Vintage and vogue elements intertwine in a 1902 Colonial

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East Cambridge single family home offers four bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms and a fenced yard with artificial grass. No mowing necessary.

The house sits on a 0.02 acre lot in East Cambridge with off street parking.

137 Otis Street, Cambridge


Style Colonial

Year of construction 1902

Square feet 1,831

Bedrooms 4

Bathrooms 1 full, 1 half

Water/Sewer Audience

Taxes (2022) $5,289

Built in 1902, this blue house may not seem like the picture of modernity, but the recently renovated house successfully blends older, more traditional elements with modern touches.

The playful pastel pink door sets this home apart from its neighbor’s more classic color palettes. – Lightshed Photography Studio

The entrance is just behind a pastel pink door. A small pink cabinet-sized door on the left allows residents to access the mailbox without stepping outside. The walls, however, are white and the floor is oak. The original staircase, narrow and dressed in a pink and white carpet, hugs the right wall, while a corridor leading to the kitchen passes in front. Sets of hooks along both walls provide places to hang coats, hats and bags, and a door on the left opens into the open-plan living and dining area.

The fire pit features pegs on both sides for hanging coats, bags and hats. – Lightshed Photography Studio

In the living room, a bay window overlooks a small seating area on the left, allowing natural light and a view from the front of the house. To the right is room for a sofa facing a wall which can be used to hang pictures, a TV or both. Beyond the sofa area, there is enough room for a formal dining table, under a light fixture with five lighted globes. Three windows on the adjacent wall overlook a small backyard.

The living and dining areas share an open layout. – Lightshed Photography Studio

A rounded entrance next to the dining table leads to the kitchen. Hexagonal marble tiles in a variety of grayish hues line the space. Dark gray cabinets with brushed gold handles sit above and below quartz countertops, with a square tile backsplash lining the wall between them. The appliances are all stainless steel. The lighting in this room is recessed except for a single pendant above the sink. There is room for a table between two windows overlooking the backyard and a door leading to it.

The kitchen features stainless steel appliances, gray Shaker-style cabinetry, a tile backsplash, and room for a small table. – Lightshed Photography Studio
The kitchen faucet is a modern brushed gold. – Lightshed Photography Studio

A second rounded arch points to a hallway leading to the front door. A half bath is to the left, completing this floor. Blue-green hexagonal tiles with white geometric accents run halfway up the wall. A console sink offers a minimalist aesthetic, and the faucet, towel rack, and sconce all have brushed gold accents. The floor of this room matches the kitchen.

The powder room features a console sink and modern blue-green star-shaped tiling halfway up the walls. – Lightshed Photography Studio

On the second floor, the only full bathroom in the house is on the left. The room features a clean black and white pattern, with white subway tiles stacked along the shower walls. A small recessed shelf in front of the shower head provides a place to store soap and shampoo. The tub is the house’s original enamel coated steel, which the owners had restored during the renovation.

Stacked white subway tiles also rise halfway up the walls in the rest of the room, and small hexagonal tiles are laid out in a floral pattern on the floor. A large cupboard facing the lavatory provides storage for laundry and a set of three towel hooks sits to the right of the console sink. Unlike the powder room downstairs, these accents are all matte black metal. A three-light fixture hangs above the mirror above the vanity.

The washer and dryer are stacked in the upstairs hallway, where you can skim laundry away from the prying eyes of guests. – Lightshed Photography Studio
The second floor bedrooms share a full bathroom with a tub/shower combination and a black and white color scheme. – Lightshed Photography Studio

The first bedroom is right next to the bathroom, facing the stairs. Two windows let in natural light and an IKEA closet offers plenty of storage. The walls are white and the floor is oak. A small section of the wall protrudes, transformed into an accent wall with the addition of floral wallpaper. A rattan accent light hangs in the center of the room.

The third bedroom is further down the hall and includes many of the same features except for an additional closet and a slightly different accent light. A decorative switch cover adds an artistic touch.

The owners created a feature wall by lining a hump that created nooks for a crib and bookcase. – Lightshed Photography Studio
This second floor bedroom offers two windows and an oak floor. – Lightshed Photography Studio

The owner’s suite is at the end of the hallway, with two double-door closets flanking the entrance. Four exposed beams give the vaulted ceiling additional support and drama. Three windows let in lots of natural light, with sconces on either side of the bed and recessed lighting providing the rest.

The owner’s bedroom, located on the second floor, has a vaulted ceiling with exposed beams. – Lightshed Photography Studio

The washer and dryer are set up in the hallway, tucked away in a custom floor-to-ceiling linen closet with white cabinets and brushed gold handles.

The final bedroom is on the third floor, with the home’s original pine flooring intact. The partially raised ceiling, white walls and natural light from two windows give the room a loft and airy feel. An extra light and a walk-in closet complete this room.

The fourth bedroom has the third floor all to itself and the home’s original pine flooring. – Lightshed Photography Studio

A fenced, grass-lined area next to the kitchen provides a small outdoor gathering space. The home sits on 0.02 acre.

The fenced yard has a lawn that never needs to be mowed. – Lightshed Photography Studio

Patrick Brusil of Keller Williams Realty-Boston Metro | Back Bay has the list.

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