7 Reasons to Move to Sturbridge, MA
The Sturbridge Town Hall Underwent Major Reconstruction in 2010
Sturbridge, Massachusetts, is a lovely historic town located in Central Massachusetts. Just a short drive from major metropolitan centers, Sturbridge offers the best of both worlds: Easy access to the city with a breath of fresh air at home.
Are you considering a move to Sturbridge? Here are 7 reasons to make the town of Sturbridge your new home town:
1. Location. Sturbridge sits at the junction of two major highways: the north-south Route 84, and the east-west Interstate 90 - also know as the Massachusetts Turnpike. This central location makes it ideal for commuting and travel.
Within an hour, you can be in Worcester, Boston, and Springfield, MA as well as Hartford, CT and Providence, RI. Within two hours, add on Portsmouth and Concord, NH, New Haven, CT, plus Albany, NY and of course, Cape Code, MA.
2. History. Sturbridge was settled in 1729 and played a bit of a role in the Revolutionary War. Many of the early buildings of that time are still standing on the Sturbridge Town Common. The Common itself was a battlefield.
The town is also home to historic Old Sturbridge Village, a living Colonial-era museum that serves as a major educational resource for New England. Old Sturbridge Village is the anchor of Sturbridge's tourist trade.
3. Housing. You will find a variety of housing styles in Sturbridge at exceptional prices compared to other Massachusetts towns.
A 2200-square foot Colonial home with 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths, built in the mid-2000's, can be purchased in the mid-$300,000 range. Go 30 minutes closer to Boston, that price jumps to the $400,000's; 20 minutes outside of Boston you go up to the $600,000's; 10 minutes outside of Boston and you go into the $700,000's.
4. Education. Part of the Tantasqua Union 61 School District, Sturbridge public schools are higlighted by top-rate teachers and active parental involvement. Academics are the focus, with a strong showing in athletics, and impressive opportunities in art and music education.
Construction has just begun on renovations for Burgess Elementary School. Bursting at its seams, the expanded school is well-overdue.
The Tantasqua Junior High School, serving students from five towns, offers a creative curriculum for students in 7th and 8th grades.
The very young Tantasqua Senior High School is known for its academics and sports achievements.
5. Food and Shopping. Compared to surrounding towns, Sturbridge offers a variety of dining and shopping options. There are chain stores and franchise restaurants, but for those who like the personality of unique shops and restaurants, the business district in Sturbridge has many fine choices.
Independently-owned restaurants range from a roadside barbecue smokehouse to gourmet Italian and Continental cuisines. Sturbridge diners enjoy Chinese, Thai, Japanese, Mexican, and Italian menus as well as American Grill, hearty New England meals, and traditional fare.
For shopping, Sturbridge is full of intriguing boutiques chock full of clothing, pottery, furniture, goods by local craftsmen, and a large antique store population.
6. Festivals and Shows. Sturbridge is a main attractor of conferences and shows. The town has hosted groups such as the Ford Model A Club, the Pan-Mass Challenge bicyclists, and Ovation Dance Competition.
The town also holds numerous festivals throughout the year. Its annual Fall Harvest Festival, with its Scarecrow Contest, is a huge event. The location of Sturbridge and its quaint New England town common make it the perfect setting for large celebrations.
7. Geography. Many consider South-Central Massachusetts to be "the country." In Sturbridge, the natural resources abound. From lakes and ponds to hills and parks, there numerous opportunities to enjoy the outdoors.
If you are considering a move to Massachusetts, or making a move from another town in Massachusetts, consider Sturbridge. It is a wonderful place to call home.
All text and photos copyright Kathryn Acciari 2010.
Submitted by Kathryn Acciari, REALTOR
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