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Cambridge, MA 02138

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1 Russell PH 403—Elevator Building with Garage Parking!

$1,350,000 | 1 Russell Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02140

Transformed from a 1960’s residential complex into a high-end elevator building in 2007—this penthouse unit has dramatic ceiling height, an enormous skylight, hardwood floors, a wonderful patio with great views and an appealing open layout with two large ensuite bedrooms and two parking spaces, one of them in the garage. The kitchen features a dynamite 11-foot curved granite island with plentiful wood cabinetry and a GE Profile appliance suite. This location is convenient to everything—a few blocks from both Porter and Davis Square red line MBTA stops, the bike path and a plethora of restaurants, groceries, and specialty shops. This is a professionally managed building with high owner occupancy—it checks all the boxes for a low maintenance, no worry home in Cambridge.

Unit Details:

Upon entering, you are immediately taken by the wonderful light in this home—with high ceilings, an enormous skylight, and a glass French door with glass sidelights that opens onto a large balcony with city views.  There’s a nice sized coat closet on your left.

Dining room: Flanked by the kitchen and the French door to the deck, a large dining table can be perfectly placed under the enormous skylight. There are recessed lights and crown molding, which adds a touch of elegance.

Living room: Is an intimate space but allows for ample seating for guests to gather.

Kitchen: The open concept kitchen has an 11-foot two level curved granite island with 3 hanging glass pendants and can accommodate 6 stools. Fully loaded stainless steel GE Profile appliance suite - 5-burner gas range with convection oven and a hood vent, refrigerator with bottom freezer, and dishwasher with hidden controls. The Shaker style solid wood cabinetry provides ample storage along with a double pantry. Other stylish details include a mosaic tile backsplash and tumbled ceramic tile flooring. The undercabinet lighting is the finishing touch.

Patio: Glass French door with glass sidelights open onto a large 11.5 ft x 12.5 ft balcony with broad views over the treetops.

Two large Ensuite Bedrooms:

  • Primary bedroom: Room can accommodate a king-sized bed, and has recessed lighting, and two windows. There is a double closet and a wonderful walk-in closet.

Ensuite bathroom: Oversized walk-in glass-enclosed shower with marble tile surround. Marble vanity top, double sink, white cabinetry and polished marble flooring.

  • Second bedroom: Corner exposure with two sets of windows, recessed lighting, a double closet, and this room can also accommodate a king-sized bed.

Ensuite bathroom: Granite-topped vanity with white cabinetry, bathtub/shower combination with white tile surround and tile flooring.

Systems & Storage:

  • HVAC: Carrier gas-fired heat pump system with central air (2018), powered by a Nest thermostat.
  • Hot Water Heater: Rheem gas-fired 40-gallon tank (2016). 
  • Electrical: Circuit breakers. 
  • Washer/Dryer: GE stacked washer and electric dryer are included in the sale.
  • Storage: Private deeded storage closet (#24) in the lower level.

Exterior and Parking:

  • Windows: 8/8 tilt and clean thermopane windows.
  • Roof: Rubber
  • Exterior: Brick 
  • Parking: Garage space #5 and outside space #26 are included in the sale.

Condo Association & Financial Information:

  • 24-unit association with 18 Owner occupied (75%).
  • Professional managed by Renzi Bulger.
  • Condo Fee: $638.11 (Includes water & sewer, master insurance, elevator maintenance, professional property management, common area maintenance, landscaping, snow removal, common electricity, and capital reserves.) 
  • Condo Accounts: the building had $194,204, as of July 31, 2020.
  • Beneficial Interest: 5.8%
  • Pet friendly: Up to 2 household pets are allowed.
  • Taxes: FY ‘20 $4,383.66 includes residential exemption discount of $2,436.
  • Rentals: must be for at least a 6-month terms and must be approved by the Trustees. 

Additional Information: 

  • Utility Averages: Gas $65/month, Electric $29/month.
  • There is bike storage on the ground level.
  • Note: the hardware on the left window in the living room does not function properly.
  • Sellers would prefer to close after November 26, 2020.

Showings are by appointment only, preferably within the time frames shown below.

Thursday, September 24th

4:30-6:00 pm

Saturday, September 26th

2:00-3:30 pm

Sunday, September 27th

2:00-3:30 pm

In an effort to follow COVID-19 protocols, please refer to the following showing instructions:

  • Please view the virtual tour and review all property information prior to scheduling a showing.
  • All visitors please wear masks and socially distance while in and on the property.
  • Visitors will be asked to use hand sanitizer or be given a fresh pair of gloves before entering the property.
  • Bathroom facilities may not be used.
  • All discussions about the property to take place outside so as to keep the interior visits as brief as possible.
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