ARE YOU THINKING OF LIVING IN SOMERVILLE?
Like Rome, Somerville it is a city of seven hills. It is also a city of squares (in the landmark, not people sense). It’s been called one of the happiest cities in America and we can understand why. Somerville is a special place and has special meaning to both of our co-founders. Erica Covelle was born in Somerville and spent much of her childhood here. Mike Cohen was a Somerville resident for many of his post-college/ during grad school years. Somerville is the city where the Covelle & Cohen partnership started and continues to thrive.
We have many good things to say about Somerville, it could fill a book or two, but we want to point out what we love about a few Somerville neighborhoods and what makes it memorable for us!
A sought after cultural destination, and is considered the heart of Somerville.
What we love about it: Where do we start? We are fortunate to have an office right smack in the middle of Davis Square. We love variety of dining and hang out options. To mix it up, we sometimes hold our business meetings at Diesel Café, we often grab lunch at Dave’s Fresh Pasta. McKinnon’s market is a great place to grab something to bring home and grill as well.
What makes it memorable: The Covelle & Cohen business partnership started right down the road. Although it was actually Teele Square, plenty of time was spent in business meetings and celebrations in Davis.
A neighborhood with a feel that is distinctly more suburban than the rest of Somerville. Years ago, it was the First Governor of Massachusetts, John Winthrop’s Farm.
What we love about it: Set along the Mystic River and separated from the rest of Somerville by I-93, Ten Hills is an enclave different from all other parts of Somerville. We like walking along the Mystic River on Shore Drive, which is also home to the Blessing on The Bay Boathouse, home to several local rowing clubs. During the Summer months, canoes, and paddle boats can be rented. Aside from the great outdoor recreational options, Ten Hills is the closest Somerville neighborhood to Assembly Row, the area’s newest dining and shopping mecca.
What makes it memorable: Erica grew up in Ten Hills and has great memories, including playing at Grimmons Park.
This is a primarily residential neighborhood, but also has a nice mix of shops and restaurants. Although primarily in Somerville, it extends into Medford as well, and is relatively close to Tufts University. The proposed Greenline Extension is supposed to have a stop right in Ball Square, which continues to contribute to the increase in demand for properties in the area.
What we love about it: Ball Square offers a laid back and unpretentious neighborhood feel and is home to some fantastic establishments. Want to be wowed by an incredible selection of wine, beer and liquors, as well as an incredibly knowledgeable and friendly staff? You’ll find this at Ball Square Wine and Spirits. The Blue Cloud Gallery offers some fantastic locally made gifts. In terms of dining, we are fans of both the Ball Square Café and Soundbites for breakfast. For lunch we like Victor’s and Pescatore is a favorite Dinner Spot. Of course, you have to stop by Lydell’s, which is definitely one of the best bakeries in the area.
What makes it memorable: Erica is a diehard fan of Victor’s and can’t get enough of their eggplant parm. When Mike lived down the street, he used to walk to get breakfast with his wife and daughter.
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