Grafton, Massachusetts is a wonderful suburban community of around 18,000 located in Central Massachusetts, and is thought of a suburb of Worcester MA. Although is really is a single town, it actually consists of smaller segments called North Grafton and South Grafton, as well as Grafton itself, which have three separate zip codes. It is about a 10-15 minute drive into Worcester Massachusetts and is bordered by Shrewsbury MA, Millbury MA, Sutton MA, Northbridge MA, Upton MA, and Westborough MA.
One of the biggest reasons people consider Grafton real estate, is that for many it is the ultimate commuting location not only into Worcester, but straight into Boston itself. There is an entrance to the Mass Pike right on the Grafton/Millbury line, and from there it’s a straight shot into the city. Better still, the new Grafton T stop gives you the ability to leave your car behind and just hop on the commuter rail to Boston, saving you a fortune in both gas and parking.
It was always a great place to live, and I actually lived there for a few years myself, but when they opened up that train station, things really began to take off. Now you have gorgeous new developments of Grafton homes, a brand new Grafton High School, and so much more that makes it a very special place to call home.
Grafton is home to one of the finest veterinary schools in the world, and the Tufts University Cumming School of Veterinary Medicine sits on several hundred acres on the east side of town near the MBTA stop. Also of note is the Willard House and Clock Museum, where Simon Willard and his brothers patented a host of unique and innovative timepieces, many of which are truly a work of art, and which still function in church steeples around the nation.
“Grafton was originally occupied by a tribe of Nipmuc Indians and was called Hassanamisco (place of small stones). In 1671, an English missionary named John Eliot, who preached in Hassanamisco, established an Indian church and school here where the Bible was studied in the Indian language. The church and school were located near the current common. Today there is an Indian homestead on Brigham Hill.
In 1724, a group of 39 men and one woman, mainly from Marlborough, Sudbury, Concord, and Stow, presented a petition to the General Court and were granted the right to purchase 7,500 acres of land from Indian owners. The money was to be held in an account under the direction of the General Court for the benefit of the Indians. The Town of Grafton was established in 1735 and named in honor of Charles Fitzroy, Duke of Grafton, and grandson of Charles II.
The present Grafton common was established in 1738. The original 40 proprietors of Grafton voted that four acres of land near the center of the plantation of Hassanamisco were to be set aside as common land and that a meetinghouse, burial ground, schoolhouse, and militia training field be situated at this place. The first meetinghouse of the Congregational Puritan settlement was built in 1730 and stood at the center of the common. This meetinghouse remained on the common for 100 years. The cross behind the pulpit in the present Congregational Church is fashioned of timber from this building, which was subsequently demolished. In 1845, a portion of the original Common was fenced, graded, and planted with trees. The present bandstand was built in 1935 by Hollywood filmmakers for a scene in the production of “Ah, Wilderness,” which was filmed in Grafton.
The earliest of homes of the 40 proprietors, some of which are still standing, were scattered throughout town. By the early 19th century, houses were being built along North Street, South Street, and Worcester Street. Many fine examples of Early American, Greek Revival, and Victorian architecture still exist along these streets.
Six villages were formed near the centers of manufacturing activity and were called: Grafton (center); New England Village (North Grafton); Centerville (Brigham Hill by the river); Farnumsville, Fisherville, and Saundersville (South Grafton). All but Grafton were located by significant water power.” (1)
Grafton is also the home of Wyman Gordon. which since the 1950’s has manufactured forged aluminum for jet fighters. Not being limited to the earth’s atmoshpere, the entire undercarriage of the Space Shuttle was forged right here in quaint little Grafton Massachusetts.
There are also plenty of attractions throughout Grafton MA and the surrounding areas that include:
Grafton Town Common (1 mile)
American Legion (1 mile)
Ridge Valley Stables (3 miles)
Grafton Flea Market Inc. (3 miles)
Ecotarium in Worcester– indoor and outdoor museum composed of sciences and natural exhibits (8 miles)
Union Station in Worcester (8 miles)
DCU Center in Worcester (8 miles)
As well as a few parks in town that include:
Silver Lake & Beach
*** the distances are from the center of Grafton ***
Grafton MA School System
The Grafton schools have been consistently recognized as one of the best in the region, with four elementary schools, a middle school, and of course the flagship new Grafton High School, which is a gorgeous facility to say the least.
