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Harvard Square gut-renovation on Irving Street asks nearly $2.3 million

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The condo on a storied drag that has hosted Julia Child and e.e. cummings, among other notables, has four bedrooms

An open kitchen-dining room with a table and chairs.
The kitchen has Thermador appliances.
Photos via Senne Residential

Irving Street in Cambridge’s Harvard Square area is one of the Boston region’s more storied drags. Its residents have included psychologist William James (brother of novelist Henry), chef extraordinaire Julia Child, historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr., and poet e.e. cummings. It’s probably little surprise, then, that its homes can be fairly notable too.

And, while that notoriety usually lands on older properties, it can also attach itself to newer creations. We would place 23 Irving Street among that number.

The product of a gut-renovation wrapped this year of a house dating from 1870, the two-family spread blends a very contemporary vibe with a classic-looking mansard Victorian exterior. The evidence of that contemporary vibe is evident in Unit 1 at 23 Irving, the first of the two units on sale now through Senne Residential’s Britany Caruso. It’s asking $2.295 million.

The 2,516-square-foot condo includes four bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms. There’s also an eat-in kitchen and a deck off the second floor. And, in keeping with an exploding trend in Boston-area real estate due to the novel coronavirus, there’s a 3D virtual tour of the condo as well as private scheduled showings—no conventional open houses.

An airy, bright living room with furniture and two windows.
A lot of the interior emphasizes natural light.
The end of a new kitchen, with a large fridge and a microwave.
The condo is the product of a gut-renovation that wrapped in 2020.
A bedroom with a bed.
There are four bedrooms.
A bathroom with a glass side on the shower, which is otherwise open.
This is one of the four full bathrooms.
The bottom of some stairs leading into a room, and there are two wicker baskets at the bottom of the stairs.
The condo has four levels.