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Somerville Massachusetts 02143 United States of America

Listing # 123542

Rates From USD 2800 Monthly
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Last Updated: Friday, April 2, 2021

Beautiful bright penthouse level artist style loft for rent Union Square near MIT

Beautiful renovated artists loft in the iconic Brickbottom Artists community condominium only building. Features renovated kitchen with retro re-fitted Siematic cabinetry, integrated appliances, unique quartzite wrapped counter and back wall design, as well as kitchen island with stainless steel work surface and seating for three (or more). Under cabinet lighting, in unit Miele washer/dryer, Viking oven and microwave, Sub-zero refrigerator and Bosch dishwasher disappear into integrated Siematic cabinetry.

The floor plan includes classic large open flexible space, one bathroom, plus two private rooms incorporating tons of storage including two huge closets with integrated built in custom shelving/hanging features. The loft has dramatic and airy 14ft ceilings across about 1,100 sq. ft plus mezzanine room. Each private room has windows and a door. There is an oversized closet located just inside the loft entry door for convenient access to coats, shoes etc.

Entire exterior wall is filled with huge windows from which you can enjoy sweeping views of the northern cityscape. New energy efficient color balanced track lights throughout the large open loft space.

New ceiling fan with remote control and reversible direction features to bring heat down in winter and up in summer. Heat, hot water, trash removal, snow removal, and 5 day a week on site management included in rent. Huge beautifully landscaped community courtyard with picnic tables and lounge chairs available for resident use. Onsite art gallery. More information about Brickbottom Artists Building home to many artists, scientists, and academics for the last thirty years https://brickbottom.org/history-mission .

Separate additional creative art studio/work space rental located next door might be possible!

Located in Union Square which was recently voted one of the coolest neighborhoods in the US. Walk to MIT, downtown Boston, Museum of Science, Esplanade, Charles River, all the cool shops/nightlife/restaurants in Union Square. Easy access to the Boston metro’s coolest selection of international markets including two Indian grocers, one pan-Asian grocer, and an Italian market as well as the brand new Bow St market (we have regular ones too like Star Market, Whole Foods etc). Union Square has four craft breweries all only a short walk from the loft. Brooklyn boulders climbing gym is close by too. Also close to the new Assembly Row district which offers Trader Joes, designer outlets, huge cinema, lego land, dining et al.

Off street parking for one vehicle is included in the rent. A short bus ride to Harvard and express bus to Boston University Charles River campus via the CT2, close to Lechemere station on Green Line T as well as Sullivan Square station on the orange line. Bike parking available around the complex.

Considering long term rental arrangements only. The loft is offered mostly furnished as pictured in the photos.

Possible move in date August 1 2021. Please email for further information.
Might have interest in a one year swap with a central London location.

A bit about Somerville (they call it a "suburb," but it isn't it is a city)


Number of Bedrooms
Number of Bathrooms
Number of Offices
Surface Size
1100 Sq. Feet
Suited for
2 people
Property Type
Studio or Loft


Available from Sunday, August 1, 2021 until Sunday, July 31, 2022
Minimum Stay
1 year(s)
Flexible With Dates

*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, Kendall Square, Cambridge, Boston
Closest University MIT, Harvard,
University nearby Boston University (BU), Emerson, MassArt, Emmanuel, Lesley, Tufts, SMFA

Home Exchange:

We are open to a home swap with any destination!

Preferred Exchange Destination(s) and timing:

Destination 1: London

United Kingdom

Neighborhood Keywords
Central London

Dates Wanted:
Wanted from Sunday, August 1, 2021 until Open

Destination 2:

State or Province
United States of America

Dates Wanted:
Wanted from Sunday, August 1, 2021 until Open

Destination 3: Chicago

State or Province

United States of America

Dates Wanted:
Wanted from Sunday, August 1, 2021 until Open

Rental Price:

USD 2800 Monthly
Rental Fee Comments
heat/hot water/parking for one car included
Rent Negotiable
Utilities Included
Cleaning Services Included


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

Additional Information:

  • Furnished
  • Available for Academic Term
  • Available for Long Term
  • Off Campus
  • Architectural Gem
  • Available for Short Term
  • SemiFurnished
  • Historical Home


  • Modern Kitchen
  • Washer
  • Dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Air-Conditioning
  • High Speed Internet
  • Wireless Network
  • Printer
  • Elevator
  • Stairs
  • Reserved Parking
  • Security System or Doorman
  • Balcony or Patio
  • Garden
  • ArtStudio
  • Other: Separate art studio rental might be possible


Kid Friendly
Small Children Safe
Smoke Free
Pets Welcome
Car Available

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We lived for two years in Shannon's loft and absolutely loved the place! There's lots of space and the giant windows provide plenty of light and an amazing wide view. We enjoyed the large kitchen and hosted some great dinner parties there. The place is in the Brickbottom Artist Building, a community of artists and non-artists and pretty unique around Boston. The building has regular art shows, community events, a workshop for bike repairs, and lovely neighbors and staff. We moved in directly from Germany and felt welcomed by everyone from the first day on. The location is perfect, all kinds of stores are in walking distance and we biked everywhere in Boston and Cambridge in under 30 minutes. Union Square is a short walk away and has an amazing Farmers market, and some of the best bars and restaurants in the city. Highly recommended!  Excellent Arne 3/24/2021 6:40:00 AM