Boston MA real estate

Boston MA real estate

You had to wonder when the showdown would come in Somerville: Long-time townies versus hipsters.

Well, the showdown is finally here.

Actually, there’s not so much tension as there is wonderment over the transformation of Somerville, once the butt of numerous (and yet often affectionate) jokes about it tough, industrial, slightly dyfunctional ways.

Our old favorite joke: “Somerville, the gateway to Medford” (or was it the other way around?). Another: “No one is ever murdered in Somerville. They just dump the bodies there from Medford.”

Long-time Somerville residents always got a hoot out of the city winning an “All-American City Award” in the 1970s, right at the height of the Winter Hill Gang’s power in Somerville. The city earned another “All-American” award four years ago, causing another round of titters.

But now Somerville might as well be called “All-Hip City,” due to the influx of hipsters spilling over from Cambridge, Davis Square and from Tufts University, whose presence and huge impact on the city is often underestimated. Most everyone agrees that it was logical and almost inevitable that Somerville would eventually change — and it has.

But it won’t completely change. There are some still incredibly tough and/or remote corners of  the city that no hipster dare venture into. There will always be a Somerville.

But changes, they are a coming.

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John Ford
John Ford

Over the course of 20 years in the Boston downtown real estate market, John represented and sold numerous, condominiums, investment and development properties in Greater Boston and in the surrounding suburbs

In addition to representing Boston condo buyers and sellers, John is currently one of the most recognized Boston condo blog writers regarding Boston condominiums and residential real estate markets. John's insights and observations about the Boston condo market have been seen in a wide variety of the most established local & national media outlets including; Banker and Tradesman, Boston Magazine The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and NewsWeek and Fortune magazine, among others.


For over 24 years, John Ford, of Ford Realty Inc., has been actively involved in the real estate industry. He started his career in commercial real estate with a national firm Spaulding & Slye and quickly realized that he had a passion for residential properties. In 1999, John entered the residential real estate market, and in 2000 John Started his own firm Ford Realty Inc. As a broker, his clients have come to love his fun, vivacious, and friendly attitude. He prides himself on bringing honesty and integrity to the entire home buying and selling process. In addition to helping buyers and sellers, he also works with rental clients. Whether you’re looking to purchase a new Boston condo or rent an apartment, you’ll quickly learn why John has a 97% closing rate.


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