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Boxborough, Massachusetts is well known, locally, for the public school system which consistently ranks at the top of
“regional-school” rankings. In 2009, the Acton-Boxborough Regional High School was named a Blue Ribbon School by the
U.S. Department of Education.
The town name is often spelled "Boxboro" on highway signs and official documents, but the correct spelling is, in fact,
Boxborough and was settled in 1783. Approximately 28 miles west of Boston, Boxborough, Ma is 10 square miles and is
bordered by Littleton, Acton, Stow and Harvard. Boxborough is hilly area originally coming from the glacier scouring
of the past and the town developed homes on top of those hills. The town, as many in this area, has an early agricultural
history, which expanded to include orchards and grazing for milk production.
The town design, for the most part is residential neighborhoods and transportations corridors evolving out of the meandering
rural roadways of yesteryear. Interstate 495 (I-495) runs through the northwestern part of town which provides quick access
to the highway but, most of the town lies to the east of the interstate and is primarily residentially developed. Boxborough
has kept many of the Federal period homes but since the housing boom of the 1950’s Boxborough has consistently add residents and
implemented a town design primarily of short cul-de-sac neighborhoods.
Depending on your housing needs the Boxborough real estate market offers many home options. Boxborough real estate offers
rentals of apartments, condominiums, and single-family homes. If your housing needs are long-term, the Boxborough real estate
market also offers condominiums, and single-family homes for sale. Anyone considering Boxborough real estate needs to ask: Is
the neighborhood the right fit?
Neighborhoods in Boxborough, Ma
The neighborhoods of Boxborough, for the most part, are meandering street systems with small residential pockets located between
wooded areas. While there isn’t an enormous amount of traffic, as compared to a city, typically, people use cars to run errands
rather than walk or ride bikes.
Commuting from Boxborough, Ma
Typically people who reside in Boxborough rely on the automobile for commuting purposes. The convenient public transportations
systems, such as the Commuter Rail run through the neighboring towns of Ayer, Littleton and Acton. The town of Boxborough is
bi-furcated by Interstate 495 (I-495) so, depending upon which side you live on depends upon the distance to this transportation
corridor however, in most cases the Interstate is approximately 3 miles. Route 2 is located along one side of the town and access
to Route 2 is accomplished via the towns of Acton or Harvard.
Population of Boxborough, Ma
The population of Boxborough Ma has steadily increased over the years from 1950’s when there were 439 people to the
1980s when there were 3,126 people.
As of the Census of 2010 there were:
Approximately 4,9908 people
1984 housing units per the American Fact Finder – US Census Bureau 2006-2008.
Government of Boxborough, Ma
Boxborough uses the Town Meeting form of government and elected selectmen serve as the presiding government officials.
attend Town Meeting but only registered voters (Ma property owners and renters alike) may vote.
The town services are primarily funded through the residential property tax and the tax rate may be raised however, taxes may not
be raised more than 2½% (locally known as State "Proposition 2½”) unless approved by the voters at Town Meeting. If real estate
taxes are to be raised a separate budget line item must be delineated in the budget as opposed to wrapping all the taxes into an
overall budget proposal. Town Hall is a great resource of local community resources.
Water Supply and Sewage Treatment of Boxborough, Ma
The town of Boxborough, Ma, rooted in rural development since inception, does not supply a public water or sewage delivery system
therefore, each property provides a well for potable water and a private septic system for sewage. Title V is the State law that
requires an on-site septic system must meet certain standards and pass a test when a piece of property is sold. Most banks
require the septic system be functioning and a home habitable to fund a residential loan however, there are exceptions to this
rule. As for private well regulations, it is at the discretion of the property owner to insure the water consumed from the
property is potable however, both tests, the Title V test and the potable water test is the seller’s responsibility and are
required prior to a Boxborough real estate sale.
Trash Pick-up in Boxborough, Ma
Boxborough provides a transfer station (dump) located Codman Hill Road however, if curbside pick-up and/or construction debris
pick-up there are several private companies that provide this service.
Electric Service in Boxborough, Ma
The Town of Littleton Ma provides electric power to the Town of Boxborough, Ma
Education in Boxborough, Ma
The Boxborough Public School District consists of one elementary school, Blanchard Memorial School. Students that attend Junior
High (Grades 7–8) and the Acton-Boxborough Regional High School (Grades 9–12)
go to school in the neighboring town of Acton. In addition to the U.S.
Department of Education designation as a Blue Ribbon School in 2009, Newsweek magazine, in 2008, ranked ABRHS as one of the best
high schools in the country. Also, the school has ranked in the top ten for the National Academic Decathlon.
