East Somerville, MA
Initially a farming community where Charlestown residents pastured their cows, East Somerville is one of the oldest and most densely settled areas of Somerville. One of the most significant historic events featuring East Somerville was Paul Revere’s “Midnight Ride” in 1775. On his journey, he rode his horse starting from Charlestown down Washington Street and up Crescent Street near the present-day Holiday Inn. Revere then rode directly onto Broadway, which brought him through Winter Hill to Medford, Massachusetts. Every year on Patriots’ Day, Somerville celebrates the historical ride through the town.
In the 1840s and 1850s extensive development began with an urban model that called for narrow streets and small residential lots. The buildings from this era provide a distinguished collection of Greek revival and Italianate style houses that are important to East Somerville. Many examples of this architecture can be found on upper Mt. Vernon, Mt. Pleasant and Perkins Street. Pearl Street was developed in the 1870s and 1880s as a grand boulevard on the ridge overlooking Boston, with large single family homes that have since been subdivided. Attracted by the affordable housing, good schools and the close proximity to Boston, East Somerville is today the densest and most diverse neighborhood in the city.
The half-mile stretch of Broadway from Sullivan Square to the McGrath Highway is packed with tiny food markets, shops, and restaurants. Most notable is the East Somerville Foodie Crawl. Held last September and organized by Carrie Dancy Niemy, I can’t wait for this September event. At the Foodie Crawl’s 6 p.m. start on a weeknight last year, long lines of mostly young, mostly English-speaking visitors materialized outside nearly all the participating restaurants. The $25 fee ($20 in advance) paid for an all-you-can-eat affair. A paper bracelet let people wander in and out of more than a dozen restaurants on Broadway over the course of 2½ hours. You know the food has to be good when diners come from Newton, Back Bay and other in-town destinations to sample this international food fair.
You don’t have to drive to get to and from East Somerville. While several rail lines traverse East Somerville, no rapid transit or commuter rail lines stop in East Somerville. The Sullivan Square station on the MBTA Orange Line is located just to the east of East Somerville, in Charlestown, while the Assembly Orange Line station lies immediately to the north in Assembly Square. Several bus lines also travel through East Somerville, including the 80, 90, 91 and the CT2.
Although densely populated, East Somerville has architecture ranging from Greek revival to workmen’s cottages. This exciting part of Somerville continues to gain popularity and real estate prices continue to gain in value. I would enjoy showing you the diversity that East Somerville has to offer. Please contact Albert Lynch at 646-620-9173 or email me at [email protected] for additional information as to the availability of properties For Sale and For Rent.