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Home of the Week: A peek at Watermark Central in Cambridge

The building will have 225 units with prices ranging from $2,685 to $8,055. Search the latest rental listings at realestate.boston.com.

Watermark Central has 225 apartments. Jonathan Wiggs/Globe staff

425 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge

Rent: Studio ($2,685-$3,222); one bedroom, one bath ($3,337-$4,793); two bedrooms, two baths ($4,904 -$5,709); and three bedrooms, two baths ($6,035-$8,055). Rent for the two-bedroom, two-bath model unit is $4,970.
Year built: 2020
Utilities: Tenant is responsible for electric, water and sewer and cable/Internet.
Pets: Maximum two per unit. Dogs, $100 each; cats, $75 each. Breed restrictions.
Parking: $250 a month for a covered indoor space
Property manager: Greystar

In a city where 64 percent of the housing stock is rental properties, a new high-rise building with 225 units has just opened its doors, offering excellent views of Cambridge and the surrounding communities, free bike storage, a pet-washing station, and a location within walking distance of Central Square Station on the Red Line.


The two-bedroom, two-bath model unit at Watermark Central is on the eighth floor. A custom phone app unlocks the door.

Inside, a short hallway leads to a laundry closet with double doors and then makes a turn. On the right is a carpeted bedroom with two windows and a deep closet with built-in shelving. Farther down the hallway is a closet, as well as the doorway to the first full bath, which has a single wood-like vanity with a white quartz countertop, a ceramic tile floor, and a shower/tub combo.

The hallway then spills into the heart of the unit — an open space encompassing the kitchen and living and dining areas. The kitchen features stainless-steel appliances, a smooth-glass electric stove, and milky-white quartz counters. The lower cabinets have a weathered wood-like finish, and there is a substantial rectangular island with additional cabinetry. The living room offers nice views of the region (the neighboring buildings are several floors shorter) through large plate-glass windows that pull in natural light. The dining area in the model unit is set up with a table for two.

The master suite is off the living room. The floor is carpeted, and a set of windows with a screened insert allows for natural air flow. The closet has double doors and built-in shelving. The en-suite bath has a frameless-glass shower, a ceramic tile floor, and a single vanity that’s a mirror image of the one found in the other bath.


Ceiling heights in the unit are about 9 feet, and the flooring is a vinyl tile that looks like wood.

The model shares the floor with several of the building’s amenities. These include a terrace with real grass that will eventually have grills, an exercise room with impact-absorbing flooring, a kitchen, a meeting room, and a lounge area with a view.

Watermark Central is part of Market Central, a three-building complex by developer Twining Properties once known as Mass + Main. The buildings share some amenities. Complimentary bike storage is in the basement of the Link, which offers smaller units at lower prices. The third building, Union House, is a more traditional low-rise building with studios to three-bedroom apartments and a price range between the Link and the more expensive Watermark Central.

See more photos of the property below:

425 Mass. Ave., Cambridge


The living area in the model unit. Jonathan Wiggs/Globe staff

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The kitchen in the model unit. Jonathan Wiggs/Globe staff

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The master suite in the model unit. Jonathan Wiggs/Globe staff

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The fitness center. Jonathan Wiggs/Globe staff

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One of the building's common rooms. Jonathan Wiggs/Globe staff

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The common kitchen. Jonathan Wiggs/Globe staff

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One of the building's common rooms. Jonathan Wiggs/Globe staff

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The bicycle storage area. Jonathan Wiggs/Globe staff

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Correction: Due to a reporting error, a previous version of this story gave an incorrect location for the development. The new apartments are in The Port neighborhood.


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