Sharon MA on Money Magazine Top 100 Best Places to Live List
Money Magazine just reported their 2011 Top 100 Best Places to Live. Sharon MA was ranked #11 on their list which had some incomplete information for our town.
If they had all the details, they would surely have chosen Sharon MA as the #1 place to live! Sharon is a town where you can sit an an outside table in the center of town, have a cup of coffee and catch up with friends. You can enjoy freshly made ice cream in a huge range of flavors at Crescent Ridge Dairy. You can enjoy a small beach town vibe when you get home at the end of the day. The town's motto is "A nice place to live because it's naturally beautiful". You decide for yourself!
1. Sharon is a beautiful town in terms of it's natural resources and the relaxed beach-town feel of the town. Lake Massapoag, a 353-acre, spring-fed lake near the center of town provides beaches, boating and fishing. It even has a yacht club! Moose Hill is the Mass Audubon's oldest wildlife sanctuary and one of the largest with 2,000 acres that include 25 miles of trails. Moose Hill offers nature programs and exhibits year-round, a wonderful summer camp, and a Community Farm. Ward's Berry Farm is a "pick-your-own" farm with a year-round farm stand. It offers hayrides, a 4-H Summer Program, and well-stocked plant nurseries.
2. The top-ranked public school system is considered one of the best in the country. Many people move to Sharon MA in order to enroll their children in the public schools. We have three elementary schools: Cottage Street, East and Heights. The Sharon Middle School is nearing the end of a huge construction project which includes expanding and renovating the school.
3. A diverse, peaceful community with a welcoming and friendly feel. This is a town in which people greet one another, welcome newcomers, and look out for one another. There are numerous community-wide events from the outstanding Fourth of July celebration, Wednesday night summer concert series, the annual Square Jam Festival and much more!
4. Sharon is an ideal commuter town located just off I-95 between the two major beltways in Massachusetts, I-495 and Route 128. The commuter train from Sharon runs between Boston, MA and Providence, RI allowing commuters to reach either city in about 30 minutes.
5. A twice yearly Town Meeting form of government means you can participate actively and voice your interests and opinions. A Board of Selectman and a variety of committees direct the day-to-day operation of the town. There are many opportunities to participate if you want to get involved.
6. Sharon's history goes back to the early days of this country. It was first settled in 1637 and incorporated in 1775. Deborah Sampson, the town's heroine, disguised herself as a man to fight in the Revolutionary War. Two churches in Sharon have church bells manufactured by Paul Revere. In the early 20th century, Sharon was a summer beach resort with several large hotels, summer camps and cottage colonies.
7. A range of housing styles and prices exist in Sharon. In traditional New England style, many of the houses near the center of town date back to the 1700s and 1800s, mixed in with homes from the mid-19th century to today. There are neighborhoods that were built in the 1940s and 1950s to meet the interests of returning soldiers and their families. New neighborhoods have continued to be developed in each decade reflecting the housing styles of that time period. Housing styles in Sharon MA run the gamut from Colonial, Ranch, Raised Ranch, Split Level, Cape and Contemporary. There are neighborhoods with smaller homes, and newer neighborhoods with larger, luxury homes. There have been 99 single family homes sold since January 2011 with an average sale price of $447,357.
8. Sharon MA is very very family-oriented, with numerous activities for children and families. The town's Recreation Department offers year-round programming and a summer camp. Swimming and sailing lessons are offered at Lake Massapoag. The lake is also popular for kayaking, sailing, fishing and swimming. In addition to activities at Lake Massapoag, there are several summer camps, numerous team sports, library programs, a youth robotics team, tennis courts, playgrounds, hiking trails and more!
I grew up in Sharon and have wonderful memories of biking around the lake, hiking the Massapoag trails, swimming and sailing at Lake Massapoag, and playing tennis at the town courts. As a Realtor, I'm happy to share my knowledge of the town and the Sharon real estate market with you. If you are looking for more information about Sharon MA please give me a call at 781-253-3385.
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