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$7.7m listing includes the Cambridge home of women’s rights activist Margaret Fuller

Buying Luxury Cambridge
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The home, which was built in 1841, has five bedrooms and 5.5 baths. Armhed Louis-Jean/A Louis Jean Media

The former home of iconic journalist and women’s rights advocate Margaret Fuller has hit the market in Cambridge.

Steeped in Cambridge history, 8 Ellery St. is the five-bed, 5.5-bath Greek Revival where Fuller lived and where she was visited by fellow notables, including Ralph Waldo Emerson, Bronson Alcott, and Horace Greeley. Built in 1841, it’s listed for $4,800,000. The new carriage house at 8-Rear Ellery St, which can also be purchased on its own, is listed at $2,900,000. Together, the two detached luxury homes are deeded as condominiums and can be purchased together for $7,700,000. The listing agent is Carol Kelly, senior vice president of Compass, who has the listings.

Step inside the main house, and you’ll find a dramatic double parlor with two gas fireplaces. Measuring 4,022 square feet, the home has several features that underscore how the property combines classic architectural details with modern accessibility. Continue into an open dining area with a fireplace, and step down into a luxurious, white kitchen with smooth-front cabinetry, French doors to a bluestone patio and a garden, and an island that seats at least three.

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On the lower level, you’ll find a work area, as well as a media room and a full bath. The floors on this level are heated.

On the second floor of the main house, there are three bedrooms and three full bathrooms. This includes the bright primary suite, which has extensive closet space and a bath with a jetted soaking tub, a dual vanity, a standalone shower, and basket weave tile flooring. On the third floor, you’ll find two additional bedrooms and a full bathroom.

The entire side yard and front yard belong to 8 Ellery St.

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The carriage house is a four-bed, six-bath (4 full, 2 half) property measuring 2,468 square feet, and it was completed in 2022 to blend seamlessly with the historic, modernized main house. Inside, there is a living room with a fireplace. The space is open to the dining area and flows into the kitchen, which has an island that seats three and stainless steel appliances. There’s also a bedroom and a full bath on that main floor, as well as a guest bathroom.

Downstairs, you’ll find a family room and a bedroom suite. On the second floor, there are two additional bedrooms, each with a set of skylights. From the second-floor hallway, there is access to a deck overlooking the rear of the home.

The carriage house’s outdoor space is also ideal, boasting extensive privacy with a bluestone patio under mature maple trees and a grassy yard.

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“There’s total privacy and a lot of greenery,” Kelly said.

Each property comes with its own off-street parking space.

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