Many seek office space for lease in Harvard Square because of the area’s worldwide recognition. Harvard Square is a 24-hour, world-renowned shopping, dining, cultural, and historical destination.
The area has an eclectic variety of iconic retailers and local hidden gems. Niche retailers such as Boston Bead Company, the Hempest, and Zinnia Jewelry are nestled amid national retailers, including American Apparel, Staples, GAP, and Urban Outfitters. The retail landscape of the Square is reflective of the area’s overall diversity.
Harvard apparel for students and fans alike is available at the Coop. “The Garage” is a small, multi-story shopping mall, which was formerly a parking garage. The original car ramp has been preserved.
A variety of restaurants and ethnic cafes make Harvard Square a popular social destination. The Square itself is also a popular hub for social activism.
Harvard Square itself is located adjacent to Harvard Yard, the heart of Harvard University. The University lends brand recognition to the overall area; even if one has not heard of Harvard Square, one has certainly heard of Harvard University. Although the images of red brick and mortar usually come to mind, one can sample nearly three hundred years of architecture by strolling through the Harvard Campus.
The Mid-Cambridge/Harvard Square Office Market is comprised as follows:
• 27 Class A Office Buildings, for totaling 3,739,466 rentable square feet.
• 83 Class B Office Buildings, for totaling 2,873,304 rentable square feet.
• 87 Class C Office Buildings, for totaling 1,188,688 rentable square feet.
Lawyers, small offices, and start-up often seek office space for lease in Harvard Square. Cambridge office space is particularly attractive to start up companies due to the ease of access to intellectual capital. Students from all over the world come to study at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, thus leasing office space in Cambridge is a sensible choice.
Commercial Real Estate in Harvard Square is readily accessible via Harvard Square Station on the Red Line. The Porter Square MBTA stop, also on the Red Line, is located slightly outside the northwest cusp of the Mid-Cambridge/Harvard Square office submarket. The MBTA Red Line provides direct access to South Station, which serves as the hub for multiple commuter rail lines. In addition, Harvard Yard serves as a hub for numerous bus lines.
Due to its high volume tourist draw, finding accommodations in close proximity to Harvard Square office space is simple. A variety of choices ranging from bed and breakfasts to chain hotels are available.
• Harvard Square Hotel – 110 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 (617) 864-5200 [www.harvardsquarehotel.com]
• The Charles Hotel – 1 Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 (617) 864-1200 [charleshotel.com]
• The Inn at Harvard – 1201 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138 (617) 491-2222 www.theinnatharvard.com/
• Hotel Veritas [http://www.thehotelveritas.com ] – 1 Remington Street, Cambridge, MA – (617) 520-5000
• Sheraton Commander Hotel [www.sheratoncommander.com/] – 16 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 (617) 547-4800
Aside from Harvard University and Harvard Square itself, the area is home to numerous attractions.
Harvard Museum of Natural History (26 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA) – The public museum of Harvard’s three research museums, featuring more than 12,000 specimens on display. A unique exhibit includes 3,000 ‘Glass Flowers,’ amazingly realistic flame-worked glass models of flowering plants used to teach botany to students in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Family favorites include the dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures as well as more than 500 current day mammals, including skeletons of a rhinoceros, hippopotamus, giraffe and three whales.
Brattle Theatre (40 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA) – Specializes in repertory format showings of classic, cutting-edge, foreign, and art-house films. Schedules, details, and online ticketing.
Longfellow National Historic Site (105 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA) – The home of one of the world’s foremost poets, scholars, and educators – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Open for public tours, Wednesday through Sunday.
Peabody Museum (11 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA) – Harvard Peabody Museum is one of the oldest museums in the world dedicated to anthropology.