Often overshadowed by its larger neighbor New York, Massachusetts is a true American gem. While it’s full of living memories of American history, they are counterbalanced by a trendy, left-leaning modern culture that embraces originality while focusing on communities.
Everyone has a dream town: a place they long to live, a place they live already, or even a place they have yet to find. Boston may get most of the attention in this New England state, but Massachusetts holds many other livable communities.
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Like most Massachusetts small towns, Westford has an extremely long history. The village featured quite prominently during the Revolutionary War. According to the town’s official website, it was incorporated in 1729, and there’s a bell that hangs in Westford Academy that was made by Paul Revere.
The quaint town is considered one of the earliest examples of a suburb in early America and has remained a popular site in Massachusetts. CNN Money featured the city in a list of the best places to live in America in 2013 and Westford came in at number 11, beating out tens of thousands of cities around the country for the honor.
According to CNN’s information, the city has a population of 22,407, so it’s a nicely sized small town, but it’s not a roaring metropolis. Located on the eastern side of Massachusetts, Westford is home to some of the best schools in the region as USA statistics website gave the locale’s school district a rank of number 1.
As is to be expected in a town with such accolades, the real estate market features houses that sell in a median price range of around $250,000; however, prices of homes aren’t out of line with the rest of the state, according to real estate website Trulia.
In the first quarter of 2014, real estate sold in Westford often breached the half million mark when they were put up for sale, and they often sold for close to their asking price, which is a rarity unless the market is a hot one.
Like most Massachusetts cities, Westford does have a cold winter, and the summers can get quite warm also. The Weather Channel records averages for Westford of the low 30s during the winter for highs and the mid 80s for average summer highs, which means snowsuits in the winter and bathing suits in the summer.