Framingham is a dream come true for people looking for the classic New England experience. It’s a college town of about 72,000 residents located less than 25 miles from downtown Boston. However, it has an identity and charm all its own, which is what draws families looking for a pleasant place to live as well as young professionals who can either work from home or have a smooth commute to Boston.
Framingham is out in the countryside, with comfortable single-family homes on tree-lined streets in several historic neighborhoods on both sides of the Massachusetts Turnpike. The market currently favors sellers, but there’s never a bad time to look for homes in this well-loved New England community.
If you’re interested in moving here, partner with a licensed real estate agent who has several years of helping people find great homes in the community. A great agent knows all the best neighborhoods in Framingham and which one would be just right for you. Your agent will be able to point out all the nearby attractions and schools, as well as all the amazing dining and shopping options. There are several great neighborhoods in Framingham, and these are considered to be the best:
What Makes Framingham Centre Unique?
As its name implies, Framingham Centre makes up the heart of the community. As such, it has some of the most substantial points of interest in the community. Framingham Centre is bisected by Worcester Road, with the village green and several historic buildings located to the north and the famous Minuteman Statue and Framingham State University to the south.
What to Do in Framingham Centre
Living in Framingham Centre is like being part of living history. The traditional village green is surrounded by historic buildings that include the Village Hall, Edgell Memorial Library, and the Old Academy.
Where to Eat in Framingham Centre
Framingham Centre has some fun restaurants as well as ice cream shops that are favorites during the hot summer months. Residents can visit Silk Global Cuisine for Asian fare and Aoi Japanese Restaurant. Kalasha Bubble Tea & Chicken serves up Korean fare, and Kugel’s Deli is a local favorite. Both are located in Trolley Square. Dulce D. Leche Gelato Café and Mad Willie’s Ice Cream are fun places to go with the family.
Framingham Centre Schools
Several schools serve the area, including public schools such as Brophy Elementary and Christa McAuliffe Charter School and private schools such as St. Bridget School. Framingham State University occupies a prominent spot in town and is one of the community’s major employers.
Real Estate in Framingham Centre
Framingham Centre has many classic and stately homes that were built in the early 19th century and gives the community its classic New England feel, thus making it one of the best neighborhoods in Framingham.
What Else You Should Know About Framingham Centre
Framingham began as a stagecoach stop at the midway point between Boston and Worcester. Interesting bits of history like this is threaded through the town, making it fun to explore.
What Makes Saxonville Unique?
Saxonville is a historic neighborhood on the north end of town that is also an artistic community.
What to Do in Saxonville
Saxonville is one of the best neighborhoods in Framingham for families with children because it has seven parks and playgrounds. Among them are Saxonville Beach and Lake Cochituate Beaches located on Lake Cochituate.
Where to Eat in Saxonville
Saxonville has some of the best eateries in town, including the Burrito Company, Green Leaf Vegetarian & Vegan Restaurant, and Mediterranean Turkish Cuisine.
Students who live in Saxonville can expect to attend the highly rated Stapleton Elementary, Cameron Middle School, and Framingham High School.
Real Estate in Saxonville
Homebuyers looking to settle in Saxonville will have a choice of Colonials, ranch-style homes, and modern construction.
What Else You Should Know About Saxonville
The neighborhood is home to Saxonville Studios, which are 10 studios that house 14 artists on the second floor of Building 2 in the Saxonville Mills.
What Makes Nobscot Unique?
Nobscot is another one of the best family-friendly neighborhoods in Framingham and is considered a quiet, comfortable place to live. It is on the city's northwest end, with the Massachusetts Turnpike to the south and Saxonville to the west.
What to Do in Nobscot
Nobscot is a perfect neighborhood to enjoy nature. It includes the Garden in the Woods and Callahan State Park. Garden in the Woods is a 45-acre woodland botanical garden that is open between mid-April and mid-October. It is the headquarters of the Native Plant Trust. Callahan State Park is a 958-acre park that has trails for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing. It also has 100 acres of fields. There are also several playgrounds and parks that are great for children.
Where to Eat in Nobscot
Locals tend to favor Nobscot's Café for its American fare, Gianni's Pizza & Subs, and Nzuko Restaurant.
Among the great schools serving the families who live in Nobscot are Hemenway Elementary, Charlotte A Dunning Elementary, King Elementary, and Walsh Middle School. The neighborhood is served by Framingham High School. There are also some private schools in Nobscot, including MetroWest Jewish Day School, which offers pre-kindergarten through eighth grade, and Sudbury Valley School, which serves students in preschool through high school.
Real Estate in Nobscot
Nobscot has a nice mixture of large estates and farms, as well as a planned mixed-use project that will include 158 two- to three-bedroom units and shopping areas.
What Else You Should Know About Nobscot
Nobscot is known for its natural beauty and proximity to large open spaces, making it a quiet, peaceful place to live.
Work with a great agent
These are the top neighborhoods in Framingham. Once you’re ready to begin looking at homes, let an expert agent with the Barber Real Estate Group guide you through the city’s beautiful neighborhoods and help you narrow down the luxury home of your dreams. Reach out today!