The Pioneer Valley area of Western Massachusetts is bisected by the Connecticut River. The river was once the life blood of the area. Industrial cities and farming communities sprung up along its shores. Today the river is used by outdoor enthusiasts for boating, and kayaking, fishing and bird watching or just relaxing along its picturesque shores.
Holyoke, the Birthplace of Volleyball, was the country’s first planned industrial city, developed in the 1800’s. Springfield, the birthplace of Basketball is the area’s largest city with a population of approximately 150,000. Nearby are a number of small towns such as Whately and Westhampton, with populations of 1,500 or less, that are the quintessential small New England town.
The Pioneer Valley offers a wealth of recreation, education and cultural options. The Five College area is made up of some of the most prestigious colleges in the country. Amherst is home to Amherst College, Hampshire College, and the University of Massachusetts. South Hadley has Mount Holyoke College and Northampton is the host to Smith College. The Springfield area is also home to a number of fine colleges and universities.
The greater Springfield/Northampton area boasts a number of state parks including the Mount Tom Reservation, Skinner State Park and Holyoke Heritage State Park. Outdoor recreation is a prized asset of the area.
Today the area offers a wide variety of housing options from unique homes in an urban setting to single family homes in suburban and rural neighborhoods. Antique farmhouse colonials, stunning Victorian homes as well as modern ranches and contemporary homes are prevalent in the area. Prices of homes range from under $100,000 to over One Million Dollars. Buyers can find that perfect home in this varying real estate market.
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