Millbury Street Elementary School – 508-839-0757
North Street Elementary School – 508-839-5428
North Grafton Elementary School – 508-839-5483
South Grafton Elementary School – 508-839-5484
Grafton Middle School – 508-839-5420
Grafton High School – 508-839-5425
Colleges and Universities in the Grafton MA area
The colleges and universities in the area include public and private institutions in the Worcester area within 10-15 miles from Grafton MA.
Quinsigamond Community College
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
College of Holy Cross
Worcester State University
Hospitals and Medical Centers near Grafton MA
Milford Regional Medical Center – 14 Prospect St, Milford, MA 01757
ReadyMED – 222 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury,, MA 01545
UMass Memorial Medical Center – 119 Belmont St, Worcester, MA
UMass Memorial Hospital – 305 Belmont St, Worcester, MA 01605
Saint Vincent Hospital – 123 Summer St, Worcester, MA 01608
Popular Grafton MA Restaurants
Grafton Massachusetts isn’t exactly the home of 5 star dining experiences, but still has a few great local choices. My personal favorite is the Post Office Pub right on Route 122/140. It was always a hot spot when I lived there, and has just gotten better over time. If you are looking for something different like Asian cuisine there is Wong’s Restaurant and Feng Asian Bistro just over the line in Millbury that are highly rated. Of course, once you’re heading over to Feng Asian Bistro, that opens up the idea of all the great places at the new Blackstone Valley Mall, from Pizzaria Uno to Cold Stone Creamery.
Grafton Massachusetts Realtor – Steve Levine
When you’re thinking of buying or selling Grafton Real Estate, or relocating in or out of the Grafton MA area you’ll be faced with more choices than you might imagine. Probably one of the top ones is understanding the difference between home values in North Grafton versus South Grafton or even the difference between Grafton townhomes like Forest Hills versus Hovey Pond or Bruce Hollow. To many people experiencing the Grafton MA Real Estate market for the first time, it all seems to blend together, and that’s where I come in.
Since beginning my real estate career, nearly 30 years ago, I have had the privilege of working with literally thousands of Buyers and sellers in the Grafton area. Whether it was selling a multi-million dollar home, or a small townhouse in one of the many Grafton developments I’ve worked in, , I have always focused on a handful of core principles – creativity, honesty, respect, integrity, responsiveness, and attention to detail. Operating on those values has taken me through the good markets and bad, and with the most amazing clients one could ever ask for, I know look back on a career with pride in what I’ve done, and excitement at what is to come.
People often ask me, as I suppose they should, about my qualifications. Certainly nothing unusual about checking out people you’re going to work with, and yet it always seems a bit odd listing ones own accomplishments in a forum such as this. After all, it isn’t about me, it’s about you and it sounds an awful lot like bragging. I’m happy to do it, just so you have an idea who you are dealing with…but I’ll keep it ever so brief, as blowing my own horn isn’t really where I choose to spend my time.
Before moving to Central Massachusetts back in 1984 I grew up in New Jersey where I completed my undergraduate studies with a dual major in Microbiology and Psychology, and then my graduate degree in Molecular Biology. I came to Boston MA after graduate school to do oncology research at one of Boston’s most prestigious institutions. After a year of watching people die around me I heard an ad on the radio for a real estate class and have never looked back.
I’m not one to talk about awards, because honestly, I think most real estate awards are silly. Yes, I have won them all, including some that they came up with because a few professionals like myself, far exceeded the levels of achievement they thought represented the “top’ of the industry. I have been named the #1 RE/MAX Agent in New England ten times, as well as one of the Top 100 agents in the world. I’ve been featured in Boston Magazine, the New York Times, and of course every local paper, television and radio station from Central Massachusetts to a regular spot on the BBC in England.
I was one of the early inductees into the RE/MAX Hall of Fame, and recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award and Circle of Legends. With each came a lovely trophy, but between you and I, they all wound up in the trash. After all, I’m not a racecar driver, and don’t need a trophy room.
