Somerville, MA


Highest Appreciating Somerville Neighborhoods Since 2000

Somerville, MA Real Estate Data

Source & Methodology

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:   American Community Survey (U.S. Census Bureau), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Federal Housing Finance Agency.

Date(s) & Update Frequency:
  • Home Values, Rents: Reflects Q3 2017. Updated quarterly.
  • Setting, Housing Stock, Homeownership: 2015 (latest available). Updated annually.

Methodology:   NeighborhoodScout uses over 600 characteristics to build a neighborhood profile… Read more

Somerville Housing Market Information

With 80,318 people, 32,181 houses or apartments, and a median cost of homes of $671,503, Somerville house prices are not only among the most expensive in Massachusetts, Somerville real estate also is some of the most expensive in all of America.

Duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings are the single most common housing type in Somerville, accounting for 59.23% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Somerville include large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 26.08%), single-family detached homes ( 10.78%), and a few row houses and other attached homes ( 3.91%). Cities that are predominantly high-density buildings are relatively uncommon in the US. Because of the density, these types of cities are often walkable and compact, and often have a lively downtown.

Somerville is dominated by renter-occupied one, two, or no bedrooms apartments. 67.22% of Somerville's dwellings are rentals.

The housing in Somerville was primarily built before 1939 ( 65.23%), making the housing stock in Somerville some of the oldest overall in America, although there is a range of ages of homes in Somerville. The next most important housing age is between 1940-1969 ( 17.94%), followed by between 1970-1999 ( 12.46%). There's also some housing in Somerville built between 2000 and later ( 4.37%).

Somerville Home Appreciation Rates

In the last 10 years, Somerville has experienced some of the highest home appreciation rates of any community in the nation. Somerville real estate appreciated 67.24% over the last ten years, which is an average annual home appreciation rate of 5.28%, putting Somerville in the top 10% nationally for real estate appreciation. If you are a home buyer or real estate investor, Somerville definitely has a track record of being one of the best long term real estate investments in America through the last ten years.

Appreciation rates are so strong in Somerville that despite a nationwide downturn in the housing market, Somerville real estate has continued to appreciate in value faster than most communities. Looking at just the latest twelve months, Somerville appreciation rates continue to be some of the highest in America, at 8.23%, which is higher than appreciation rates in 86.24% of the cities and towns in the nation. Based on the last twelve months, short-term real estate investors have found good fortune in Somerville. Somerville appreciation rates in the latest quarter were at 1.58%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of 6.47%.

Relative to Massachusetts, our data show that Somerville's latest annual appreciation rate is higher than 90% of the other cities and towns in Massachusetts.

One very important thing to keep in mind is that these are average appreciation rates for the city. Individual neighborhoods within Somerville differ in their investment potential, sometimes by a great deal. Fortunately, you can use NeighborhoodScout to pinpoint the exact neighborhoods in Somerville - or in any city or town - that have the best track record of real estate appreciation, by the latest quarter, the last year, 2 years, 5 years, 10 years, or even since 2000, to assist you in making the best Somerville real estate investment or home purchase decisions.

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:

Somerville, MA HOME PRICES

Value Range
> $1,448,000 2.6
$1,086,001 - $1,448,000 7.9
$724,001 - $1,086,000 35.2
$579,001 - $724,000 19.1
$434,001 - $579,000 20.9
$290,001 - $434,000 7.6
$145,001 - $290,000 4.3
$73,001 - $145,000 1.0
$0 - $73,000 1.2

Very High for MA
Very High for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
3.29059078400375 11.8589743589744

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Somerville Appreciation Rates

Time Period Total Appreciation Avg. Annual Rate Compared To
Compared To
Latest Quarter:
2017 Q2 - 2017 Q3
Last 12 Months:
2016 Q3 - 2017 Q3
Last 2 Years:
2015 Q3 - 2017 Q3
Last 5 Years:
2012 Q3 - 2017 Q3
Last 10 Years:
2007 Q3 - 2017 Q3
Since 2000:
2000 Q1 - 2017 Q3
159.29% 5.51% 10 10
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$2,389 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 32.78
Renters 67.22
Vacant 3.42

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

AGE OF Somerville HOMES
2000 or Newer 4.4
1970 - 1999 12.5
1940 - 1969 17.9
1939 or Older 65.2

Types of Homes

TYPE OF Somerville HOMES
Single-Family 10.8
Townhomes 3.9
Small Apt. Buildings 59.2
Apt. Complexes 26.1
Mobile Homes 0.0
Other 0.0

Home Size

SIZE OF Somerville HOMES
No Bedroom 3.38
1 Bedroom 25.02
2 Bedrooms 36.62
3 Bedrooms 22.97
4 Bedrooms 8.55
5 or more bedrooms 3.46