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Renting an Apartment in Framingham

Framingham is a town in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States. As of the 2000 census, the population was 66,910, making it the most populous town in New England. The 2005 population estimate is 65,598. There have been several proposals to change the town’s charter to make Framingham a city, but none have succeeded.


The Town of Framingham is a community located in eastern Massachusetts, 20 miles west of Boston, mid-way between Boston and Worcester. At nearly 67,000 inhabitants, Framingham is the largest town in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the hub of the Metrowest region. It is bordered by Southborough and Marlborough on the west; Sherborn and Ashland on the south; Natick on the east; Wayland on the northeast; and Sudbury on the north. Framingham is 197 miles from New York City.

The town of Framingham is divided by Route 9, which passes east-to-west through the middle of the town. South Framingham includes Downtown Framingham (the town government seat), and the villages of Coburnville, Lokerville and Salem End Road. North Framingham includes the villages of Nobscot, Pinefield, Ridgefield and Saxonville plus Framingham Center (the physical center of town, featuring the town commons).


Framingham is one of the few towns in Massachusetts that has met its legal requirement of 10% for Chapter 40B Affordable housing which mostly targets people with income levels in the 70% of median income. In addition to its 40B Affordable component, Framingham has a large percentage of rental units which target people in the 30% of median income bracket. Framingham has a much larger percentage of renter households than any of the surrounding towns. Statewide, the median income of renter households is 47% of the median for homeowners, and in Middlesex County it is slightly more than 50%. In Framingham, the median renter income of $33,626 is 45% of the median homeowner income of $75,040.

Housing in South Framingham is mainly single family houses on small lots (under half an acre), multi-family homes or apartments. Additionally much of the town’s affordable housing is located south of Route 9. However there a large number of large, single family homes around Salem End Road on the West Side South Framingham. This region is often overlooked as being in South Framingham because the area is physically separated from most of the South Side due to a series of reservoirs and the Sudbury River.[ Also, there are many large Victorian houses located along the shores of Learned and Gleason Ponds, and along Concord St. and Union Ave. near Downtown Framingham. Additionally, the West Side of South Framingham along Route 9 has several large tracts of multi story apartment buildings that comprise a major part of the town’s apartment stock.

North Framingham was originally mostly farmland and gave way to large tracts of single family housing on large lots (over half an acre) after World War II. The village of Saxonville on the east side is an old mill area that consists of many Victorian homes, and is undergoing a large expansion of over six hundred new homes on a former gravel pit. The village of Nobscot on the western side has many homes that are valued above mean housing prices for the region. While there are several small apartment complexes on the North Side, most have been converted to condominiums. In the 1950s and 1960s, the villages of Nobscot, Pinefield and Saxonville all had a large number of slab and raised ranch-style houses constructed by the Campanelli Company. These homes are classic cookie-cutter style homes that feature the same general shape and floor plan; while there are six or seven styles of the houses, the large majority of which are referred to Campanelli “L” ranches because their floor plan resembles the letter “L”. At the time of construction, these homes were considered by many to be the epitome of the American dream of homeownership; today they are viewed as more modest homes.

Today, most of Framingham land has been developed with the exception of some parcels in the northwest quadrant. In this part of town there are more people with wells and septic systems, combined with a large amount of ledge, which prevents most of the unbuilt land from being developed.


Framingham is located approximately halfway between Worcester, the commercial center of Central Massachusetts, and Boston, New England’s leading port and metropolitan area. Rail and highway facilities connect these major centers and other communities in the Greater Boston Metropolitan Area.



* Direct rail service to Boston, New York, and all other points on the Amtrak network is available through Framingham.

* MBTA commuter rail service is available to South Station and Back Bay Station, Boston via the MBTA Framingham-Worcester Commuter Rail Line which connects South Station in Boston and Union Station in Worcester. Travel time to BBS is 42-45 minutes. Originally called the Framingham Commuter Rail Line, it was the end of the line until rail traffic was expanded to Worcester in 1996. The line also serves the communities of Newton, Wellesley, Natick, Ashland, Southborough, Westborough and Grafton.

