The Origins of Brookfield Heights in Brockton, MA

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  Brookfield Heights is a section of Brockton, MA that is nicely located in the Northeast part of the City, bordering the towns of Abington and Holbrook.  From about 1958 to 1962 the Campanelli Brothers built several thousand houses designed to appeal to the young, first time homebuyer. Nearly all of the designs featured an eat-in-kitchen,a family sized living room, three bedrooms and one bath.  It also included an attached garage, which was often modified into living space(s).

     At the time, the demand came from young men and women who had grown up during the Great Depression, and were striving to build a better life for their kids.  The economy had recovered from World War II and Korea, and America was building automobiles, and roads to drive them on, at a feverish pace.  Boston was only a twenty minute ride from Brockton when Interstate Rt. 24 was opened. Instead of living in a crowded tenement apartment, you now had the choice of coming home to a three Bedroom home on a quarter acre of land.

     This ranch style house was constructed on a concrete pad, or slab.  Each home was stick built and formed brand new streets that quickly became neighborhoods.  Financing was provided by the Veterans Administration (VA), among others, and the terms were favorable. The starting price was in the $10,000. range and there was very little money down to buy in.  You couldn't rent for that.

     Most of these homes are over 50 years old and are still a good way to go for the first time home buyer.  They have been upgraded to meet the needs of today's world.  What had been a good fit for the Greatest Generation to provide for their Baby Boomer children is alive and well for the next Generations in the Brookfield Heights section of Brockton, MA.

Comments (2)

Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
Dan, that's an interesting post about the history of these Brockton homes. After half a century, these homes still have a good future ahead of them by providing a roof over the heads of many families.
Jan 15, 2013 10:08 AM

The streets were named after the Campanelli relatives from what I understand

Aug 06, 2019 12:22 PM