North Cam­bridge holds a lofty ideal

Boston Herald - - HOME SMART - By MIRIAM SCHWARTZ

Walk­ing by the red brick fac­tory build­ing at 22 Cot­tage Park Ave. in Cam­bridge, you wouldn’t guess it’s a part of his­tory.

Or it could be, just as any turn-of-the-cen­tury struc­ture in Cam­bridge could. But the struc­ture, orig­i­nally built in the early 1900s, was the for­mer home of lead­ing Iron Lung man­u­fac­turer J. H. Emer­son Co.

The build­ing was com­pletely re­built for re­use as up­scale, ur­ban lofts in 2013, but re­tained a bit of that his­tory as the Emer­son Lofts. The ar­chi­tect­de­signed units each fea­ture a unique lay­out, plays on brick and beam and lots of sleek de­signer touches. This is ex­actly what you’ll find in Unit 6 of this cov­eted build­ing.

The lo­ca­tion? It couldn’t be more con­ve­nient in North Cam­bridge. You’re a short walk along the Min­ute­man bike path to the Alewife T stop or a 15-minute straight shot to Davis Square. A quiet culde-sac and prox­im­ity to count­less restau­rants and shops com­plete this ideal lo­ca­tion, al­though driv­ers will en­joy the unit’s ex­clu­sive-use off-street park­ing space.

As ex­pected for a loft space, you’ll en­joy an open floor plan with over­sized win­dows through­out and an in­dus­trial-chic in­ter­play be­tween the heavy ceil­ing beams, pol­ished, ex­posed ducts, orig­i­nal red brick and stun­ning wood floor­ing that blend seam­lessly into the cus­tom kitchen cab­i­netry. The high-end kitchen is de­signed with form and func­tion in mind, gran­ite coun­ter­tops and a break­fast bar.

A gen­er­ous master suite and swank master bath with a dou­ble cus­tom van­ity are bathed in light and can be dressed down to keep with a min­i­mal­ist theme, let­ting the build­ing do the talk­ing, or dressed up — there’s plenty of space. The sec­ond bed­room and full bath­room are smaller, but make great use of the unit’s 1,025 square feet.

Unit 6 is in ex­cel­lent con­di­tion — its previous owner used it part-time — and the build­ing is pro­fes­sion­ally man­aged and main­tained and in­cludes ac­cess to a com­mon pa­tio area.

See the unit at open house hours from noon to 1 p.m. to­day and to­mor­row.

To find out more about the home, priced at $768,500, con­tact The Petrowsky Jones Group at Com­pass, 617-240-0799.

KITCHEN/DIN­ING AREA

PHO­TOS COUR­TESY OF THE PETROWSKY JONES GROUP

LIV­ING AREA

MASTER BED­ROOM

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