On the Block

No time like the present

These North Cambridge homes feature contemporary touches.


  • $599,000


  • LOT SIZE 0.06 acre

  • BEDROOMS 3 BATHS 2 full, 1 half

  • LAST SOLD FOR $399,900 in 2003

  • PROS The updated open-concept living, dining, and kitchen area — with its clerestory windows, granite counters, and Ann Sacks matte subway tile — reflects the clean lines, neutral tones, and high-end touches found in the rest of this contemporary home, built in 1981. The house has oak floors, remodeled bathrooms with Corian countertops, and a third-floor master suite with a walk-in closet and skylights. The property has two single-family attached homes; the home for sale comes with a shed, a garden, an off-street parking space, and a pretty front yard with a slate patio that abuts a deck rebuilt with Brazilian walnut. CONS The front yard is small, but there are parks around the corner.

  • Paul D. Griffin, Griffin Properties Inc., 617-354-5888,


  • $839,900


  • LOT SIZE 0.06 acre

  • BEDROOMS 3 BATHS 3 full, 1 half

  • LAST SOLD FOR $410,000 in 2012

  • PROS The owner of this home, built in 1894, converted it from a duplex to a single-family and appears to have spared no expense renovating it from top to bottom. The house features recessed lighting with dimmers throughout, high ceilings, and a pretty mix of flooring: wide-plank hardwood and slate the color of wet earth. The kitchen has a granite backsplash and counters, stainless appliances, attractive smooth-front cabinets, and a breakfast area that serves as a pass-through to the dining room. The master has a marble-floor bath, a deck, and two double-door closets. The basement offers an additional 468 square feet of living space, is finished with the same slate tile, and includes a family room, office, and full bath. CONS The home is rented until December.

  • Stephen J. Bremis, James J. Bremis Realty Inc., 617-828-1070, — Eileen McEleney Woods

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