Somerville, directly adjacent to Cambridge, offers the vibrancy and convenience of an urban city with the tranquility and amenities of suburban living. The city is engaged in a long-term growth initiative called SomerVision 2010-2030 with a goal to build ‘an exceptional place to live, work and play.’ The 20-year plan is to create 30,000 new jobs, 6,000 new housing units and promote sustainability and community in the city.
Located along the Mystic River, Assembly Square is one of the first by products of Somerville’s urban planning initiative and includes 1.75 million SF of office space, 500,000 SF of retail and lifestyle space. Only 2.5 miles from Downtown Boston, Assembly Square is accessible by car via I-93, Route 128 or by public transportation via one of 19 bus lines or the MBTA Orange Line at Assembly Station. The city has plans to extend the Green Line into Somerville by 2017.
With over 63 parks, playgrounds, community gardens and game fields, Somerville is ideal for the outdoor enthusiast. In 2014, Somerville was ranked the top biking city in the Northeast and offers over 12 Hubway locations, Boston’s bike sharing system.
Positioned in the heart of the ‘Brainpower Triangle’ formed by the campuses of Harvard, Tufts and MIT, Somerville is heavily populated with Millennial college grads and some of the most sought-after young professionals in the Boston area. As rents increase in Kendall Square,many of the area’s leading tech start ups are migrating to Somerville.
Available housing ranges from single-family homes to townhomes to larger scale apartment buildings. Notable luxury buildings include 197 Union Square and 143 Cedar Street.