Kendall Square Real Estate

Kendall Square is a vibrant Cambridge neighborhood best known for its cluster of technology companies, including centers for biotech research and innovation. The Cambridge Innovation Center, launched in the 1980s, is home to more start-ups than any other building in the world. Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Novartis all maintain a presence there. The Square has also seen the growth of hotels, restaurants, and shops that serve the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) community. MIT’s campus offers much for the architecture enthusiast, including Frank Gehry’s Stata Center, and Fumihiko Maki’s see-through Media Lab. Until the last few years, the residential population was relatively small but the population is growing as recent graduates, entrepreneurs and young professionals all want to live, work, and play in the same community. The housing stock largely comprises newer town homes, contemporary condos, and luxury units in some of the buildings. Residents and workers enjoy a shuttle service that operates between the Kendall Square MBTA stop and the CambridgeSide Mall, where shoppers can enjoy a variety of shops and dining options.  Read more about Kendall Square real estate.

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 Kendall Square Location

Kendall Square is located at the intersection of Main Street and Broadway. In general terms, the name also references the broader business district east of Portland Street; south of Binney Street, north of MIT; and northwest of the Charles River. The neighborhood is served by the Kendall/MIT Station on the MBTA Red Line, located directly in the Square. The Station is also home to a number of MBTA bus routes as well as the EZRide shuttle between Cambridgeport and Boston’s North Station.

Kendall Square History

Kendall Square has been called “the most innovative square mile on the planet” but its origins are as a Charles River salt marsh. By the middle of the 19th century, the area was a thriving industrial center that housed factories and the Kendall Boiler and Tank Company, from which the neighborhood drew its name. By the end of WW II, most of the businesses had shut down with the exception of MIT. The Kennedy Administration briefly considered Kendall Square for NASA’s mission control center but Vice President Lyndon Johnson successfully lobbied for his home state of Texas. It wasn't until the 1980s when Biogen settled there, that the Square’s transformation began and continues up until this day.

 

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