On the Market: A Bewitching Single-Family Home in Cambridge
From classily beer-themed shutters, to reclaimed barn flooring and antique stained glass, this divinely updated home is an urban oasis.
194 Elm St., Cambridge
Size: 1,111 square feet
Burrowed between Inman and Kendall squares, this single-family is a haven in the hub of Cambridge. A custom iron fence encloses the property and fruit trees conceal the brick and gravel patio around the back of the home. The shingled exterior, typically understated, looks distinguished against the black brick foundation and black shutters, which are subtly engraved with barley, wheat, hops, and water, the building blocks of beer.
This home doesn’t just appeal to hops fans, though. Each element of the carefully updated dwelling, which was built in 1853 as one of the first homes on the street, has made it a comfortable, beautiful place to hang out. All of the hardwood floors, for instance, are planks reclaimed from several old New England barns, giving a worn-in look to the wholly up-to-date residence. Off the kitchen, a built-in banquette upholstered in a tweed fabric sits in an alcove equipped with built-in shelving. Start your day in the breakfast nook, then head into the window-lined living room to take your first Zoom meeting with a sunshiny backdrop.
Two of the bedrooms unfold upstairs, with the third is in an exposed-brick space on the lower level. Both upstairs bedrooms are skylit and connected to each other through a shared bathroom. Sliding stained glass doors, purchased from a local antique shop and said to be rescued from a church, cordon each of the top-floor rooms off from the bath. But only one of the bedrooms boasts direct deck access—the al fresco lounge is easily large enough to seat six, and is ideal for peeping down into the backyard or simply sun tanning in your own urban oasis.
For information, contact Alex Georgeady, Team Patti Brainard, Compass, compass.com.
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