Franklin is a suburban industrial community on the watershed between the Charles and the Blackstone Rivers, just 22 miles southwest of Boston. It is one of the highest towns in Norfolk County. Principal highways crossing Franklin include Route 140 and Interstate 495, a major beltway of Massachusetts. This access to roads and proximity... Show all »
Franklin is a suburban industrial community on the watershed between the Charles and the Blackstone Rivers, just 22 miles southwest of Boston. It is one of the highest towns in Norfolk County. Principal highways crossing Franklin include Route 140 and Interstate 495, a major beltway of Massachusetts. This access to roads and proximity to Boston and surrounding towns, make Franklin an ideal bedroom community. With quiet tree-lined streets and neighborhoods of handsome suburban subdivisions, Franklin is an attractive place to settle.
Early settlement of the area occurred late in the 17th century after the Native American uprisings of King Philips war. Those who came to reside in what is now Franklin were engaged small scale farming and grazing, but the towns abundant water power allowed early industrial development at mills along the river. There were cotton mills, felt makers and boot and shoe manufacturers established in Franklin in the 18th and 19th centuries, but the dominant industry in the town from 1799 on was the making of straw bonnets, and Franklin became one of the centers of straw bonnet manufacturing.
Franklin was renamed in 1778 in honor of Benjamin Franklin. Then, the American ambassador to France, Founding Father Franklin showed his appreciation of the tribute by sending the town a library of 116 volumes which seeded the public library. The Town of Franklin's long history has left a legacy of buildings in a variety of architectural styles. High style Greek revival and Italianate structures, as well as examples of Victorian Gothic, Second Empire and Queen Anne styles remain preserved by the community.
Today, Franklin's 22,000 residents live spread out over 26 miles of town and enjoy a wide array of services and community activities and organizations. The Franklin Downtown Partnership, for example, leads public improvement activities to combat community deterioration and to preserve the historic character of the downtown commercial area.
ZipRealty helps you find current homes for sale in Franklin, MA.
We show up to 30% more
than other websites, including new homes for sale, condos for sale, townhomes for sale, foreclosed homes for sale and
land for sale.
Set up your unique Franklin real estate search criteria to see results that match what you're looking for.
Explore maps, photos, schools and more to get an idea of what your life would be like in a new neighborhood.
Find a local
Franklin real estate agent
to work with by reading realtor reviews left by buyers and sellers like you.
If you want to know what your home is worth, you can
instantly view home values
for any address by visiting our Seller Center.
If you're planning to sell your home, you can also see how much similar homes are selling for in Franklin to get an idea
of how to price your home.
Local real estate services provided by:
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
52 Second Ave, 3rd Floor
Waltham, MA 02451
Website provided and owned by Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.
Copyright 1999-2015 and Patent Pending, ZipRealty. All rights reserved.
Follow Us On
The information being provided by MLS Property Information Network, Inc. is for the consumer's personal, non-commercial use and may not be used for any purpose other than to identify prospective properties consumer may be interested in purchasing. Any information relating to real estate for sale referenced on this web site comes from the Internet Data Exchange (IDX) program of the MLS Property Information Network, Inc.. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage is not a Multiple Listing Service (MLS), nor does it offer MLS access. This website is a service of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, a broker participant of MLS Property Information Network, Inc.. This web site may reference real estate listing(s) held by a brokerage firm other than the broker and/or agent who owns this web site.
The accuracy of all information, regardless of source, including but not limited to open house information, square footages and lot sizes, is deemed reliable but not guaranteed and should be personally verified through personal inspection by and/or with the appropriate professionals. The data contained herein is copyrighted by MLS Property Information Network, Inc. and is protected by all applicable copyright laws. Any unauthorized dissemination of this information is in violation of copyright laws and is strictly prohibited.
Copyright 2015 MLS Property Information Network, Inc.. All rights reserved.
Data last updated: Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 7:24 PM. Properties in listings may have been sold or may no longer be available.