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Character and a sense of permanence, hallmarks of Second Empire architecture, distinguish this mansard-roofed home today just as they did when it was built in 1872. An extensive 1982 renovation retained key period details while opening up the floor plan for a more informal contemporary feel. Located on a lovely side street in Porter Square, this perfectly proportioned single-family features high ceilings, deep windows, and excellent flow. The 1st floor offers an interconnected kitchen, dining room and living room, plus a separate den with half bath that could serve as a 1st floor bedroom suite. Upstairs, the master suite has its own dressing room and bathroom, and the other two bedrooms share a full bath. The large partially finished basement contains a laundry room, workshop and additional living or storage spaces. There is parking for 3 cars (one in a covered carport), a front and a side yard, and easy access to nearby shops, restaurants & public transportation.Walk Score 94

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Property Details


  • MLS Number: 72131186
  • List Price: $1,450,000
  • Status:
  • Property Type: Detached
  • Lot Description: Paved Drive, Level
  • Acreage: 0.11
  • Date Listed:


  • Property Style: Second Empire
  • Property Type: Detached
  • Square Feet: 2170
  • Year Built: 1872
  • Zoning:
  • Rooms: 7
  • Foundation:
  • Garage Spaces: 1


  • Building Number: 8
  • Street: Cogswell Avenue
  • Neighborhood: Porter Square
  • Town: Cambridge
  • County: Middlesex
  • State: MA
  • Zip: 02140

Interior Features


  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Master Bedroom Level: Second Floor


  • Bathroom: 3


  • Basement: Yes


  • Family Room Description: Flooring - Wall to Wall Carpet
  • Family Room Level: Basement
  • Family Room Dimensions: 12X16

Dining Room

  • Dining Room Description: Flooring - Hardwood, Window(s) - Bay/Bow/Box
  • Dining Room Dimensions: 18X15
  • Dining Room Level: First Floor


  • Kitchen Description: Flooring - Hardwood, Open Floor Plan, Gas Stove
  • Kitchen Dimensions: 12X12
  • Kitchen Level: First Floor


  • Laundry Room Dimensions: 11X19


  • Interior Features: Security System, Cable Available
  • Flooring: Hardwood

Exterior Features


  • Parking Spaces: 3
  • Exterior Features: Deck, Garden Area
  • Exterior: Vinyl

Utilities and Appliances

Utilities and Appliances

  • Appliances: Range, Dishwasher, Disposal, Refrigerator, Washer, Dryer
  • Cooling: Window AC
  • Heating: Hot Water Baseboard, Gas
  • Heat Zones: 3
  • Sewer: City/Town Sewer
  • Water: City/Town Water



Other Details


  • Tax Year: 2017
  • Taxes: $7,684


Listed by Lindsay Allison and Lisa May of Gibson Sotheby's International Realty

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