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Davis Square Real Estate
Davis Square is a culturally diverse neighborhood in Somerville located five miles outside of Boston. Bursting with charm and character, the neighborhood maintains a vibrant commercial, retail, nightlife and dining district popular with residents as well as students from nearby Tufts University. While the Square itself is a major intersection in the northwestern part of Somerville, the name is frequently used to refer to the West Somerville neighborhood surrounding the square as well. The iconic Somerville Theater is known for its indie films as well as housing the Museum of Bad Art in its basement. In recent years, the real estate market for the area has exploded as students, families and working professionals seek out neighborhoods that are close to Cambridge and Boston but still maintain their own local appeal. Properties in Davis Square range from luxury lofts to meticulously renovated Victorian single-family homes to updated duplexes for investment purposes. Read more about Davis Square real estate.
Davis Square is situated two miles from mid-Cambridge and approximately four miles from Downtown Boston. The community borders Powder House Square, Magoun Square and the Spring Hill neighborhoods and is within walking distance of Tufts University.
The Davis Square intersection marks the meeting point of several streets, including Holland Street, Dover Street, Elm Street, Day Street, and Highland and College Avenues. Davis Square is served by the Red Line MBTA and connects to several MBTA bus lines going into nearby towns.
Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy the convenience of easy access to the Alewife Linear Park which connects the Alewife MBTA Station with the Minuteman Bikeway, a 10-mile biking path that runs all the way to Bedford.
Davis Square History
Davis Square saw a resurgence in interest in the area in the mid-1980s once the Red Line of the MBTA was extended there. When nearby Cambridge abolished rent control, newcomers looking for affordable housing flooded the area leading to a housing boom. Developers scrambled to convert former factories and other industrial spaces into condos and office buildings. Abandoned railroad tracks saw new life as the Somerville Community Path. Many of immigrants from the 90s brought with them their culture and food preferences, resulting in an eclectic mix of ethnic eateries available today in the Square. Davis Square has much appeal for artists and musicians who have helped establish annual music and cultural celebrations such as Honk! Fest; Artbeat; PorchFest; and SomerStreets. The beloved Somerville Theater, built in 1914 to house vaudeville productions, continues as one of the oldest operating movie theaters in the area.
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It’s certainly one of the hippest neighborhoods in Boston, but some might argue it’s actually one of the hippest places in America. At least that’s how at least one local website describes the neighborhood of Davis Square.
That’s illustrated by some of the unique offerings of this northwest Somerville neighborhood. Vibrant Davis Square is made up of plenty of trendy bars and hip restaurants.
Instead of chain stores, the neighborhood attracts a mix of mom-and-pop ... Read More
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