Larchwood – Cambridge, MA

Larchwood, an escape from the bustling and booming city life of Boston, fits quietly into the historic city of Cambridge. Dotted with mature oaks, maples, and a distant cityscape, families and singles alike succumb to its charms. With a population of less than 7,000, the town rests just 20 minutes northwest of Boston, or 17 minutes via I-90W. Residents have access to a variety of amenities including art, nature, sports, and history.

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Restaurants & Nightlife

In Larchwood, you are within walking distance of Sofra Bakery & Café. Their Middle Eastern-inspired bakery will win you over with their migas - as will just about anything else from their elaborate, delectable menu. Want an upscale dining experience? Locals find the elegant atmosphere and sophisticated menu at Toscano Harvard Square a perfect date night destination. The richly flavored Lobster Risotto is one of the many house dishes that treat your taste buds. If you do stop by, don't make the mistake of skipping dessert. The Blueberry White Chocolate Tart is well worth the extra calories. For those preferring a modest and cozy dining experience, the family-owned Greg’s Restaurant, delivers big on Italian-American cuisine. Indulge in their popular eggplant parmigiana or award-winning steak, both come with a modest price tag and family-friendly atmosphere that will make you feel relaxed and welcomed. After dark, turn up the energy in the surrounding areas of Larchwood at one of the lounges, music venues, dance clubs or bars. Whether you are in the mood for a live show, band, or crowd, you don’t have to travel to the city to have a good time. Located on Bennett St., Noir lounge is the premiere spot for happy hour deals and socializing with co-workers and neighbors. As the night passes, the lights dim and patrons start ordering up some of the bar's signature cocktails, which include the popular Whispering City - a tasty combination of tequila, apple cider, cinnamon, lemon juice, pernod, and angostura. Larchwood is also surrounded by a cast of lounges that host acoustic nights. Visit the Regattabar for sultry, shimmying-in-your-chair jazz or Club Passim for toe-tapping folk music that will warm your soul. And in the summer, venture down to the Boston Landmarks Orchestra for free concerts

History & Culture

The residential neighborhood of Larchwood was developed in 1915, carved out of a 38-acre estate of elaborate gardens surrounding the home of William Gray. Now found within the parameters of Huron Ave., Fresh Pond Parkway, and Brattle Street, Larchwood is characterized by lush landscaping, stately houses and winding streets. While the neighborhood has traditionally been home to the upper middle-class, the neighborhood has since diversified to welcome new residents from across the socioeconomic spectrum. The Cambridge Historical Society and Story Chapel Visitor’s center are two museums located near Larchwood that help educate visitors and residents about the rich history of this colonial area. For art and culture enthusiasts, The Brattle Theater offers a full calendar of plays and different events every year and the Touch Art Gallery provides an intimate setting to view more contemporary art. Local annual events include: the Boston Marathon, the Patriot's Day Parade and the Arlington International Film Festival.

Transportation

Residents of Larchwood run errands and tour their town by way of cycling, driving, and walking. During the winter months, snow makes the commute hazardous but city workers work hard to clear the streets for both drivers and pedestrians. Those who opt to save on gas and commute to the city of Boston will find reliable transportation in the Redline. It can be accessed at Harvard Square Station, a seven-minute drive away or 13 minutes by bus via Mt. Auburn St. Uber transit, accessible via android and iPhone apps, provides a practical alternative to trying to hail a cab, which can be somewhat difficult in this mainly residential neighborhood. When traveling by car, commuters find that Memorial Drive, Massachusetts Ave, or I-90E highway eases hassle and time while driving, depending on route. For those staying local, parking permits are required in the residential areas of Cambridge via Transit, Parking, & Transportation. For the most eco-friendly navigators, plentiful trails, bicycle-friendly roads, and dedicated bike lanes make it safe to explore the neighborhood.

Cost

The Larchwood area exceeds Boston’s average cost of living by eight percent. The median rent for a one-bedroom costs $3,000. Gas prices are typically 11 percent more than the national average, but the town's small footprint - less than a square mile - helps offset this cost for daily errands. Monthly Link passes are available through the Massachusetts Bay Transpiration Authority for $75 per month. Three dollars will get you a ride into the city per trip while a day pass runs well over the cost of a beer at $12 or $19 for a week. Children 11 years and under ride free while seniors and persons with disabilities travel at discounted prices.

Shopping

Major shopping areas and centers of commerce include Harvard Square, Watertown Mall, and Wakefield Mall. Watertown houses popular brand stores in a traditional mall setting as well as department stores such as Target and Best Buy. For high-end brands such as Bloomingdales, Banana Republic, and Barney’s, drive south to Mall at Chestnut Hill. To make the trip even more worthwhile, venture east on Boylston to The Street - Chestnut Hill’s outdoor mall featuring shops, restaurants and a multilplex movie theater. Women from around the state flock to Larchwood to shop at Forty Winks on J.F. Kennedy St., which offers some of the finest names in lingerie as well as top-shelf customer service. This shop is a local institution that will take you back in time to the days when everyone had a tailor and wore couture clothing. Oona’s in Harvard Square houses even more specialty boutiques that are locally owned and operated. For the best in high-end vintage clothing, visit Raspberry Beret where you are guaranteed to find one-of-a-kind pieces to add to your wardrobe. While you’re in Harvard Square shopping for clothes, stop at Broadway Marketplace to stock your refrigerator. Evergood Super Market and Market Basket are two popular local grocers. To stock up on your favorite organic foods, visit Trader Joes on Memorial Drive or swing over to River Street for a stop at Whole Foods. Larchwood residents have easy access to the seasonal Somerville Winter Farmers Market on Highland Ave. To experience favorite local vendors, don't miss out on Q’s Nuts and Fiore di Nonno.

Parks

Free parks surround the Larchwood area and provide a refreshing counterpoint to the busy city of Boston. At Larch Street Park and Lowell Park, children run tirelessly under parental supervision, while the more athletic crowd takes to the basketball courts. Kingsley Park hosts a fresh pond reservation and a foot and bike path. At Glacken Field, you can enjoy the added amenities of waterworks and soccer, tennis, and softball fields. Or, do as the less sports-inclined locals do and grab a bench beneath a tree to read, or wander among historic monuments in Cambridge Common Park. People of all ages flock to the Mt. Auburn Cemetery for a bird watching and historical scavenger hunts that challenge participants to find the resting places of some the city's most famous inhabitants. Pedestrians are welcome, although pets and bicycles are not. For some outdoor fun, be sure to check out Cambridge Carnival International Festival and MayFair in Harvard Square Festival, which both offer food vendors, dance performances, beer gardens and live music
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