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Concord, Massachusetts is one of the most famous of the suburbs in the area mainly because
of the pivotal events and people that helped shape the United States. As the scene of the first battle of the American
Revolutionary War (War for Independence) on April 19, 1775, it is considered the birthplace of the nation, where the
“shot heard ‘round the world” for liberty and self-government was fired. During the middle of the 19th century, Concord
was home to some of the greatest literary and transcendental minds in America. Authors Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo
Emerson, Bronson and Louisa Alcott, and Nathaniel Hawthorne all lived, worked and wrote in Concord.
Incorporated as a town in 1635, Concord is located where three rivers cross, the Concord River, the Sudbury River and the
River. As the surrounding areas began to populate Concord’s borders were altered because the many grazing lands, initially
included in the town, broke off into neighboring towns.
Approximately 18 miles from Boston, Concord is 25 miles square, and
is bordered by Maynard, Acton, Carlisle, Bedford, Lincoln and Sudbury. Although Concord is bi-furcated by State Highway
Route 2 it is, a picturesque New England town full of handsome residences, preserved open spaces, and family-owned farms.
The more rural homesteads farms are typically located in the northwest part of the community while the smaller home lots are
located in the eastern part of the town and in close proximity to one of the three commercial village centers. Located at
rotary, at the end of town bordering Littleton, is a State Prison.
Neighborhoods of Concord Concord CenterConcord Center is the location where visitors and residents shop and eat, walk and run errands.
In addition to retail services, points of interest can be found in this area including: The Concord Museum, Orchard House, the Old Manse, the
Old North Bridge, Minuteman National Historic Park, Emerson House, and the famous Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. The Concord
Free Public Library, Concord Art Association, Emerson Umbrella studios for visual and performing arts, and the Performing
Arts Center (home of the Concord Orchestra, the Concord Band, and the Concord Players) are located here.
West Concord has a local “eclectic” reputation, as locals run errands, shop, eat and walk in this area however, it is
different than Concord Center as there is dominate local resident feeling to this area probably because of a local grocery
store, the Commuter Rail Stop and the public library influencing much of the activity of the area. The homes that abut the
retail area are laid out in grid-defined neighborhoods, as opposed to meandering rural roads accessing large farms.
An area of hustle and bustle common activities include running errands, shopping, eating and a little walking. In this area,
many people use their cars to access the stores and local restaurants as, there is off-street parking available. The Thoreau
Depot is not far from Concord Center so many people do not differentiate however, local planners and community activities are
looking to define this are even more.
Commuting from Concord, Ma
Several options exist for commuters out of and into Concord, Ma.
The town has several transportation corridors that run
through the town (Routes 2, 2A, 62, 111, 117 and 119) which provides access to and from the Concord area. In close proximity,
the town is located 8 miles from I-95/128 and 11 miles from I-495.
If you prefer to ride the train the MBTA Commuter Rail train
stops in Concord terminating at North Station in Boston and is approximately a 50 minute ride.
Access to the south side of
Boston or to South Station can be accessed via the T and/or local buses which intersect at certain points along
the Commuter Rail.
Yankee Lines provides a commuter bus service to Copley Square in Boston from Concord Center.
Population of Concord, Massachusetts
Concord experienced rapid growth in the 1950s, as did many towns with in
the post-war boom. As of the Census of 2010 there were:
Approximately 17,668 people a 3.97% increase and
Approximately 6,644 housing units per the
American Fact Finder – US Census Bureau 2006-2008.
Government of Concord, Ma
Concord has an Open Town Meeting and a five member Board of Selectmen/Town Manager form of government. 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.
Concord Town Hall has more information.
Concord Public Works provides water to most of the Town, with about one-third of the homes connected to town sewer. Concord's
water system is comprised of groundwater supply wells and one surface water supply (Nagog Reservoir in Acton) and public water
system is interconnected with Acton and Bedford for emergency backup, if ever needed. To help preserve our limited drinking
water resources, Concord has established a vigorous water conservation program including conservation based rates. Concord's
water system was established in 1872. Today, the water delivery system supplies water to approximately 95% of Concord, Ma
residents from groundwater supply wells and one surface water supply, pumping stations, two storage reservoirs.
The Town of
Concord also established a public sewer system in 1900 and today it services approximately 35% of the Town. In 1974 and 1976,
Annual Town Meeting established separate Water and Sewer Funds to insure that the operation, maintenance and capital improvement
of the water and sewer systems would be financially viable enterprises. As such, all expenses incurred by each system are covered
entirely by user fees. Absent public water or sewer, private on-site sewage systems (i.e. septic tanks) and private well are
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 the very small percentage in Concord, Ma (5%) 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 Concord real estate sale.