Massachusetts offers a program entitled “School Choice” which allows students from neighboring towns to attend the local public
school if there are spaces available and if the local School Committee decides this is in the best interest of the district.
If there are spaces available, a notice is published in the local paper. There has been some discussion as to parents of children exercising this option to provide some compensation to the schools district. Each district is different so, please check with administration officials for the current policy.
Another education option is the
The Francis W. Parker Charter School,technically located in Fort Devens. Admission is based on a
lottery system for grades 7th -12th. One of Massachusetts’ first charter schools, Parker was started in 1995 by area parents and
teachers committed to the principles of the Coalition of Essential Schools. According to the website, The Coalition of Essential
Schools, were established in 1984 by Theodore R. Sizer at Brown University, is a national network of over 1,200 schools and
Centers engaged in restructuring and redesigning schools to promote better student learning and achievement. Essential schools
share a common set of ideas known as the Ten Common Principles, which call for schools to set clear and simple goals about the
intellectual skills and knowledge to be mastered by all the school’s students; to lower teacher-student loads, personalize
teaching and curriculum, and make student work the center of classroom activity; to award diplomas based on students’ "exhibition"
of their mastery of the school’s program; to create an atmosphere of trust and respect for the school, faculty, students and
parents; and to model democratic practices and honor diversity.
option offers an alternative high school in Applied Arts & Sciences. Minuteman Career and Technical High School is a public
vocational high school (9th-12) that combines academics and college preparation (the main purpose of traditional high schools)
with carefully designed courses related to career exploration and learning
(the main purpose of vocational-technical schools).
The original school planners focused on needs of students living along Massachusetts' high-tech corridor. Any 8th, 9th, 10th,
or 11th grade student who is a resident of Acton, Arlington, Belmont, Bolton, Boxborough, Carlisle, Concord, Dover, Lancaster,
Lexington, Lincoln, Needham, Stow, Sudbury, Wayland or Weston who expects to be promoted into the grade they seek to enter by
their local district is eligible to apply.
Library System in Boxborough, Ma
Boxborough currently has one public library. The library first opened in 1891and after years in the front rooms of many homes,
the library moved to the old church, which then burned to the ground in 1953. Then in 1966, the Albert J. Sargent Memorial
Library functioned as the town library until early in 2005when the town opened the Sargent Memorial Library.
Memorial Library is part of the Central West Massachusetts library system (C/W MRS) with access to over 65 local libraries and
12 academic libraries. As a member of the network, library patrons have access to over one million items. The Sargent Memorial
library, itself, has over 35,000 materials for loan consisting of books, periodicals, VHS videos, DVDs, music, and books on
tape/CD. The library hosts many activities and programs conducted throughout the year and are worth exploring.
Terrain of Boxborough, Ma
The terrain of Boxborough, Ma is filled with
Intermittent rolling hills, some quite high for the local area, farms located on plateaus, ponds and wooded areas are also
part of the Boxborough community.
Recreation of Boxborough, Ma
Boxborough, Ma has recreation fields dotted throughout the town. Flerra Field provides soccer fields, as well as a small
playground and pond. Liberty Fields has a baseball diamond, multiple soccer fields and a conservation trail in the woods.
Steele Farm, a popular sledding site in the winter, with dog-friendly conservation trails. Details about hours of operation and
usage fees can be found at Boxborough Town Hall.
Points of Interest in Boxborough, Ma
The Boxborough Museum operated by the local Historical Society is open several Sundays a year.
Steele Farm is known for winter sledding and hiking.
A well know community event is Boxborough’s annual Fifer’s day celebration which commemorates Luther Blanchard, the fifer who
marched the local minuteman company to the Battle of Concord on April 19, 1775. At the North Bridge minutemen companies from
various towns of the Commonwealth successfully engaged the British, forcing the redcoats to retreat. During this action Blanchard
was fatally wounded, becoming one of the first battle casualties of the Revolutionary War. Fifer’s day is held every June at
Flerra field in Boxborough. It begins with a 4-mile road race, followed by a parade and many different festivities. Booths with
hamburgers, hot dogs, snow cones etc. line the field and games, bands and volleyball tournaments complete the afternoon. Fifer’s
day has pony rides, air balloon rides, a flea market and much more.
Communities We Serve That Have Massachusetts Homes For Sale
Known for a great school system that consistently ranks at the top of the "regional-school" rankings.
Acton Ma real estate offers both single-family and condo options.
