Home for Rent or House to Share

Somerville Massachusetts 02143 United States of America

Listing # 125368

Rates From USD 2300 Monthly
Independent Scholar
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Last Updated: Sunday, August 19, 2018

Letterpress Building Union Square

Calling all artists, creatives, small business entrepreneurs, builders, designers, or the like!

Looking for an open floor plan live/work studio on Somerville Ave in Union Square?

This incredible, unique, historic, industrial brick retrofit at 440 Somerville Avenue (between the cemetery and Greentown Labs) will be available as soon as September 1. For the past five years the space has been rented by a printer, one antique letterpress to remain in the space. It's a double-height ceiling on the second floor with private entrance (approx. 27' x 27' x 15.5' high). There is an efficient small kitchen with range, dishwasher, sink, counters, cabinets, and fridge, a continuous custom workbench/desk along the southern wall, Brazilian Cherry floors throughout, underfloor heating and a/c. Beautiful hand made custom cabinets for storage. Heating is included in the cost of rent.

This is a unique opportunity to be centrally located in Union Square with easy access to transit (#87 bus is right out the front door), a 20m walk to the Porter Square T stop on the red line/commuter rail. There is shared car and bike parking, a local neighboring grocery (Market Basket), walking distance to local restaurants, bars, cafes, music venues, Brooklyn Boulders, Artisan's Asylum, Aeronaut Brewing, etc.. A group of craftspeople and hobbyists share a wood-working shop in the basement of the building as well. Yoga studio and architecture office are in the same building facing the street. Close to Harvard, MIT, Tufts University.

Your neighbors will include Union Press (moving to the front unit, you will share a full bathroom and a hallway) and Co-Everything architects & community developers (mezzanine live/work studio upstairs, you will share laundry/storage loft).

Please email or call and we can set up a time to see the space. Can be partially or fully furnished. Small built in twin bed under the stair, full size queen bed or full bed can be provided. Photos shown are from Union Press, who is moving out of the space.

We will be in the upper unit, and travel often to the west coast to teach and for project-related work. We can negotiate for a more shared configuration so that the smaller, more private Co-Everything unit could be available when we are out of town as well.


Number of Bedrooms
Number of Bathrooms
Number of Offices
Surface Size
729 Sq. Feet
Suited for
2 people
Property Type
Studio or Loft


Available from Saturday, September 1, 2018 until Saturday, August 31, 2019
Minimum Stay
11 day(s)
Flexible With Dates
Comments on Dates
Looking for a one year rental, but 3, 6, or 9 month rentals are negotiable.
*Approximate location of the property is within the blue radius. Red markers indicate surrounding points of interest including schools, universities, libraries and museums.

City Somerville
Postal Code - State or Province 02143 MA
Country United States of America
Neighborhood Keywords Union Square, Somerville
Closest University MIT, Harvard, Tufts
University nearby

Rental Price:

USD 2300 Monthly

Rent Negotiable
Utilities Included
Cleaning Services Included


  • Near Shops
  • Walk To Campus
  • Urban Environment
  • Near Public Transports

Additional Information:

  • Furnished
  • Available for Academic Term
  • Available for Long Term
  • Architectural Gem
  • SemiFurnished


  • Modern Kitchen
  • Washer
  • Dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Air-Conditioning
  • Stairs
  • ArtStudio
  • Other:


Smoke Free
Pets Welcome
Car Available

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Hello! I’m an adjunct instructor with several institutions: UW, AB Tech, MASSArt, and the Yestermorrow Design/Build School. I teach community-driven design/build studio to architecture grads and undergrads, and emerging professionals. I have traveled and lived in many cities in the US and in other countries. I’m currently in Somerville, MA

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