Jim recommends Framingham for several reasons: a) The Golden Triangle on the Framingham line where you can find most every shop or restaurant and lower-priced gas stations; b) the state parks; c) more affordable housing (the difference between Framingham and Framingham? - oh, about $100,000!); and d) its proximity to I-90 and Hwy 9 for east-west destinations (Framingham is 19 miles west of Boston) and both I-95/I-495 for north-south destinations. For commuters, MBTA commuter rail service is available to Boston via South Station and Back Bay Station - travel time is about 42-45 minutes with 121 MBTA parking spaces.
The town of Framingham is divided by Route 9, which passes east-to-west through the middle of the town. South Framingham includes Downtown Framingham (the town government seat), and the villages of Coburnville, Lokerville and Salem End Road. North Framingham includes the villages of Nobscot, Pinefield, Ridgefield and Saxonville plus Framingham Center (the physical center of town, featuring the town commons).
Jim likes to take his dogs to Callahan State Park. The dogs like it, too, as they get to swim in a pond there.
Where in Framingham should you look to buy?
Framingham is one of the few towns in Massachusetts that has "met its legal requirement of 10% for Massachusetts Chapter 40B Affordable housing which mostly targets people with income levels in the 70% of median income". In addition to its 40B Affordable component, Framingham has a large percentage of rental units "which target people in the 30% of median income bracket". Framingham has a much larger percentage of rental households than any of the surrounding towns - much of which is located south of Route 9.
Housing in South Framingham is mainly single family houses on small lots (under half an acre),multi-family homes or apartments. However, there is a large number of large, single family homes around Salem End Road on the West Side of South Framingham. This region is often overlooked as being in South Framingham because the area is physically separated from most of the South Side due to a series of reservoirs and the Sudbury River. Also, there are many large Victorian houses located along the shores of Learned and Gleason Ponds, and along Concord St. and Union Ave. near downtown Framingham. Additionally, the West Side of South Framingham along Route 9 has several large tracts of multi-story apartment buildings.
North Framingham was originally mostly farmland and gave way to large tracts of single family housing on large lots (over half an acre). The village of Saxonville on the east side is an old mill area that consists of many Victorian homes, and has undergone a large expansion of over six hundred new homes on a former gravel pit. The village of Nobscot on the western side has many homes that are valued above mean housing prices for the region. While there are several small apartment complexes on the North Side, most have been converted to condominiums. In the 1950s and 1960s, the villages of Nobscot, Pinefield and Saxonville all had a large number of slab and raised ranch-style houses constructed by the Campanelli Company. These homes are classic cookie-cutter style homes that feature the same general shape and floor plan; while there are six or seven styles of the houses, the large majority of which are referred to Campanelli "L" ranches because their floor plan resembles the letter "L". At the time of construction, these homes were considered by many to be the epitome of the American dream of homeownership; today they are viewed otherwise.
Today, most of Framingham has been developed with the exception of some parcels in the northwest quadrant. In this part of town there are more people with wells and septic systems, combined with a large amount of ledge, which prevents most of the unbuilt land from being developed.
When you find a particular area and house you want more information on, you can begin by checking what information the city's assessors office has on file and what it is assessed for/taxed at here and then check on the criminal activity reported for that area.
You can also learn more about other city government functions here.
To learn more about daily goings on in Framingham, you can check out the various newspapers and online resources: The MetroWest Daily News, a daily broadsheet; The Framingham Tab, a weekly local current events tabloid; Boston.com has a Your Town website that covers Framingham; and, Jornal A Semana, a Brazilian- Portuguese weekly tabloid.
If you have school-age children you might want to look into Framingham's public school website. The town also has a regional vocational high school, one regional charter school, and several private schools, including the Sudbury Valley School, three parochial schools, including Marian High School, one Jewish day school, and several specialty schools.
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