An actual mansion on the hill, only $4.9 million
If you’re looking for a place to live, there’s a good opportunity on Lancaster Street, in the Avon Hill neighborhood. But reader Rich Lingner offers a warning: It’s a little pricey.
The 7,752-square-foot, nine-bedroom, 10-fireplace single-family home lists for $4.9 million.
“It has always been one of my favorite houses in Cambridge,” Lingner said Tuesday. “I walk by it often, and just today noticed the for-sale sign out front.”
It’s one of the most beautiful and historically significant houses in Cambridge, Lingner said, and has been called — on Page 111 of the “Survey of Architectural History in Cambridge: Old Cambridge” — the finest surviving carriage house in the city.
“I’m not sure of its preservation status, but it seems it must have some sort of designation,” Lingner said of the 122-year-old mansion. “It would be a shame if it were sold and broken up into condos, but I suppose it’s unlikely in this economic climate that it will be bought by Historic New England or the Cambridge Historical Society.”
There’s a slide show, including several shots inside the elegant home, on the Hammond Residential site.