Worcester, Massachusetts, the second largest city in New England (population 180,000+), anchors the region commonly referred to as Central Massachusetts. Steeped in history, the city known as the “land of seven hills” is as diverse and intriguing a community as you will find anywhere in New England. Widely known by it’s nickname “the Heart of the Commonwealth,” this sprawling metropolis is commonly divided up into neighborhood regions, and though all certainly fall under the same governing system, they each have their own individual flair.
Allow me to take you on a very brief tour of the different regions, and to do so, lets begin right here in my home town of Shrewsbury, just to the east. Driving along Route 9 Westbound from Shrewsbury, you come to the gorgeous body of water shared by the two communities, and known as “Lake Quinsigamond,” or Long Pond. Up and down the lake on the Shrewsbury side, you will find boathouses, lovely restaurants with water views, and several luxury town home complexes. Crossing over into Worcester may look very different to you by the time you read this, than it does as I write it. The brand new multi-million dollar Kenneth Burns bridge is getting ready to open next week, replacing the antiquated structure that will soon be torn down. As you enter Worcester from the East, you are in an area that most people associate with the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and UMass Med School. With a state of the art trauma center, life flight helicopters, and one of the largest research facilities in New England, UMass is the single largest employer in the region. Abutting the UMass campus, you will note the Biotech Park, a public/private venture which in the 1990’s worked to bring the newly emerging biotech industry here it Central Mass. Also on site is the large Abbvie facility, formally Abbott Bioresearch and before that BASF Bioresearch. Coming to your next traffic light, you have a few choices to make. Making a left down Plantation Street, you enter a region that I’ve always called Grafton Hill, home to some cool Italian restaurants like Dino’s, and yes even a fish shop only open on Fridays. Also over on this side of Worcester you’ll find the Ecotarium, a lovely cross between zoo and museum, as well as the skating rink, and a gorgeous park. Had you gone straight at that light, you would come to the proverbial fork in the road, and in this case, there is no path less travelled. To your left, lies the area known as Shrewsbury Street, which is Worcester’s answer to Greenwich Village. Old factories converted into luxury lofts, small boutique restaurants, and a wonderful ambiance make you feel as though for a moment you’re in Back Bay. Shrewsbury Street ends at the breathtaking Union Station, where you can grab a train into Boston, or a bus to NYC and beyond. Back at that same fork in the road, heading straight ahead would take you down a long slope, and the up the Belmont Hill area home of the UMass Memorial Campus.
Continuing past UMass Memorial, you come to the center of Worcester, which is Main St, and Worcester Center Boulevard. This is where you will find almost all of the larger businesses, and the skyscrapers that go with them. Also here in the downtown region, you’ll find the DCU Center, formally the Worcester Centrum, which is home to the Worcester Sharks hockey team, as well as home and boat shows, business meetings, the annual circus and concerts from Neil Diamond to Madonna and everyone in between.
To the North of town center, heading up Lincoln Street to the fork in the road where it meets Burncoat Street, you will find the adjoining regions of Burncoat on your right and Greendale on your left. These areas contain a great many northern european inspired single and multi family homes, built by the early employees brought in to work at Norton Corporation in the late 1800’s.
Northwest of town center, you can drive down Institute Road, through the WPI campus, and for a moment feel as though you’re in Harvard Yard itself. As you cross over Park Ave, you can head off into the Salisbury area of town, which is colloquially known of as “the rich part of town.” Mansions line the streets, many dating to the 18th and 19th century, and turning off onto any of the side streets you will spot gorgeous neighborhoods of spacious, slate roofed homes which are simply breathtaking.
The far west side of town, along June and May Street, is the Tatnuck section of Worcester, known simply as “The West Side” of town, which is one of the more popular sections of town, and it’s easy to see why as you drive around and see a host of affordable homes in their own lovely little subdivisions. Also out there you will find Worcester State University, as the usually under-used Worcester Airport.
Last on the list, at least for today,(there really are many more areas) is the Southwestern section known as Webster Square. Here you’ll find many large businesses, shopping, and dining, and mainly smaller homes, relative to those you’d see on the West side.
Worcester MA is bordered by eight towns: Auburn MA, Grafton MA, Holden MA, Leicester MA, Millbury MA, Paxton MA, Shrewsbury MA, and West Boylston MA. Easy access to Interstates 90, 190, 290, 395, and 495 puts most major New England cities less than a ninety-minute car ride away.
