When a property that is so recognized by the community enters the market, you can’t help but pause and think of the part that this building has played in so many lives. A place of reverence, respect, and lifetime celebrations.
Architecturally significant, it was the last mansion built in East Cambridge. Sitting stately on the corner of Sixth and Otis, the home is neighbored by the historic Sacred Heart Church and enjoys views of its opulent façade from all of the home’s west-facing windows. The demolition of two houses occurred to build what would be the home for Ms. Catherine Coveney by Architect John Muldoon, the Chief Designer at the Irving & Casson Furniture Company. Built in the Queen Anne style with a nod towards Greek Revival, the remains of the bow front and palladium windows can be seen from the front and graciously enjoyed from the second floor rooms.
The typical Queen Anne signature staircase with its several changes in direction, can still be enjoyed inside. The Palladian arch, which was carried into the interior moulding details is inside on the second floor, and the deep egg and dart crown moldings are highlighted throughout the first-floor rooms.
Not to be missed are the restored and typical Victorian fireplaces on the first floor; with three other mantels still remaining in place throughout the second floor.
Upon entering, though commercial in nature, you can quickly feel the building yearning for restoration to residential use. The Residential C-1 zoning allows the new owner to restore it to its once grand single-family nature, creatively carve out condominiums or take advantage of the open first floor and handicap accessibility for non-profit use. Newer HVAC warms and cools the building, newer electrical and wood double-paned windows on the first and second floor, and a slate roof make this a wonderful investment. With those costly upgrades complete, this leaves the new buyer room for creativity in the building’s new story.
What will the new life of 140 Otis Street look like? Our website hosts basic zoning possibilities to help you begin your own due diligence. We would enjoy showing you the over 7,500 square feet of potential. We are deeply honored to be presenting this home to the market with its historical provenance. For 48 years the current owners have created a bedrock of solace and a staple to Cambridge’s culture while loving and painstakingly maintaining the home for the next generation of owners. With them, we look forward to seeing the next chapter in the property’s 127 year history.
Welcome to 140 Otis Street in the heart of East Cambridge.
Walking through the front door, the glistening of the river current upon the Charles River first catches your eye and draws you directly to the window like magnetism. The ripples immediately have a calming effect on your eye, then lifts your mood. The bright sails of the boats drift by, the gliding kayaks paddle around the moored boats. Lifting your gaze you’re struck by the graceful expanse of the newly restored Longfellow Bridge as the Red Line train moves steadily to and fro from the MGH stop to the Kendall Square stop. Further in the distance the gold dome of the Massachusetts State House draws your attention to the full, unobstructed view of the downtown Boston skyline. Simply stated: This view is nothing less than INSPIRING.
Now about the condo that hosts these views. This two bedroom, two bath single floor living condominium is in the sought after Esplanade building in Cambridge’s tech-vibrant Kendall Square. It offers a newly remodeled kitchen with bright white tile, granite countertops and wine storage. Featuring an open floorplan with a view over the kitchen bar to the dining room and living room. A large primary bedroom suite hosts two large closets and an en suite bathroom with double sinks, deep soaking tub and separate shower. The full hall bath serves the guest suite or den.
If you are seeking convenience and ensured single floor living, this is the spot. The one secured garage parking space is very near the unit’s garage entrance, so no elevator use is necessary once you drive in. A deluxe lap swimming pool, large exercise facility, and luxurious conference room round out the must have, indulgent amenities. As a self-managed building that runs like a tight ship, you are ensured fresh hallways, an inspiring lobby entrance and concierge services one would expect in a top-shelf building.
Welcome to Unit 304 at 75-83 Cambridge Parkway, Cambridge
There is much more here than meets the eye. A prime lot on the corner of Broadway and Inman Street in the heart of Mid-Cambridge, yes. But, there is so much more.
Upon your first entry, you might be a bit distracted by the years of carefully curated collections of a well-traveled life, of art book collections upon every flat surface or stacked high in the corners. Your eyes may be overwhelmed with loved objects both personal and intrinsic, artistic and collected. Then you find yourself moving from room to room, losing track of the bedrooms, then losing yourself in the structure's almost 6,000 square foot time capsule within a floorplan mostly unaltered from the early-1870’s. Notice the deep baseboards swooping into the original worn staircases with hearty newel posts and electrified post lights. The plaster medallions, pocket doors, ceiling moldings, and picture rails still remain. Not much has changed since it was built except for some décor choices and a few bathroom, and kitchen updates. But mostly, the best description of this Mansard Victorian paired home is: Unspoiled Opportunity.
How many of these still exist in Cambridge? One can only guess not too many. These two attached single-family homes are being offered jointly by their separate owners who have both lived in each property for nearly 40 years. Together they know that finding the right buyer means finding either someone or some institution that understands what a special place this truly is. Recognizable not only for its location, but for its potential. Someone with inspiration, work ethic, and foresight, who can see through the blushing exterior paint upon the eaves and original moldings. Someone who can mend a few of the time-worn bones and in their mind’s eye see a show-stopping, breathtaking restoration. Perhaps seen as two grand single-family residences (maybe with auxiliary basement apartments) or rather four sumptuous condominiums all mostly buildable by-right. Unique zoning of O1 might allow for office space or institution use. Opportunity awaits the wise, creative and steadfast buyer who wants to own this prime corner in Cambridge.
We are deeply honored to be representing these two homes to the market with the historical provenance of the original owner and the difficult (bittersweet) release of a property that has been called home by two wonderful owners for 40 years. With them, we look forward to seeing the next chapter in the property’s 148 year history.
Welcome to 343 & 343 ½ Broadway in the heart of Mid-Cambridge.
Every now and then you find something very special. One Boston condo that stands heads and shoulders above the others, beyond the usual cookie-cutter predictable floorplan and sings to the buyer looking for a unique find. This is such the place.
Found in an upscale, charming building tucked on a little street off the historic sites of The Freedom Trail, you will find what feels like a new boutique hotel – one that only the well-traveled know of. It is outfitted with the greatest of Concierge services, beyond expectation amenities and valet parking.
At the convergence of Beacon Hill, Downtown and Midtown, this building has more of the feeling of ‘home’ than other rival buildings.
It enjoys so many nearby eateries and cultural venues that you will never find yourself without something new to experience or explore. This could be the most ideal location for a city home.
Illustrating the building owners’ commitment to fine surroundings and modern aesthetics, this boutique condominium lobby is already being refreshed with appointments that exude sleek and classic all within the same glance. The interior and exterior spaces are simply wonderful, and the inside of this special condo is for the most discerning of owners. Buyers that seek an open floorplan, room for their garment collections, an expansive kitchen to entertain and views. Oh, the views.
Watch the sunset over the Charles River, know the Red Sox are in town by the glow of the distant stadium lights and observe the weathervanes tell the tale of windy days by their swinging direction atop both the Park Street Church and Old South Meeting House. Admire the turn of the century Back Bay infill grid from this vantage, or simply watch as the Public Garden and Boston Common trees change with the seasons. Playfully enjoy the juxtaposition of living in a modern building surrounded by history.
Explore the interior of this very special condominium within these pages and visit LIVBeaconHill.com to experience an immersive virtual tour. We also invite you to come see for yourself if the home speaks to your desire to live surrounded by the luxury that Unit 1702 has to offer.
Welcome to 45 Province Street, Unit 1702 in the heart of Boston.
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