Why Buy a Home in Somerville?

Here's Why You Should Call Somerville, Massachusetts Home

They say home is where the heart is. If you’ve ever wondered whether you’re living in the right place, consider Somerville — a city north of Boston wherein heart, community, and opportunity permeate. And although there are many factors to consider when deciding where to live, here’s why we think Somerville is an excellent place for families, young professionals, and retirees alike to call home.

Sense Of Community and Culture

Only four-square miles, Somerville is the fifteenth densest city in America — and it packs a big punch. Somerville’s an incredibly diverse city built for everyone. In 2015, Somerville was awarded the All-America City Award, celebrating municipalities that engage residents in innovative, inclusive, and effective efforts to tackle critical challenges. Residents are given the choice to simply live in Somerville or to “Be Somerville!” and play an active role in shaping their community.

Beyond that, there’s always something to do in Somerville — from the many festivals that take place in its neighborhoods year-round, like the beloved Fluff Fest, Honk! Fest, and Porch Fest, to the independently owned and operated Somerville Theater, home to the annual Independent Film Festival of Boston. And if art is your thing, there’s a community waiting for you at the Armory or at Somerville Open Studios.

Curb Appeal

“Slummerville? Haven’t heard that name in years.” Over the last few decades (since the arrival of the Red Line) Somerville has been going through a renaissance, making it a desirable place to live. The 2010 Census found that the city has the second-highest proportion of residents between the ages of 25 and 34 in the United States. It’s a city that is becoming increasingly hip, replete with craft breweries, all-season farmer’s markets, and trendy restaurants that lure high-end chefs, yet it still maintains a mom and pop feel from yesteryear, with iconic mainstays like Lyndell’s Bakery, Vinny’s Ristorante, and more.

Somerville is city convenience with a suburban neighborhood feel — run into your neighbors biking  down the Somerville Community Path or strolling through one of the city’s many parks and open spaces, just steps from shops, cafés, world class universities, and more. And, the upcoming arrival of the green line makes it a commuter’s dream.

Bustling Economy and Real Estate Market

Future job growth in Somerville over the next 10 years is predicted to be 39.5 percent. Property values continue to rise — condominiums last year appreciated 9 percent, and the median sale price for a single family home was $734,000. And Somerville’s residential tax rate is $11.31 per $1,000 of assessed value — that’s one of the least expensive statewide, at a rank of 291 across 347 cities and towns in Massachusetts.

Sold on Somerville? The Covelle & Cohen Greater Boston Real Estate team successfully helps both homebuyers and sellers navigate the process. SELL FOR MORE, BUY FOR LESS — in Somerville and beyond! Call us today at 857.529.7653 or connect with us online.

Are You in Need of Spring Cleaning?

Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning Doesn’t Have to Be Stressful!

Are You Moving? Are you attempting to declutter? It’s spring cleaning. Hell, it’s Wednesday morning and you’re looking through that pile of papers that lives on your counter. It’s time to purge all the junk mail, old tax returns, checks, medical records and bank statements that are exploding from the file cabinet making it impossible to file the NEW pile of documents that has currently swallowed that permission slip you happen to be looking for. Decluttering can be extremely helpful when you feel that your life is too much to keep up with!

Here at Covelle & Cohen we are firm believers in organization. When staging a home we are always sure to explain that a well kept home always tends to sell fastest for the most money. Your home doesn’t have to be the most stunning on the block, but a clean environment makes a BIG difference to potential buyers. 

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Why Buy in the Stoneham Community?

The Stoneham Community

A town of 22,000 located only 10 miles from Boston, has a great small town feel. The downtown area has a high walkability index and with multiple exits on both I-93 and Rt. 128 is great for commuting both to Boston and to the North Shore and 128 corridor.  For those who want public transport, the 132 MBTA bus goes direct to Oak Grove station or you can use a number of nearby commuter rail stations. Houses here are a relative bargain compared to neighbors such as Winchester, if you can find one.  Housing stock is snapped up fast. Real Estate website Movoto rated Stoneham as #4 in its  list of Best Boston Suburbs.   Citing its historic homes, family friendly amenities such as the Stone Zoo, adult pursuits such as restaurants and the Stoneham Theatre, and low commute time.

Home to resources such as the Middlesex Fells…

The Stone Zoo and the Stoneham Theatre. Stoneham has a number of amenities that make it a fantastic place to live, visit, and work.  Its downtown area and Common with Town Hall, churches and a gazebo scream New England charm. Whether you want recreation, culture, shopping or history, you’ll want to check out Stoneham. ​

Stoneham schools were rated in top 50  in 2015 and 2016 by Boston Magazine, besting many other local school systems.  In 2014, the town opened a new updated Middle School and is poised for a major renovation to its high school. Stoneham is also among the safest communities in Massachusetts using federal safety and crime data.

