Welcome to Cambridge

As Boston’s creative sister community across the Charles, Cambridge is an intellectual hotspot with a vibrant arts and culture scene. As a city, Cambridge channels the spirit of a European capital with distinct neighborhoods, and a forward-thinking ethos.

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Attributes

historic, cultural, forward-thinking, sustainably-minded, riverfront, charming

NEIGHBORHOOD OVERVIEW

Commute Times
South Station 45m by train, 15m by car
North Station 25m by train, 18m by car
Boston Commons 15m by train, 20m by car
Harvard Square 5m by train, 12m by car
Boundaries
East to West Belmont and Watertown to the Charles River
North to South Somerville to Allston and Fenway
Nearby Neighborhoods Somerville, North End and Back Bay

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Cambridge:
A unique cultural community that blends old and new.

Settled over 400 years ago, the city of Cambridge continues to charm with old-world architecture while birthing many of world’s newest ideas. Surrounded by natural beauty and bursting with cultural experiences, the pace of life in Cambridge is invigorating and stimulating without the hustle of a major metropolis.

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What to expect:
European-style neighborhoods bordered by natural beauty.

Cambridge is one of the nation’s most walkable cities, and each area has a distinctive feel—from cozy pub chats at Inman Square bars to the café society that spills out into Harvard Square’s streets. The steady flow of the Charles River and the gentle sway of oak and maple trees create an aura of natural calm throughout.

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The lifestyle:
An active way of life for body and mind.

For every season, Cambridge provides a new activity: summer sails into the harbor, late fall bike rides along Memorial Drive, ice skating on crisp winter weekends, and a spring round of golf on the course beside Fresh Pond. Conversations with neighbors and a constantly changing roster of cultural engagements keep the minds of Cantabrigians sharp.

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Unexpected appeal:
A cutting-edge tech community and several sustainability initiatives.

Cambridge is host to an innovative tech and biotech community, centered around Kendall Square, which brings with it an abundance of co-working spaces and incubators. Farm-to-table restaurants and third-wave coffee joints have dug in around the startup culture. The city is also renowned for being sustainably-minded, promoting green living through initiatives such as fuel-efficient vehicle charging stations and a neighborhood solar initiative to promote panel installation. Cambridge residents also rallied in recent years to care for the Charles River, making it one of the cleanest urban rivers in America.

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The market:
Elegant single-family homes, thoughtfully-designed condos, and private estates.

The neighborhoods in Cambridge abound with historic buildings that remain as gracious single-family homes. A new crop of modern condos line up around town alongside distinctive private estates.

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You'll fall in love with:
The culture that colleges bring to town.

The vibrant campus communities of Harvard and MIT attract a constant influx of public lectures, exhibits and art installations, film screenings, and more. Cambridge is also home to two culinary schools and a repertory theatre company. There’s always something just around the corner to spark the minds and senses of Cambridge residents.

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