86 Buckingham St
Views of the treetops and a sun-drenched interior are just a few of the reasons why the Buckingham Condos are so popular. As one of Cambridge's best kept secrets, these condos offer an exceptional living experience. From comfortable interiors to a desirable location, the Buckingham Condos offer residents the amenities they want and the location they need.
Located just a few blocks away from Harvard Square, this complex is close to the Charles River and Memorial Drive. Residents can easily reach Harvard and local parks. Located near the Mass Pike, the complex also enjoys easy on-street, permit parking.
Within the Buckingham Condos, residents will find a fully equipped, eat-in kitchen. The kitchens contain appliances like garbage disposals, refrigerators, dishwashers and ovens. Extra space is available for a study or home office. Outfitted with spacious dining rooms and living rooms, these units are equipped with sleek hardwood flooring. Many of the condos boast of in-unit washers and dryers.
Originally constructed in 1871, this complex features the Georgian Revival style that was so popular during the Victorian era. From many of the units, residents can enjoy sun-drenched views of the treetops. Many of the original moldings and characteristics have been maintained from its first design. Since then, the house has been fully renovated to include modern amenities. From intricate crown moldings to beautiful trim, residents can enjoy an exquisite, luxurious ambiance.
Over-sized rooms are just a few of the amenities that residents can expect. In addition, residents will find large windows, custom built-ins and coffered ceilings. A private yard and gardens can be used by residents at the Buckingham Condos. Designed with an understated elegance, these homes include a formal dining room and a gracious entryway. Boasting of a timeless beauty, they are designed with a modern HVAC system.
Depending on the condo, residents can find amenities like fireplaces and high ceilings. A partial basement provides residents with additional storage space. Throughout the entire unit, residents will discover sleek hardwood flooring. Granite counters provide a modern look for these vintage condos.
From the complex, residents can easily reach Huron Village, Harvard Square and the Charles River. Placed on one of the prettiest streets in Cambridge, the property is conveniently close to bus lines. Convenience stores, shops and restaurants are all within walking distance.
Long ago, Cambridge was chosen for a settlement because it could be defended against enemy ships. Originally called Newe Town, it was the home of the minister who later started Harvard College. While it was originally an agricultural village, it quickly began to draw elite intellectuals and merchants. From 1790 to 1840, Cambridge expanded because of the construction of the West Boston Bridge. New bridges allowed the agricultural estates and marshland to become industrial areas. During the 1800s, it became the home of literary legends like Oliver Wendell Holmes and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. By 1920, it was one of the leading industrial cities in all of New England.
More recently, the city has become the location of high-technology start-ups. The area around Kendall Square is now a major hub for software manufacturers. At the same time, Cambridge retains a college-town ambiance because of the presence of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University.
Modern commuters can easily get around by car or public transportation. Major roads include Route 16, Route 28 and Route 2. While the Mass Pike does not cut through the city, it can be accessed at the Allston exit. Other thoroughfares near the city include Route 2A, Interstate 93 and U.S. Route 1. To reach Boston, residents can cross one of the 11 bridges over the Charles River that link Cambridge to the larger city.
Public transportation options are provided by the MBTA. Residents can use stations like the Porter Square Station or the Harvard Square Station to access the MBTA lines. Buses and shuttles also make commuting a little easier.
Avid bicyclists can enjoy Cambridge's many bike paths. The Minute Bikeway at Alewife and Linear Park is one of the most popular options. Residents can also check out the bike path along the Charles River or the Somerville Community Path. Since many individuals like to bike, it is fairly common to see bike lanes and bike parking along the streets.
Constructed in the 1920s, this handsome, well-maintained brick condo building at 86 Buckingham Street sits on a scenic hillside and is conveniently located near Harvard Square, Observatory Hill, Longfellow and Corcoran Parks and St. Peter's Field. Needless to say, the community is both a walker's and bicyclist's paradise, and bike sharing is conveniently available from Boston's Metro Hubway System. The attractive, tree-lined streets take you just about anywhere you need to go in the neighborhood.
Available in one- , two- and three-bedroom and one- and two-bath options, the condos range in size from 600 to 1,184 square feet and sell for between $438,000 and $850,000.
These historic-inspired condos feature large windows to let in plenty of natural light and beautiful oak hardwood floors throughout. The updated kitchens are of either eat-in or galley-style and feature modern stainless steel appliances, including a dishwasher. Come home at the end of a cold winter day to your practical living room fireplace. Some units feature foyers large enough to double as a study or home office. The bedroom closets are spacious enough for all your clothes and shoes. The marble-tiled baths reflect classic New England life. The basement laundry allows you to do your wash on site, rather than needing to visit a commercial laundromat. There's also a convenient off-street parking space designated for each unit.
West Cambridge Neighborhood
Known as "Area 10," the historic West Cambridge neighborhood is located within the boundaries of Concord Avenue to the north, John F. Kennedy Street to the east, Watertown to the west and the Charles River to the south.
Located on nine acres at 105 Brattle Street, the Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters National Historic site was the home of poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and General George Washington's headquarters during the siege of Boston from 1775-76. Under the direction of the National Park Service, the building houses much of the collection of the Longfellow family's personal belongings.
Outside the house, the beautiful Longfellow garden is the product of more than 250 years of careful cultivation and restoration. Longfellow emphasized the care of the trees on his property and directed the replanting of elms from 1843 to 1850. Estimated to have been planted around 1800, an imposing linden tree on the East Lawn was already mature when the family purchased the property in 1843.
Lilac hedges are found throughout the property, and Longfellow often wrote of their fragrant springtime blooms.
Also near the condo community, Harvard's Radcliffe Quadrangle, now part of the university's undergraduate campus, was previously the residential campus of Radcliffe College. Known as "the Quad," the area is just outside Harvard's main campus.
Another nearby institution is the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, whose mission "is to advance knowledge and understanding of the universe through research and education in astronomy and astrophysics and in related areas of fundamental physics and geophysics." Founded in 1973, the center includes the Harvard College Observatory and the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. Seventy percent of the center's funding comes from NASA.
Located near Harvard Square, Cambridge Common is a popular recreational public park. More then 10,000 pedestrians and bicyclists use the park's sidewalks and paths daily. The park is the site of several historic attractions, including Civil War and Irish Famine memorials and plaques honoring Henry Knox and marking the location of the legendary Washington Elm, under which George Washington was to have stood when he became commander of the Continental Army.