Natick is a desirable town in Middlesex County situated close to the heart of Massachusetts’ MetroWest region. Part of the Greater Boston area, it shares its borders with five of the most affluent towns in the state: Dover, Sherborn, Weston, Wellesley, and Wayland.
Natick is divided into several communities: Natick Center, East Natick, West Natick, and South Natick. These communities are home to many different neighborhoods such as Walnut Hill, Sherwood, Wethersfield, Oak Street, and Little South.
The town was originally settled in 1650 by John Eliot, a Puritan missionary from Hertfordshire in England. It was officially incorporated in the late 1700s, and was mostly a farming town at the time. After the invention of the sewing machine during the mid-1800s, the shoemaking industry flourished in Natick, where more than 20 shoe factories were constructed. The shoe factories in town were largely known for creating high-quality brogans, which were durable ankle-high boots used by soldiers during the American Civil War.
Today, Natick is a very family-oriented community with a laid-back environment, an excellent selection of schools, and some of the best shopping hubs in the MetroWest. The town is also known for its outstanding recreational venues, which include Lake Cochituate, Dug Pond, and several beaches and picnic areas.
Schools in Natick are administered by the Natick Public School District. The district is part of the METCO Program, a voluntary program that seeks to increase diversity and offer more educational opportunities for students in Boston.
Public schools in Natick include:
- Natick Preschool
- Bennett-Hemenway Elementary
- Brown Elementary
- Johnson Elementary
- Lilja Elementary
- Memorial Elementary
- Kennedy Middle School
- Wilson Middle School
- Natick High School
There are also four private schools in Natick, which are:
- Brandon School and Residential Treatment Center
- The Riverbend School
- The Tobin School
- Walnut Hill School
Natick real estate
Natick offers buyers a wide variety of properties with different architectural styles, locations, and price points.
Prospective buyers can choose from affordable 1 to 3-bedroom condos, well-constructed duplex townhomes, and spacious 5-bedroom Colonials on acres of beautifully maintained park-like grounds.
For those looking for a luxurious country lifestyle, there are many luxury communities in South Natick, such as Hopewell Farm and Phillips Pond. Condo communities such as Natick Green, Natick Village, and Kendall Crossing, meanwhile, are perfect for commuters as these are located across the West Natick train station, providing quick access to Boston.
Quick facts about Natick
- Natick encompasses a total area of approximately 16 square miles.
- Natick is home to over 33,000 permanent residents.
- Natick has many fantastic shopping venues, such as the Natick Mall Shopping Center, Sherwood Plaza Shopping Center, and Cloverleaf Market Shopping Center.
- In the 1990s, many of Natick’s public facilities like the town hall, library, and police and fire stations were upgraded to give the downtown area a new look.
- Want to know more about the many historical events in Natick? You can learn more about the town’s history in the Natick Historical Society Building, which houses a collection of artifacts, papers, materials and other pieces of Natick’s rich history.
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