From the Boston Globe


April 10, 2005


Wachusett Reservoir, one of Boston's drinking-water sources.
Above left: 52 Columbus Road, a four-bedroom, 2.5 bath, 3,816-square-foot home, is listed at $739,900.
Above right: 87 Nicholas Ave., a three-bedroom, one-bath, 1,376-square-foot home, is listed at $298,500. (Globe photos/Ed Collier)

Miles from Boston: 38
Population: 4,008
Median house price: $369,900 (2004)
Tax rate: $11.64
Transportation: Routes 70, 140; member, Worcester Regional Transit Authority
MCAS: Boylston's elementary school system ranked 69th out of 373 systems statewide, according to a Boston Globe analysis of 2004 MCAS results. Member, Berlin-Boylston Regional school district, whose Tahanto Regional middle/high school ranked 115th out of 373 school systems
Census facts: Median family income is $77,604, compared to national rate of $50,046, and 38 percent held a bachelor's degree or higher, compared to national rate of 24 percent.
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BOYLSTON -- Bostonians: If your coffee tastes crisp this morning, send a thank-you note to the folks who live here, a Worcester County town where 25 percent of the land is under the Wachusett Reservoir, one of the Hub's drinking-water sources.

The reservoir is perhaps this town's best-known feature, but it is not what draws people to move here, said town clerk Sandy Bourassa, a lifelong resident.

Instead, it's the town's country atmosphere and its access to Interstate 290 -- a feature that puts residents within commuting distance from Boston -- that seems to be bringing in young families, said Bourassa.

She noted that unlike nearby Berlin, there are no working farms here anymore, as the town has become a bedroom community.

''What used to be woods, now there are houses. You used to know everybody, but now you may not know everybody. But it is still small," she said. ''It's grown, but I think we still have the small-town attitude."

On a recent week, listed 18 single-family homes, ranging from $298,500 for a three-bedroom, one-bath, 1,376-square-foot home to $739,900 for a four-bedroom, 2-bath, 3,816-square-foot home. There are currently a handful of $1 million-plus lots near the reservoir for sale.

A footnote: The town does not draw any water from the Wachusett. Residents and municipal properties rely on well water.


Sales sampler

2 Clearview Ave. One-family ranch, built in 1957, 1,525 square feet, 6 rooms, 3 bedrooms, 1 baths, on 22,300-square-foot lot. $310,000

790 Main St. One-family ranch, built in 1952, 1,323 square feet, 6 rooms, 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, on 25,025-square-foot lot. $314,000

875 Main St. One-family, built in 1820, 2,172 square feet, 10 rooms, 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, on 80,150-square-foot lot. $510,000

11 Orient St. One-family Cape, built in 1954, 1,464 square feet, 5 rooms, 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, on 9,600-square-foot lot. $256,000

252 School St. One-family Colonial, built in 1992, 2,182 square feet, 8 rooms, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, on 144,184-square-foot lot. $444,000

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