Welcome to Somerville
A charm-filled city, Somerville’s distinctive local flavor distinguishes it from the neighboring Boston and Cambridge. Creative culture and diversity thrive in this diverse and historic community.
The close-knit feel of the Somerville community is a true treasure. Historically a manufacturing hotspot, with brickmaking and car assembly as some of the main industries, Somerville has long tradition of ingenuity and enterprise. The town also boasts a key national landmark: the spot where George Washington first ordered the Union’s flag to be raised in 1776.
All the attractions of neighboring Cambridge and Boston are just minutes away. Somerville is also an unofficial cycling capital within the Boston area, boasting miles of bikeable streets, community cycling paths, and a few top-notch bike shops.
There is a playfulness to Somerville, where life-size Lego sculptures tower over shopping centers and lines for the comedy club can stretch down the sidewalk. Walking the line between new and old, big and small, the major retailers at just-built Assembly Square offer convenient shopping, while fresh produce can be plucked from the farmers’ market at historic Union Square.
Over the past several years, star chefs have been attracted to Somerville, transforming the town into an important destination for the area’s burgeoning foodie landscape. Fancy an experiential tasting menu or a Scandinavian-style brunch? There’s always a new delight on a nearby table.
An ideal place for home buyers, Somerville is known for its accessible market. Many historic buildings are ripe for re-model. With Assembly Square quickly growing and Boynton Yards poised to become the next Kendall Square, new condo developments are on the way. To live in Somerville is to love it—residents have a strong sense of hometown pride. From jazz musicians setting up in Davis Square on weeknights to local artists throwing open their studio doors on Saturdays, creativity thrives around every corner.