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Hot property: City, nature Fuse in luxury Cambridge site

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A new 244-unit luxury apartment complex is taking full advantage of its perch alongside the 120-acre Alewife Brook Reservation in North Cambridge.

Developer Hines Interests has resurrected the 3-acre site that held embalming fluid maker Dodge Chemical Co. into Fuse Cambridge, where more than 50 percent of the units have views of the state park, which has recently undergone a major restoration with new bridges and walking trails.

“The public investment in the reservation beautified what was a commercial and industrial area, making it a desirable place to live,” said David Perry, senior managing director at Hines Interests. “It’s also near the Alewife T station, and convenient for people who work in Cambridge or Boston or out along Route 128.”

Fuse Cambridge’s two-story lobby features a glass wall with views out over the reservation through a landscaped courtyard cut in between two wings.

The building has 10,000 square feet of common amenity spaces on the second floor. There’s a networking lounge with built-in iPads, a conference room and a fitness facility with a yoga/­spinning room. A clubroom has a granite island for entertaining, with a full kitchen.­ The clubroom opens out onto a terrace with an outdoor pool and barbecues.

“The name suggests that the complex fuses the urban and suburban, the city and nature,” said Fuse Cambridge property manager Nathan Lopez. “You can get on the Red Line and go to Boston or kick back here and walk the nature trails.”

Lopez said that 10 percent of the total units have been leased. Studios ranging from 460 to 552 square feet are renting for between $2,200 and $2,500 a month. One- bedrooms, with anywhere from 718 to 830 square feet, are between $2,500 and $2,960. Two- bedrooms are $3,085 to $3,550 with 967 to 1,144 square feet of living space and 1,383 square-foot three bedrooms are leasing for $3,560 to $3,730.

Parking under the complex is $175 a month. Dogs are $75 and cats $45 extra per month, and there’s a pet washing station and outdoor dog run.

We took a look at model units 213, a 749-square-foot one-bedroom for $2,710 a month and the two-bedroom corner unit 216 with 1,025 square feet renting for $3,540. Both apartments have engineered hardwood floors, large windows and high ceilings. The one-bedroom has a private balcony overlooking a courtyard, while the two-bedroom has two walls of windows overlooking the pool terrace and the reservation.

Both apartments have kitchens with glossy white and brown cabinets, white quartz countertops, custom ceramic tile back­splashes, track lighting and Whirlpool appliances. The two-bedroom features an island with pendant lighting.

Bedrooms are carpeted and have large walk-in closets. Bathrooms have porcelain tile floors and tub/showers with white subway tile. Each apartment comes with a stacked Whirlpool washer and dryer.

Perry expects Fuse Cambridge, whose second and third phases will open within a few months, to be entirely leased by summer.

“We’re confident because of the strong job growth we’re seeing in this part of the state,” he said.

This article is written by Paul Restuccia, originally appearing in The Boston Herald.

Photo credit: Matt Stone, Boston Herald.


Hot property: City, nature Fuse in luxury Cambridge site