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Dunstable, Massachusetts is well known for the rural atmosphere, no traffic lights, a speed limit of 25 miles per hour and that Dunstable
got its name from its sister town Dunstable, UK. As legend goes the King stapled his ring to a post daring the robber to steal
it and it was. The stolen ring was found at the home of the widow Dun. Her son, the robber, was taken and hanged to the
satisfaction that the new community bore his name.
Established in 1661 and incorporated in 1673 this town was originally 200 square miles and as the surrounding towns incorporated
themselves as well as the establishment of state lines in 1740, Dunstable, Ma became what it is today. Approximately 35 miles
northeast of Boston, Dunstable, Ma is 17 square miles and is bordered by Pepperell, Tyngsborough, Groton and New Hampshire.
Town design, for the most part is meandering rural roads that eventually wind around to Route 113. The Commons across from
Dunstable Town Hall is the site of many town events including the Summer Fest Carnival sponsored by the Dunstable-Tyngsboro
Lion's Club in June, the summer "Concerts on the Common" live performance series and the Grange Fair in August and the site
for the annual auto show in Dunstable.
The Dunstable, Ma real estate market primarily offers agriculture opportunities and a single family home options.
Anyone considering Dunstable real estate needs to ask: Is the neighborhood the right fit?
Neighborhoods in Dunstable, Ma
Today in the face of urban sprawl, Dunstable has maintained a rural, quaint feel primarily because the main corridor and town
center hosts an elementary school, a church, town hall, a couple quaint retail stores, and many of the original homes when
Dunstable was first settled. At cross roads, Dunstable, Ma is in the process of considering a long range plan for the area.
Commuting from Dunstable, Ma
Commuters use vehicles out of and into Dunstable, Ma. There is one main transportation corridor
Route 113 and the with the town being located just one mile from Route 3, a major transportation corridor commuters have
easy access to southern New Hampshire or I-495.
Population of Dunstable, Ma
According to the Census of 2010 there were approximately 3,179 people a 12.37% increase from 2000
and approximately 1057 housing units.
Government of Dunstable Ma Dunstable uses the Town Meeting form of government and
town-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.
Water Supply and Sewage Treatment of Dunstable, Ma
Dunstable, Ma, rooted in rural development since inception, the town 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 Dunstable real estate sale.
Trash Pick-Up Dunstable, Ma
Dunstable provides a transfer station (dump) located on Depot Street however, if curbside pick and/or
construction debris pick-up there are several privates companies that provide this service.
Electric Service in Dunstable, Ma
Electricity and Natural Gas is provided by National Grid
residents that do not have natural gas servicing the property use oil or propane, provided by private sector companies.
Education in Dunstable, Ma
The public school system in Dunstable, Ma consists of a Swallow Union
elementary and a regional middle and high school system.
Dunstable children upon entry into middle school (5th-8th) attend
Groton-Dunstable Regional Middle School located in Groton, Ma. High school students also attend Groton-Dunstable Regional High
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.
Established in 1968,
Nashoba Valley Technical High School (Nashoba Tech) is a public, four-year (9th – 12th), career-focused high
school fostering academic, personal and professional success. According to the website Nashoba Tech promotes a lifetime of
learning and achievement, providing our students with quality teaching, specialized instruction in 18 industry-approved technical
programs, personalized academic support and leadership development opportunities. Students who live in Chelmsford, Groton,
Littleton, Pepperell, Shirley, Townsend or Westford may apply for admission.
Innovation Academy Charter School is a college preparatory
public charter school serving students in grades five through
The school was founded in 1996 by a group of Chelmsford residents interested in having a choice in public middle school
education in the Chelmsford area. Currently, the school serves students from more than 10 Massachusetts communities including
Chelmsford, Lowell, Billerica, Dracut, Groton, Tewksbury, Tyngsboro and Westford.
Dunstable is part of the Greater Lowell Technical High School
service area, with a campus located in Lowell, Ma in 1974, offering an alternative high school. Greater Lowell Technical High School is the leading provider of technical and postsecondary education
for the Greater Lowell community. Our school offers twenty-four technical programs, a fully-accredited general and college
preparatory academic program that gives students the necessary literacy skills, teaching them how to problem solve and
critically think, and instilling in them the importance of team work, communication, respect, and responsibility. Additionally,
the students are educated in a supportive and safe environment empowering them to focus on life-long learning, responsible
citizenship, and being productive members of society. Any eighth or ninth grade student who resides in Lowell,
Dracut, Dunstable or Tyngsboro may apply for admission.
Library System in Dunstable, Ma
The Dunstable Library was initiated in 1878 and was
located in Parkers Hall. Since then it has had several home including
cloakroom of the Dunstable Cornet Band Hall, the west room of the Union School House, and the Roby Building. Lizzie Jewett
Swallow more fondly known as “Aunt Lizzie” followed in her sister Clara’s footsteps and served the town as librarian from 1895
to 1952’s. Lizzie’s dream was to have the library have its own building, which she never saw, but, her dream was realized in
1998 when the Dunstable Free Library opened at 588 Main Street. In addition, to the collection of books, periodicals, movies,
children’s activities and historic items, it is the site of many community activities as well as the site for town elections.
Dunstable is also a member of the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium an alliance of 35 public libraries serving the Greater
Merrimack Valley region of Massachusetts.
Terrain of Dunstable, Ma
A rural, agricultural town with rolling hills Dunstable has preserved almost 2,650 acres of land in open space as well as
small brooks throughout the town. Early in the history of the town, there was a mill on Lake Massapoag and one day, the story
goes, when the owner was called away a servant left a hole in the dam uncheck and the high water table swept away the dam and
associated mill. The water flooded the valley below and left what, today, is call Lower Massapoag Pond.
Recreation of Dunstable, Ma
Larter Field is a popular spot hosting local sporting activities and residents enjoying the track for walking and running,
riding bikes, roller blading and some even sled in the winter. This gathering place was made possible by Margaret Larter and
her family when they donated the land in 2000.
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.