* CSX provides freight rail service and operates an auto transloading facility in Framingham.


* Express Bus provides service to Boston and Logan Airport.
* Peter Pan Bus Lines provides service to Worcester and Boston.
* Big W Transportation provides service to Milford and Hopkinton.
* The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), provides THE RIDE, a paratransit service for the elderly and disabled.
* The MetroWest Regional Transit Authority (MWRTA) operates local bus service called the LiFT (Local inter-Framingham Transit) which provides service to other local routes connecting the various regions of town and fixed route public bus lines servicing multiple communities in the MetroWest region, including the towns of Ashland, Holliston, Milford, Hopkinton, Natick and Marlborough. The MWRTA also services the communities of Ashland, Framingham, Holliston, Hopkinton, Natick (the Natick Neighborhood Bus), Wayland and Weston. Sudbury, Sherborn and Milford may also join.


Boston’s Logan International Airport is easily accessible from Framingham. MassPort provides public transportation to all airport terminals from Framingham via Logan Express bus service seven days per week. The bus terminal and paid parking facility are located on the Shoppers’ World Mall property, off the Massachusetts Turnpike Exit 13, between Route 9 and Route 30, at the intersections of East Road and the Burr Street connector.

Golden Triangle

The Golden Triangle was originally a three square mile district on the eastern side of Framingham, bordered by Worcester Rd. (Route 9), Cochituate Rd. (Route 30), and Speen Street in Natick. In 1993, the area began to expand beyond the borders of the triangle with construction of a BJ’s Wholesale Club and Super Stop & Shop just north of Route 30. It now includes the original area plus parts of Old Connecticut Path., Concord St. (Route 126) and Speen St. north of Route 30. Because of the size and complexity of this area, Framingham and Natick cooperatively operate it a single distinct district with similar zoning. The area is one of the largest shopping districts in New England.

This area was formed with the construction of Shoppers World in 1951. Shoppers’ World was a large open air shopping mall, the second in the US and the first east of the Mississippi River. This mall drew many other retail construction projects to the area, including Marshalls (1961, rebuilt as Bed, Bath and Beyond 1997), Caldor (1966, Rebuilt as Wal*Mart in 2002), Bradlees (1960s, rebuilt as Kohls in 2002), the Route 30 Mall (1970), the Framingham Mall (1978, rebuilt 2000) and Lowes (formally the Verizon Building, 2006). Complementary developments in Natick include the Natick Mall (1966, rebuilt in 1991, expanded 2007 & renamed Natick Collection), Sherwood Plaza (1960), Cloverleaf Marketplace (1978) and the Home Depot. In 1994, Shoppers’ World was demolished and replaced with a strip mall. There also seven hotels and two car dealerships, Framingham Nissan/Jeep and Herb Connolly Chevrolet, located within the Triangle.

In addition to retail properties, there are large office developments located in the area including several companies headquartered in the triangle; the world headquarters of TJX is located at the junction of Route 30 and Speen St, as is the main office of IDG and IDC. Breyers, Leggat McCall, the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society all have facilities in the area. Boston Scientific headquarters is housed in Natick, in the old Carling Brewery building and former Prime parkway complex. BJ’s Wholesale Club’s headquarters is located behind Sherwood Plaza on route 9, on the south side of the triangle. In all there are over a dozen large office complexes located in and along the borders of the Triangle.

Downtown and South Framingham

The downtown area is located between the “Y”-shaped traffic circle formed by the intersection of Concord St. and Union Ave., called Memorial Square, to the north and its mirror intersection at the junction of Irving St. and Hollis St. on the south end. The area is bisected by Waverly St. (Route 135) and the MBTA Commuter Rail tracks. The anchoring structure of Downtown is the town hall, The Memorial Building.

