Neighborhood Nine Real Estate
Neighborhood Nine is a residential neighborhood in Cambridge with approximately 12,000 residents. It is sometimes referred to as “Peabody” (for a former school located there) or “Area 9.” Harvard Square and Porter Square anchor two corners of the neighborhood with Massachusetts Avenue connecting the two squares. The neighborhood scores high on the walkability index and is also known as a biker’s paradise. Easy access to public transportation completes the picture. Harvard University looms large as a presence in the neighborhood with both academic and student housing facilities. Not surprisingly, Neighborhood Nine boasts one of the more educated populaces with 74% holding college degrees and a whopping 45% holding a master’s degree or above. The housing stock includes an eclectic mix of properties ranging from new condos and townhouse buildings to Victorian and historic mansions that have been renovated to accommodate all modern conveniences. Neighborhood Nine also houses Danehy Park, a 50-acre athletic and recreational facility built on the side of the former city landfill. Read more about Neighborhood Nine real estate.
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Neighborhood Nine Location
Neighborhood Nine technically comprises three neighborhoods — Harvard Square to Linnaean Street; Avon Hill; and the former railroad/industrial section of town along Walden Street.The area is bounded by Concord Avenue to the south; Massachusetts Avenue to the east; Porter Square to the northeast and the railroad tracks on the north. The Avon Hill sub-neighborhood consists of the higher elevations within the area bounded by Upland Road, Raymond Street, Linnaean Street and Massachusetts Avenue. Porter Square on the Red Line is the closest MBTA stop.
Neighborhood Nine History
Neighborhood Nine encompasses a large section of the original Cambridge community founded in 1631 as “Newtowne” and centered on what is now Harvard Square. The settlement was chosen as capital of the Massachusetts Bay Colony because of its rich farm land and comparative safety from assault at sea. Although agriculture was dominant in the area for many years, the establishment of Harvard College changed the neighborhood’s character, moving it from an agrarian society to one that served as an employer and magnet for students and educators. Today, Neighborhood Nine is Cambridge’s most populous neighborhood.