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With a population of more than 76,000, Somerville is two miles north of Boston and occupies about four square miles. It is the most densely populated community in New England and one of the nation's most ethnically diverse cities. Rich in history and culture, it is home to many shops, restaurants, parks and other amenities. A flurry of development continues to transform gritty industrial sites into hip, 21st century destinations that attract young professionals, immigrants, artists, and entrepreneurs. Assembly Row, a former car assembly plant, has become a vibrant urban community along the Mystic River.

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Somerville is comprised of seven residential neighborhoods and is known for its hilly terrain. There are numerous parks, community gardens and playgrounds, including Foss Park, Lincoln Park, Powderhouse Park and Trum Field. While several are dog friendly, the city boasts a fenced-in, off-leash play area for dogs at Nunziato Field near Union Square.

The city is defined by its bustling squares, which help mark neighborhood boundaries. Among the most active are Davis Square, Union Square, Ball Square, Teele Square, and Magoun Square. The large population of artists includes the ArtsUnion, Brickbottom Artists Association and the Somerville Arts Council.

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Somerville has a total of 9 public schools; one pre-kindergarten/kindergarten, five K-8, one K-6, one 6-12, and Somerville High School. Additionally, there are 2 charter schools. The city strives to provide "a multicultural school community dedicated to the realization of the full intellectual, physical, social, and emotional potential of all students."


Somerville benefits from two MBTA subway stops - a Red Line station in Davis Square and an Orange line stop called Assembly station, built in '14 to serve the sprawling Assembly Row development. Residents have been tantalized for years by the prospect of Green Line service through the city, but the project has faced numerous delays. The plans, which appear to be moving forward by 2021, call for five stations from East Somerville to Ball Square before entering the Tufts University area of Medford. It would bring much-needed rail transit to residents currently served by buses, and would transform neighborhoods near the stations. City officials and developers are working with residents on a master plan for Union Square.

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In 2017, there were 86 single families sold, the average sales price was $798,764, and the average selling price to listing price ratio was 103%. There were 467 condominiums sold with an average sales price of $698,182, and a selling price to listing price ratio of 104%. There were 26 multi-family sales and they averaged $1,129,334, with a listing price to selling price ratio of 104%.