Centers And Squares
Today’s the day we tour the new listings for the weekend. One of them was the Somerville two-family house for sale that I’ve listed at 52 Electric Ave, Somerville. Electric is a great side street between Teele Square and Davis Square.
52 Electric Ave sits up high and the owner’s renovation took advantage of the wonderful views and abundant light – there are new windows and French doors to the decks on the back of the house – you can see the distant hills, Harvard Square, and neighborhood rooftops.
A super house for the end user or investor, 52 Electric was extensively updated in 2003 and both units have new walls, ceilings, electric and insulation and updated kitchens and baths.
Open houses are scheduled for Thursday, July 9th from 11 to noon, Friday, July 10th from 4:30 to 6 pm, and Sunday, the 12th, from 1 to 2 pm.
52 Electric Ave, Somerville MA 02144, a two-family house, is listed for sale for $1,100,000. For more information call Liz Bolton (that’s me!) of ReMax Destiny at 617-504-1737.
May is Historic Preservation Month and Somerville has a wealth of activities planned throughout the month. Here are some of them:
Tomorrow, Saturday, May 3, 2014, the Somerville and Cambridge historic commissions are teaming up to offer a walking tour of one of my favorite streets – Orchard Street. Somerville and Cambridge are considering nominating the Orchard Street neighborhood for the National Register of Historic Places. The walk starts at 10 am at the Porter Square Plaza on Somerville Ave across from the Porter Square T station
On Sunday, May 18, 2014 from 2 to 4 pm there’ll be a Walking Tour of East Somerville. “Identifying Architectural Gems from Gilman Square to East Somerville will be led by Edward Gordon of the Victorain Society in America. The tour will begin at the Somerville Public Library, 81 Highland Avenue.
Mark your calendars for the Somerville Historic Preservation Awards Ceremony held on Thursday, May 22, 2014 from 6:30 to 9 pm at the Somerville Armory, 191 Highland Avenue. A dozen Somerville property owners will be honored for their historic preservation work on the exteriors of their properties. It’s a great opportunity to hear about the transformations people have made with their rehab and restoration work.
On Wednesday, May 28, 2014 from 7 to 8:30 pm there’ll be a talk at the Somerville Public Library, 191 Highland Avenue, on “Researching the History of Your House and Your Family“. If you’re interested in local genealogy or the history of your old Somerville house you don’t want to miss this lecture.
For more information about any of the events you can contact the Somerville Historic Preservation Commission at 617-625-6600 x2532.
There’s a party in Union Square this weekend – the What the Fluff festival takes place in Union Square Somerville tomorrow afternoon from 3 pm to 7 pm.
The What the Fluff festivities celebrate the invention of Marshmallow Fluff by Archibald Query of Union Square. Query cooked up the spread in his kitchen and sold it door to door almost a century ago.
There’ll be judges awarding prizes for the best foods created with Fluff, a costume competition, games, and loads of music, food and fun.
The 8th Annual What the Fluff Festival happens on Saturday, Septmember 28, 2013 from 3 pm to 7 pm in Union Square Somerville
Here’s the last of the third-quarter wrap-ups with a Somerville MA real estate review of sales for January through September 2012.
Last year’s numbers for the same period are in parentheses.
Like the other towns and cities we’ve looked at Somerville real estate has done much better in 2012 than in the last few years. Demand was way up and inventory was way down. Significantly more properties sold this year than last. The increase was in condo and single family house sales while multi-family sales held steady.
On September 30, 2012 112 residential properties were on the market in Somerville. That’s a dramatic drop from one year ago when 227 properties were listed for sale.
Total properties sold in Somerville – Jan-Oct 2012 (2011)
- 551 (452)
- Average days on market = 67 (83)
- Properties sold for an average of 99% of asking price (97%)
- Median price of $419,900 ($410,000)
Somerville Single Family Sales – Jan-Sept 2012 (2011)
- Total sold: 68 (48 )
- Sale prices ranged from $185,000 – $1,295,000 ($109,000 – $965,000)
- Median price: $472,250 ($460,000)
- Average days on market: 89 (71)
- On average, houses sold for 99% of asking price (98% )
Somerville Condo Sales – Jan-Sept 2012 (2011)
- Total sold: 367 (286)
- Sale prices ranged from $144,850 – $1,200,000 ($73,000 – $1,180,000)
- Median price: $390,000 ($365,500)
- Average days on market: 66 (87)
- On average, condos sold for 99% of asking price (98%)
Somerville Multi-Family Sales – Jan-Sept 2012 (2011)
- Total sold: 116 (118)
- Sale prices ranged from $235,000 – $1,180,000 ($190,000 – $2,075,000)
- Median price: $535,000 ($520,000)
- Average days on market: 72 (79)
- On average, multi-unit houses sold for 98% of asking price (96% )
Info about Somerville MA real estate market in 2012 (2011) from MLSpin
I love Somerville Massachusetts. More specifically, I love Somerville municipal government. Somerville city government always strikes me as progressive and forward thinking. I can’t help but be impressed in most interactions with the City.
Case in point – chickens. Somerville recently became the first Massachusetts city to pass an Urban Agriculture Ordinance. The ordinance encourages urban food production and specifically allows for beekeeping and the raising of chickens.
Hurrah! Many communities have yet to embrace the renewed popularity of raising chickens. Kudos to Somerville for its chicken-friendly stance. Ditto for bees – more and more people I know are keeping bees at home and it’s great to see the City acknowledge the value of urban food production. Look for Somerville eggs and honey coming to a market near you.
I was happy to read recently about plans for a new main Somerville Public Library in Union Square. Somerville has big ideas for Union Square revitilization and it turns out that relocating the main branch of the library is part of that vision. Exciting times for Union Square, with the Green Line, a new $45 million library, and more.
The yellow brick building that currently houses the main branch of the Somerville Public Library was built in 1912 on Highland Avenue.
The 1912 library replaced the former library, pictured below, designed in 1884 in the Romanesque style by Somerville architect George F. Loring.
See images of the next version of the Somerville Public Library and read more about the grant Somerville hopes to get for library construction in this Boston Globe article.
Raised garden beds are popular with backyard farmers and gardeners in Somerville and Cambridge. In a talk at the Somerville Garden Club on Wednesday evening, Jesse Banhazl will talk about raised garden beds as well as other options for growing produce in limited space – on roofs, on porches, or in small urban backyards.
Jesse Banhazl is owner and co-founder of Green City Growers, a Somerville-based business that helps to bring organic produce gardens to homes, schools and businesses.
The Somerville Garden club meeting and lecture is free and open to the public. There is parking available or you can take the T to Davis Square and walk up Holland Street.
What: Raised Garden Beds Talk at the Somerville Garden Club meeting
When: Wednesday, April 11, 2012, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Where: Tufts Administration Bldg., 167 Holland St, Somerville MA
We use a lot of gas when we tour new real estate listings in Cambridge and Somerville. We toured 14 properties on our tour this week and mid-tour my car was running on fumes.
I pulled into the Gulf Station at 583 Broadway in Somerville opposite Trum Field and Cedar Street. It was my first time there and since I had a car full of real estate agents somebody unrolled the window and asked for a fill up – thus foiling my usual “my-window-doesn’t-work” test to see if the attendant will come to my window.
Well the Gulf Station on Broadway is my latest addition to the Gas Station Hall of Fame. Not only did the attendant come to my window to be paid – despite the easy opportunity to go to the passenger window – but he gave us a handful of chocolate too! We’ll definitely visit that gas station again.
Here’s my post about other local full serve gas stations with great service.