New to the area? Allow me to help define this region West of Boston.
As a resident of MetroWest for most of my life, it wasn't until I become a realtor that I actually thought about defining MetroWest and its communities. According to Wikipedia:
"MetroWest is a cluster of cities and towns lying west of Boston and east of Worcester, in the U.S. state of Massachusetts. The name was coined in the 1980s by a local newspaper. While regional definitions vary, the MetroWest Economic Research Center at Framingham State University defines MetroWest as the nine towns of: Ashland, Framingham, Holliston, Hopkinton, Natick, Sherborn, Southborough, Sudbury, and Wayland, representing a total population of approximately 184,000."
The MetroWest Chamber of Commerce has a service area that includes these nine towns plus Westborough. My definition coincides with the Chamber's ten towns. With the exception of Southborough and Westborough, in Worcester County, these towns are part of Middlesex County.
MetroWest has exceptional access to I-495, the MassTurnpike/I-90, I-95/Rte 128, Rte 9 and I-290, for ease of commuting to Boston, Worcester, and Providence, but also offers extensive and diverse housing options for all buyers at all price points.
If you are a home buyer and new to Massachusetts it can be daunting to pick a specific area to live. North Shore, South Shore, Cape and Islands, MetroWest, Berkshires.....how hard it must be to choose! While I know a little about all of these areas, I specialize in MetroWest, and I'd like to share a little about four towns that I know and love.
The Town of Framingham is a community, 20 miles west of Boston. In 2014 Framingham High School was ranked #25 by U.S. News & World Report‘s Best High Schools in MA, and in 2012 was placed #36 in CNN Money magazine’s Best Places to Live in the U.S. At nearly 67,000 inhabitants, Framingham is the largest town (not city) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the hub of MetroWest.
Framingham’s Routes 30 and 9 have extensive shopping, restaurants and entertainment. In the summer two farmers markets set up on the Village Green and Downtown, and there’s an abundance of outdoor recreation to fit most interests including Callahan State Park offering miles of walking, biking, and horse trails, Garden in the Woods, Framingham Country Club & Millwood Golf Course. It's also home to the Danforth Museum of Art, Amazing Things Art Center, two public libraries, Framingham State University, and MassBay Community College. The Earth Day Festival, Concerts on the Common, Framingham Farmers Markets, Flag Day Parade, Farm Pond Fall Festival, Annual Tree Lighting at Nevins Hall, Framingham Auxiliary Police Holiday Craft Fair, Framingham History Center Annual House Tour, and Taste of MetroWest are just a few of the events that Framingham residents look forward to each year.
The MBTA Commuter rail has a station in Framingham with parking available.
Chosen #31 by CNN Money Magazine’s “Best Places to Live 2009, Southborough has a quiet rural charm enhanced by scenic roads, reservoirs, and open space, as well as two prestigious boarding schools, helping to frame Southborough’s historic village center. In the 2010 Census the town had just under 10,000 residents. Southborough is a wonderful home for those seeking outdoor recreation including Breakneck Hill Conservation Land offering walking trails, Sudbury Reservoir Trails, Chestnut Hill Farm Trails, Baypath Turenne Wildlife Habitat, and the Bay Circuit Trail, St. Mark’s Golf Course, Stonybrook Golf Course, and Fayville Park.
The town has 4 public elementary and middle schools, and is part of Algonquin Regional High School. It’s also home to the Fay School and St. Mark’s School. Annual Events include Southborough Summer Nights, Heritage Day, Santa Day, Annual Egg Hunt, and Gobble Wobble 5k.
The MBTA Commuter rail has a station in Southborough with parking available.
Ashland, 22 miles (35 km) west of Boston, has a population is just over 15,000. Over time, many farms and open spaces have given way to housing, although some untouched land still remains, including the Ashland Town Forest, Ashland State Park, Warren Woods, and land comprising the beach and dam portions of Hopkinton State Park. Businesses, residents and visitors look forward to “Ashland Day”, a not-to-be-missed annual celebration of traditional New England spirit, and a seasonal farmers market brings the town together on Saturday mornings.
The MBTA Commuter rail has a station in Ashland with parking available.
The Town of Hopkinton was established in 1715 and gains widespread media attention each year in April when the internationally known Boston Marathon is run. Runners from all over the world gather on Main Street to begin their 26-mile run in what is always a colorful and exciting event. In an unusual welcoming gesture, the Board of Selectmen writes a letter to each new resident describing Hopkinton’s facilities and programs and urging them to involve themselves in Town affairs as part of “warm and friendly Hopkinton”.
The town has no shortage of public and private recreational facilities including Hopkinton State Park, Whitehall State Park, the Town beach on Lake Maspenock, fishing, tennis courts, playgrounds, the Hopkinton Country Club and the YMCA. Annual Cultural events include the Hopkinton Polyarts Festival, Fourth of July parade and bonfire, and the summer concert series on the Town Common. The Town is proud of its community-supported educational system, its new, expanded,recycling facility and its leaf composting program. Hopkinton's population in 2010 was 14,633.
If you have any questions or would like to explore MetroWest and any of its 10 towns, please contact me at 617-640-1400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Credits: Wikipedia, Mass.gov, City Data, MetroWest Chamber of Commerce, Ashland, Framingham, Hopkinton and Southborough town websites - Thank you!
Maria Romero Vagnini
I am a Realtor with Mathieu Newton Sotheby's International Realty, working with buyers and sellers in suburban Boston's Metrowest communities.