Trash Pick-up in Concord, Ma
Concord, Ma does not have a transfer station (dump) however for a fee residents may receive weekly trash and recycling
collection, Concord residents may subscribe to the Town's
municipal curbside collection program. Property taxes do not support
Education of Concord, Ma Public School System for Concord, Ma includes one pre-school, Carousel Pre-School,
three elementary schools, Alcott School, Willard School, and Thoreau School
and they provide education from Pre-K to 5th. The middle school, Concord Middle School, consists of the Sanborn and Peabody
buildings located about one mile apart servicing 6-8th grades. The Concord-Carlisle Regional High School (9th – 12th) is
shared by Carlisle, Ma but is located in Concord. All school programs in Concord have excellent reputations.
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
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 concord 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.
The Fenn School is a private boys day school which provides a program of academics,
athletics and the arts for grades 4th -9th.
According to the website, they teach the whole boy and emphasizes achievement, leadership, kindness and respect.
Nashoba Brooks School is a private co-educational day school for Age 3–Grade 3
and all girls in Grades 4-8. This is a school
that nurtures students’ talents and character, while fostering the development of each child’s personal excellence in academics,
athletics, and the arts.
Concord Academy a private day or boarding high school (Grades 9th -12th) and
it is known that students are dedicated to
intellectual rigor and creativity. The school embraces a broad diversity and foster respect for others as well as an exchange
of ideas which prepares students for lives as committed citizens.
Middlesex School is a private co-educational day or boarding high school
(Grades 9th – 12th) and is known for “finding the
promise” in each student. Founded by Frederick Winsor, Middlesex students undertake this process of self-discovery via an
academic curriculum, athletics, art, chapel and leadership programs. The school is a member of the Independent School
League and is one of five schools collectively known as St. Grottlesex school system.
Library System in Concord, Ma
There are two public libraries in Concord, Ma. The Concord Free Public Library
is located in Concord Center and the Fowler
Branch is located in West Concord. Both libraries are part of the Minuteman Library system, where you can check out a book
in over 31 towns and 7 academic libraries. There are many activities and programs conducted throughout the year and is worth
Terrain in Concord, Ma
The Concord, Ma area is located at the convex of three rivers the Assabet, Concord and Sudbury Rivers provided excellent farm
lands for the early settlers in the colonization of the United States. In general the land is flat with some rolling hills.
Recreation Facilities, Bike Trails and Wildlife in Concord, Ma
Facilities for organized sport play such as baseball, soccer, and basketball during the weather permitting months. Are found
at the Hunt Recreation Center located one block from downtown Concord, the Hunt Recreation Center is the home to Junior Camp,
Senior Camp and Summer Adventures Program. It has a full size gym, locker rooms, showers and multipurpose rooms. Our campus on
Emerson Field has basketball courts, all weather tennis courts, baseball diamonds, a quarter mile track, soccer fields, and an
instructional swimming pool. To add to the fun we have a spray fountain and a beautiful new playground.
Beede Swim and Fitness Center has a pool facility and
gym. The eight lane, 25-yard by 25-meter lap pool provides lots of room
for lessons. The diving well provides an opportunity for our campers to experience diving, water polo and the famous "Green
Monster Slide". The Beede Swim and Fitness Center is available for Concord and Carlisle residents please see website for
membership rates, hours of operation and services available.
Walden Pond is a State Park and a popular swimming hole in the summer.
Take a walk around the pond and you will find the
foundation of the famous Henry David Thoreau’s cabin when he lived in Concord. A replica is closer to the parking lot for
those who can’t or prefer not to walk around the pond. This park can be enjoyed during all seasons of the year.
Battle Road Trail is a five mile trail that connects historic sites from Merriam’s Corner in Concord to the eastern boundary
of Minuteman Park in Lexington. The main theme of the trail is the Battle of April 19, 1775, that launched the American
Revolution. More-over, the trail interprets the broader human story of the people whose lives were altered by the events
that took place here. Much of the trail follows original remnants of the Battle Road; other sections leave the historic road to
follow the route of the Minute Men, traversing farming fields, wetlands, and forests.
From a regional perspective Concord, Ma is part of the Bay Circuit Trail and Greenway which, when complete, will be a hiking
path that will encircle Boston, starting in Ipswich on the “North Shore” and ending in Duxbury on the “South Shore”. The trail
links together conservation land, nature sanctuaries, national historic parks, state parks, and other public green space.
The diverse topography of the trail includes beaches, cranberry bogs, salt marshes, woodlands, cliffs, drumlins, lakes and
reservoirs, river corridors, swamps, historic sites and ruins, museums, farmland, meadows, kettle ponds, and eskers. Highlights
in the Town of Concord include Henry David Thoreau's Walden Pond, Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, and the Minute Man
National Historical Park.
The Bay Circuit is open to hiking, picnicking, and in the winter, snowshoeing. For the most part the trail is off road and is
suitable for mountain biking or cross country skiing. Portions of the Bay Circuit Trail coincide with other long distance
recreation trails and there are smaller networks of interconnecting side trails prevalent throughout.
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 Concord, 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
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.