Upton, Ma. Real Estate Information
Upton is a small, welcoming town located in southern Worcester County. Primarily residential in nature; Upton still retains its agrarian roots, but most of the farms have disappeared.
Upton, however still preserves much of its original New England charm. The town is rather small, and they work hard to keep that small town charm evident in many communities in the area. Upton’s last census counted 7500 people in town.
Around the Town
Today Upton is a small town with lots of open spaces. A significant portion of the land is protected space. The town is located 14 miles from Worcester, and 37 miles from Boston providing residents with great access to urban centers.
One of the more notable residents of Upton was Eli Whitney, who was the inventor of the cotton gin. Its origins include an active involvement in the industrial revolution with numerous factories producing boots and hats. At one time it was the largest producer in the world.
Upton shares its public school resources with Mendon. The Mendon-Upton Regional School District consistently performs better than average. Nipmuc Regional High School and Blackstone Valley Regional Technical High School both reside in town. Of the two, Nipmuc is an excellent school, and very highly regarded in the area. Kiwanis Beach located on Pratt Pond offers swimming and athletic fields. Town services include a full time police department and a fire department that is staffed with full time and volunteer residents.
Several farms in the area offer organic produce, such as Long Life farm. Sweetness and Light Farm offers locally spun wool, soaps, and honey. The Bobcat Farm is dedicated to teaching horsemanship to those interested in learning to ride a horse or to advance their skills. They also teach animal handling techniques to horse owners.
Upton purchased 63 acres of the Sweetwilliam Farm through a town vote in 2011. The area has been transformed into conservation land with several hiking trails. Work continues on the project. The vote was fairly contentious, but new and younger town residents mostly supported the purchase. The goal is to create a trail that connect the farm to the Upton state Forest for public use. Eventually the system will connect to other conservation areas including Grafton’s Pell Farm.
Upton’s positives make it well suited to continue to grow. The town has great accessibility to the Mass Pike, 495, and Route 146. It also has good schools and a growing professional base. I would not hesitate to advise a client to look for Homes For Sale in Upton Ma.