Groton Massachusetts ~ Homes For Sale
Groton, Massachusetts has been described by locals as the quintessential New England town. Consistently ranking well in the
“regional school” statistics and home to two private high-school boarding schools, many locals believe Groton is a perfect town
to live in.
The area had for thousands of years been home for indigenous peoples that settled along the banks of the Nashua and Squannacook
Rivers primarily used for fishing and transportation. The town incorporated in 1655, and Dean Winthrop, a local selectman who
was from Groton in Suffolk, England, called this area “The Plantation of Groton”. During King Philip’s War, 1676, Indians burned
all but four homes and survivors fled to Concord, Ma and other safe havens, but returned two years later to rebuild. Indians
continue to attack the settlement of this area but local focus permanently shifted when Minutemen gathered in 1775 to fight the
Battles of Lexington and Concord. Approximately 31 miles northwest of Boston, Groton Ma is 33 square miles and is bordered by
Ayer, Littleton, Shirley, Townsend, Pepperell and Dunstable and Westford. Groton Center, from inception had a main street
complete with residences, stores and a hospital, and today Route 119 has maintained some of the activity and many of the original
The town design, is a mixture of meandering rural roads that developed with homes along the respective corridors over time,
former summer lake cottages nestled around Lost Lake and newer cul-de-sac suburban development. Amidst the mixture of
patterns the Groton, Ma community is engaged in an active preservation of open space with almost 30% of the town formally
dedicated as open space. Typically, people use cars to run errands rather than walk or ride bikes however, the town continues to
discuss opportunities for non-vehicular alternatives during Master Plan Updates.
Depending on your housing needs the Groton real estate market
offers many home options. Groton real estate offers rentals of
apartments, condominiums, and single-family homes. If your housing needs are long-term, the Groton real estate market also
offers condominiums, and single-family homes for sale. Anyone considering Groton real estate needs to ask: Is the neighborhood
the right fit?
Neighborhoods in Groton, Ma
Groton, Massachusetts is a large town, 33 square miles, compared to other surrounding towns of 7 or 10 square miles.
As is with many towns, the neighborhoods are defined now more in line with development patterns popular at the time of
construction rather than anchored by a local point of interest or commercial activity.
The downtown area is also the historic district and is comprised of Town Hall, the Groton Public Library, a small retail center,
Lawrence Academy, several churches, and residential colonial homes. The Nashua River Rail Trail runs through the center of
downtown either leading to Ayer or Pepperell depending upon the choice of direction.
East of the historic center are, well established, winding streets with homes lining the corridor. Many of these roads provide
access to other towns, or to recreational areas. There are a few streets that shoot off the main corridors and in some cases
these neighborhood also cross over the Nashua River Rail Trail. The Groton-Dunstable High School is located in this general area
South of the historic district, again are varied neighborhoods with Lost Lake, Groton Country Club (the public local pool and golf
course) and then onto the outskirts with a large commercial grocery store and supporting cul-de-sac neighborhoods.
West of the Historic District is the Farmers Row area and the Groton School with several pockets of residential development, and
Surrenden Farms a large open space purchased by the town.
The area west of the Nashua River has been known as West Groton which as many other areas of town, has a varied residential
development pattern. There are subdivisions in this area of varying home and lot size and other neighborhoods that are street
oriented. Anchors in this area include the Clover Farm Store, an old mill that was rehabilitated into senior living and the
Bertozzi Wilderness and the Squannacook River, popular for fishing and swimming.
Commuting from Groton, Ma
Several options exist for commuters out of and into Groton, MA. The town has several transportation
corridors that run through the town (Routes, 40, 111, 119 and 225) Access to I-495 is approximately 9 miles, Route 2 is
approximately 9 miles and Route 3 is approximately 12 miles.
If you prefer to ride the train the MBTA Commuter Rail train stops
in Ayer and terminating at North Station in Boston and is approximately a 70 minute ride. Access to the south side of Boston or
in the South Station direction can be accessed via the T and/or local buses which intersect at certain points along the Commuter
Population of Groton, Ma
According to the Census of 2010 there were approximately 10,646 people an 11.51% increase from 2000.
Approximately 3,774 housing units per the American Fact Finder – US Census Bureau 2006-2008.
