18-1 Bay Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139
Stunning attached single-family home in the much sought-after Riverside neighborhood features jaw-dropping vaulted ceilings, lofted spaces, a skylight, and a 15’ tall wall of windows. A quintessential Bell & Fandetti post and beam design, this home offers amazing light, flexible spaces for work, exercise and entertaining, and a mid-century modern aesthetic. An expansive open living and dining area includes a wood burning stove and direct access through sliding glass doors to the private deck and patio outside. With mature trees and perennials, plus a raised garden bed, this home is ideal for those who embrace both nature and easy access to Cambridge area happenings. Newer kitchen appliances and updated systems, air-conditioning, and one off-street parking space complete this package. Centrally located between Harvard and Central Squares, close to the Charles River and easy commuting options using the nearby red line MBTA lines.
6 Rooms, 2+ Bedrooms, 1 ½ Baths
Living Area: 1,162 square feet
Lot Size: 2,031sf
Year Built: 1978
This end-unit property has a private entrance from the central courtyard.
The kitchen has under-cabinet lighting, terracotta tile floor, warm cherry cabinets, full extension drawers with stainless steel bin pull hardware, and open shelving. There are handsome oak butcher block and Formica countertops and a subway tile backsplash. Stainless steel appliances include an Amana refrigerator with bottom freezer (2017), a Bosch dishwasher (2019), a SMEG 5-burner stove with convection (2021) and a SMEG microwave (2021), and a stainless-steel sink with pull down faucet and a disposal. The kitchen is open to the living room and dining area.
The open plan living room and dining area has a cathedral ceiling with a stainless-steel ceiling fan and solid oak floors. The cozy Vermont Castings wood burning stove shares the room with windows climbing to the ceiling and Pella sliding glass doors (2017) leading to the landscaped yard, patio, and parking. A built-in window seat looks out onto the side yard’s raised planting bed. A Nelson bubble pendant on a dimmer switch provides soft light over the dining area.
A smart series of hooks and shelving offers handy storage under the stairs for coats and boots. The heating system and hot water tank are accessed through a panel under these stairs.
½ Level up:
The half bath has a terracotta floor, pedestal sink, medicine cabinet and large closet which houses the stackable Blomberg washer and electric dryer (2020) and has room for linens too.
This bedroom has a double closet, built-in shelves and is open to the living area below. Other Owners have enclosed this room for additional privacy.
½ Level up:
The full bath has a ceramic tile floor, cathedral ceiling and anoversized window. The tub/shower combination has a mid-century style blue and pink tile surround. There is a custom-made vanity with white Duravit sink. A maple medicine cabinet provides storage and there is open shelving for easy access to other toiletries.
A study/lounge/exercise space has a skylight overhead and is open to the 1st and 2nd floor living levels. This room has also been enclosed by some Owners
The primary bedroom has a cathedral ceiling with transom windows on both the south and north sides, and there are two double closets with custom shelving.
Heat: Gas-fired Hydrotherm hot water boiler (2003) heats the hot water baseboards and is controlled by a Honeywell programmable thermostat.
Hot Water: A 38-gallon RUUD gas-fired low-boy hot water heater (2014).
Cooling: Two Mitsubishi mini-split ductless units (2019), one in the primary bedroom and the other at the top of the living room (these also supply heat).
Electrical: 100 amps through circuit breakers.
Security: There is a wireless Protection One alarm and fire prevention system, controlled by a keypad at the entrance with motion and sound sensors (not currently in use and Sellers are not sure if it works).
Laundry: Front-loading Blomberg washer and electric dryer (2020) are in a closet in the half-bathroom and are included in the sale.
Roof is asphalt shingle (2021).
Skylight was replaced in 2021.
Windows: many were replaced in 2017.
Front door was replaced in 2018 and sliding glass door to deck was new in 2017.
Stained clapboard (partially re-stained in 2021).
Private fenced-in and landscaped yard includes a wooden deck, a brick patio, and wall-mounted Polk outdoor speakers (included in the sale). Mature plantings include a lovely pine tree, two Japanese Lilac trees, hydrangea, fern, and other perennials. A raised bed is surrounded by a stacked stone wall and ready for your veggie or flower garden! There is also a large landscaped area on the right as you enter the courtyard that belongs to this house.
Parking: There is one off-street parking space located inside the fenced area outside the sliding doors from the dining room.
Taxes: $3,857.53 (FY'22 with the residential exemption).
All custom window shades are included in the sale.
The weber grill is included.
Utilities: average gas bill for last 12 months was $91/month and average electricity bill was $194/month for last 12 months.
Note: the broiler on the stove is not working.
The deed contains a covenant, which expires in August 2028, which prohibits the changing of the exterior color, the removal of trees larger than 4” in caliber if they are living and there is an easement for others to pass.