Do you love the idea of living in a town that borders the amenities found in Worcester?
The town of Leicester Ma and its proximity to Worcester makes it a great place to live. Homes in town are still affordable as compared to Holden or Shrewsbury and its central location between Boston and Springfield are very convenient.
The town of Leicester has 3 distinct neighborhoods, i.e., villages. These include Rochdale, Leicester and Cherry Valley. Even though the town borders Worcester it has a small town feel associated with it.
During the revolution notable men such as Henry Knox and George Washington passed through Leicester on their way to defend Boston in 1775. More recently the town had a part in the underground railroad which supported southern slaves on their journey to freedom, oftentimes into Canadian provinces.
Home styles in Leicester include a large supply of cape, colonial and ranch homes. Single level ranch homes have a great appeal because they lack a 2nd level stairway. Newer homes in town are built as garrisons or colonials because of their visual appeal to young buyers. Oftentimes it is cheaper to build a structure upwards rather than increasing the footprint of a building. Land size also is a contributing factor in choosing a home style.
Personally, I like the style of a large cape or colonial but you can’t beat a single- level home for the ease of moving around in it.
Leicester itself is the newer part of the town and it boasts of some historical homes along Main St and nice open spaces on some of the side roads. Rochdale and Cherry Valley are comprised of newer and older homes. Some structures are reminiscent of the industrial revolution. The old mills in town have been converted into rental spaces for small businesses and condos.
As far as real estate goes, buyers can find many small to medium size homes dotted throughout the town. Water and sewer rates in the town are a bit high as compared to other communities, however, the tax rate is low by comparison so it balances out.
Worcester airport, which is slowly becoming a great Central Mass hub for travel, is only 10 minutes from the town and it creates a great opportunity for business and vacation travelers. Large airports in the area which include Boston and Harford are harder to travel from. Worcester is a very popular choice regionally because of its small size and fewer crowds. The airport offers several flights a day to New York, Philadelphia and Florida locations. American Airlines, Jet Blue and Delta now fly out of Worcester.
Leicester Golf and Businesses
Leicester has two golf courses. The Leicester Country Club is privately owned and Hillcrest Golf Course which the town owns. There are also a few frisbee courses in town. Leicester also has several restaurants and a variety of other businesses throughout the town. Both Eller’s and Barbers Crossing are among the two most known restaurants in the area. An assortment of nurseries can also be found in the town as well as a few smaller restaurant establishments. In total Leicester boasts of over 300 businesses which also include working farms.
Parks in Leicester Ma
Towtaid Park in Cherry Valley offers residents a place to play basketball on town courts.
Rochdale Park is located on Stafford St in the Rochdale section of Leicester. It includes basketball courts, skate park, baseball field and a newly installed volleyball court. Permits to use the park for team sports can be obtained from the Parks and Recreation Committee
Community Field is located on Waite St. in Cherry Valley and is used for youth sports
There are plenty of open spaces throughout the town.
The former Becker College was recently purchased by the town and its facilities are now being used by the Leicester Public Schools. The college campus boasts of a new turf field and amenities one could expect from a college campus.
The town supports its own educational system which includes a High School, Middle School and an Elementary School