With a population of about 35,000 and 23 square miles of city land, this Boston suburb was settled in 1653 and incorporated in 1655. This area had its start with lumber mills, limestone quarries, and kilns. It evolved into a “factory town” during the Industrial Revolution, played historical roles in the American Revolution, and has recently landed as Money Magazine’s 14th best town to live! Money also called Chelmsford “The Best Kept Secret of Middlesex County” – read on for more details of why!
Sitting in the center of Merrimack Valley it is just a short drive to the White Mountains, Atlantic Ocean, and the lakes of New Hampshire. Take a read through this Wikipedia link for lots of history and info, but you gotta come live here to take in the scenic views!
Your Chelmsford Real Estate Guide also points out the city is about 25 northwest of Boston proper and considered part of the Greater Lowell metropolitan area. Five towns surround Chelmsford: Lowell, Tyngsborough, Billerica, Carlisle, and Westford. Rivers abound out here and Chelmsford is bordered by the Merrimack on the north and the Concord on the east.
A city with country-like charm, but with modern infrastructure including excellent culture, education, restaurants, and things to do.
The Chelmsford Real Estate Guide would be remiss if we didn’t point out that right here is the birthplace of radio! Well actually, it was Chelmsford ENGLAND, but this city is its namesake and takes the pride of same to a whole new level, too.
A juggernaut of roadways hits the center of Chelmsford. It sits at the intersection of US Highways I-495 and Route 3 and several state routes. Also, a major railway thoroughfare making it a prime candidate to house 6.8 miles of the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail. Easy access to community transportation via the LRTA Bus Routes and the MBTA Commuter Rail.
The school system in Chelmsford is excellent – performing at elite levels in state rankings and nationally. Your Chelmsford Real Estate Guide suggests hopping over to the school district’s website for all the details.
The Chelmsford Real Estate Guide focuses on six basic districts including: 1) Town Center,
the only district on the National Register of Historic Places. Many historic homes in this area have converted to commercial use. The real estate market is extremely strong in this area of mostly small to medium size homes; 2) South Chelmsford: here the properties are more medium to large single family homes, well maintained, and many built in the 1940’s through 1960’s; 3) North Chelmsford: is an industrial village and has many of its own town services; 4) The Westlands: offers a wide variety of home styles and sizes; 5) East Chelmsford: includes several apartment options as well as single family homes; 6) West Chelmsford: another competitive housing market for all styles and sizes of homes.
The Cost of Living in Chelmsford is above the National Average and sits at about 132, mostly driven by housing prices. The median home price in Chelmsford remains about $100K lower than Boston. Your options for style (19th century, Victorian, Greek Revival, early 20th Century, and more!) and size are up to you. The Chelmsford Real Estate Guide notes a super strong and competitive market currently.
Annual events in town include Winterfest in February, showcasing the winter season in New England; the July 4th Parade and Country Fair to celebrate our Nation’s heritage; and Art on the Brook art festival.
The summertime Farmer’s Market is a must for all your summer fruits and veggies. Your Chelmsford Real Estate Guide is a big fan of Jones Farm, check out this “bionutrient dense” family farm.
For all things historical, turn to the Chelmsford Historical Commission site where you will find maps and information pertaining to monuments, houses, schools, cemeteries, and more. The Historical Society is housed in the Barrett Byam Homestead, also worth a visit.
The area is known for great architecture, take in St. Patrick’s Church, Fiske House, as well as bridges, canals, and other structures in Chelmsford and nearby.
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