Cambridge Neighborhoods in Focus: Cambridgeport

Cambridgeport is a popular residential neighborhood located in Cambridge, MA.  The neighborhood is in close proximity to Central Square, MIT, BU, Brookline and Boston.  Cambridgeport has a decidedly residential feel with beautiful tree-lined streets lined with old Victorian homes.

About Cambridgeport

Cambridgeport is bordered by River Street, Massachusetts Avenue, the Charles River and the Grand Junction Railroad.  The area is primarily residential, with many of the triple decker style homes common throughout New England.  On the northern edge of Cambridgeport is Central Square, a bustling commercial district and transportation hub.  It is also home to University Park, a collection of office and apartment buildings.  In addition, the neighborhood is home to Fort Washington Park, several MIT buildings and Magazine Beach.  It has a current residential population of about 12,200 residents.  The neighborhood is Area 5 of Cambridge.

Cambridgeport Real Estate

Cambridgeport offers homebuyers a mix of condos and single family dwellings.  There are many condos available in two and three family converted homes.  In addition, there are several condos in converted industrial buildings as well as a former church and a former school.  Some condos are converted apartments from the early 1900s, while others are modern units in elevator buildings.  The neighborhood also features several townhouses.

Condo developments in Cambridgeport include:

  • Valentine Place Townhouses
  • Cambridgeport Commons
  • 155 Brookline Street Lofts
  • 98-100 Erie Street Lofts

Prices for homes and condos in Cambridgeport range from $500,000 to upwards of $1.2 million.

Cambridgeport History

Cambridgeport was a largely agricultural area up until the end of the 1700s.  Once the West Boston Bridge was opened (now called the Longfellow Bridge or the “Salt and Pepper” Bridge) in 1793, the area saw rapid growth.  In the early 1800s manufacturing became important to the area, and industrial operations continued to grow when the railroad arrived in the 1850s.  In the late 1800s, the Fig Newtown cookie (named after Newton, MA) was first manufactured in Cambridgeport at the F.A. Kennedy Steam Bakery.

Residential construction has always been brisk in Cambridgeport, especially from the 1950s and on.  Demand for homes and condos in Cambridgeport remains high.

Cambridgeport Restaurants

Cambridgeport boasts a number of wonderful places to dine, including:

  • Alive and Kicking Lobsters
  • Avenue Café
  • Basta Pasta
  • Bisuteki
  • Bread and Circus
  • Caribbean Paradise
  • Coast Café
  • Dimitrios Cuisine
  • Hideaway Deli
  • Riverside Pizza and Seafoods
  • Rivertech Café
  • Stefani’s Pizzeria
  • Western Front
  • Zephyr on the Charles

Cambridgeport Transportation

Cambridgeport residents have easy access to transportation options.  Several bus lines operate through the area.  The 64 bus runs from Kendall Square to Oak Square in Brighton through Cambridgeport.  The 47 bus goes through the neighborhood on its way to the Boston Medical Center.  The CT2 crosstown bus runs along Vassar Street on the edge of Cambridgeport, with stops at Kendall Square and the Longwood Medical Area.  Residents can also catch the Red Line at Central Square or walk across the BU Bridge to catch the Green Line B train.

More Information about Cambridgeport

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