Somerville is a thriving city known for a diverse mix of artists, makers, musicians, coders, skilled tradespeople, and all types of professionals. The city is undergoing a massive transformation with millions of square feet of new transit-oriented development driven by the Green Line T extension. Somerville is conveniently located adjacent to Cambridge and minutes to Boston by car, bike, bus, and the Red Line and Green Line T.
Money.com ranked Somerville seventh in the nation on Money’s Best Places to Live 2022-2023 list. The magazine cites Somerville’s music and culture, proximity to Boston and great public transportation, low crime rates, and well-rated school district and higher education institutions as the reasons for the high rating. “For residents, Somerville offers more than just a wide array of activities,” the magazine said. Economic opportunities, quality of life, diversity, and future potential were among the primary deciding factors when assembling the annual ranking, the magazine said.
Somerville has a diverse range of neighborhoods and squares. Davis Square is widely known for being one of the hippest places in America, features a wide range of locally owned shops and restaurants. There are numerous other squares including Assembly, Ball, Magoun, Porter, Teele, and Union. Major neighborhoods include Davis Square, East Somerville, Prospect Hill, Spring Hill, Ten Hills, West Somerville, and Winter Hill.
Real estate in Somerville consists of numerous multifamily homes, condos, luxury full-service buildings, and historic single-family homes. Architectural styles range from historic Federals, Victorians, and Greek Revivals, to the one-of-a-kind Round House.
Somerville is a regional dining destination with some of the area’s most creative restaurants. Dining options in Somerville run the gamut from casual local bars, diners, numerous ethnic spots, and Ana Sortun’s renowned Sarma. Cultural attractions include the famous Somerville Theatre, Honk! Fest, Somerville Open Studios, and the unique Fluff Festival.
Recreational activities include neighborhood playgrounds, a skating rink, basketball courts, baseball football, and softball fields, and the Somerville Community Path for cycling, walking, and jogging.
The City of Somerville is making big investments in public schools. The school budget has been increased 10% in 2022 and the City just built a new $256,000,000 high school.
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