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Littleton, Massachusetts is commonly described as the town at “crossroads” however, “all inclusive” maybe a better description. A town that offers many types of housing styles, easy freeway access, an employment base, local restaurants, and local recreation opportunities Littleton, Ma is a town not to be passed up when searching for homes for sale in Massachusetts.

This area was settled as a “Praying Town”, a preserve for Christianized Indians but they were deported during deported to Deer Island during King Philip's war and few of the Native Americans returned to the area. Soon thereafter, settlement of Littleton occurred in a pattern that is typical of New England. Indian trails became corridors between farms and local taverns and inns served stagecoach routes that connected to urban population centers like Boston. Originally supposed to be called "Lyttleton," as a compliment to George Lyttleton, one of the commissioners of the treasury, and he sent an acknowledgment and gift of a church-bell from England but an error in spelling by substituting "i” for "y," the present was withheld stating no such town as Lyttleton could be found, and the gift was sold. The Littleton Minute men joined the neighboring towns of Groton, Dunstable and Westford in the April, 1775 and fought the British. The fight continued, according to local lore, as the town Loyalists who remained in town after the revolution and thwarted attempts to rename King Street to Main Street. Approximately 26 miles from Boston and is 16 square miles Littleton is bordered by Ayer, Harvard, Groton, Westford, Acton, Boxborough.

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Town design is varied, as the existing neighborhoods reflect popular urban design at the time of development. Almost one third of the town’s land area is undeveloped and given the location and development pressure town officials expect these areas will be converted to residential, commercial and other “urban” uses. Good regional access is responsible for the location of the majority of Littleton’s commercial and industrial activities. Interstate 495 bisects the town from northeast to southwest, with two interchanges that connect with local roads and the community is also bisected by State Route 2, which also serves as the primary northern east/west connector to the western part of the state.

Local retail commercial activity meets the basic needs of community residents as there is retail area just east of Littleton Common and one planned just north and adjacent to the I-495 across from the Police Station along with the and single strip mall, but no large regional shopping centers. Littleton continues to offer industrial activities along Route 2A and the Route 110 corridor that runs on into Westford.

Depending on your housing needs the Littleton real estate market offers many home options. Littleton real estate offers rentals of apartments, condominiums, and single-family homes. If your housing needs are long-term, the Littleton real estate market also offers condominiums, and single-family homes for sale. Anyone considering Littleton real estate needs to ask: Is the neighborhood the right fit?

Neighborhoods in Littleton, Ma
When construction of State Route 2 began in the 1930's Littleton began a permanent transition from agriculture to a suburb of Boston. The new access laid the countryside wide open for new residential and commercial development which Littleton experienced like other towns (ie. Acton, Ma) with the 1950 population boom. The homes that were built in Littleton in the postwar years from 1955 to 1965 were mostly Ranch and Cape homes and then the housing styles turned to Split-Level and Colonials in the 1960s and 1970s. The arrival of Digital Equipment Corporation in the 1970s made the town part of the Boston-area high-tech corridor and therefor demand for housing in proximity to work fed the Littleton real estate housing market

Northern Littleton
Areas to the north of I-495 tend to be more rural in nature and generally more sparsely developed, with the exception of a residential node clustered around Forge Pond. Pocket of cul-de-sac subdivisions with many colonial styled homes are found in this area.

Forge Pond Neighborhood
Homes clustered around the town’s lakes and ponds reflect the character of a one-time vacation area with small lot sizes and many modest “summer camp”-style houses, most of which have been converted to year round residences. In the late 1940s to 1950, cottages around Forge Pond (called Lake Mattawanakee), were either winterized or torn down and replaced by bungalows and Capes.

Littleton Common
Littleton Common, historically, was the commercial heartbeat because goods and services provided for travelers in the predominately agrarian society. Today, this area continues that tradition of activity and the strong New England village character of the buildings in the area remain.

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Long Lake Neighborhood
After the Second World War, Littleton attracted summer visitors for people living in the city that wanted to enjoy the great outdoors. Small cottages were built around the lake and eventually these structures were converted to year round homes. Today is this neighborhood is responsible for much of the town’s recreational activities.

Nashoba Area
Most of the Nashoba area is currently open, scenic and highly prized by many of the town residents. Much of the local agrarian character has remained in this area and many would like to see this area preserved for future generations.

