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 May 22, 2022
115
Listed
31
Avg. DOM
$945.13
Avg. $ / Sq.Ft.
$985,000
Med. List Price
115 Properties
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7
Beds
5F21/2
Baths
5,709
Sq.Ft.
1873
Year Built
250
Days on Site
72895776
MLS
The Bartlett House, one of Cambridge's very finest. Superb site close to Harvard Square and the 2nd largest house lot on Brattle. Secluded and private, stately center-entry Victorian set back behind...
7
Beds
7F41/2
Baths
9,080
Sq.Ft.
1894
Year Built
83
Days on Site
72947243
MLS
An awe-inspiring reinvention of a manor home using only the most high-end finishes and refined taste throughout. This elegant property offers four levels of elevator accessible living space,...
$9,500,000
Condo: The Residences At Charles Square
3
Beds
2F21/2
Baths
3,243
Sq.Ft.
1986
Year Built
40
Days on Site
72966587
MLS
Harvard Square. Overlooking the JFK Park and the Charles River through a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows, this exquisitely sublime residence with direct-access elevator is located in the most prime...
3
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
4,037
Sq.Ft.
1880
Year Built
7
Days on Site
72982153
MLS
172 Brattle Street (c.1880) proudly sits on Harvard Square's coveted Brattle Street. Set on a large, level ~.34 acre lot highlighted by its landscaped gardens and private usable yard spaces, this...
6
Beds
4F11/2
Baths
5,432
Sq.Ft.
1900
Year Built
215
Days on Site
72910702
MLS
Located in the Old Cambridge Historic District, this elegant Federal Colonial Revival single family home was designed by renowned architect Lois Lily Howe, one of the first women to graduate from MIT...
4
Beds
3F21/2
Baths
3,587
Sq.Ft.
1920
Year Built
25
Days on Site
72973442
MLS
Tucked far away from the street, this alluring property is surrounded by mature trees and gardens. Through the foyer is a 25' living room with custom built-ins and a fireplace. The large dining room...
Open 5/22
5 Gray Gardens East Cambridge, MA 02140
4
Beds
4F11/2
Baths
3,697
Sq.Ft.
1927
Year Built
5
Days on Site
72984085
MLS
An elegant home surrounded by manicured gardens and lush green space. Through the foyer is the 25' living room with a fireplace, custom built-ins, and sun room with a box window seat & exterior...
Contingent
17 Vineyard Street Cambridge, MA 02138
5
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
3,615
Sq.Ft.
1847
Year Built
26
Days on Site
72972180
MLS
Accepted offer. Stunning Strawberry Hill New England Greek Revival single family. This exquisite home was completely renovated in 2018 by Architect Barbara Bestorand Carter Design. Showcased in both...
Open 5/22
133 Appleton Street #133 Cambridge, MA 02138
5
Beds
4F11/2
Baths
3,002
Sq.Ft.
1930
Year Built
12
Days on Site
72980048
MLS
Have you been waiting for the perfect, turnkey home in West Cambridge? Look no further! Abundant light, clean lines, and attention to detail define this brand-new 2022 custom-designed home. The...
2
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
1,865
Sq.Ft.
1989
Year Built
4
Days on Site
72984822
MLS
REFINED LIVING ON THE BANKS OF THE CHARLES RIVER! The perfect blend of luxury and convenience in highly sought after Esplanade await. This meticulously enhanced unit boasts serene spaces and...
4
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
2,537
Sq.Ft.
1819
Year Built
20
Days on Site
72975532
MLS
Set far back from the street, this custom designed property offers convenient access to notable local shops & restaurants. The home is framed by a gorgeous covered front porch, opening to the foyer...
$2,437,000
Condo: Saint James Place
2
Beds
3
Baths
1,798
Sq.Ft.
2021
Year Built
132
Days on Site
72932916
MLS
Welcome to Saint James Place and this stunning 2 bedroom plus study and 3 full bathroom! Views abound in this incredibly bright open layout. New construction 46-unit four-story elevator building,...

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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