Stockbridge

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1 Elm Street, Stockbridge, Massachusetts 01262 -

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    Condo, Single Family Home
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History

The town of Stockbridge was originally inhabited in 1734 by the English missionaries, a group of people who found it as a mission for the Stockbridge Indians, a Mahican Indian tribe. The rural community was saved by the English colonists for the tribe as a prize for helping them against the French and Indian Wars. Their missionary was Reverend John Sergeant from Newark who was replace  d in the position by a remarkable Christian theologian, Jonathan Edwards. Edwards was linked to the First Great Awakening.

The village initially chartered in 1737 as Indian Town and was formally incorporated as Stockbridge on June 22, 1739. It was named after Stockbridge (of Hampshire, England) by the English colonists.

The Stockbridge Indians were given the assurance by Massachusetts General Court that the land will never be sold, but this agreement was overturned. In spite of the assistance the tribe had given during Revolutionary War, the state compelled them to move to the west, relocating to New York, and then to Wisconsin. The community was then invaded by British-American colonists.

The railroad was developed in 1850, and the town was established for the affluent people of Boston and other large cities as a summer resort. Berkshire Cottages are huge homes that were constructed prior the WWI and the introduction of income tax. Tanglewood, an estate on the border of Lenox, was modified to be used as Boston Symphony Orchestra’s summer residence.

Stockbridge has been benefiting from Laurel Hill Association since 1853, which is a village beautification group. On the other hand, Stockbridge Bowl Association preserves the natural exquisiteness of Stockbridge Bowl, as well as the nearby Bullard Woods.

Area and Climate

Stockbridge lies among Berkshire Mountains and is consumed by Housatonic River than runs through the town central. This river is fed by a number of swampy lakes and rocks, which include Agawam Lake (south), Lake Mahkeenac (north), Mohawk Lake (west), and Lake Averic (northwest). Stockbridge Bowl houses a boating club, town beach, and Camp Mah-Kee-Nac, a summer camp. To the north lie some portions of Tanglewood, and to the either side lies the Rattlesnake Hill and West Stockbridge Mountain. To the east are the peaks of the Beartown Mountain near the town line of Lee and to the south are the peaks of the Monument Mountain on the town line of Great Barrington.

Real Estate and Cost of Living

Costs of homes in Stockbridge are one of the most expensive in the United States. However, realty costs in this town are more reasonable compared to the most expensive areas or villages in Massachusetts.

The cost of living in this town in March 2012 is 507.6, which is extremely high than the US average of 100.

Lifestyle and Things to Do

Stockbridge, Massachusetts is fortunate enough to have a long list of cultural attractions that exceed what other metropolitan areas offer. The town has internationally famous events of dance, music and theater during the summer; gardens; historic homes; and major galleries and art museums. The countryside of Berkshire, a marvelous place that offers a backdrop   for cultural showcase, is a destination itself and has plenty of back roads and trails for snowshoeing, cycling, cross country skiing, hiking, and bird watching. Additionally, local train rides and guided tours are offered all throughout summer.

Berkshire Botanical Garden is a 15-acre garden with a collection of more than 3,000 varieties and species and has an emphasis on the thriving plants in the Berkshires. Founded in the year 1934 and was known as Berkshire Garden Center, this botanical garden has display gardens considered to be one of the oldest in the country.

Another point of interest is the Norman Rockwell Museum, which is home to the world’s biggest original Rockwell art collection, including The Problem We All Live With, his iconic painting from 1963. The museum consists of 574 original artworks by Norman Rockwell and his archives, which include more than 100,000 different items, including business documents, photographs and a fan mail.

 

 

Amenities

  • Walking & Biking
  • Fitness Facility
  • Golf Course
  • Medical Clinics
  • Shopping / Grocery
  • Library
  • Picnic Area
  • Parks & Natural Space
 

Lifestyle

  • Main Street
  • Shopping
  • Dining
  • Sking Nearby
 
Property/Community Type : Condo
Golf Facility(Within 10 Mile Radius) : Yes
Coastal Area(Within 10 Mile Radius) : No
Mountain/foot hills area(Within 10 Mile Radius) : Yes
Lake Property(Within 10 Mile Radius) : No
College Town(College or University Within 15 Mile Radius) : No
Size of Community/Town(25 Mile Radius Estimated) :
Fitness Facility(Within 2 Mile Radius) : Yes

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