17 Wallace St

17 Wallace St

17 Wallace Street  Somerville, MA  02144

Perfectly Positioned In Davis Square

Sold For: $1,391,000

Style, location and flexibility plus the “promise” of a future T station is what drew them across the river from Boston to Davis Square 30 years ago. In this handsome two-family home, replete with period details, they could explore their love for collecting, decorating, and music while at the same time receive income from the unit above. They knew it was rare to find a two-family with such high ceilings, elegant public spaces, and intricately inlaid parquet floors, and Davis Square offered them all the benefits of urban living yet Wallace Street was lovely, tree-lined, and calm.  They worked hard at creating the perfect environment for themselves (one loved the French aesthetic, the other leaned more toward the Federal style). Being good stewards of the building, over the years they replaced the roof, the gutters, the windows and the furnaces and created a parking space for one car.  More recently, the house was repainted, the rear deck was rebuilt and the top floor bath was renovated. The house being passed along today still retains the details and the floors that first attracted them to it, but it is in much better condition and ready for the next owner’s vision.   

Property Details


Size: 3,339 sq. ft.
Rooms: 5/6
Bedrooms: 2/3
Bathrooms: 1/1
Basement: Full, unfinished
Laundry: In the basement


Lot: 3,049 sq. ft.
Material: Asbestos shingles (painted in 2005)
Outdoor:  Fenced back yard plus 2 decks (rear deck replaced in 2016)
Parking: 1 space in driveway            
Roof: Asphalt shingles on the Mansard (2002) and rubber on the top (2005)
Windows: Double paned windows throughout (2007)


Heat: Forced hot water, 2 separate Burnham boilers (2000)
Hot Water: 2 separate tanks (2013)
Energy: Gas (newer line to the street)


Year built: 1874
Taxes: $8,821.36 (this figure includes the residential exemption)
Walk score: 95


# 17 - Chandelier in the music room
# 19 - 3 light fixtures; 2 fans, buddhist bell, 3 small white shelves and curtain rods in living room