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Google Picks Cambridge; the Pope's Big Price-Chop

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It's time for the weekly contribution from our sister site Curbed Boston: Curbed Cuts, all the latest neighborhood news...

BACK BAY - A corner unit in the Albert A. Pope Building, the immaculate condo in the southern reaches of Back Bay (SoBaBa!) has chopped its price by $145,000 to $1,750,000. For that, you get 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1,919 square feet, enormous windows with expansive views and floods of sunlight; a private roof deck; 2 parking spaces; and proximity to the most expensive Boston listing on the market by square foot.

CAMBRIDGE - Cambridge City Councilor David Maher said it all: "We live in a very competitive economic development world right now ... All of us saw how very quickly Boston was ready to pounce at the opportunity to court one of our companies." Yes, indeed. So, partly because of that, the City Council voted 7-2 on Monday to approve Google's expansion in Kendall Square. The company will grow to 300,000 square feet, mostly from two connectors amid Three, Four and Five Cambridge Center. Its workforce, which numbered 40 five years ago and now totals about 800, will grow along with the expansion.

BEACON HILL - O.K., Beacon Hill's old and historic and enviable in its charm, we know that. But this particular townhouse at 9 Chestnut Street is particularly old and historic and charming. It was built in 1824, and was the home for several years of Civil War vet, Harvard professor and later long-serving Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. (we're sure Oliver Sr., the poet, dropped by as well). The younger Holmes moved out in 1889, and a lot of things happened until now, and the 4-BR, 3.5-BA, 4,915-square-foot townhouse finds itself for sale for $3,500,000.

WATERFRONT - The biggest condo complex in Boston has gotten in on the smoking-ban craze. In an overwhelming vote, the owners in the twin-tier, 624-unit Harbor Towers off East India Row have banned smoking in common areas and areas immediately outside the complex; current residents who smoke were grandfathered in under the vote. Harbor Towers is the 23rd condo association in Suffolk County to enact a smoking ban in the past two years.