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Just heard from my Alderman that there's a huge new apartment complex proposed for Assembly Square, and the developer is trying to talk the city out of requiring the usual minimum amount of affordable housing.  If you think this is a bad idea, I recommend writing to the Planning Board.  More details on Mark Niedergang's website.
[identity profile] serious-noir.livejournal.com
4 rm apt – 1 bedroom, living room, "middle" (dining, I guess) room & kitchen. Decent windows. Tired wood floors.
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.
[identity profile] secretlyironic.livejournal.com
Anyone have moving company recommendations? We're moving a 1BR apartment's worth of stuff.

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.
[identity profile] crankyoldguy.livejournal.com
We have started the process of looking for housing for an elderly relative with disabilities. Having already spoken with Somerville Cambridge Elder Services, we have the overview of what is available.

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?

Thanks,
Cranky
[identity profile] nomacmac.livejournal.com
Eat at Flatbread in Davis Square TONIGHT, Tuesday May 3rd to benefit the Save Our Homes Walk to Prevent Homelessness.

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
[identity profile] pakoo.livejournal.com
This is a huge longshot for this area, but a good friend of mine has exhausted a search for an apartment. She is a single mom, has a 15 year old boy and 12 year old girl and is on Section 8.  I know some landlords shy away from that, but, if you think about it, in a lot of ways it's more secure than renting on a typical lease since the payment is guaranteed by the state on the first of every month. She is hardworking and her two kids are both good students. I have known this family for years and they are responsible, quiet, and have never had one housing issue. (their landlord is selling his property and they have to move) The mom is happy to meet any prospective landlord and can provide a solid reference. The max for a two bedroom would be $1567 and the three bedroom rate would be $1945.  If you happen to know of a vacancy, or know any info that could help this family, it would be most appreciated, thanks.
[identity profile] pbockelman.livejournal.com

Record breaking home sale in Somerville [edited]

On March 23, 2016, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

By Ross Blouin

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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.

Read more... )
[identity profile] serious-noir.livejournal.com
My Google News sidebar just gave me pause:

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 politcally cowardly and regressive tax state lottery, I guess. And....  my landlord is finally planning to jack up my rent (though since my rent has been way below market rate, no fault to him, but it likely means it is time to move on. Waltham?).

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
[identity profile] olszowka.livejournal.com
There is a CRITICAL public meeting coming up that volunteers from Zone Smart have been calling our members about this week. Many of you committed to attending, some of you did not pickup so this email is to tell you that YOUR PRESENCE IS NEEDED. Here are the details:

What: Somerville Zoning Overhaul Public Meeting on Neighborhoods - http://www.somervillema.gov/sites/default/files/documents/2015-11-12%20Zoning%20Meeting%20Poster.pdf

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/497731313721533/ and share the event with others, and click "Going"

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
www.zonesmartsomerville.org
[identity profile] bobobb.livejournal.com
Does anyone know...
According to Somerville zoning laws, how many people can reside in a one-bedroom? I had assumed it was only two people, but I can't find anything on the city's website about it.
[identity profile] usernamenumber.livejournal.com
I'm posting on behalf of my friend Briana/Bean. She has had some really crappy luck lately, starting with health problems, and now losing her housing. I'm trying to reach whomever I can to see if someone can help her out. She has a car, so being on the T isn't necessary, but she does need to be within a 30 minute drive of the Camberville area, and given her price restrictions ($600) and pet (dog), it's still a tall order, so any tips, leads, or offers would be much appreciated! I fully vouch for her being good people.

Here's the blurb she wrote with more information. If you have something to offer, comment here or PM me and I'll see to it that she sees it.

"""
I am in search of GLBTQ-friendly housing in the Somerville/Medford/Arlington/Cambridge area, for me and my medium-sized dog. I'm a creative, considerate, 30-something night-owl. I am handy, and enjoy problem solving. I have lots of hobbies, am friendly, and I try hard to remain kind and communicative. I like dealing with situations as they arise, with transparency, clarity, and the willingness to experiment with new solutions, so that situations can often be resolved before they even become problems. My mutt is a sweet, mellow 10-year-old female border collie mix. We both have references.

I am very interested in a number of kinds of living situations, including co-op living, or barter-for-rent (or partial rent) situations. I do have health problems which make it difficult to do certain chores (for instance, mopping), and I'd be happy to either do more of other kinds of chores to make up for those, or to try to figure out alternative ways to get those chores done. I love kids (I was a long-time nanny) and animals, though my energy constraints don't allow me to take animals on long walks, or to take care of children for more than 4 hours/day. I am computer-savvy, and I am skilled at helping people get organized, and in helping to improve existing systems.

I have trouble going up and down large numbers of stairs, so I would prefer a first-floor apartment. I could live on a second floor, but no higher unless there was an elevator.

I can pay up to $600 a month for rent. My current apartment is going to be demolished on February 15th, so I need to find a place asap, where I can move to any time before 2/15.

I'd be happy to answer any questions you might have to help find us a good living situation.

Thank you!
"""
[identity profile] theresahome.livejournal.com
Hi Folks,

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.
[identity profile] bobobb.livejournal.com
I'm trying to see how much my unit compares in price and amenities to other one bedrooms in the area. Craigslist hasn't been much help, as there are few one bedrooms listed. Would love to hear thoughts on how much monthly rent should be for a one bedroom on the first floor with off street parking, washer/drier in the basement, disposer, dishwasher and a fairly large backyard. Location is between Ball Square and Davis Square.

It looks like $1600-$1800 seems to be the going rate, but would love to here people's thoughts.
[identity profile] theresahome.livejournal.com
Does anyone know of a room to rent situation in the Davis Square area for December 1?

Thanks!
Theresa
[identity profile] girlgonemad.livejournal.com
Boosting signal for my awesome upstairs neighbor. He writes:

"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).
http://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/roo/5216548917.html "

Craigslist ad details )
[identity profile] turil.livejournal.com
http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/2015/08/27/two-harvard-grads-want-change-the-way-help-the-homeless/7sUBFGwo1BNYOS7gpjjJ6M/story.html?p1=feature_stack_7_hp

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...
[identity profile] aliothsan.livejournal.com
My roommate and I are looking for 2 more roommates to join our 4 bedroom unit on Lowden Ave. $821/mo plus utilities. Available Sept 1 or Oct 1.

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
[identity profile] pennylane291.livejournal.com
Looking for a friendly roommate to share a comfortable, beautiful home in Medford Hillside - $837.50. Available August 1 - possibly earlier.

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.

Thanks!
lisa
pennylane291@yahoo.com
[identity profile] redcolumbine.livejournal.com
Someone decided that my apartment is in violation of building codes, and I need to move ASAP.

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.

Many thanks!

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