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 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 the founder and president of Moving Greater Boston and a Vice President of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Warren Residential. After graduating from UMASS Amherst with a degree in psychology in 2008, Josh dedicated five years to social service work on the North Shore before joining Berkshire Hathaway in 2013, where he found his professional calling and quickly distinguished himself as a motivated innovator capable of synthesizing the needs of buyers, sellers, investors, and developers. In just a few short years, Josh formed Moving Greater Boston and achieved over $100 million in sales after only 7 years in the business. Josh's team has been consistently recognized at both the local and national levels, receiving numerous prestigious awards for sales and customer service. Last year, the Moving Greater Boston team was awarded the coveted Chairman’s Circle Platinum award for all of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, which recognizes agents and teams that are in the top 1% for sales across a network of over 70,000 agencies. In 2017, Josh was also personally selected to serve on the Berkshire Hathaway Home Services National REthink Council, an honor bestowed upon only 15 agents among thousands of applicants. Despite his many and ongoing successes in the world of real estate, Joshua has never lost sight of his social work roots. A compassionate and principled professional who knows the value of strong communities, Josh continues his advocacy outside of the office by being actively 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 aspiring entrepreneurs. As a native of Massachusetts, Joshua has an intimate knowledge of Boston real estate, while having a degree in psychology helps him to understand each of his clients' unique needs, enabling him to connect them with ideal communities, an opportunity which he considers both a priority and privilege. Rather than simply facilitating the buying and selling of property, Josh views his role as a realtor as a lifelong commitment to continually serving the best interests of the people who have put their trust in him. Josh continually strives for excellence in service, provides in-depth knowledge of the market, and blends unwavering integrity with amenable good humor to alleviate the stress of real estate transactions and assure the experience is one that lets the sensation of being in the perfect place, at the perfect time, truly resonate.