Somerville

This easy-going Cambridge neighbor has a life of its own.

Somerville is a special kind of big-city border town. It cultivates a diverse community of families, students, and trendsetters who seem to know one another. More importantly, this motley mix of individuals want to know one another—a quality not always found in the fringes of an urban center. Adding to the charm of its bodegas, eateries, and shops is Somerville’s metropolitan convenience. Its myriad public transit options swiftly get you to Cambridge and Boston proper.

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On the Map

Somerville is bordered by Harvard Square, Charlestown, Everett, Cambridge, and Medford

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Easy

Logan International Airport: 20 minutes on the T or 15 minutes by car
Harvard Square: 10 minutes on the T
Downtown Boston: 13 minutes on the T
Boston Common: 15 minutes on the T

Cool Outside of Cambridge

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Across the Charles from Boston and next-door neighbor to Cambridge, Somerville feels like a destination despite being on the outskirts of the big-city.

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Students, commuting professionals, and families call Somerville home.

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It's near everything without being too close to anything.

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Whether you're traveling to nearby Tufts University or taking the T into Boston, Somerville makes it easy.

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In Somerville you can find solace or entertainment.

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You can even find a place to park.

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Somerville By Squares

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With one foot in Cambridge and the other in Somerville, Porter Square's direct T accessibility and commercial creature comforts support simple living.

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The Porter Square Galleria and its shopping center offer an expansive array of suburban amenities like grocery stores and corporate cafes.

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Off the path of the T, Union Square feels a little less traveled.

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Plans are underway for extending the T's reach into Union Square, but some prefer its relative unreachability.

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Enjoy the panoramic views of Boston from nearby Prospect Hill - where the first true American Flag proudly flew in 1776."

Somerville After Sunset

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As Somerville's most popular nightlife destination, Davis Square caters to local university students and energetic young professionals.

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It artfully blends retro and contemporary stylings without coming across as kitschy.

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Lined with theatres, music venues, restaurants, and dive bars, there's no shortage of entertainment in Davis Square.

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Front-row recommended.

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You, as well.

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Kenn Tam is a Canadian photographer living and working in New York City's Manhattan, that specializes in portraits and street photography. And yes, he was that high school year book guy with a 50mm lens for a face.

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Brian Samuels is a Boston-based lifestyle photographer and writer. He is also the creator of A Thought For Food, a blog of recipes and personal anecdotes pertaining to cooking. His work has been featured in Edible Boston, the Improper Bostonian, the Boston Globe, Saveur and the Huffington Post. This Airbnb project has allowed him to explore and discover more of Boston.

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