Did you know that Cambridge is home to three Revolutionary War era forts-turned-condos? Well, it’s true, and now one of these beautifully renovated historic homes, in this case a 3 bedroom condo in an sage-green duplex, is on the market at 64 Putnam Ave in Cambridge, right next to Putnam Square. The condo’s 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms sit in 1,474 square feet at the price of $669,000, but what is now a beautifully renovated condo was once a fort ordered to be built by George Washington himself. That’s right George Washington.
The Boston Herald‘s Paul Restuccia reports, “In May 1775 following the siege of Boston, Washington personally ordered construction of the Putnam Avenue fort. (The street is named for Gen. Israel Putnam, who commanded the Connecticut militiamen who built the fort.)” And they’ve even incorporated a granite marker, which oddly resembles a tombstone, into the new fencing, reminding passersby that the site was once a fort built back in 1775. So what does the fort-turned-condo look like now? Well…
The 108-year-old condo was gut-rehabbed back in 2003, which brought new windows, clapboard, utilities, interiors and roof to the building. The exterior is sage-green with white trim and its facade is interspersed with five windows, one on the first floor in a bay arrangement, and two doors, one for each condo within the duplex. When you step over threshold of 64 Putnam Ave you will find yourself in a 19-by-18-foot living room outfitted with recessed lighting, 9-foot ceilings, a marble-encased gas fireplace, and hardwood floors, probably staring out those beautiful bay windows if its sunny out. The kitchen features classic black-granite countertops with a mosaic-tile backsplash, light maple cabinets, and stainless steel appliances. The master bedroom sports hardwood floors, an overhead fan/light, two windows, a black tile master bathroom, as well as a 5-by-4ft walk-in closet with custom Elfa shelving. The first floor also holds a traditional dining room with two windows, hardwood floors, and chandelier, and the second of three bedrooms, which also has its own bathroom. Downstairs you will find the third and final bedroom, this one slightly larger than the last, a 20-by-12ft family room, and one large, double-door storage closet. The shared backyard is fenced in with a patio, and the duplex has a driveway as well as one deeded parking space.
Only a block from Putnam Square and approximately a half mile from Harvard Square, where you can pick up the Red Line, 64 Putnam Ave is an awesome property in a great neighborhood at a highly accessible location. Check this place out and more at CondoDomain, because when you buy with us WE REFUND YOU with a portion of the commission!
For the full Herald article, click here.