In the heart of Cambridgeport sits 44 Cottage Street. A Greek Revival gem, this home shines in both its stunning simplicity and thoughtful detail. Recently landmarked by Cambridge Historic Commission, 44 Cottage Street is a Hovey-Markham designed cottage, cited as a fine example of the Greek Revival style and emblematic of the early growth of the Cambridgeport neighborhood and its surrounds.
Purchased in 1992 by a master builder who chose this as his own home, the building was renovated, with careful attention to retain character, use finest materials, add only details befitting the direct and pragmatic nature of the Greek Revival style. In addition to a complete renovation of the original structure, the home was expanded in 1995 to include a 2-story one-bedroom apartment, with separate entrance and private roof deck.
44 Cottage Street greets visitors with a classic temple front porch with Doric columns, operable shutters, and well-researched historic colors. Craftsmanship abounds as one enters to the side hall plan with restored staircase and beautiful bi-color wood floors. A living room with fireplace and adjacent dining room, both replete with custom millwork and built-ins lead through a French door to an open eat-in-kitchen, with cherry cabinets, granite surfaces, stainless appliances and built-ins all designed to incorporate a brick beehive oven and wood-burning fireplace. Outdoor dining is enjoyed on rear porch overlooking the fabulous yard.
On the second floor each room utilizes skylights and transoms to grab natural light wherever possible, illuminating and expanding the spaces to create four wonderful bedrooms. The master suite has terrific custom closets and en suite bathroom; each additional bedroom contains captured loft space either for sleeping or storage.
A finished lower level provides great flexible space. With laundry area, built-in cabinets, a murphy bed, and direct access to outdoors, this multi-purpose space has been used as an office, guest room, playroom and most recently a short-term rental.
The original structure built in 1839 was sited in the northwest corner of a 4,500+ square foot lot to maximize yard space. With clever landscape design, the current owners have enjoyed an expansive fenced yard with swings, custom treehouse, extensive plantings of fruits and perennials, plus raised beds, a clematis and wisteria-clad arbor and multiple storage sheds, adjacent to a generous two car stone and brick driveway. There are separate private entrances for both the finished lower level and the separate one-bedroom apartment.
A rare opportunity to be the next owner of this outstanding property that combines the grace and character of an historic 19th century Cambridge structure, with the comfort, style and quality of a beautifully crafted home for today’s lifestyle.
- Landmark designation from the Cambridge Historical Commission.
- 1 heating system for both house and apartment. Apartment is on a separate zone (average monthly payment $125 for both house and apartment)
- 44A Cottage rented for $2050 including heat & hot water thru 8/31/18. Will be delivered vacant. Murphy bed in lower level of house to stay.
- Size: 3,706 square feet – includes lower level and approx. 550 square feet in legal 1bed/1bath apartment
- Rooms: 7 / 2
- Bedrooms: 4 / 1
- Bathrooms: 3.5 / 1
- Basement: Partially Finished
- Lot Size: Approximately 4,537 square feet
- Material: Wood, Clapboard, Shingles
- Roof: Asphalt / Fiberglass Shingles – 40 year warranty (approx. 15 years old)
- Outdoor space: Level, fenced yard, deck & roof deck
- Parking: 2 spaces
- Heat: 8 zones (7 gas, 1 electric)
- Air Conditioning: Central Air, 1 mini-split in lower level (condenser approx. 5 years old)
- Electrical: Circuit Breakers, 200amps (two meters)
- Hot Water: Gas
- Windows: Vary – Storm windows and insulated
- Irrigation System: yes, 5 zone (4 drip for gardens & 1 for yard)
- 44 Cottage: Washer, Gas Dryer, Refrigerator, Upright Freezer, Dishwasher, Stove and Vent Hood
- 44A Cottage: Washer, Gas Dryer, Refrigerator, Dishwasher, Stove and Microwave
- Taxes: $ 7,800 (2018) Does not include residential exemption
- Year Built: 1839
Susan Condrick has developed a wonderful reputation in her 15+ years in the real estate industry. She’s earned the trust of many long-time clients. “Over the past 10 years, Susan has brokered multiple real estate transactions for us and has been a wonderful partner each step along the way,” said Jennifer and Ben. “Whether it’s preparing a property for sale, advising on improvements to add value to a property, or helping to facilitate financing, Susan brings a high level of knowledge, energy and dedication.”
Susan is consistently ranked as a top producer in the marketplace, She has a strong track record evidenced by steady referrals and satisfied clients. She offers strong negotiation skills and delivers a comprehensive set of services — from creating a pricing strategy to garner strong and qualified offers in this dynamic market, to professional staging and professional photography, floor plans and marketing tools to showcase the property online and in print.
Susan tailors a strategy to position each property in the market, thereby maximizing its value. “Susan recommended work that should be done to get it ready to be put on the market. We followed her advice and received lots of positive feedback from both agents and buyers,” said Susan’s recent client, Suzanne.
As a buyer’s representative in this competitive market, Susan helps her clients find the home that meets their needs, provides effective strategies to present the strongest offer and terms all while ensuring they get the best value for their investment. “In a very competitive market Susan was a breath of fresh air as she kept her down to earth attitude intact which helped keep us sane,” said Lance and Nicole. “Susan is truly a ‘full-service’ agent and we have recommended her to many friends in the past which led to more successful partnerships.”
Prior to her career in real estate, Susan spent over 9 years in marketing and business development roles at Lotus/IBM working with Lotus Notes Business Partners and later as an account manager for lotus.com. She also worked in a number of marketing roles for start-up companies.
A native of Massachusetts, Susan grew up in Duxbury and still has a beach sticker. For more than 25 years Susan has lived in Cambridge, Watertown and Belmont where she currently resides with her two daughters. She is Co-Chair of the Belmont Activities Committee, and an active volunteer and supporter of the Wellington Elementary School, Chenery Middle School, and the Foundation for Belmont Education.
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