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Central Massachusetts Real Estate Suggestions

Oxford, MA : Charming, Small Town Atmosphere Near Worcester

Oxford, MA, photo

If you have visited the central Massachusetts area and

decided this is the place you want to live -- or just want to downsize from your overly expensive home -- then you might want to seek out the Worcester, MA, suburbs. With much of the immediate Boston, MA,  area real estate scene becoming too expensive for some people, there has indeed been a trend to move to the Worcester area -- about 45 minutes west of Boston -- for more affordable real estate. Oxford, with a population of around 13,500, is within an hour's drive of Boston and offers many classic New England town features relatively more affordable real estate prices -- you can get a solid home for under well under $350,000. 

With a wide main street featuring old Colonial homes with front porches, nice sidewalks for an evening stroll, senior and community centers, the classic intown Karl's Diner, an old-fashioned public library, a good town playground for the kids, churches with majestic steeples, its own public school system (not regionalized) and downtown services (CVS, Verizon, Bank of America, etc.), Oxford has an appealing small-town feel. It is accessible to major services in Worcester and Boston -- including some of the best hospitals in the northeast (like U/Mass Medical in Worcester). Oxford is also the birthplace of American Red Cross founder and humanitarian Clara Barton -- the Clara Barton Birthplace Museum is located in North Oxford).

Downtown Oxford is right off Route 395, making for an easy drive to the Massachusetts Turnpike, Worcester and Connecticut. Visit the Oxford Town Web Site for more information on this nice New England town. (photo and text by Eric H.)

For more suggestions on affordable places to live in the Boston area, visit our "Best places to raise a family" page.



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