We are relocating to southeastern MA and need help choosing a community. We want to be near 495 corridor

Asked by Kristen, Elkton, MD Fri Feb 20, 2009

between Bridgewater and Franklin (east side is better for us location-wise). We have school-age kids, like a strong sense of community, and are in the $300-400K price range. Suggestions?

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Jean Curley, Agent, Franklin, MA
Thu Feb 26, 2009
Kristen - It's a pleasure to assist you. I live and work in this area, am very familiar and have sold throughout the region you are looking in. While the populations can vary from 10K-35K they are all unique and offer some strengths and weaknesses. You can purchase in your price range in any of these communities but it comes down to what you and your families needs and wants are. The general area is absolutely wonderful offering easy access to the beaches on the cape or the shores of Rhode Island, The city of Providence in RI is less than 30 minutes and Boston about 45 minutes and if you are in to skiing or snowboarding you have options at Blue Hills outside of Rt. 128 if you don't choose to go north. I would welcome the opportunity to personally introduce you to the area and define and refine which community would be the best for you and your family. I look forward to talking further. Enjoy your day.

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Scott A. Nel…, , 02155
Fri Feb 20, 2009
My brother & sister-in-law along with my niece & nephew really love Franklin, MA. They love the neighborhood they're in, great neighbors & convenient to everywhere. The YMCA is really phenomenal there, it's like a country club.

Good luck in your search
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Melissa Manc…, Agent, Plainville, MA
Fri Feb 20, 2009
Hi Kristen,

Easton is along the 495 corridor as well as RT 24. CNN Money rated it the 48th best place to live in the US. http://money.cnn.com/galleries/2007/moneymag/0707/gallery.BP…

I feel it has more charm than Franklin. Below is some information pulled from the town website. They worded it beautifully, so there’s no reason for me to try to re-invent the wheel.

“Incorporated in 1725, the Town of Easton is located 30 minutes from Boston, 45 minutes from Cape Cod, and 45 minutes from Providence. The community is approximately 29 square miles in area and has an estimated 2008 population of 23,289. Easton is governed by an Open Town Meeting and the executive branch is made up of an elected five-member Board of Selectmen, serving three-year terms. The Board hires a full-time Town Administrator to supervise the daily operations of the government.
OUR GROWTH: Easton, although primarily a residential community, has experienced rapid and positive growth over the last decade. Recent development includes two major shopping plazas and provides residents with the convenience of shopping at major retailers. There are three supermarkets, easily accessible from any part of Town. The Easton Industrial Park is located just off Route 24. Easton also has an active and vibrant small business community, and the Easton Chamber of Commerce provides services and support to its members. There are a variety of restaurants; both large scale and family style, offering the residents not only fine dining options, but different ethnic traditions as well.

EDUCATION: Easton citizens have a long history of supporting an excellent school system. The renovation and expansion of the Oliver Ames High School and the Easton Middle School was completed in October, 2008, providing students with modern, state of the art facilities and a show case 1200-seat auditorium. Oliver Ames is a comprehensive high school designed to meet the educational needs of all students and offers a broad range of honors and advanced placement courses. 2008 MCAS scores placed Oliver Ames students in the top 10% in the state in English/language arts and the top 25% in mathematics. The high school has received recognition and awards for its music programs: jazz band, marching band, chamber orchestra, and show choir. There is a tradition of achievement in girls’ and boys’ sports with many championships over the years. Construction on a new high school stadium began in December, 2008.

The Town is also home to Southeastern Regional Vocational Tech, offering secondary school students an alternative to a traditional high school curriculum. Vocational training includes instruction in early childhood, automotive tech, graphic communications, computers, metal fabrication, and many other areas. The Regional School provides post secondary education through a variety of day programs and continuing education night courses.

CONSERVATION & HISTORICAL PRESERVATION: Easton offers its citizens the enjoyment of the Natural Resource Trust “Sheep Pasture” and Borderland State Park. Approximately 15% of the community is dedicated conservation land. The Town is a participant in the state matching Community Preservation Act program and recently voted to purchase a $1.3 million parcel adjacent to Wheaton Farm, continuing a long-standing commitment to preserve open space.
The Town's history is uniquely connected with the establishment of the Ames Shovel company in 1803 and the Ames family through many generations. The Ames family not only shaped the Town's economy, but also its geography and architecture. In the late 19th century, the family created a remarkable legacy by donating several landmark buildings to the town. This was noteworthy not only for its benevolence, but for its architectural significance; the famed architect H.H. Richardson designed Oakes Ames Memorial Hall, the Ames Free Library and the Old Colony Railroad Station. The community continues to preserve these buildings today as part of the proud heritage of Easton.”

Best of Luck to You!!

I not only practice out of Easton, but all along the 495 corridor, as I reside in North Attleboro. I am a Certified Buyer’s Agent (CBR), and the co-owner of the company I represent. Please let me know if I can be of further assistance.

Web Reference:  http://MelissaBMancini.com
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Michael Lefe…, Agent, Westborough, MA
Fri Feb 20, 2009
Good luck on your upcoming move! Franklin has received lots of national recognition as one of the country's best places to raise a family. It has a lots of the features you may be looking for in a community.

If you want to see a sampling of what's available in the $300K-$400K price range, drop me an email and I wll forward the listings. I live in the bordering town of Norfolk and am more than happy to share what I know (and love) about the area with you.

Let me know if I can help!

All My Best,
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