Porter Square is located where Agassiz, Avon Hill, North Cambridge, Ward 2, and Davis Square overlap. It’s marked by the intersection Massachusetts and Somerville Avenues. Public transportation serving the area includes bus lines, subway and commuter rail. It’s marked by a shopping center, Lesley University and numerous restaurants and shops and is considered a “walker’s paradise” by Walk Score.

And, it’s changing. Recent activity includes significant modifications to the zoning codes by both Cambridge and Somerville. There have been a number of projects which received approval by the planning boards, too. One example, illustrated below, is a project proposed by Lesley University for a new building which will house the Art Institute of Boston. Construction will include relocating the church now located at the corner of Roseland Street and Massachusetts Avenue. Other recently approved projects include two hotels and a residential development!

What does this mean for you? A bit more density, a lively street-scape, additional construction, a few more art students and increased richness and diversity.

For those moving or relocating to the area, the excitement of these developments is tempered by the realities of construction. Choosing an optimum location will be critical to one’s enjoyment of the area while not being overly affected  by dust and debris that accompany large-scale construction.

Selecting the best real estate agent, one who is familiar with today’s real estate market as well as plans for future development and it potential for disruption as well as enhancement, will serve first-time buyers, those relocating to the area (or “relo’s”), empty nesters and others looking to downsize, very well.