family that had been renovated and converted to condominiums in 2003.  The condo had central air conditioning and there was a garage space plus additional driveway parking.

The most expensive two-bedroom condominium sale in 2009 to date, was a beautiful six room, two-bedroom, two bath condo on the upper two floors of a two-family on Lexington Avenue between Davis and Porter Square that sold in January for $635,000.  The house was built in 1900 and gut-renovated and converted to condos in 2004.  The house backs up to the bike path. The 2097 sq. ft. condo had an open floor plan, granite and stainless steel kitchen, central air conditioning, a fireplace, several decks, in-unit laundry, and parking for two cars.

Two-Bedroom Condos – Real Estate Options in Somerville MA

Many Somerville condos will be found in converted two and three-family houses.  Other units, townhouses and flats, will be found in larger condo buildings built in recent years or during the last boom in the 1980s.  Somerville also has a number of loft condo buildings and one of the condos sold this year was a live/work loft for artists near Davis Square that sold for $585,000.  Of the 19 condos that have sold since the start of the year:

  • Two condos were in two-family houses
  • Seven condos were in three-family houses
  • Ten condos sold in larger complexes with 6 – 21 units 

Last year there were 106 two-bedroom condos on the market in Somerville on April 22nd.  Today there are 72 two-bedroom condos for sale in Somerville.  Search for one here:

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Carr Schoolhouse Condos in Somerville MA – Atherton Street Condominiums

The condominiums in the Carr School at 25 Atherton Street in the Spring Hill neighborhood of Somerville are my favorite schoolhouse condos.  The interior hallways and stairwells are the best preserved I’ve seen with golden oak wainscoting and wide oak stairwells.  The huge windows, high ceilings (maybe 12 feet), transom windows over the doors, and blackboards nad cubbies in many units add to the schoolhouse vibe.  I went to elementary school in a similar building – the Dale Street School in Medfield, MA – and when I walk through the Carr Schoolhouse I can just imagine the schoolkids filling the halls between classes.

Carr School Condos in Somerville Massachusetts The History of the Carr School

The Martin S. Carr School was built in 1898 as an elementary school with fourteen classrooms. The school was named in honor of Martin S. Carr, a successful Somerville manufacturer who was active in City government serving over the years as Alderman, City Councilor, and member of the School Committee. Carr’s factory, in buildings now converted to lofts in Davis Square, manufactured jewelry, novelties, and metal ware.  The handsome school building was built of red brick in the Renaissance Revival style.  The Carr School was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.

The Carr School sits across the street from one of Somerville’s historic landmarks – Robinson’s Round House.

Condominiums at the Carr Schoolhouse

Interior at the Carr Schoolhouse Condos in Somerville MAThe City of Somerville closed the Carr School in 1980.  The building was sold to a developer who converted it to residential use.  It was initially a rental building and subsequently converted to condos.

Today there are 20 condominiums in the Carr School.  There are studios, one-bedrooms, and two-bedroom condos on three floors plus a lower level.  Condos on the top floor have the attic space above the units deeded to their units and at least one owner has expanded into that space. Residents enjoy off street parking in the lot to the side of the building.

Real Estate Sales at the Carr School

There have only been a couple of sales at the Carr School in the last five years.  Most recently, a beautiful unit on the first floor with two bedrooms and one bath (and an original blackboard!) sold for $521,000 in 2014.

The Carr Schoolhouse Condos are located at 25 Atherton Street, Somerville MA 02143 

If there is a condo available at 25 Atherton Street it will show below.  Or you can search for Somerville condos for sale to see what’s on the market right now.  Want to live in a schoolhouse condo? Call me – I can help! Liz Bolton 617-504-1737. 


Vintage View of the Carr School in Spring Hill

Vintage View of the Carr School in Spring Hill









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