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Pepperell Massachusetts ~ Homes For Sale
Pepperell, Massachusetts in 1753, Pepperell was named in honor of Sir William Pepperell, the hero of the memorable capture of Louisbourg, in 1745 and Sir
William acknowledged the compliment by the customary present of a bell, however, the bell was never received. Interestingly
enough a similar mix up occurred during the naming of the town of Littleton, Ma when the town could be located and therefore,
the bell was sold.
Pepperell was supportive in the American Revolution, as were the neighboring towns, and sent men to Concord in April, 1775.
At home in Pepperell legend goes that Prudence Wright and several other Pepperell women guarded Pepperell’s covered bridge and
captured a British spy.
While the town center began as a religious and governmental center, the eastern area of Pepperell, Ma became locations for paper
mills and shoe factories, utilizing the Nashua River, beginning in the 1830s and ending around the 1890s. Growth then began
again in the post-war years as most suburbs in the Boston metro area when agriculture to housing became permanent.
The town design remains largely intact from the 1700’s with one commercial strip (Route 113) hosting a local grocery store,
hardware store, coffee shops, restaurants, nail salons and drug stores along with the library and town hall. The suburban
neighborhoods that branch out from the main corridors are reflective of the time period when they were built.
Depending on your housing needs the Pepperell real estate market offers many home options. Pepperell real estate offers
of apartments, condominiums, and single-family homes. If your housing needs are long-term, the Pepperell real estate market
also offers condominiums, and single-family homes for sale. Anyone considering Pepperell real estate needs to ask: Is the
neighborhood the right fit?
Neighborhoods in Pepperell, Ma
The 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
Pepperell runs along Route 113 where people are out and about running errands, eating, or biking and walking along the
Commuting from Pepperell, Ma
Typically people who reside in Pepperell, Ma rely on the automobile for commuting purposes. The town has several transportation
corridors that run through the town including State Routes 111, 113, 119 and 122. The convenient public transportations systems,
such as the Commuter Rail run from the close-by towns of Ayer, or Lowell. Route 3 is approximately 9 miles and the I-495
is approximately 13 miles.
Population of Pepperell, Ma
According to the Census of 2010 there were
Approximately 11,497 a 3.19% increase from 2000
Approximately 4329 housing units per the American Fact Finder – US Census Bureau 2006-2008.
Government of Pepperell Ma
Pepperell, Ma 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. More information is available at
Pepperell Town Hall
Water Supply and Sewage Treatment of Pepperell, Ma
The Pepperell Water Department supplies drinking water to the
majority (approximately 80%) of the town via a local Aquifer.
Pepperell has a community outreach program to remind residents that the local groundwater is vulnerable to contaminants and
the town needs to be vigilant in protecting this local resource.
Approximately 80% of the town utilizes the sewers system and the rest of the properties are serviced by private septic systems.
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 Pepperell real estate sale.
Trash Pick-Up Pepperell, Ma
Pepperell provides a transfer station located at 66 Boynton Street however, if curbside pick is preferred there are
several private companies available.
Electric Service in Pepperell, 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 Pepperell, Ma
The public school system in Pepperell, Ma is part of the
North Middlesex Regional School System and the elementary, middle and high schools, with the exception of the local charter
schools such as Nashoba Technical & Francis Parker, is governed by this district.
There is Varnum Brook Elementary (K-4th), Nissitissit Middle School (5th-8th) and
North Middlesex Regional High (9th-12th).
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.
Library System in Pepperell, Ma
The Lawrence Library was dedicated in 1901 and was a gift by Charles Farrar Lawrence, who bequeathed the funds for the
purchase of the land, design, construction and the furnishing of the building. The architects were Ernest Flagg and W.B.
Chambers who are known for designing the Washington state capitol building, the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC
and the Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland. The library hosts many activities and programs conducted throughout the year
and are worth exploring.
Terrain of Pepperell, Ma
Rolling hills and open terrain describes the 23 square mile town of Pepperell located at the confluence of the Nissitissit
River and the Nashua River.
Recreation Facilities, Bike Trails and Wildlife in Pepperell, Ma
The town of Pepperell has an active Recreation Department that provides a wide range of activities for children and adults.
There are several facilities located throughout the town including a community center, bandstand, tennis courts, basketball
courts, and a town field. The Recreation Commission oversees Pepperell Recreation activities and facilities and meets regularly
at Town Hall.
Home to the terminus of the Nashua River Rail Trail this 11 mile long railroad line that has been re-purposed for biking,
rollerblading, walking, running, wheelchairs and cross-country skiers runs through the towns of Pepperell, Groton, Dunstable,
Communities We Serve That Have Massachusetts Homes For Sale
Real Estate in Acton Ma is highly coveted as Acton, Ma is 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
The town design for Ayer Ma 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.
Boxborough Ma has 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"
Carlisle Ma is known for peaceful residential living and active in open space preservation. Carlisle is
home to Great Brook State Park which is enjoyable year round. Real Estate in Carlisle Ma offers single-family
homes on 2 acre lots.
Chelmsford Ma has been voted by Money Magazine as one of the best places to live
for several years. Real Estate in Chelmsford Ma includes many single-family 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. Concord Ma Real Estate offers single-family homes and condos varying in size and age.
Dunstable Ma in the face of urban sprawl, has maintained a rural and quaint feel. Real Estate options in
Dunstable Ma for the most part are single-family homes & the Pheasant Lane Mall is about 10
minutes north but a world away.
The quintessential New England town. Groton is a rural suburban living with 35%
preserved in open space, some neighborhood retail serving mostly single-family homes with a few condos. Groton Ma is home
to the Groton School and Lawrence Academy.
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.
The town design for Littleton Ma is varied as Littleton developed from a rural community to
a suburban destination. Littleton is part of the Boston high-tech corridor and real estate options include
single-family homes, cottage-lake communities, & condos.
Lincoln Ma is a small community formerly known as Niptown because the town is comprised of
grazing lands of Concord Ma, Weston Ma and Lexington Ma. Real Estate in Lincoln Ma is predominately single-family homes, a retail
center and a MBTA stop.
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.
Shirley Ma is a suburb with commuter train access, a regional school system, a library, and many recreational
opportunities. Shirley real estate offer primarily single-family homes on large lots and the age of the
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 are here 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 residential areas.
Westford is known for having good schools, recreation and a great location.