Worcester MA has a wide variety of attractions suitable for everyone from families with children to single working professionals right within the city limits. The Worcester Art Museum (WAM), which now holds the Higgin’s Armory collection, Ecotarium, and Quinsigamond State Park are great examples of places to visit for a day trip. For an evening out, one may check the calendar of events at the DCU Center or Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, or catch a flick at Worcester Showcase Cinema. Worcester MA is teeming with young energy from the nine small colleges in the city which makes for a lively night-life scene. Worcester MA has a number of public parks including the Worcester Common, Elm Park, North Park, Salisbury Park, Green Hill Park, and Dodge Park.
Worcester MA School Systems
Being a large city, Worcester MA has a number of different options when it comes to schools. At the elementary level, the district is broken up into what are known as “neighborhood schools.” After that as you move to the the middle and high school levels, you have large schools like Doherty, Burncoat and South High, that serve their respective sections of the city. Many brilliant and outstanding students have come out of these schools, though they obviously face many of the challenges seen in any large city. Of course, if the public system does not fit what you are looking for, there are still plenty of charter, parochial, technical, and specialized schools in Worcester MA and neighboring towns to consider.
Colleges and Universities in the Worcester MA Area
As I previously mentioned, there are nine public and private universities and colleges in Worcester MA alone. They are: Assumption College, Becker College, Clark University, College of the Holy Cross, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS), Quinsigamond Community College, the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Worcester State University. The students that attend these institutions bring a great deal of energy, innovation and creativity to this area of the Commonwealth.
Hospitals in the Worcester MA Area
Clinton Hospital – 201 Highland St, Clinton, MA 01510
Milford Regional Medical Center – 14 Prospect St, Milford, MA 01757
ReadyMED (Walk-In Medical Care Services) – 222 Boston Turnpike, Worcester, MA 01545
UMass Main Campus – Plantation Street and route 9, Worcester MA
UMass Memorial Medical Center – 119 Belmont St, Worcester, MA 01605
Saint Vincent Hospital – 123 Summer St, Worcester, MA 01608
Popular Restaurants in Worcester MA
There are so many great restaurants in Worcester MA that you can start eating in one area, and a year later still have more to explore. Along the newly restored Shrewsbury Street section, you have 101 Chop House and Via as probably the largest of the two, but a host of smaller bistro type eateries line the streets for over a mile. For a quick sandwich, Regatta Deli has been known to serve the BEST subs, and others swear by O’Connors Restaurant and Bar, Miss Worcester Diner, Coney Island, and of course the Sole Proprietor, for the best seafood in town.
Worcester MA Realtor – Steve Levine
When you’re thinking of buying or selling Worcester Massachusetts real estate or relocating in or out of the Worcester MA area, you’ll be faced with more choices than you might imagine. While trying to narrow down your choices, selected from among the many great Worcester MA neighborhoods, you will often be faced with an overload of information, and opinions from just about everyone you meet. Who should you believe? It seems as though each person has a totally different opinion on Worcester, MA, and is more than willing to share it with you, whether you want it or not! At times like this, facing what will be one of the largest financial decisions of your life, the person to turn to is a professional; someone who is able to leverage their experience in the Worcester MA marketplace and can provide a truly non-biased overview and to advise you on every nuance that you should take into consideration.
Since beginning my real estate career nearly 30 years ago, I have had the privilege of working with literally thousands of buyers and sellers. Whether it was selling a gorgeous home in Worcester MA on a 3 acre lot, a foreclosed $30k condo in Worcester MA, or any of the myriads of properties in between, I have always focused on a handful of core principles – creativity, honesty, respect, integrity, responsiveness, and attention to detail. Operating on those core principles have taken me through the good markets and bad, and with the most amazing clients one could ever ask for, I now look back on a career with pride in what I’ve done, and excitement at what is to come.
It always seems a bit odd listing one’s own accomplishments in a forum such as this. After all, it isn’t about me, it’s about you. 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 me, 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 many 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.
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 your needs include information on the Worcester MA 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.
Worcester MA Real Estate
The Worcester MA real estate market is always buzzing with new opportunities bout the first thing to consider is where in the city you want to be. They neighborhoods are so vastly different, in terms of lifestyle, schools, commutability, and of course pricing. You might be astounded just how much the Worcester areas differ from each other in that aspect alone. For example, the 3BR ranch which sells for $110K on a street in Main South, might be $150K in Burncoat, and $225 in Salisbury or Tatnuck. Fortunately, I have great deal of experience working in Worcester MA and will be able to help you with whatever it is that 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.