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Cary Square

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56 Franklin Ave



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The former Cary Square site refers to the location where Cary Avenue joins Washington Avenue in Chelsea, Massachusetts. Several buildings close to this location lay claim to the prestigious "Cary Square" moniker. Just a short distance away from this site, a 15 unit condominium complex at 56 Franklin Avenue sits along a hillside.

Local residents have sometimes referred to the 56 Franklin Avenue address as a condo community on "Cary Square", since it lies on one corner of a large quadrangle formed by the intersection of Washington Avenue (after joining Carey Avenue), Spruce Avenue, Franklin Avenue and Forsyth Street. Numerous buildings and homes and a least one House of worship stand within this area.

Developers constructed the building housing the condominiums at 56 Franklin Avenue in 1970, a period when this residential neighborhood underwent expansion and extensive renovation. This four story red brick masonry building stands on a steep hillside at the intersection of Franklin Avenue and Spruce Street. It shares a parking lot with an adjoining three level red brick building that opens onto Washington Avenue. A paved parking area separates these two structures, and extends across a large portion of the grounds.

A chain link fence surrounds a portion of the building along Franklin Avenue. (Residents enter the off-street parking area from Spruce Street.) A low stone retaining wall encircles the perimeter along portions of Spruce Street, and a much higher stone wall extends along the northern border of the property. It separates the asphalt paved parking lot from adjoining tracts along Franklin and Washington Avenues. Attractive landscaping extends for a short distance around the sides of the building.

The main entrance to the building's lobby fronts on Franklin Avenue. Covered by a brief overhead awning, it includes five wide cement steps. Metal handrails offer support on both sides of this walk. The commercial-style glass door open onto a lobby illuminated by extensive natural light entering through a large window located above the main door.

Enjoy Convenient Off Street Parking

The condos within this building include one single bedroom one bath unit and 15 two bedroom, one bath units. Formerly an apartment building, today this structure serves as condominiums and a cooperative. Condos range in size from 465 square feet to 700 square feet, with most falling into the 600 to 700 square foot range. Most units provide broad metal balconies featuring views of the surrounding neighborhood.

Condos here offer an assortment of floor plans; the presence of wide balconies assures generous natural light. Most residents obtain deeded off-street parking spaces in the building's parking area. The condo association monthly fee has risen since the establishment of condominiums, and as of 2014 it hovered in the low $200 range. This expense covers a variety of services, including heat, hot water, snow removal and landscaping.

The Neighborhood

This residential development offers proximity to a variety of services within the immediate area. Several grocery stores and restaurants conduct business within a half mile radius of this location. People living here easily access Highway 1 and the Revere Beach Parkway just a short distance to the northwest. The city of Revere sits only 1.17 miles away, and the city of Everett lies 1.25 miles to the west.

Several public schools serve students within a one mile radius of the 56 Franklin Avenue address. These include an elementary school, a middle school, and Chelsea High School. Residents can also access several private schools (including technical and vocational schools) within the surrounding Greater Boston Metropolitan Area.

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