South Framingham became the commercial center of the town with the advent of the railroad in the 1880s. It eventually came to house Dennison Manufacturing and the former General Motors Framingham Assembly plant, but the area under went a financial downturn after the closure of these facilities during the late 1980s. An influx of Hispanic and Brazilian immigrants helped to revitalize the district starting in the early 2000s. Along with Brazilian and Spanish oriented retail shops, there are restaurants, legal and financial services, the town offices and library, an art museum, police headquarters, and the local branch of the Social Security Administration. Several Asian and Indian stores and restaurants add to the rich ethnic flavor of the area, and many small businesses, restaurants and automotive-oriented shops line Waverly St. from Natick in east to Winter St. in the west.

In 2006, the Fitts Market & Hemenway buildings fa�ades underwent a restoration project; these newly renovated structures were awarded a 2006 Massachusetts Historical Commission Preservation Award in the Restoration and Rehabilitation Category. In addition, several retail and housing projects involving the Arcade Building and the former Dennison Building Complex are in the planning stages or under construction.

West Framingham

The business section on the West Side of Framingham runs primarily along Route 9, starting at Temple St.; it is dominated by two large office/industrial parks: the Framingham Industrial Park on the north side of Route 9 and the Framingham Technology Park on the south side, both on the Ashland/Southborogh border. Bose and Staples both have their world headquarters in these parks; in addition, Genzyme, Capital One, Computer Associates, ITT Tech and the local paper, the Metrowest Daily News, all have major facilities located there. three of Framingham’s seven major auto dealerships are also located in West Framingham: Ford, Toyota/Scion

The large tracts of multi-story apartment and condominium complexes line both sides of Route 9 from Temple St. to the industrial parks. These buildings represent the majority of Framingham’s multi-family dwellings, and along with the business complexes, helped create a large network support services on the West Side: Framingham’s second Super Stop & Shop supermarket, dozens of restaurants and pubs, Sheraton and Marriott hotels and a large day-care facility all are in the two mile section of Route 9 from Temple St. to Ashland.

Villages and Route 9

Framingham Center is the physical and historic center of town. Formed at the junctions of Worcester Rd. (Route 9), Pleasant St. (Route 30), High St., Main St. and Edgell Rd. the dominating presence is Framingham State College. The large, but compact school is home to several thousand students, about one third of which live on campus. In the late 1960s, MassHighway replaced the grade crossing with a beetleback, destroying the south half of the old Center retail district. The remaining half houses several small stores, restaurants, realtors and legal offices. The old Boston and Worcester Street Railway depot, on the east side of the Center, was converted in to a strip mall in the early 1980s and houses the Center Postal Station (01704) and several small stores. The Center is rounded out by One and Two Edgell Rd. (two small retail/office buildings), the historic Village Hall, the Framingham Historical Society and Museum, several banks, a Brazilian restaurant, the American Medical Response paramedic station and McCarthy Office Building.

The village of Nobscot, located at the intersection of Water St., Edmands Rd and Edgell Rd., and the Pinefield/Saxonville villages, located where Concord St., Water St., and Central St. intersect,are home to several small office buildings, strip malls and gas stations. Saxonville is the home of the former Roxbury Carpet Company buildings, now an industrial park.

In addition, the section of Route 9 from the Route 126 overpass to the Main St./Edgell Rd. beetleback in Framingham Center is heavily developed. Two car dealerships, Herb Connolly Acura and Framingham Nissan, several strip malls of varying sizes, many small apartment complexes, several small office complexes and other small shops and restaurants make Route 9 the main commercial thoroughfare in Framingham.

Finally, there are several other small retail areas and facilities spread through out the town, e.g. near Mt Wayte Ave and Franklin St.; the intersection of Concord St. and Hartford St.; and along School St., near Hamilton St.

