Westford Massachusetts ~ Homes For Sale
Westford, Massachusetts is a Boston suburb that is well known locally as a community with great schools, a state of the art library,
an active community center with offerings for all ages, the Nashoba Valley Ski Area, and two town beaches on spring-fed ponds.
This welcoming suburb is reflected in a community that blends the older and newer housing stock seamlessly. Westford settled
by the Europeans in 1635 was originally part of Chelmsford, but soon grew large enough to sustain its own governance. In 1729,
Westford incorporated and became its own town. Approximately 23 miles northwest of Boston Westford is 30 square miles and is
bordered by Chelmsford, Tyngsboro, Groton, Littleton, Acton and Carlisle.
Early in its settlement the town was noted for its farms and woolen mills and later, Westford gained a reputation for the
products of granite, apples and yarn. Westford's minutemen marched to Concord where they participated in the American
Revolutionary war as did many men of neighboring towns. Some have thought the town was along the path of Paul Revere’s Ride
on April 19, 1775 but the path is well documented and he did not travel to Westford.
Over time, Westford began to serve as a
residential suburb first for the mills of Lowell and later the 128 Technology Belt by, the 1990’s Westford solidified its
reputation as a bedroom community with an emphasis on high tech. Every year the Town has an Apple Blossom Festival in May with
a parade and the crowning of an apple blossom queen, a Strawberry Festival in June featuring a craft fair and strawberry
The town design, of Westford's agricultural past has continued to give way to rapidly expanding high technology industries,
suburban retail, and upper-middle class residential areas. Neighborhood area developed over time and they reflect the urban
design principles popular at the time of construction. There are through street with residential homes and cul-de-sac
neighborhoods of different eras. Typically, people use cars to run errands rather than walk or ride bikes.
Depending on your housing needs the Westford real estate market
offers many home options. Westford real estate offers
rentals of apartments, condominiums, and single-family homes. If your housing needs are long-term, the Westford real estate market
also offers condominiums, and single-family homes for sale. Anyone considering Westford real estate needs to ask: Is the
neighborhood the right fit?
Neighborhoods in Westford, Ma
Westford, Ma is a community that has houses that were built in the mid-1600 up through today however,
many of the neighborhoods were developed, for the most part at one time.
The Forge Village, Graniteville and Brookside
neighborhoods developed when Westford needed housing for local
employment opportunities such as the mills and the railroad.
Nabnassett, Long-Sought For Pond and other Westford lake communities
Developed along with the population boom of the 1950's. Westford's lake communities have evolved
similar to Littleton as they were once summer cottage and now have been redeveloped into full
The balance of the neighborhoods, which are many are, cul-de-sac neighborhoods that have developed on a case
by case basis as the housing market (1970-2000) demanded. In turn, those neighborhoods
reflect the styles and amenities of that particular decade and developer.
Commuting from Westford, Ma
Several options exist for commuting out and into Westford, Ma
Westford is bifurcated by I-495 and approximately 9 miles from Route 2 and 7 miles from Route 3
Local Routes providing access through Westford to the major transportation
corridors are Routes 110, 40, 225 and 27
If you prefer to ride the train the MBTA Commuter Rail Train
stops in Littleton, Acton or Concord and terminates at North Station in Boston and, in total, it is about 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 Rail
Population of Westford, Ma
According to the Census of 2010 there were
Government of Westford, Ma
Approximately 21,951 people a 5.77% increase from 2000
Approximately 7,398 housing units (American Fact Finder~US Census Bureau 2006-2008)
Westford 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 Department
is funded through water rates, connection fees and property rental. The Water District revenues, however, are not subject
to State "Proposition 2½."
All residents, renters as well as property owners, if registered to vote, may attend and vote at town meeting. A voter must
attend in person as no absentee voting is allowed. The non-voting public may attend open town meetings as observers.
Westford Town Hall
has more information.
Water Supply and Sewage Treatment of Westford, Ma
The Westford Water District
supplies drinking water to approximately 75% of the town via eight wells in town. The water is
treated at a facility close by and then dispersed to the town. There is a Master Plan that is followed to ensure a safe and
adequate water supply and that plan also delineates future wells, rehabilitation and upgrades to the existing water treatment
In terms of sewage, properties utilize private on-site 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. 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 Westford real estate sale.
Trash Pick-Up Westford, Ma
Curbside trash pick-up is provided as part of the town services in Westford, Ma.
The schedule is available at
Westford Town Hall
Electric Service in Westford, 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 Westford, Ma
The public school
Westford serves students in pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade.
There are three elementary
schools serving Kindergarten through 2nd grade:
Elementary schools that serve children grades 3rd – 5th are:
Middle school in Westford Massachusetts grades 6th – 8th is conducted at:
The town has one high school:
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.
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 of Westford Ma
There are two private pre-school/day care facilities that are franchises.
Library System in Westford, Ma
The JV Fletcher Library
, located on the Westford Town Common,
is committed to lifelong learning with a wide range of collections and services. In addition, the Westford 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 Westford, Ma
Westford is a community that capitalized on being near local rivers and utilized the land for agriculture as well as the
raw materials of granite.
Recreation of Westford Ma
Westford, Ma has many fields for baseball, soccer, field hockey, tennis courts, basketball and two swimming ponds.
These fields are located throughout the town and details about hours of operation and usage fees can be found at Town Hall.
From a regional perspective, Westford, Ma has made an effort to interconnect the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail, a recreational
trail that repurposes old railroad lines for non-vehicular uses such as biking, roller blading, walking, running and in winter
cross-country skiing. This trail begins/end in Westford at the intersection of Route 225 and Route 27 and then continues on
into Acton and Chelmsford for 6.8 miles.
Points of Interest of Westford Ma
Nashoba Brook Wildlife Sanctuary
~ A wooded sanctuary consisting of many parcels that are contiguous to one another.
There are trails that allow a visitor to experience a white pine-oak forest, vernal pools, and a variety of birds.
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