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Newtown Harwood Area
In the late 1970s and early 1980s, the farms between Hartwell Ave and Great Road and the livery stable at Coughlin and Newtown Road sold off more than half of its land to developers however, there are still considerable areas of undeveloped land.

Cobbs Pond Neighborhood
While some areas around Long Lake are already densely developed, a significant amount of open space still remains in areas to the south
Commuting from Littleton, Ma
Several options exist for commuters out of and into Littleton, Ma.
      The town has several transportation corridors that run through the town; Routes 2A, and 119 and I-495.
      If you prefer to ride the train the MBTA Commuter Rail stops at the Littleton Station terminating at North Station in Boston and is approximately a 60 minute ride. The Littleton Station provides 200 parking spaces and usually one can find a parking spot. 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 Rail.

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Population of Littleton, MA
According to the Census of 2010 there were approximately 8,924 people a 9.04% increase from 2000 and approximately 3,200 housing units per the American Fact Finder – US Census Bureau 2006-2008.

Government of Littleton,Ma
Littleton, 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. Littleton, Ma also has an electric and water department that is run as a public utility. 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 Water District is funded through water rates, connection fees and property rental. The Water Department revenues, however, are not subject to State "Proposition 2½." Littleton Town Hall has more information.

Water Supply and Sewage Treatment of Littleton, MA
The Littleton Water Department supplies drinking water from the Beaver Brook and Bennett's Brook watersheds. Four groundwater production wells are utilized in conjunction with the standpipes located on Newtown Hill, Cedar Hill, and Oak Hill. This storage capacity helps maintain system-wide water pressure while at the same time providing sufficient amounts of water during periods of high water demand.

Littleton, Ma was initially rooted in rural development however, overtime the density of the town increased and really became and will continue to be more suburban with support commercial activities. In addition, in an effort to implement an economic development plan, the town adopted a multi-layered zoning plan in Littleton Center which also, required the exploration of a development plan for waste water and sewers. While this project is currently under review, the town is actively developing a sewer plan for specific areas of Littleton. Until the time when Littleton, changes over to sewers completely for those properties that operate with a private septic system the regulations of Title V will continue to be implemented.

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 Littleton real estate sale.

Trash Pick-up in Littleton, Ma Littleton provides a transfer station (dump) located on Spectacle Pond Road however, if curbside pick and/or construction debris pick-up there are several privates companies that provide this service.

Electric Service in Littleton, Ma
The Littleton Electric and Water Department provides water and electricity.

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Education of Littleton, Ma
The Littleton Public Schools System serves students in pre-Kindergarten through twelfth grade. There are two elementary schools serving Kindergarten through fourth grade: Russell Elementary and Shaker Lane Elementary. Littleton Middle School constructed a new building in 2006 and serves 5th-8th grade and for Littleton High School educates 9th-12th on the campus built in 2001 just off Route 2A.

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.

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.

Private Schools in Littleton, Ma
Oak Meadow Montessori School is a private Montessori school serving Pre-K (age 3) through 8th grade. According to the website the school focuses on the Montessori philosophy of teaching which provides an academic environment of excellence and personal child development.

Library System in Littleton, Ma
The public Reuben Hoar Library that first opened in 1887 and was recently refurbished in 2008. The library hosts many activities and programs conducted throughout the year and are worth exploring. In addition, the Littleton 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.

Terrain of Littleton, Ma
The terrain of Littleton, Ma is primarily flat and sundrenched. There are some rolling hills, mostly in the conservation areas and those that abut the local water shed. Almost 1/3 of Littleton is dedicated open space and about half is used for agriculture, forestry, or recreational uses by the current owners. There is no guarantee that this land will remain dedicated to open space in the future. About 40% of Littleton is presently undeveloped and its fate is not known.

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Recreation in Littleton, Ma
Littleton Parks, Recreation & Community Education Department has active, organized recreational program for children and adults throughout the year. The recreation department is has organized sports such as soccer, wrestling, lacrosse, baseball, football and cheerleading to name a few and the community education program includes classes for both children and adults. Finally, there is a swimming and sailing program provided, in warm weather, at Long Lake Beach (a local pond).

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