Somerville

Home to lively squares, Tufts University and over 75,000 people, Somerville is an evolving community that has come out as one of the Boston area’s best places to live and commute from. Houses span each of the seven hills of Somerville, including Spring Hill, Prospect Hill and Winter Hill. Its industrial past is best remembered for the Fluff (the marshmallow creme) factory; a “Fluff Festival” is held each year in Union Square to commemorate the unique product. Somerville underwent an artistic renaissance of sorts in the 1990s and is now home to numerous galleries, music venues and performance spaces. While being very bike-friendly, like Cambridge, Somerville is also very accessible to major highways and the commuter rail.