Government of Groton, Ma
Groton, 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 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 and it must be
a separate budget line items, not wrapped into an overall budget proposal.
The Water District is funded through water rates,
connection fees and property rental. The Water District revenues, however, are not subject to State "Proposition 2½."
More information is available at Town Hall
Water Supply and Sewage Treatment of Groton, Ma
The Groton Water Department supplies drinking water to town residents and the water is drawn from local ponds and wells working
in-conjunction with one another to provide for even flows.
A small section of town has sewer servicing the properties. The Sewer district, created by Town Meeting in 1985, is comprised of
Groton Center and the subdivision known as Partridgeberry Woods, added in 1989. In 1996, the Town Meeting voted to authorize an
additional line to service approximately a dozen homes on Hollis Street. The Town of Groton purchased capacity at the Peppered
Wastewater Treatment Plant for disposal of sewage produced in the Groton Sewer District. Groton contracts with the Town of
Peppered to provide operation and maintenance for the system.
The rest of the town in Groton, Ma use private on-site sewage systems (i.e. septic tanks). 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. The Title V test and a water test, if there is a well, is a requirement of the seller prior to a Groton real estate sale.
Trash Pick-up in Groton, Ma
Groton provides a transfer station (dump) located on Near Cow Pond however, if curbside pick and/or construction debris pick-up
there are several privates companies that provide this service.
Electric Service in Groton, Ma
Electricity is provided by Groton Electric
and is a self-supporting utility.
provides Natural Gas for some resident with the
balance using oil, provided by the private sector.
Education in Groton, Ma
The public school
system in Groton, Ma consists of a local elementary
school system and regional middle and high school system.
The Boutwell School serves pre-school aged children and there are two elementary schools serving Kindergarten through fourth
grade: Florence Roche and Swallow Union. Depending upon where you live children living in Groton may attend Swallow Union in
Dunstable however, upon entry into middle school (5th-8th) all children attend the same campus, located in Groton, at the
Groton-Dunstable Regional Middle School. The town contains one regional high school, Groton-Dunstable Regional High-School
(GDRS) that is shared with the town of Dunstable.
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
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.
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
twelve. 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.
Private Schools in Groton Ma
There are several private school options in Groton, Ma beginning with pre-school offered
by theGroton Community School
Country Day of the Holy Union
, a catholic school, provides education for
children pre-kindergarten – 8th grade.
private boarding school educates children 9th-12th and the Groton School
, also a
boarding school, educates 8th -12th as well.
According to the website the Groton School’s founder Endicott Peabody believed the best education was modeled after a family.
There are approximately 370 students who are exposed to traditional curriculum, and innovative teaching such as one-on-one with
Library System in Groton, Ma
Groton has one main library, a stone building, just off the intersection of Route 40/Broadmeadow and Route 119 that was
initially started from a land and monetary donation from Mrs. Sibley (Mr. Sibley was the librarian at Harvard College) in 1891.
The library is part of the Minuteman Library system, where a patron may check out a book in over 31 towns and 7 academic
libraries. In addition, Groton 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 library hosts many activities and programs conducted throughout the year and are worth exploring.
Terrain of Groton, Ma
Terrain of Groton, Ma
According to the United State Census Bureau, Groton is 33 square miles and has a varied terrain of drumlins, rivers, swampy
areas, flat open areas for farming and wooded areas
Recreation and Points of Interest in Groton, Ma
The Town of Groton, Ma has parent volunteer sports activities for children for sports such as, soccer, baseball, softball, and
hockey. Typically the notices are posted in the local paper, on the town website or on a banner hung up across 119 in front of
The Nashua River Rail Trail can be accessed throughout Groton however; a popular access point is at Broadmeadow,
just behind the library. This re-purposed railroad line is used for biking, rollerblading, walking, running, wheelchairs and
cross-country skiers running through the towns of Ayer, Groton, Pepperell, Dunstable and on up into Nashua, New Hampshire.
Open space is extensive in Groton, and in many of the open space areas are hiking and mountain bike trails.
Some of the popular
spaces include Surrenden Farms, Town Forrest and Groton Woods. Most of the hiking trails allow dogs.
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