The awards I did keep were based not on real estate at all, but on helping others. I have devoted the better part of my adult life to reaching out and helping those in need, co-founding a charity for children, and sitting on the Board of Directors of two others. I’ve collected and donated nearly 50 tons of food, and worked in the trenches with those who struggle each day. Those awards I’ve kept, and will always treasure as a reminder of what it’s really all about. My goal in life is to not have a single person at my funeral talking about how many houses I have sold… but rather about how many people I have helped.
Wanting to share what I know with others in the real estate industry, I have taught many courses on creative real estate marketing, relocation, social media and customer service – both at the local and national level.
When I first started in the industry, in the mid-1980s, I set in place my “Mission Statement” which would guide me through the years. Ever so often, I update it to include even more aspirations, yet its core remains unchanged, and is just as valid today, so I have shared it with you below.
Whether you needs include information on the Grafton Real Estate market, or homes and condominiums anywhere in the surrounding area, I am at your service, and consider it a privilege to put my years of experience at your service.
Grafton MA Real Estate
Grafton Massachusetts is just a great place to live, and I can say that from the standpoint of someone who actually lived there for years myself. The real estate market is has many new opportunities coming up, and they span a wide range of selections. There are stunning subdivisions, such as The Highfields, with gracious custom homes homes overlooking a renowned 18 hole golf course, tons of great mid-range colonials in developments like Cronin Brook Estates, and then still some fantastic opportunities for first time buyers, including several large townhome developments like Lordvale Acres and Forest Ridge Estates.
Long after many of the towns in Worcester County ran out of land to build on, Grafton Massachusetts continues to have many great new construction opportunities, and actually encourage them. That said, most people don’t want to wait 6-9 months for a new home to be built, and instead try and pick up something like a young resale home in one of the premier developments, perhaps from an owner who needed to relocate out of the area for work.
Regardless of what your particular needs might be, rest assured that with my decades of experience selling Grafton Massachusetts real estate, I can most certainly find you just what you have in mind
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Steve Levine Mission Statement
I will provide the best service possible for every client I represent.
To be the best realtor I can be, I am willing to give up a large portion of my personal life to ensure the highest level of service, integrity, and knowledge possible. To do this, I have committed to being reachable to all of my clients 24 hours a day – 365 days a year within 10 minutes or less. I do not do this because of my client’s expectations, but because of my commitment to serve them. I have been selling Massachusetts real estate since the 1980s, and begin and end each day with a commitment to always provide this high level of service at every opportunity.
I will never tell a client what they want to hear if it is not reality. I will never enter into a client relationship where I know what is expected of me cannot be done in good faith. I acknowledge that I may periodically lose business because I am truthful with my clients and sometimes my competitors will tell them what they want to hear to temporarily to get their business. In the long run, I know that my honesty will prevail.
I will always remember that to have a winning relationship with my clients, we must always have a mutual goal. I am neither slave – nor master, but a fellow member of a winning team. While I will bend over backwards day or night to help you meet your goals, I will not enter into a relationship with people who treat me with disrespect. I have worked too hard for too many years to put up with that.
I will never lose sight of the fact that my honesty, loyalty, understanding, work ethic and creativity are what make me so very different from the real estate masses. I will always promote the best interest of my clients, and I will always disclose to my clients all facts that might affect or influence their decisions. Many times, a client and I may disagree, but they will never be left wondering about a hidden agenda. Anything I have to say about a property is out in the open at all times. In the end, all decisions are the client’s to make, not mine, and I will always respect their decision.
I will freely give of my time and money to help my Massachusetts community and charities. I will never lose sight of how many people in the world are less fortunate than myself. I will also attempt to educate my fellow agents, and to raise the standard by which realtors are measured in the public eye.
I will never forget that I can easily go from being the top agent in New England to being a nobody, by losing sight of the fact that I owe to my clients everything that I am or might ever hope to be. They have placed me where I am today, at the pinnacle of my profession, and they can just as easily take it all away.
I respect your time, and value your business. I know you could go anywhere for your real estate needs, and appreciate having the opportunity to serve you the best way I can. My family completely owes its well being to your continued business, and my entire family is grateful for all you have made possible.
(1) from the town of Grafton website www.grafton-ma.gov