This is a great area for people who don't mind being a few miles out of the Boston. It's about a 10 min walk to either Porter or Harvard Sq. (shops, T, Shaws in Porter sq.). Great for commuting into Watertown, Belmont, Waltham, etc. There are quite a few parks (lots of kids around on the weekends), there's a public library nearby and I've not once had trouble parking (yes, this is still Cambridge...).