Ball Square, Somerville, MA
Ball Square is a neighborhood primarily in Somerville, Massachusetts, but also extending into Medford, at the intersection of Boston Avenue and Broadway, located between Powder House Square and Magoun Square. It is primarily a residential area with a handful of shops and restaurants along Broadway. Located on the edge of the neighborhood surrounding Tufts University, Ball Square contains a mix of businesses serving the student and academic populations as well as those reflecting the neighborhoods to the east.
Ball Square was formerly the site of the storied Willow Jazz Club. In the 1990s, a fire destroyed several commercial businesses on Broadway, and as those businesses were replaced, an economic transformation began that continues today that attracts a varied demographic from students to those downsizing. Look for long-time businesses such as Lyndell’s Bakery, which makes the most INCREDIBLE praline cookies (I’ve never had enough of those delicious cookies as either a child or an adult!), which dates to the 19th century, along the same stretch as Ball Square Fine Wines and Liquor, a high-end wine shop, Eat at Jumbo’s, Salon CU, and Blue Cloud Gallery, a gift shop specializing in the wares of local artists.
There are many outstanding places for eating and meeting friends for drinks. Sound Bites is very popular with every Gen Xer I know. Other establishments include Kelly’s Diner, and Ball Square Cafe, all popular for breakfast; True Grounds, a coffee shop, Yak & Yeti, a Himalayan restaurant and Somerville’s mainstay Victor’s Deli.
A short walk to Davis Square gives you MBTA access while many busses running to both Lechmere and Davis Square give you access to your final destination.
Come visit this very cool, little neighborhood with me and let’s explore why this great pocket of Somerville could be perfect for your new home. But I’ll have to stop for a cookie…or two!