If you’re considering a move to the suburbs of Boston in search of more affordable housing, you’re not alone! Many people find themselves drawn to the allure of suburban life, away from the hustle and bustle of the city where there are lower home prices and better quality housing.
However, there’s a common oversight that many homebuyers make when venturing into Boston’s outer suburbs: they forget to consider the importance of proximity to essential shopping and services. In this blog post, we’ll explore this vital aspect of homebuying and introduce you to an ideal solution: the Town of Franklin, MA, and, in particular, the Stone Ridge Condominiums!
The high price of proximity
Boston’s skyrocketing home prices have driven many prospective homeowners to look further afield for affordable housing options. The Rte. 128 region and the I-495 beltway and beyond have become hotspots for those seeking more reasonable prices. When embarking on this journey, most buyers prioritize three key factors: price, quality of schools, and commute to work. While these factors are undoubtedly of utmost importance, buyers often overlook another critical consideration: proximity to shopping and services.
The shopping dilemma
As you venture further away from Boston’s city center and into smaller communities along the I-495 corridor, you can encounter limited retail districts and shopping options.
In some cases, there may be just one grocery store in town. In some communities, none at all! Imagine moving into your new home only to realize that you have to embark on a lengthy drive to access basic groceries. It’s a scenario that can quickly turn your dream home into a headache!
Franklin, Massachusetts: A shopping gem
Amidst the search for affordability, convenience, and a vibrant community, Franklin, Massachusetts shines brightly.
Boasting a population of over 33,000, this town offers the best of both worlds – reasonable home prices and a broad array of shopping and service providers. For prospective condo buyers, the Stone Ridge Condominiums in Franklin has an unmatched advantage in terms of proximity to fantastic grocery venues!
Stone Ridge Condos: Your gateway to shopping choice
Imagine having SEVEN major grocery chain stores just a short drive away from your new home at Stone Ridge Condos!
Just a mile away from Stone Ridge, you’ll find two substantial grocery stores. And if that’s not enough, within a broader 5-mile radius, you have access to another five major grocery chains, ensuring that your shopping needs are well taken care of!
Franklin Village Plaza: Retail hub
Stone Ridge is just one mile from the Franklin Village Plaza, just off Exit 43 of I-495. This plaza boasts over 300,000 square feet of retail and office space.
Stop and Shop is one of the plaza’s anchor tenants. The Franklin Stop and Shop offers a full line of produce, meat, dairy, beverages, frozen food, and household items. Plus, it houses a Starbucks, a Citizens Bank branch, an in-house bakery, and a pharmacy. And for those on the move, there’s a Stop and Shop gas station just half a mile from the Stone Ridge condos.
Discount Prices and more at BJ’S Wholesale
If you’re a savvy shopper looking for bargains, BJ’s Wholesale Club is just a mile and a quarter away from Stone Ridge.
BJ’s offers discounted prices on a wide range of products, including groceries, apparel, and electronics. The Franklin BJ‘s sells wine and beer while also having a bakery, an optical department, and a tire center. You can even find discount prices on gasoline at this BJ’s location.
More grocery options around the corner
But the shopping adventures don’t end there! A short drive north on I-495 from Stone Ridge brings you to Whole Foods, Market Basket, and Walmart.
If you head south one exit on I-495, you’ll discover a Shaws and a Big Y Market.
Whether you’re a Whole Foods enthusiast or a regular at Walmart, the ease of access to these stores will make your daily life hassle-free. With Whole Foods, Market Basket, Walmart, Shaws, and Big Y Market nearby, you’re truly spoiled for choice at Stone Ridge!
Additional Advantages of Stone Ridge
Stone Ridge is located just off Exit 43 of I-495, lessening travel time throughout the I-495 region, and beyond to Worcester, Providence, and Cape Code. Stone Ridge residents can enjoy a night out on the town or grab a quick bite to eat on the go because the condos are also just one mile away from an impressive array of restaurants, eateries, and bars. Stone Ridge is also about one mile from the Forge Park commuter rail station. Even if you don’t regularly commute to Boston, having the city within ready reach without enduring the hassles of traffic congestion is a significant advantage. Surprisingly, Stone Ridge residents can easily escape the hustle and bustle of modern life by accessing the Franklin State Forest, an 840-acre woodland with miles of walking trails that are just a stone’s throw away from Stone Ridge. And the modern Hockomock YMCA is just up the street, affording opportunities to socialize, meet new friends, and stay active.
Ready to explore your options?
Ready to discover the perfect home at Stone Ridge or in the broader Franklin market? I’m here to make your real estate journey a 5-star experience! Reach out today and let’s make your home-buying dreams a reality. Together, we’ll find your perfect oasis in Franklin!