Cambridge, the City of Squares, is where you'll find some of the brightest minds in innovation. Established as a rural respite from city life in Boston, Cambridge is now a destination in its own right. Home to world-class universities of Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge's population explodes every fall as students move in. You'll find biotech and startup companies setting up shop in Cambridge as well, making it easy to pull directly from the talented population. For this reason, rents have also exploded in Cambridge.
Sprawling Cambridge is located across the Charles River, north of Boston. Connecting the city's famed squares is the Red subway line with stops at Kendall Square, Central Square, Harvard Square, and Porter Square. Much of the Red line runs underneath Massachusetts Avenue, one of the main commercial thoroughfares in Cambridge. Mass Ave plays home to a vibrant ethnic restaurant scene through Central Square and a trendy, upscale vibe as you head into Harvard Square. To the east, the Green line terminus serves East Cambridge at Lechmere, with an extension to eastern neighbor, Somerville, in the works. Cambridge Street and the Cambridgeside Galleria anchor commercial activity in the eastern part of the city. This part of Cambridge shares a border with Charlestown. To the north you'll find Arlington and to the west lies Watertown.