What sets a condo location apart from other properties?
The fact is not even the most luxurious amenities can make up for a so-so location. We compiled a list that includes every feature to look for in a condo location. And — we won’t be shy — they all happen to align perfectly with Metro9, right on the Somerville/Cambridge line.
10 features of an outstanding condo location
1. Transportation — it should be accessible
Getting around shouldn’t be a hassle. Walk Score rates public transit around Metro9 as “excellent.” The condo location takes you within a 10-minute walk of the Green Line at Lechmere Station, a fact that will only become more convenient as the Green Line extension brings new stops to the neighborhood. The Red and Orange Lines are also easily accessible from Metro9. And, buses? You find MBTA bus routes a block or two away.
2. Bikeability — it should cut the commute
What if you could cut the grueling commute and bike to work? Somerville and Cambridge are the only two communities in Massachusetts (out of only 29 nationwide) to have earned the Gold Level Bicycle Friendly Community award.
The Gold Level status came just after another piece of good news was made official — the first phase of the Grand Junction Path, a mini bicycle highway, had been completed in Cambridge. The path will eventually connect to the Somerville Community Path, which is also set to become significantly longer as part of the Green Line Extension project. Biking is made even easier with Metro9’s spacious bike storage and repair room.
3. Proximity — it should take you close to everything
The old saying “All roads lead to Rome,” has met its match — Metro9. The condo location places you within convenient reach of MIT, Harvard, Tufts, Logan Airport, Back Bay, North End, Beacon Hill… and the list goes on. If you’re stuck in traffic commuting to Downtown Boston, Somerville offers reprieve from the hustle. Rather than mind-numbing gridlock, a condo at Metro9 lets you hop on your bike and ride along the Charles River to work.
4. Dining — it should surprise you
Middle Eastern meze, Spanish tapas, Southern comfort fare: Somerville serves it all up just steps from your Metro9 condo.
Among our favorites, you find Sarma (Tunisian steak tartare, lentil nachos…), Highland Kitchen (the “killer” jukebox goes well with the handmade potato gnocchi), and Bronwyn, which besides German and European fare also rocks an outdoor beer garden. The vibe and cocktails at Backbar have achieved local fame, while open-air Bow Market has earned a reputation as a must-visit in Somerville.
5. Art — it should thrive
The creative energy that artists bring to Somerville is palpable. In fact, Somerville has the highest number of artists per capita following New York City. From art studios housed in old factory buildings to public art installations throughout the city, artists make an impact on the community.
Metro9 mirrors that spirit with an art studio for the residents as well as bold artwork on display around the building. A custom series created by Walter Gilbert, a Nobel Prize winner and founder of Biogen turned artist, features different colorful renditions of the building’s exterior.
6. Walkability — it should be easy
It’s paradise for walkers. With a Walk Score of 91, Metro9’s location makes everyday life easier. Such a high score means daily errands require no car. Instead you can set out on foot and reach your destination in minutes. Located right on the Cambridge/Somerville line, Metro9 takes you within a 10–minute walk of Kendall, Union, Lechmere, and Inman Squares.
7. Views — they should blow you away
Seeing is believing. Step out onto the roof deck at Metro9 and take in the views. The Boston skyline across the Charles River and Cambridge to your west — you really do live in an unbeatable location.
8. History — it should tell a story
History makes a community come alive. Somerville and Metro9 both have intriguing roots. While Somerville played a key role in several events of the Revolutionary War, the sturdy structure of Metro9 once housed 1 million frozen lobsters. Now, only relics like the towering Powder House and details like the exposed concrete columns at Metro9 offer reminders of past eras.
9. Everyday conveniences — they should be right here
No one wants to trek across the city to pick up prescriptions or go grocery shopping. We are, therefore, happy to report that the Metro9 condo location lets you breezily accomplish both tasks. With a Star Market and RiteAid around the corner, Target up the street, a fish market blocks away, and two Whole Foods Markets within 1 mile, convenience rules at Metro9.
10. Recreation — it should keep you excited
The 15th densest city in America packs a lot into 4 square miles, from the traditional to the avant-garde. Catch a movie at the Somerville Theater. Shop for fresh produce at a farmer’s market. Bike along the Minuteman Trail. Or, head to PorchFest and Fluff Festival.
Among nearby workout studios you find Turnstyle Cycle and Orangetheory Fitness. Of course, you could always just hop on one of our Peloton bikes or walk down to the Charles River and all the recreational opportunities it offers.
When these 10 features come together in one place, you have found a standout place to live. Come take a tour of the Metro9 condos and amenities to see for yourself.
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