Cambridge Real Estate

Cambridge is a vibrant city recognized as a cultural hub as well as a center for higher education. Home to Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Lesley University, Cambridge is one of the more densely populated cities in New England with 106,000 residents. Cambridge is known as a “city of squares” as most of its commercial districts, or squares, are major street intersections, including Central Square; Harvard Square; Inman Square; and Porter Square, each with its own distinct personality. The Longfellow Bridge over the Charles River separates Cambridge from Boston at the eastern end of the MIT campus although several of the squares are very close to Boston’s city line. Cambridge’s innovative tech and biotech community is centered around Kendall Square which has helped drive a number of sustainability initiatives throughout the area as well as big ideas.

Occupying 7.1 square miles, Cambridge is filled with historic buildings that have been preserved as elegant single-family homes and estates. Cambridge is also sprinkled with gracious Victorians and more traditional triple-deckers which have recently undergone extensive renovations to serve as multi-family dwellings. The Kendall Square area offers newer, thoughtfully designed condos and lofts with all the amenities.  Read more about Cambridge real estate.

Cambridge Homes & Condos For Sale

Cambridge Homes & Condos For Sale July 15, 2024
139
Listed
65
Avg. DOM
$985.75
Avg. $ / Sq.Ft.
$1,350,000
Med. List Price
139 Properties
Page 1 of 12
6
Beds
6F11/2
Baths
7,500
Sq.Ft.
1916
Year Built
61
Days on Site
73239507
MLS
$12,000,000
Condo: The Residences At Charles Square
4
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
3,894
Sq.Ft.
1986
Year Built
95
Days on Site
73223462
MLS
5
Beds
5F41/2
Baths
8,005
Sq.Ft.
1883
Year Built
113
Days on Site
73216103
MLS
$6,900,000
Neighborhood: West Cambridge
5
Beds
5F11/2
Baths
5,807
Sq.Ft.
1930
Year Built
90
Days on Site
73225203
MLS
6
Beds
5F11/2
Baths
5,452
Sq.Ft.
1916
Year Built
167
Days on Site
73198022
MLS
$4,800,000
Neighborhood: The Larches
6
Beds
5F11/2
Baths
5,384
Sq.Ft.
1930
Year Built
6
Days on Site
73262899
MLS
6
Beds
4F11/2
Baths
4,646
Sq.Ft.
2023
Year Built
90
Days on Site
73205742
MLS
4
Beds
2F31/2
Baths
3,476
Sq.Ft.
1890
Year Built
34
Days on Site
73251419
MLS
$3,750,000
Neighborhood: West Cambridge
4
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
1,983
Sq.Ft.
1930
Year Built
36
Days on Site
73249721
MLS
$3,700,000
Neighborhood: Kendall Square
4
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
3,117
Sq.Ft.
1860
Year Built
151
Days on Site
73202962
MLS
5
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
3,748
Sq.Ft.
1963
Year Built
99
Days on Site
73221252
MLS
6
Beds
3F21/2
Baths
4,069
Sq.Ft.
1910
Year Built
7
Days on Site
73262164
MLS

More About Cambridge Real Estate

Cambridge Location

Cambridge is located in eastern Massachusetts, bordered by the city of Somerville to the north; the town of Arlington to the northwest; the city of Boston to the south and east across the Charles River; and the town of Belmont and city of Watertown to the east. Most of its densely populated neighborhoods are connected by the MBTA Red Line which maintains stations at the main squares as well as a network of buses that run along the commercial areas during rush hour. Lechmere Square, adjacent to the CambridgeSide Galleria shopping mall, serves as the MBTA Green Line’s northern terminus at Lechmere Station, connecting Cambridge to Boston and other western suburbs.

Cambridge Recreation

Cambridge is one of the nation’s most walkable cities with an assortment of quaint shops, bookstores, pubs, and coffee shops spilling out of the squares. Despite the winter weather, Cambridge is also recognized as one of the best cities in the U.S. for biking. The area offers several scenic bike paths along the Charles River as well as the Minuteman Bikeway and bike lanes on many of the streets. At 17 acres, Magazine Beach is Cambridge’s second largest park located along the Charles River between the Boston University Bridge and Pleasant Street. The park is home to playing fields, an outdoor Olympic-size swimming pool as well as natural wildlife. The Charles River Reservation is another option, offering outdoor recreation opportunities across all seasons.

While MIT is typically thought of as a hotbed of education and innovation, its campus includes architecturally significant buildings representing the work of renowned architects such as Frank Gehry and I.M. Pei. MIT also offers one of the most outstanding public art collections in the U.S. for MIT students and visitors alike to enjoy with works from Alexandre Caldo, Pablo Picasso and other major artists.

Cambridge History

Cambridge was founded in 1630 by the 700 original Puritan colonists of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Early settlers chose the location because it was safely upriver from Boston Harbor and deemed easily defensible from attacks by enemy ships.

With the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, Cambridge evolved into a working class neighborhood with a sizable immigrant population from Ireland, Italy, Portugal, and Lithuania who spent their days on the factory assembly lines. A more recent wave of immigrants included people from the West Indies, South America and Africa, each leaving their stamp on the culture.

In the early 20th century Cambridge gained recognition as a manufacturing center for some of the nation’s top candy brands along a strip known as Confectioner’s Row. Junior Mint candies were first manufactured in 1949 on Main Street while Central Square served as the home of the Necco candy factory from 1927 to 2003.

Cambridge has served as the home of crusaders, academics, and other notable citizens — among them Dorothea Lynde Dix, an advocate for the humane treatment of the insane; John Forbes Nash, Mathematician; Patrick Ewing, Hall of Fame basketball player; and actors Ben Affleck and Matt Damon.

Today Cambridge blends the old and the new with historic architecture and many of the world’s newest ideas.

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