In beautiful western New England, on the eastern bank of the gorgeous Connecticut River, you will find the City of Springfield, Massachusetts. Springfield is the seat of Hampden County and is situated near the confluence of the eastern Mill River, eastern Chicopee River, and western Westfield River. Home to around 154,000 residents, Springfield is part of the Springfield Metro Area, one of only two in the state. The city is the largest in western New England and is the undeniable cultural, economic, and urban capital of the renowned Connecticut River Valley. After Boston, Worcester, and Providence, it is the fourth-largest city in all of New England and is the third-largest city in the state.
You’ll find this remarkable community just twenty-four miles from Hartford, Connecticut which sits on the western bank of the Connecticut River. Because there are more than thirty-two liberal arts colleges and universities, the Hartford-Springfield region is often called the Knowledge Corridor. In fact, the area has the nation’s second-highest concentration of higher-learning institutions. Springfield alone is home to Springfield Technical Community College, Western New England University, Springfield College, and American International College, among others. Additionally, the Bradley International Airport is only twelve miles south of the Springfield Metro center. Comprised of 33.1 square miles, of which 1.2 are water, the city also encompasses more than four square miles of urban parkland, which is why it had the nickname “The City in a Forest.”
This big city is surrounded by gently rolling hills, majestic mountains, and scenic bluffs. Within the city, there are seventeen unique neighborhoods from which homebuyers can choose, each with its own distinct attractions, amenities, and advantages. The Bay neighborhood is home to Blunk Park, while the Boston Road neighborhood encompasses the Eastfield Mall. Brightwood is separated from the rest of the city by Interstate 91, while the East Forest Park neighborhood borders East Longmeadow, Massachusetts. The East Springfield community encompasses the Performance Food Group and Smith & Wesson, while the Forest Park neighborhood includes the park by the same name, as well as the Forest Park Heights Historic District. Though primarily residential, the Indian Orchard area features historic buildings, a Main Street, as well as Hubbard Park and Lake Lorraine State Park. You’ll find the city’s three nationally recognized hospitals in the Liberty Heights neighborhood. This remarkable area is also home to Atwater Park, Hungry Hill, and Van Horn Park. The most significant array of historic Victorian properties in the Knowledge Corridor is found in the residential neighborhood known as the McKnight Historic District. This planned neighborhood encompasses Mason Square and features American International College.
The North End’s commercial district is found in the Memorial Square neighborhood, while the primary cultural attractions are found in Metro Center, including the Downtown Business District and The Club Quarter. Bordered by Lake Massasoit, the Old Hill neighborhood is residential and encompasses Springfield College, and the Pine Point neighborhood is home to a Fortune 100 company, MassMutual. The Maple Hill Historic District, Ridgewood Historic District, and the Lower Maple Historic District are found in the urban and residential neighborhoods of Six Corners.The SABIS International School and Western New England University are located in the Sixteen Acre community, while a plethora of landmarks and restaurants can be found in the South End area. Between American International College and Springfield College you will find the Upper Hill neighborhood which is bordered by Lake Massasoit and encompasses Wesson Park.
Within this many wonderful neighborhoods, you can find very diverse Springfield real estate options. Properties in Springfield include efficient, low-maintenance condos, as well as large and luxurious family estates and everything in between. Homes for sale in Springfield come in a broad price range that will accommodate most homebuyer’s budgets and personal tastes, please contact us today if you would like more information.
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*City of Springfield Census Information provided by eNeighborhood Reports
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