While some unknowingly refer to Somerset as a Chevy Chase neighborhood, residents are quick to set the record straight. The Town of Somerset emerged from tobacco farmland acreage purchased by a group of government scientists who intended to develop the land for residential purposes, and was incorporated in 1906. At just over a quarter-mile in total area, the town is comprised of just 440 detached, single family homes and a small number of condominium buildings. As of the 2010 census, the Town of Somerset had 1216 citizens living amongst the architecturally diverse homes contained in the town’s quaint streets and park-like setting.
While the town is mostly residential, its proximity to the Friendship Heights commercial stretch along Wisconsin Avenue erases any inconvenience. From its northern border, it’s just a fifteen-minute walk to the Friendship Heights Metro station. And within its borders, the Somerset offers a town pool, a 1902 home-turned Town Hall and an eclectic community, all within a few short blocks.