Stoneham Square is the heart of Stoneham’s downtown center…

The Town Center is being improved with a five-year action plan to improve public transportation and walkability, add community events, and beautify the streetscapes. The square features a number of shops and restaurants with dishes ranging from coffee and quick bites to upscale American, Italian, Indian and Asian fusion. Also in the Square, Stoneham Theatre helps keep the art of professional theater thriving in the suburbs. Outside the immediate Stoneham Square area are additional restaurants and shopping along the Rt. 28/Main Street corridor and Redstone Plaza, soon to host a Target Express.

The sense of community stems from…

From a Farmer’s Market on the Common to a Food Truck Festival, Stoneham offers a number of annual and special events and attractions such as the Stoneham Theatre, summer Concerts on the Common, parades, a Halloween Stroll, Zoo Lights, Town Day Celebration, Holiday Tree Lighting and an ice skating rink on the Common.

Two jewels of recreation exist in Stoneham.  An entire third of the town is open space, most notably one of the crown jewels of the Massachusetts park system, the 2575-acre Middlesex Fells Reservation. Miles of trails are open for walking, hiking, climbing, biking, snow-shoeing, cross-country skiing, and horseback riding. Or take your dog to the Sheepfold for some off-leash exercise. You can also experience a beautiful day fishing or boating on Spot Pond, with summer boat rentals. Along with being a great family day out, the Stone Zoo offers events such the annual Zoo Lights festival, where you can see a spectacular light show, visit with live reindeer and even ride a camel.

There are a number of other recreational activities from a public pool to a  large number of youth sports, Boys and Girls Scout troops, Boys & Girls Club  and new Recreation Department. Construction is starting in 2017 on the 7-mile Tri-Commuity get away that will connect Stoneham to Winchester’s Wedgemere Station via Woburn.  Stoneham also boasts a skating arena and three local golf courses.

You can check out more on the community on www.explorestoneham.com or the town website www.stoneham-ma.gov.

Written by: Dolly Wilson, Chairperson for Stoneham Bikeway/Greenway Committee

 

RE/MAX Agent Mike Cohen on Medford

Medford Square, Medford, MA

I’ve called Medford home for over a decade.

My wife and I own three properties in the city, two of which we continue to retain as rentals.

When I was driving home from a holiday party in West Medford several years ago with my wife, Lisa and my then-two-year-old daughter, we started talking about how the neighborhood seemed like a great place to consider when we were ready to move from our South Medford two-family.

While we weren’t planning to relocate right away,

we had been discussing for some time what we thought were important aspects of a community and a home where we would set down more permanent roots. We both agreed that we wanted a neighborhood that combined the best of suburban and city living.

Lisa wanted a house that offered some privacy and nice-sized yard. We didn’t want something that was so enormous that we’d have to spend every Saturday mowing the lawn. We also didn’t want something so isolated that we wouldn’t know our neighbors at all or be able to eat in the types of restaurants that you take for granted after living in or close to Boston for 20 years. She was looking for something very different than my parents’ house in New Hampshire, which she jokes, “Feels like the end of the earth.”

Like so many parents of young children, we wanted a safe neighborhood…

with kids for our daughter to play with and good public schools with engaged and involved parents. We also didn’t want to be too far away from the energy of Boston, with its world-class museums, theaters and restaurants, or our workplaces in Cambridge and Somerville. West Medford’s tree-lined streets, the yards ready for swing sets or vegetable gardens, the reputation of the Brooks elementary school and the proximity and easy access to Boston were all a draw for our young family.

Our move happened sooner than we expected. A week after that fateful night, a beautiful West Medford fixer-upper came on the market. I’ll spare you the details of the negotiations, but we made an offer that was accepted. After a renovation process that was stressful, but also creatively inspiring and adventurous, we moved into a house and a neighborhood that we love calling home.

Our neighbors are a diverse mix of people. There are plenty of born and bred “Medfid” natives as well as a large population of 30- and 40-something professionals who are moving here for the same reasons that brought us to the neighborhood.

Overall, we find people to be friendly and welcoming with little divide between transplants and those who were born here.

My family loves being part of this active, inclusive and largely unpretentious community. There are always family-centric activities such as the West Medford Halloween block party, Community Day and the Mystic River Festival. My five-year-old loves the children’s librarian at the Medford Public Library and the Medford Family Network hosts numerous activities for families, including new mom’s groups, playgroups and summer concerts, all of which are FREE for those who live or work in Medford.

I love the fact that Victory Park (which my daughter calls “Spider Web Park”) is right down the street from us and that I can walk my daughter to her preschool at Six Acres every morning. I could go on and on about all the great aspects of living in West Medford (and I’m happy to talk to you more about it, any time!), but I think it’s the overall neighborhood environment and strong community as a whole that drew us in and keeps us grounded in West Medford.

So does my description of my neighborhood intrigue you? Do you want to live in a place with a suburban feel but not be far away from tons of culture and activities? Give the Covelle & Cohen team a call and let’s discuss!