Hasn't been painted in many years, kitchen very shabby, hasn't been updated since 1950's (think: double, chipped porcelain sink on a tin cabinet), except for "self-stick" floor tiles that are all cracked and loose. No kitchen cupboards but there is a pantry. Bathroom rehabbed with "bottom shelf" Home Depot fxtures 10 years ago but now is tired.
Saving graces: quiet street, easy on-street parking and easy walking distance to DS. In apt hook-ups for W & D
Anyone have thoughts on what something like this would rent for in the current DS market? I haven't been "out there" for a long time and am facing a "should I stay or should I go" moment in light of a huge rent increase.
edit 9/21/2016: we went with gentle giant and it was amazing. They showed up on time, they were enthusiastic, the amount of time was under the initial estimate. There was a gps glitch that increased their drive time, and they told me about it and took the cost off the bill. Moving sucks but this was seriously the most painless move I've ever done.
I was wondering if anyone here has any advice based on their experiences. Any place to avoid? Any recommendations? Any handy hints or suggestions? Nearby facilities outside of Somerville?
In addition to eating pizza, you can sign up to join the 5K Save Our Homes walk which will happen on May 22nd. It is organized by the Somerville Affordable Housing Organizing Committee (AHOC). AHOC is an advocacy coalition comprised of Somerville residents and community organizations including Somerville Community Corporation (SCC), Community Action Agency of Somerville (CAAS), Cambridge and Somerville Legal Services (CSLS), and Somerville Homeless Coalition (SHC). Organized in 2001 by SCC, AHOC continues to pursue the vital mission of preserving affordable housing, increasing affordable housing opportunities, and stabilizing Somerville’s existing communities.
More info here: www.saveourhomeswalk.org
By Ross Blouin
The highest priced single family home listed and sold here in Somerville recently closed last week at 63 College Avenue, just two blocks out of Davis Square.
Norton listed the home last fall for $1,690,000, then it was taken off the market and recently put back on for the same amount and in one day went under agreement, at a selling price of $1,690,000.
The home was sold at full price to a young family from London, England, who will soon be moving into their newly renovated Somerville residence. The new owner, a well-known movie producer/director, is excited about moving here to Somerville and becoming involved in the community.
City of Somerville’s survey finds people are happy living there
Study: Somerville residents fleeing high rents
This after coming home tonight from a meeting about affordable artists housing and the lottery for the Millbrook Lofts spaces.
Better odds than the
Opps... TMI. Ah well. I lived in Wicker Park in Chicago when it was on the "cusp of cool" and then when it was cool. And then it peaked and many of us had tp move to Logan Square, Pilsen or wherever. Just how it goes.
Maybe Somerville Open Studios is a really, really BAD idea.... if artists want to keep living here ;-)
And the earlier link from Ron N. about the Lonely Planet story:
Somerville is one of the best places to visit in the country, according to Lonely Planet
What: Somerville Zoning Overhaul Public Meeting on Neighborhoods - http://www.somervillema.gov/sites/
When: Monday at 6:30pm (Please come at 5:30pm, an hour beforehand, if you can in order to get organized, handout buttons to wear, and maximize our impact)
Where: 259 Lowell Street at the VNA Community Room.
Why: To show the Aldermen that we demand removal of the "no more than 4 unrelated" restriction from the zoning code. It raises housing costs by forcing bedrooms to stay unrented, it increases environmental burden by forcing new development, it makes most Co-op housing illegal, and it is unfair to home owners and tenants alike.
How Can You Help:
1. PLEASE CONFIRM WHETHER OR NOT YOU CAN ATTEND. If you can make it to the 5:30pm meeting (or anytime before 6:30pm) please indicate that as well.
2. Spread the word. Go to our Facebook Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/
This ordinance will change when we unite and demand that it does, and we will never have a better opportunity than this overhaul. Please come out Monday night and join us.
Zone Smart Somerville
No More Than 4 Unrelated Is Outdated
I posted about a month ago, but not having much luck finding a roommate situation, so am posting again. Thanks for any leads!
