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Awesome Cambridge contemporaries: Which one is right for you?

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There have been so many available lately

Multiple homes with contemporary designs have spilled onto the Cambridge housing market of late. Browse away!

Unit 1 at 35 West Street in quiet Mid-Cambridge was originally carved out of an old carriage house built in 1910. It was significantly redesigned in a contemporary style during the previous decade.

The redesign turned it into a capacious three-level condo, making solid use of every inch of the spread's 1,134 square feet. The 2-BR, 2-BA sold in April for $888,270.


Now to the 2,730-square-foot contemporary colonial at 23 Banks Street in the Harvard Square area. It’s on the market for $2,250,000, though there is a deal pending.

Newton-based firm ARCO oversaw a gut-renovation of the place and Simplemente Blanco the interior design. Their work left the 3-BR, 4.5-BA house with a clean, airy look, never mind touches such as Carrara-marble countertops and a finished lower level with a full bathroom.


A little farther down Banks Street, toward the river, we find 140 Banks. The 2,227-square-foot contemporary is on sale for $1,975,000.

The bright and open spread is brand-new, and it looks it. It includes an open dining-room-living room setup beneath 10-foot ceilings; and, speaking of ceilings, a barrel one caps the main bedroom up top.

The 3-BR, 4.5-BA includes a finished lower level, too, and a private roof deck.


Unit 2 in Mid-Cambridge’s 378 Broadway is part of a thoroughly renovated Mansard Victorian. The 3,282-square-foot, nine-room de facto house is under contract with an asking price of $2,460,000.

The spread went up only in 2009. It includes a fireplace usable from both the living room and the library as well as a main bedroom with two walk-in closets.


We finish up near the Somerville line at 117 Oxford Street, another condo done in contemporary design and also essentially a single-family. The 2,481-square-foot 4-BR, 4.5-BA is on sale for $2,295,000.

It includes a media room on the lower level and a chef’s kitchen on the main floor. There’s also a walled-in patio out back and a separate entrance leading to two parking spaces. And dig those celestory windows.