Points of interest

Framingham features dozens of athletic fields and civic facilities spread throughout the town in schools and public parks. Many of the recreational facilities were constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the New Deal.


* Bowditch Field located on Union Avenue midway between Downtown and Framingham Center is the main athletic facility for the town. It houses a large multi-purpose football stadium that includes permanent bleachers on both sides of the field. Additionally there is a baseball field, tennis courts, a track and field practice area, and the headquarters of the town Parks Department. Bowditch, along with Butterworth and Winch Parks, were all built during the Great Depression of the 1930s as WPA projects.
* Butterworth Park is located at the corner of Grant St and Arthur St. The park occupies a square block near downtown. The park has includes a baseball stadium that includes permanent bleachers on one side of the field, a basketball court and a tennis court. There is street parking available on three sides.
* Winch Park is the sister park to Butterworth and is located in Saxonville adjacent to the Framingham High School. It includes a baseball stadium that includes permanent bleachers on one side of the field, a basketball court, tennis courts and two large practice fields used for football, soccer and lacrosse. There are two additional multi-use fields located on the other side of the high school’s gymnasium building.
* Callahan State Park is a large state park run by the DCR located in North Framingham in the northwest corner of town.
* Cochituate State Park on Lake Cochituate has a small section in Framingham where Saxonville Beach is located on the north western shore of the lake.
* Danforth Park located on Danforth Street, not far from the Wayland town line. The small park has playground with a half basketball court and a small baseball/kickball field.
* Framingham Common is located in Framingham Center in front of the old Town Hall along Edgell Rd and Vernon St. It features the town Christmas Tree and an outdoor stage used for concerts and other fair weather events. It is a favorite of the students of Framingham State College, and the site of their annual graduation ceremonies.
* Cushing Park on the South Side is a passive recreational area. The Framingham Peace and 9/11 Memorials are located within the park across the street from Farm Pond, along with the Cushing Chapel. After WWII ended, this land used to be the Cushing Veterans Hospital.

Conservation land

* Framingham has about 400 acres of land that has been placed into public conservation.
o The Wittenborg Woods was donated to the town in 1999 by Harriet Wittenborg. The properties were originally purchased from Henry Ford in the 1940s. Henry Ford owned all of the land around the Wayside Inn in nearby Sudbury, and Harriet (and her husband) were required to interview with Mr. Ford to determine if they would be good stewards of the land.
o The Morency Woods is a parcel of land that is physically located in Natick, MA on the Framingham border, but which is owned by the town of Framingham. This forested land was used as a sewer bed up until the mid 1940′s and was placed into conservation in 2001.
* The Sudbury Valley Trustees has approximately 200 acres of land in North Framingham and along the Sudbury River in a private conservation trust.


* Garden in the Woods, operated by the New England Wildflower Society, is a botanical garden that features the largest landscaped collection of native wildflowers in New England. It is located in Nobscot, off of Hemenway Road.
* Framingham Country Club, located along Salem End Road on the South Side, is a private club that features an 18-hole course with 6,580 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72.
* Millwood Farms Golf Course off Millwood Street is a public 14-hole, par 53 golf course. Originally a 9-hole course, it was expanded to 14 holes in the late 1970s. Attempts to purchase land for a full 18-hole were unsuccessful.
* Nobscot Mountain Reservation is a private facility owned by the Knox Trail Council of the Boy Scouts of America and is open to the public during most of the year.
* The town has several public beaches including Saxonville beach on Lake Cochituate, Washakum Beach on Lake Washakum, and the beach at Learned Pond.
* The former Cushing hospital grounds serve as walking, biking, rollerblading and picnic areas.
* Farm Pond, located in South Framingham, once used to host Fourth of July Fireworks, now serves as a picnic area.
* Edward F. Loring Skating Arena, located near Farm Pond at the corner of Fountain and Dudley Roads, is a municipal skating arena for area groups on a rental basis and public skating and stick time is available September through April.