The Struggle with Downsizing in Greater Boston is Real

Assembly Row

Despite the daunting prospect downsizing can be, there is one particular neighborhood that may reward your efforts with your new favorite home.

Located just minutes outside Boston, Somerville’s Assembly Row neighborhood is quickly establishing itself as a premier locale for lively urbanites. With endless amenities including over 20 restaurants, your favorite clothing and retail stores, a grocery store, parks and green space, and easy access to the T, this chic enclave is becoming a downsizing hot spot. 

Beyond entertainment and basic amenities, the neighborhood also offers a variety of health services to ensure you are not only entertained but in the best shape you can be. MGH has recently opened a primary care practice, a dentist and optician have taken up residence, and, of course, for the health-conscious and active lifestyle, Fit Row which is an area of various membership- based exercise studios. 

All the bells and whistles aside, what sets Assembly Row apart from other exurban upstarts is the professionalism with which it is managed. Federal Realty Trust, the development group responsible for Assembly, oversees the maintenance, landscaping, and outdoor spacing, ensuring that all residents can take pride and find a little piece of tranquility in the simple pleasures of everyday.

The development itself is comprised of three established apartment buildings with another in the construction phase. These amenity rich buildings will go a long way toward easing what otherwise might be a trying transition from your high maintenance home. 

If you are someone who enjoys home ownership and likes the idea of a stable investment, there is an even more amazing option for you. Alloy Condominiums is a 122 unit building and currently the only ownership opportunity in The Row. First occupancy took place in early 2018 and only a few condos have been resold since. Owned by several empty nesters and downsizers, as well as millenials and everyone in between, these condos should rule your real estate  radar. Featuring concierge services, elevator and garage, a lounge and roof deck with gas grilling, a pool and fitness center, and direct access to a highly rated hotel. Check out https://movinggreaterboston.com/assemblyrow/ to find some of the most recent condos for sale in the building. 

All in all, downsizing should be a fun, exciting time of your life. A time when you focus on travel and your family and friends rather than maintaining a large single family home that has outlived its practical use. Assembly Row is just one neighborhood that can easily help you do that. 

To further discuss downsizing, the Real Estate Market and your options, contact The Moving Greater Boston Team at [email protected]

About the Author

Joshua Stephens is a vice president at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Warren Residential serving the Greater Boston area. He joined the company in 2013 and quickly distinguished himself as a motivated innovator working with buyers, sellers, investors, and developers. 

After only a few years in the business, he formed the Moving Greater Boston Team which expanded his network and helped him achieve the huge milestone of over $100 Million in career sales! This achievement came after only 7 years in the business.

Joshua's team has been recognized at both the local and national levels, achieving top awards for sales over the past few years. Last year, they were awarded the prestigious Chairman’s Circle Platinum award for all of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. This recognizes agents that are in the top 1% for the year across a network of over 70,000 agents and teams. 

Joshua was also personally chosen to serve on the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices national REthink Council, a position bestowed by BHHS executives to 15 agents among thousands of applicants, in 2017. Outside of the office, Joshua is involved in a number of local organizations and charities. In 2016, he was instrumental in conceptualizing and developing Business Networking International (BNI) Prospect Hill, an organization that connects local business professionals and entrepreneurs.


A resident of Massachusetts, Joshua believes that connecting his clients with ideal communities is both a priority and privilege. He sees his role as a Realtor as about more than simply facilitating the buying and selling of property, but rather serving as lifelong advisor. Due to this, Joshua is able to alleviate the typical burdens of moving and assure the experience is one that lets the sensation of being in the perfect place, at the perfect time, truly resonate.