3R Greenough Ave.
Square feet 2,206
CAMBRIDGE - The tubular bamboo greenery jutting skyward in front of this earth-toned house signals something different is happening here on a side street located an easy ramble from Inman Square.
The owners of the largest of three condos cut into this Victorian have drawn on their Far Eastern heritage and world travels to inform their decorating decisions inside and out. The bamboo anchors a serene garden, complete with koi pool, just below street level. The private side entrance around the corner is from a city-sized deck and over a stone used as a welcome mat. The sliding glass doors take you into a smallish kitchen painted an eye-catching red and black with a lacquer-like finish.
The Orient arrives, there, too, in the form of rice-paper coverings on overhead lights in the classic Japanese style, foreshadowing of distinctive style choices to come. The living room is painted maroon and gold with refinished oak floors lit, warmly, by towering windows. The dining room, with working fireplace, has a closet the owners converted into a wine cabinet and a greenhouse with copper lining and a watering mechanism constructed in the front of the house. The bamboo outside the window creates a filter of privacy that does not completely shut out the world. A meditation room is accented with bamboo and tatami mat flooring and a wonderful rice-paper sliding shade. Just how peaceful the room feels is discovered when the shade is withdrawn, exposing the barn-red side of the neighbor's home.
Down the curving wooden slat stairs, the master suite - with walk-in closet - is at garden level and was redone with slate tiling on the floor and walls complemented by a calming maize paint color. The shower with twin sprays is separated by a rippled glass wall from the Jacuzzi tub under a bay window.
One room has a separate entrance and can be used as a home office, said Ann Foley, a broker with Weichert Realtors Channing Real Estate in Cambridge. Condo fee is $356.40 a month.
JOHN RICHARDSON ELLEMENT