Southborough, MA is a small residential community located on the outskirts of the larger, more industrial town of Marlborough. Although its geographic proximity to commuter rail service and major highways offers Southborough's 10,000 resident population easy access to thriving nearby commercial centers, retail hubs and high tech jobs, the white steepled church and town common in the center of Southborough project the image of a classic New England village.

Although many Massachusetts residents have traveled through Southborough without ever noting its existence, it is one of the most desirable places to live in the country, according to Money Magazine, and its home prices are among the most expensive in the state and nationally.

Settled as a farming community in 1660, the land along Southborough's small rivers eventually attracted manufacturing mills. Light industry vanished, however, the creation of the Sudbury Reservoir to meet Boston's growing need for fresh water curtailed Southborough's population and industrial growth.

Through careful planning, Southborough has managed to maintain its rural charm by designating abundant conservation land and open space for the recreational pursuits and leisure enjoyment of its residents. School-age children progress from four elementary schools—pre-K-1, 2-3, 4-5 and 6-8—located in Southborough, to one of two regional public high schools located in nearby Northborough and Marlborough. A private middle school and high school are also located in Southborough.

The town website listed the average assessed value of Southborough's 2,835 single family homes as $575,521 in 2016. The median price for a home or condominium increased from $324,400 in 2000 to $565,994 in 2013. The average price of housing located in multi-unit buildings and townhouses ranges from the mid-$150,000s to the mid-$250,000s. Southborough has achieved a low profile of quiet affluence, in contrast with its neighboring communities with a more urban ambience, largely due to its to a small geographic area and resident population and its dedicated use of land and natural resources.

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Updated: 21st September, 2019 5:07 PM.

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