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Carlisle, Massachusetts is known as a rural town for peaceful residential living with no industrial parks, no apartment complexes, no condominiums, no traffic lights, and no shopping plazas. There is one small community store located at the main round-about where locals and visitors gather and the round-about is the central area of town that allows access to all different directions of town. This community is engaged in an active preservation of open space and scenic byways with almost 25% of the town formally dedicated as open space. First settled by English colonialists in 1651 when the land was part of neighboring towns. Carlisle was a “district” of Concord in 1780 and incorporated itself 1805. Approximately 20 miles from Boston, Carlisle, Ma is 15 square miles and is bordered by Acton, Westford, Chelmsford, Billerica and Bedford. The town design follows a pattern of old farm homesteads and meandering roads with pockets of small cul-de-sac neighborhoods as the 2 acre zoning, water quality and sewage treatment regulations permit. Typically, people use cars to move about town rather than walk or ride bikes.

The Carlisle, Ma real estate market primarily offers single-family home options. Anyone considering Carlisle real estate needs to ask: Is the neighborhood the right fit?

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Neighborhoods of Carlisle, Ma
Neighborhoods of Carlisle, Ma include a meandering street system is a result of the rural heritage and there are some newer homes located in cul-de-sac neighborhood but that town design is not as prevalent as compared to Acton or Westford for example. The heartbeat of Carlisle is located at the roundabout center, functioning like spokes in a wheel allowing access to all areas of the Carlisle, Ma.

Commuting from Carlisle, Ma
Typically, people who reside in Carlisle rely on the automobile for commuting purposes. Several options exist for commuters out of and into Carlisle, Ma.
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Population of Carlisle, Ma
These numbers should remain stable as Carlisle employs a minimum of 2 acre zoning & is almost “built-out”.
As of the Census of 2010 there were:

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Government of Carlisle, Ma
Carlisle, Ma uses the Town Meeting form of government and elected selectmen serve as the presiding government officials. Anyone may 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. The Carlisle Town Hall has more information.

Water Supply and Sewage Treatment of Carlisle, MA
The potable water situation in Carlisle is similar to Boxborough, Ma as the town does not supply a public water or sewage delivery system however, in Carlisle, Ma, the wells that provide water are located on private land therefore, each property provides a well for potable water as well as the 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, 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 Carlisle real estate sale.

Trash Pick-up in Carlisle, Ma
Carlisle provides a transfer station (dump) located at 59 Morse Road however, if curbside pick and/or construction debris pick-up there are several companies that provide this service.

Electric Service in Carlisle, Ma
Electric is provided by NSTAR and Natural Gas provided by National Grid
Education of Carlisle, Ma
The Carlisle Public School System, Ma has one elementary school, which provides education from Pre-K to 8th and the high students attend Concord-Carlisle Regional High School (9th -12th).

Every year the State of Massachusetts requires public school districts to participate in Standardized Testing called the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS). The test scores are published in the Boston Globe and are also located at the State of Massachusetts Elementary and Secondary Education

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.

The Francis W. Parker Charter School, is another education option, 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.

The MinuteMan Regional School District, which Carlisle is a member, has a campus located in Lexington, Ma. The educational 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.

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Library System in Carlisle, Ma
The Carlisle, Ma public library,The Gleason Library, is located just off the round-about and is part of the Minuteman Library system, where you can check out a book in over 31 towns and 7 academic libraries. In addition, the Carlisle Library is part of the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium, a network of public libraries serving thirty-five communities throughout the Merrimack Valley region of Massachusetts. Nearly three million items are available to you through the inter-library loan program. Locally, the library hosts many activities and programs conducted throughout the year and is worth exploring.

Terrain of Carlisle, Ma
Carlisle was formerly the grazing lands of Concord and therefore rich in heritage of relatively of flat open space. The Town of Carlisle owns over 30 conservation parcels totaling almost 1,100 acres. Many of the properties have unique features and offer wonderful opportunities for hiking and observing nature.

Recreation in Carlisle, Ma
Carlisle has active, organized recreational facilities that include programs for children and adults throughout the year.
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Great Brook Farm State Park is located in the town of Carlisle, Ma and has been acknowledged as a local and state “jewel” in northern Massachusetts. Park officials have maintained the area’s Agriculture history by continue to allow cows, Holsteins, that have been kept on the property for over 60 years. (The ice cream stand is open through October.) Native Americans used sections of Great Brook Farm as sacred sites, early English settlers sited mills and now this park offers over 20 miles of trails available for walkers, hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders and during the winter months, cross-country skiing.
Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge is comprised of freshwater wetlands stretching along 12 miles of the Concord and Sudbury Rivers, part of which runs through the town of Carlisle, Ma. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service protects and manages Great Meadows as nesting, resting, and feeding habitat for wildlife, with special emphasis on migratory birds. The diversity of plant and animal life visible from refuge trails provides visitors with excellent opportunities for wildlife viewing and nature study.

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