I am searching for a shared living situation in a home that is within a 15-minute walk (max) to the Red Line (Davis Sq, Cambridge) or would also be interested in Union Square. I consider myself to be friendly, considerate, and clean and seek the same. I am mindful of other people's quiet times, clean up after myself, prompt with rent/bills. I tend to be out and about a lot, but at home I enjoy cooking, catching up with roommate(s), watching the occasional movie/documentary, reading, relaxing. I work at a nonprofit and enjoy community theater, meditation, live music, lectures, films, ... I'm looking in the $850/$900 price range for a share.
It looks like $1600-$1800 seems to be the going rate, but would love to here people's thoughts.
"I spend a lot of time in Davis Square.. have a 2BR in Union Sq that's a short bus ride away. (Between Highland and Som'l Ave, busses on both) Currently looking for someone for 10/1 (with some flexibility before/after the date).
( Craigslist ad details )
It's in Harvard Square, and is specifically for young folks, and is run by Harvard students, apparently. It looks to be far more supportive and respectful than the other shelters in the area (of which I am unfortunately familiar). The bunk beds look really cool!
I had heard that the previous shelter run by students at Harvard was much better than the rest (but was really hard to get into). So this one will likely be good as well. Now we just need a bunch more of these to serve all the homeless and semi-homeless, rather than having to kick some people out on the streets even when they really want to be in the shelters...
Us: friendly geeky mid-20s software people, LGBTQ+poly friendly, non-smokers, moderately social but also enjoying alone time. Hobbies include knitting, improv theater, folk music, and circus.
Apartment: 4 bed 2 bath, cats permitted, in-unit laundry, GIANT living room, spacious kitchen w/ all appliances, central heating/ac (though we do supplement with window units upstairs in summer). 10 minute walk from Davis; convenient to buses 80, 89, 96, and probably others. Landlord is a reasonable person who gets shit done.
About 75% of our common area furniture will be gone by the time you move in, so there's space to bring your own stuff or you can join us on IKEA quests.
If you are a dancer or musician who wants to practice at home, this would be a great place for you as we're out of the house during the day and you'd have the giant living room all to yourself.
Contact: alioth (at) mit (dot) edu
Me: Female, 40's, artist/designer. Very clean and organized. Very responsible. Mostly vegetarian. Friendly and respectful. Left leaning, energy conscious and environmentally friendly. Open to sharing the occasional meal or coffee, but enjoy my alone time too.
You: Female or gay male, 30+, non-smoker, no pets (allergies). Easy-going and responsible. Very clean, communicative, and considerate. Seeking a similar situation...
Apartment: Owner occupied 2 family house. 13.5 x 13.5 bedroom with ceiling fan and 2 long but narrow closets. Living room, office, sunroom & small side porch. Kitchen has microwave, toaster oven, dishwasher, gas stove, and hook-up for a stackable washer dryer.
Minutes drive/bike to 93, Mystic Parkway, Arlington, Cambridge, Somerville, Davis and Porter Square. The 96, 80, and 94 buses are 5-6 minutes walk away. Easy street parking - no permit required.
I have most household furniture and supplies (except the w/d) but have pared down to the essentials and those I love. Room for some more (chair or loveseat, desk) but prefer a zen home to an overcrowded or cluttered one.
I am not looking for a housemate situation.
My max budget is $1100/mo.
I have a cat.
I need to have MBTA access. Subway preferred, buses OK, commuter rail if absolutely nothing else works out, but I don't drive.
I am quiet, steadily employed, don't smoke or do drugs, and can provide a great reference from my landlord.
So - any ideas? Please feel free to pass this along to anyone you think might know of a suitable place.
Posts of "haw haw haw, what are you smoking, you can't get a place anywhere near Davis for under $2K" are expected, and will be ignored. I've lived here long enough to know that an ethical landlord with an odd space - basement, attic, mother-in-law with shared entrance - will often be reluctant to post it at an affordable price for fear of attracting losers, so I'm here to say, "Here's your Winner, long-term and reliable!" My current landlord will attest to same. And, as explained above, it doesn't have to be in Davis (although staying in Somerville would be delightful!) I'm just getting the word out however I can.