The Cambridge Board of Zoning Appeal approved our subdivision plan that creates three lots.
The DeLeo Garages at 67-75 Huron Avenue in North Cambridge on Observatory Hill are now available for rent for $400/month with an option to buy them as individual condominium garages when we subdivide the property.
The 1920's-built garages have been modernized with insulated overhead doors, equipped with wireless remote control door openers and entry keypads. New interior walls and ceilings have over 100 square feet of shelf storage (a 10'x10' storage container rents for $250/month on Concord Avenue). Garages have been provided with electric wiring for optional electric heat and charging stations for today's electric cars. Garages are monitored 24/7 with continuous recording security cameras. Details on the 19 individual garages.
The DeLeo Garages are a secure and convenient home for your special automobile and the ultimate in off-street parking for our neighbors. They will enhance property values.
Bob Doyle's 77 Huron Ave home and third-floor bay window from which he oversees the DeLeo Garages.
The garages were rescued from the wrecker's ball in February, 2012 when the DeLeo family and the condominium developer Curtis Mueller decided to sell the property to abutter and information philosopher Bob Doyle (firstname.lastname@example.org). This prevented three condominiums from rising up 35 feet and obstructing the views for Doyle and all the abutters on Huron Avenue and Winslow Street.
Doyle had for over thirty years offered to buy the property from Joseph DeLeo, but DeLeo's widow Marie DeLeo was not aware of this offer of first refusal when she arranged to sell it to Mueller. After hearing the appeal to Marie DeLeo and the hopes of all the neighbors, Mueller graciously allowed Doyle to buy out his purchase and sale agreement and save the garages.
The DeLeo Garages have been renovated to restore them to original condition - dilapidated doors replaced, broken window glass reglazed, leaky roofs patched, gutters repaired or replaced, masonry pointed and coated with "drylok" to stop rain leaking through the walls, rough cinder block walls covered with painted wood, deteriorating fence boards replaced with white PVC, including gates for abutters. The driveway and courtyard has been repaved, and electricity has been restored (100A separate meters in each garage). The buildings are painted for the first time in decades. No structural changes have been made to the buildings, but a new 1000-cubic feet stormwater retention system was installed below the new pavement, to reduce flooding problems and to retain stormwater on the property, as is now required by the city.
We will keep current garage tenants, neighbors, and abutters informed with web pages here on the continuing research and analysis of current garage rental rates and condominium garage sale prices in Cambridge over the coming year.
This market analysis will be used to decide on our rental rates. All the garages are now being rented ($350-400/month for rear garages, $400/month for front garages). There have been occasional vacancies. Email us to be added to our waiting list. The likely prices for garage condos when they are sold are - rear garages for $110-115,000, front garages for $120-125,000).