Spotlight on Franklin, Massachusetts

by c21commonweath_ldowling 12. December 2013 15:38

If you are searching for a great neighborhood outside of Boston, Franklin may be your kind of town. It has a lot of charming New England touches, along with plentiful modern amenities and easy commuting to both Boston and Providence. Read on to learn more about the town and buying a home in Franklin!

Location

Franklin is a suburb between the Blackstone and Charles Rivers in Norfolk County. It's within 30 miles of all 3 of New England's largest cities, Boston, Providence, and Worcester. This central location makes commuting a breeze, with rail provided by the MBTA, and highways connecting the town to the nearby urban centers. In addition to this, the town of Franklin is a very dynamic community on its own, with a museum, more than a dozen playgrounds and recreational fields, shopping, performing arts, and various clubs.

Size

As of today, Franklin is a smallish town, with only about 30,000 residents. It is expected to grow by a projected 10,000 residents. Franklin maintains a cozy feel, like an old-fashioned small town, while being very connected to the businesses and culture of the surrounding area. Along with the population, business opportunities in Franklin have been growing, as well.

History

Franklin has two National historic districts, and around seemingly every corner there is a piece of history. Of particular interest is the wide range of architectural styles in the town, dating from many different periods in history. Franklin boasts the country's first library, featuring volumes from none other than Benjamin Franklin. It also has the oldest continually functioning school house in the United States, the Red Brick School.

Schools

A primary reason that people look to buy homes in Franklin, Massachusetts, are the top-rated public schools, which have earned the “high performance” distinction. Aside from the public schools, there are also Cornerstone Christian Academy, Ben Franklin Classical Charter School, and Dean College. Franklin’s location also presents opportunities to explore the public resources and youth programs of the esteemed universities in Providence, Boston, and beyond.

Activities & Entertainment 

Franklin has a town commons where community events are held, such as concerts, the Trout Derby and four days of Fourth of July celebrations. There are shopping and dining options in town, along with a performing arts company. The overall culture of Franklin has earned it several honors, including being named one of Family Circle’s Ten Best Towns for Families.

Franklin also offers sports teams across a wide range of recreational sports, from baseball and basketball, to winter sports that New England is well-suited for, like ice hockey, and for more than 30 years, even downhill skiing.

Famous Residents

Franklin has had a number of famous residents over the years, including quite a few athletes. Former NFL players Eugene Wilson, Ellis Hobbs, and Asante Samuel called Franklin home, as did Stanley Cup winning coach Peter Laviolette and NASCAR drive Bobby Santos III.

Home Buying

 

Sold on the merits of Franklin, Massachusetts? There are great homes on the market in Franklin, and now is the perfect time to establish your family in one of the Boston area’s most comfortable and tight-knit communities. Search for your Franklin home today!

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