Located within New Jersey, United States, the borough of Somerville is situated in the New York - Newark metropolitan area.
Somerville is a fairly good borough to buy a house in for those who prefer a calm environment. Public green spaces, like Flockhart Park and Raritan River Greenway, are very well-spread out and there are a few of them nearby for residents to relax in, making them easy to reach. Most areas in this borough are quiet, as there isn't a lot of street noise or city clamor - however some areas can be quite loud, especially closer to the railway line.
In Somerville, about 45% of buildings are single detached homes, while the remainder are mainly large apartment buildings, small apartment buildings, and duplexes. This borough also has a good variety of housing size options; it is quite easy to find homes ranging from lofts to four or more bedrooms. Roughly 60% of the properties in the borough are occupied by home owners whereas the remainder are rented. This part of the New York - Newark metropolitan area experienced its main housing boom prior to the 1960s, so most of the available homes are from this era.
Both primary and secondary schools are convenient to reach on foot from anywhere in Somerville. Besides public schools, there are also private schools at both the elementary and high school level. Concerning eating, the closest supermarket in this borough is usually only a short walk away. Furthermore, those who like to eat in restaurants will have a good number of opportunities, and residents are served by approximately 10 cafes as well. A good choice of clothing stores can also be found within a reasonably short walking distance.
This part of the New York - Newark metropolitan area will appeal to physically active home buyers since it is reasonably conducive to walking; many common errands can be run without the use of a car. Somerville is not very transit friendly. Nonetheless, home owners are served by the Somerville Station with access to the Raritan Valley Line. There are a few bus lines, and bus stops are not very far-removed from most properties. On the other hand, the best method of transportation in this borough is very often a car. It is very convenient to park, and most houses for sale are a short car ride from the nearest highway, such as Interstate 287.