Franklin, Massachusetts, originally named Exeter and founded in 1778, is located in Norfolk County and was actually settled in 1660, during the American Revolution. Franklin is home to approximately 33,000 residents and is named for founding father, Benjamin Franklin. The townspeople had hoped Mr. Franklin would donate a bell for the church steeple, but instead, he donated 166 books. The town built the country’s first library in order to house his donation. Franklin was also the birthplace of America’s father of education, Horace Mann, and today, Franklin is a growing suburban community with a pro-business attitude. Franklin is surrounded by a cluster of eight other small towns, all located within 3 miles and lies near the Rhode Island/Massachusetts border. There are two exits off Interstate 495 into Franklin and other major highways also allow easy access for travel to nearby Boston, Providence, and Worcester. Additionally, the MBTA Commuter rail, on the Franklin line, conveniently offers service to the Boston South Station.
The town has not one, but two historic districts. Beautiful old homes in Queen Anne, High Victorian Gothic and Second Empire styles grace tree-lined streets steeped in history. There’s no shortage of things to do in Franklin, nor is there a shortage of great dining options, in fact, in the downtown area there are numerous restaurants and bars and throughout the rest of the city you’ll find over 50 restaurants and coffee shops. A 35 minute drive south will put you in Providence, voted by Travel + Leisure magazine as one of the top 10 “foodie” destinations in the country. You could easily make the 50 minute drive to Boston for cultural events, but there is no need, Franklin is home to Franklin School of Performing Arts and Dean College of Performing Arts, both offering live performances throughout the year. Other notable local events include the family festival, the Feast of Saint Rocco, hosted by Saint Mary’s Catholic Church, and the town’s four day 4th of July celebration, held at town center near the brick bandstand and gazebo. Concerts are held at the bandstand throughout the summer. In keeping with their long-standing tradition of quality education, Franklin boasts a preschool, six elementary schools, a charter school, three middle schools, a vocational school and a new state-of-the-art high school. With all of these great features is it any wonder why so many homebuyers choose to call Franklin their new home?
Current homes for sale in Franklin range from $3 million for a six bedroom home on 26+ acres to $150,000 for a 2 bedroom condo. Row houses, condos, and single family homes are all available and many homes are situated on oversized lots leaving plenty of room for family activities. The average sale price for a single family home in Franklin is around $490,000. A wide range of home styles are available, due in large part to the historic nature of this incredibly charming town. Cape Cod, split level traditionals, and Dutch colonials are all in the offering. Family Circle magazine named Franklin, Massachusetts one of the top 10 cities to raise a family based on good jobs, great schools, affordable housing, and a lot less stress, and it’s not difficult to see why. Franklin has it all!
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