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3 Frances Place—Cambridge Single-Family

$1,400,000 3 Frances Place, Cambridge, MA 02140
Set at the end of a quiet side street, 3 Frances Place is a charming single-family offering tremendous privacy in an efficient layout with three bedrooms, an office, 2.5 baths, and bonus space in the basement perfect for work or play. Just refreshed—painted throughout, refinished hardwood floors, new light fixtures, and numerous other updates. This home offers a semi-open living, dining, and updated eat-in kitchen with granite counters, stainless appliances, and plentiful shaker-style wood cabinetry. Connecting directly to a lovely brick side yard. Moving upstairs, the second floor has two bedrooms and a full bath. The entire top floor is the primary bedroom suite—with cathedral ceilings, skylight, spacious ensuite bathroom, and even a nifty office nook. Green features include—solar panels, ductless split AC, and a Naiven tankless water heater. It’s easy to picture yourself in this sweet Cambridge abode close to both Alewife and Davis Square Red Line MBTA, offering easy bike commuting and countless amenities within blocks of your front door.

Property Details:

Living Area: 1635 sf not including basement

Total Area: 2304 sf

Lot Size: 0.04 Acres (1630 sf.)

7 rooms total, 3 bedrooms and 1 office

2 full baths and 1 ½ bath

Built: 1903

Taxes: FY 2021 $3,033.36 includes residential tax exemption of $2,607

Interior 1st floor:

A covered porch entrance invites you into this single-family home. Enjoy a semi-open floor plan that joins the living room, kitchen, and dining area, along with a ½ bath with access to the brick patio side yard.
The living room offers freshly refinished oak flooring and is surrounded by three exposures of windows and has a gas stove. Flowing right into the dining room this area can accommodate a large dinner party and can also be a flexible space for work, study or play. A wooden island separates the kitchen from the dining room and serves as counter space for casual eating. The kitchen features white shaker-style cabinetry, black granite countertops, and a white subway tile backsplash. Appliances are stainless steel and include GE French door refrigerator with water/ice maker and a bottom freezer, Kenmore 5 burner gas range, and microwave above, and Bosch dishwasher.

Interior 2nd floor:

Moving up to the second level, there are two bedrooms both have corner exposures with three windows and refinished oak flooring. There is an office with two windows and a built-in desk. The shared full bath has a subway tile surround tub/shower combo, fun blue tiled floors, and a Duravit sink. A linen closet is in the hallway.

Interior 3rd floor:

The entire 3rd floor is dedicated to the primary suite with an office nook. Vaulted ceilings following the roofline provide high ceilings. There are three exposures of windows and a bonus skylight in the closet. The ensuite bathroom has a subway tile surround walk-in shower, blue/ green-tiled flooring, and a Duravit sink.

Systems & Basement: 

  • Heating & Cooling: forced hot air heat and cooling are provided by a gas-fired Goodman system for the 2nd and 3rd floors (2006) and controlled by a NEST thermostat. Fujitsu ductless mini-splits (3 zones) provide heating and cooling for the first floor and basement (new 2021). 
  • Hot water: high-efficiency gas-fired Navien tankless system with a water filtration system (new in 2018).
  • Electrical: 200 amps through circuit breakers.
  • Solar Panels: the system was purchased and installed in 2018 by Invaleon. In January 2021, it was discovered that 11 of the 19 panels were damaged by squirrels and they were replaced, and “Critter Guard” was installed to protect them. The system generates 6.2 kW, and the house was energy independent prior to the installation of the Fujitsu heating and AC units.
  • Laundry: Bosch washer and GE electric dryer (there is also a gas line nearby) are located in the basement and are included with the sale. 
  • Basement has a Fujitsu ductless mini-split for heating and cooling so this space can be utilized as a conditioned living space. There is a door from the basement to the side yard. 
  • Security & Safety Features: there is a Nest doorbell and two security cameras on the exterior of the house, and 5 Nest smoke/carbon monoxide detectors throughout.
  • Internet: Cat V wiring and jacks in the living room, kitchen, and in the 2nd floor and 3rd-floor studies.
  • Cambridge SoundWorks speakers in the living room are included in the sale.

Exterior & Property: 

  • Siding: Painted HardiPlank cement board.
  • Roof: Asphalt shingle (2006).
  • Windows: Vinyl replacement double hung throughout (new in 2017 and 2019).
  • Parking: the space in front of the house is deeded to this property.
  • Yard: there is a landscaped front yard, brick patio side yard and a rear yard with a shed.
  • Shed: this building was purchased in 2019 to house the MTD Gold snowblower, which is included in the sale. The snowblower has been serviced annually.

Additional Information:

  • Average gas bill is $64/month per Eversource.
  • The Hunter Douglas top-down bottom-up shades (2018) are included in the sale.
  • Frances Place is a private way. The City of Cambridge collects trash and recycling and they plow in the winter. Each resident owns the land in front of their house to the middle of the street. 
  • Sold
  • 3
  • 2.5
  • 1903
    Year Built
  • 1,635 Sq.Ft.
    Living Area

Features & Amenities

Area & Lot

  • Status: Sold
  • Living Space: 1,635 Sq.Ft.
  • Lot Size: 0.3 Acres
  • MLS® ID: 72845638
  • Type: Residential
  • Year Built: 1903
  • Neighborhood: Cambridge


  • Total Bedrooms: 3
  • Total Bathrooms: 2.5
  • Full Bathrooms: 2
  • Half Bathrooms: 1
  • Other Interior Features: Refinished Hardwood Floors, Granite Countertops, Plentiful White Shaker-Style Wood Cabinetry, Navien Tankless Water Heater, Cathedral Ceilings, Spacious En-Suite Bathroom


  • Sales Price: $1,400,000
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