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The Mystery of Cambridge's 49 Washington Avenue

The regal-looking Queen Anne off Porter Square just dropped on the market for $4,750,000.

Hard to tell what the manse is actually about as the Hammond listing provides only exterior shots, including close-ups. Yet it promises so much more: "The period details are numerous. There are 10 fireplaces, each with a custom surround (onyx, marble, stone, and tile). Stained-glass windows are featured in the grand stairway, as well as the main living space. Fairy-tale round and tower rooms with curved windows, window seats, Dado moldings, carved fireplace surrounds with secret storage." Show us!

What'd we know for sure? Some vitals: Bones in 1889; 7,560 square feet; six bedrooms; six bathrooms (two partial); and the last time it traded was in May 2001, when it went for $4,200,000. Perhaps the interiors have fallen into handyman's-delight land in the intervening 12 years? Whatever the reason, the price tag instantly renders 49 Washington the second-priciest Cambridge listing out there. The last silver medalist didn't last that long. We'll see what happens here.
· Listing: 49 Washington Avenue [Hammond]
· You've Missed Your Chance to Lord It Over Harvard Square [Curbed Boston]
· Our Million Dollar Babies archive [Curbed Boston]

Porter Square

1899 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02140