Springfield, MA Real Estate
Welcome to Springfield, MA
Springfield is a New England city with a resilient economy, vibrant festivals, and amazing educational opportunities. The city is known for its gorgeous architecture, eclectic nightlife, and widespread green space. Local museums and other activities mean there’s always something to do nearby, and commuting to nearby cities is simple and easy for those who attend school or work elsewhere.
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Public Transportation: Getting Around Springfield and Traveling
Springfield’s transportation network offers residents a number of choices for getting around the city, and for commuting and traveling elsewhere. The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority (PVTA) is the local transit system, providing bus service within Springfield and to other nearby towns. Easy access to I-90 and I-91 makes travel by car to other areas simple, and Springfield enjoys far less traffic congestion than other urban areas in New England.
There are also other inter-city bus services serving Springfield, including Greyhound and Peter Pan. Amtrak service connects travelers to other East Coast cities, as well as Cleveland, Montreal, and Chicago. A new high-speed commuter rail line is currently being built, and will transport commuters to New Haven and Hartford beginning in 2015.
The current train station is scheduled for a major renovation in the near future, at which point an addition will be constructed to serve as a bus terminal, and nearly all of the mass transit in Springfield will be consolidated into one convenient location.
Springfield, MA’s Real Estate Market
Although some options for purchasing condos and apartments do exist, Springfield is dominated more by single-family homes. Home-buying options range from classic Colonial houses to intricately-painted Victorian mansions. However, more modern bungalows, split-levels, and ranch homes are also common.
Springfield is sometimes called the “City of Homes” due to the prevalence of beautiful architecture and idyllic residential streets, but is also known for it’s low housing costs when compared to other nearby urban areas. The city’s most prominent neighborhoods include:
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Testimonials to Our Service in Springfield, MA
Here are some of our past clients’ past experiences with Carrington Real Estate:
Chris H. said: Our agent showed me a number of properties that fit my tastes and never wasted a moment of my time. Her professionalism and experience really shined as I was looking for a very specific style of home (and within a tight budget). She also helped me find the right opportunities to strike a deal with homeowners, so I would get a better offer. Her knowledge is second to none, and I would recommend Carrington to anyone looking for a home. His rating: 5 stars
Peter M. said: Our agent was very responsive and flexible to our schedule. She was able to quickly understand what property features were most important and helped me zone in on the properties that would provide the most value for what I wanted. Her understanding of the local market really came into play when we entered negotiations with the homeowner. She managed to sweeten the deal for me, which I was really pleased about. His rating: 5 stars
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Distinguished Schools in Springfield, MA
- Alfred G. Zanetti School | Grades PK-8 |
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Charter School of Excellence | Grades K-5 |
- Putnam Vocational & Technical Academy | Grades 9-12 |
- Springfield Renaissance School | Grades 8-12 |
There are many universities and colleges in Springfield, including Western New England University, Springfield College, and American International College. The greater Springfield area is rich with educational opportunities, and the region (known as the Knowledge Corridor) is considered to have one of the highest densities of colleges and universities of any area in the United States. Amherst College, Smith College, Mount Holyoke College, Hampshire College, and University of Massachusetts, Amherst are all within easy commuting distance, as are a number of other institutions in Hartford and the surrounding area.
You’ll Enjoy: the Quadrangle and Connecticut River Walk
- The Quadrangle – Visitors and residents alike enjoy spending long afternoons meandering through the five museums in The Quadrangle. The museum campus is made up of the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, Wood Museum of Springfield History, Smith Arts Museum, Connecticut Valley Historical Museum, and Springfield Science Museum.
- Connecticut River Walk Park – This picturesque park and trail area on the banks of the Connecticut River is a popular destination for leisurely walks, running, and biking. The Springfield section of the trail is nearly four miles long, with plans to extend the trail to follow the river for twenty miles.
- Club Quarter – The Club Quarter is the center of Springfield’s nightlife, with a wide range of restaurants, concert venues, theatres, and nightclubs. The businesses that make up the Club Quarter have contributed heavily to Springfield’s reputation as a progressive, LGBT-friendly city.
- The Big E – The Eastern States Exposition, or Big E, has been held annually in nearby West Springfield for nearly a century, and serves as the “state fair” for six New England states. The fair is open for seventeen days each fall, and the Avenue of States, concerts, food vendors, and agricultural exhibits make it an essential event for Springfield residents.
- Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden – Created to honor beloved children’s book author Dr. Seuss, a Springfield native, the Sculpture Garden adds whimsy to The Quadrangle and is a pleasant place for a walk.
Springfield, MA Utilities
- Springfield Water and Sewer Comission | Water | http://www.waterandsewer.org/
- Columbia Gas | Natural Gas | https://www.columbiagasma.com/
- Western Mass Electric Company | Electricity | https://www.wmeco.com/
- Comcast | Phone, Cable, and Internet | http://www.comcast.com
The Lifestyle: Small-Town Beauty, Big City Amenities
Springfield is a diverse community, and the culture of the city is heavily influenced by it’s location among so many colleges and universities. This means that there is no shortage of activities, and Springfield residents enjoy many large festivals every years, along with frequent concerts, theatrical productions, and educational events.
Though the area is much more peaceful than Boston, the education industry brings many opportunities generally only seen in major metropolitan areas. The Springfield Symphony Orchestra is quite popular, as are the museums, and Club Quarter venues and the MassMutual Center regularly host touring musical groups.
The Workforce: Careers in the Knowledge Corridor
With an ideal location to the “Knowledge Corridor,” Springfield is a perfect area for those seeking careers in higher education. However, Springfield is also home to many other large companies, including a few which have their national headquarters in Springfield, and a strong economy means many job opportunities are available. Major employers in Springfield include:
- Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance
- Mercy Medical Center
- Sisters of Providence Health
- Smith and Wesson
Why Live Here: Riverfront Walks, Stunning Homes, Thriving Downtown
With it’s picturesque residential neighborhoods, incredible amount of green space, and vibrant fall foliage, many parts of Springfield can often feel like a quaint New England small town. In Springfield, however, this pleasant atmosphere is paired with all of the convenience and cultural and economic diversity of a major urban area.
Along with the gorgeous parks and Victorian Painted Lady-style houses, the city has a large museum campus, thriving downtown business district with over seventy-five restaurants, clubs, and venues, and many employment opportunities. Springfield is a perfect mixture of small-town New England and East Coast big city life.