Located on the bank of the Merrimac River this walkable town has a lot to offer with proximity to major highways,
resturants, many type of housing opportunities and close to several beaches.
The town design is a combination of grid pattern neighborhoods near the historic downtown
and suburban cul-de-sac neighborhoods that take advantage of ponds and open space areas outside of downtown proper.
A rural feel with meandering roads & pockets of single-family neighborhoods.
Boxborough Ma real estate is highly coveted as the school system consistently ranks at the top of the "regional-school"
Boxford lovely suburban town to offer with proximity to I-93 and a short drive to Boston. A historic farming community refelects
rural modern-day suburb of the Greater Boston area. Close by are resturants and beaches.
Known for peaceful living and openspace preservation. Homes are situated on 2 acre lots with well water and septic systems
Home to Great Brook State Park which is enjoyable year round.
Chelmsford Ma has been voted by Money Magazine as one of the best places to live
for several years. Chelmsford offers many cul-de-sac neighborhoods
and a variety of condo options.
Concord Ma, is one of the most famous Boston suburbs. Distinctive neighborhoods, tourists, unique retail, recreation &
private school options.
In the face of urban sprawl, Dunstable has maintained a rural feel along with a 25 mile per hour center. Single family homes
galore & the Pheasant Lane Mall is about 10 minutes north but a world away.
Georgetown, more dense than Rowley of which it was orginally a part but this town offers small industry & residential.
Noted as a greater Boston suburb close to the beach and highways.
A quintessential New England town. Groton is a rural suburban living with 35%
preserved in open space, some neighborhood retail serving mostly single-family homes and is home
to the Groton School and Lawrence Academy.
A small 9 squre mile town abuting the hustle and busell of Haverhill. Downtown is framed by the gazebo and after the morning
commute returns to a quite residential town with local roads and neighborhood commercial.
Handsome Harvard~ Harvard Ma is known for apple orchards, beautiful vistas with meandering rural roads
and single-family homes, and excellent schools. Real Estate in Harvard Ma primarily offers single-family, suburban living.
Wandering coastline and famous for thier clams and Crane Beach. Ispswich is a destination town being walkable with resturants,
commercial stores, museums, and a Commuter Rail stop!
Town design is varied as Littleton developed from a rural community to a suburban destination. Part of the Boston "new" high-tech
corridor change is in the air with building both single-family homes and commercial.
A small community formerly known as Niptown because the town is comprised of
grazing lands of Concord Ma, Weston Ma and Lexington Ma. Lincoln is predominately single-family homes, a retail
center and a MBTA stop.
Merrimac is a small town community close to Newburyport and NH but in it's own right offers small commercial and a variety
of suburban neighborhoods. Great highway access too!
A more rural town than the surrounding communities, lots are larger here and distinctive neighborhoods exist. Excellent higway
access, the beach, open space and a stones throw to Newburyport for resturants and commercial needs.
Newburyport Ma is a destination as a wakable town, the beach, highway access and small scale regional shopping. There is a communter
rail stop as well regional bus services. Character and community are noticable here. A lovely place to call home.
The heartbeat of Pepperell seems to be at the intersection of Route 113, the Rail Trail
and the Town Clock where local retail and recreation activities merge. Pepperell real estate offers many types of single
family neighborhoods branching off Route 113.
Rooted in agricultural from 1698 wide open space and access to marsh lands, beach, I-95 and a Commuter Rail stop
postions Rowley as a desirable town for many.
Salisbury abutts NH and is a small town with strip commercial corridors along major transportation routes. A car is a must
have to get around in this town unless you like a nice walk to Salisbury Beach State Park.
Shirley Ma is a suburb with commuter train access, a regional school system, a library, and many recreational
opportunities. The town offers primarily single-family homes.
Townsend Ma made the transition from rural to residential with the population boom of the 1950's.
Real Estate in Townsend offers single-family neighborhoods and typical suburban amenities. Townsend Ma is also home to
Willard State Brook Forest.
Tyngsborough Ma hugs the banks of the Merrimack River. Mostly developed post 1960 with single-family
cul-de-sac neighborhoods & commercial strip malls. Public & private schools along with the
Lowell-Dracut-Tyngsborough Regional State Forest.
The town design, of Westford's agricultural past has continued to give way to rapidly expanding
high technology industries, suburban retail, and single-family homes. Known for having good schools, recreation and a great location.
West Newbury as self described by the town offers rolling hills with broad valleys, open fields, woodlands, ponds,
and historic homes. Working farms and a dairy, as well as extensive conservation land, characterize West Newbury.