SPENCER – From older homes to new builds, Spencer offers a wide variety of homes for sale as well as a full range of outdoor recreation areas.
This 34 square mile town 12 miles west of Worcester was settled in 1717, incorporated in 1753 and named after Massachusetts Governor Spencer Phips.
Today, what was once a thriving agricultural and industrial community is a vibrant small town of about 12,000 residents.
Spencer is well known for its annual agricultural fair over the Labor Day weekend. The city center is rich in antique shops and other specialty shops. The historic district contains houses from the 18th and 19th centuries.
Spencer was home to the Howe family of inventors, including Elias Howe (1819-1967), who perfected the lockstitch sewing machine.
7 houses for sale
According to realtor.com, seven single-family homes are currently for sale in Spencer. They range from a 1,160-square-foot three-bedroom home at $ 229,900 to a 4,701-square-foot four-bedroom home at $ 989,900.
The seven homes sold here from January through September of this year represent a 75% increase over the whole of 2020. The median selling price of these homes was $ 200,000, a 17.3% increase from compared to 2020, according to the Warren Group Sales Report in Massachusetts.
City administrator William R. Ross said Spencer is a great place to live because of its easy access to urban areas, open spaces and friendly atmosphere.
âWe have good public services; the school system is good; good access to transportation, the Massachusetts toll freeway and the Worcester airport, âhe said.
The city is in a regional school district with East Brookfield. High school students have the option of attending David Prouty High School or Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School in nearby Charlton.
The most expensive house
The most expensive listing is 3 Nottingham Circle at $ 989,900.
This four bed, five bath home, built in 1997, features a lakefront living with a private beach and dock, plus two master suites.
The centerpiece of her two-story sunken living room is a unique floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace. A kitchen-diner is warmed by honey-colored cabinetry and hardwood floors and lit by a slider leading to one of the many decks.
The first of the two possible parental suites is on the first floor. The master bedroom on the second floor has a gas fireplace and a private balcony.
A newer addition contains the other two bedrooms, a full bathroom and a large unfinished space above the 3 car garage.
Mature trees with shade and privacy dot the 1.44 acre property.
The home is listed with Donna Flannery with ERA Key Realty Services, who said her favorite features include the ever-changing seasonal views from every room in the home and a great setup for multigenerational living.
âI’ve lived in Spencer my whole life,â Flannery said. âIt’s a small town with people who really take care of each other. We have everything that a lot of these big cities have. We have everything and it’s nice and quiet here.
What can you buy for $ 350,000?
Currently on the market for $ 350,000 is a 2,257 square foot antique home on 0.83 acre lot. This three bedroom, two bathroom home, built in 1753, offers multigenerational living with two kitchens and separate private entrances.
Original wide-plank wood floors, cathedral ceilings with exposed beams, and built-in features are some of the standout features of this home.
What are they saying?
Flannery says when it comes to today’s real estate market, location matters.
âI think every area is different right now. Like Worcester – it’s booming – it’s number 8 in the country for sales. Right now, I see our market adjusting. For buyers, it’s probably better than before, and for sellers, maybe a little more normal.
Around the city
For lovers of outdoor recreation, this town offers plenty of options among its acres of parkland and hiking trails, such as the 64-acre Burncoat Pond Wildlife Sanctuary, which is protected by the Massachusetts Audubon Society, and Spencer State Forest / Howe State Park, which marks the birthplace of inventor Elias Howe.
There’s also the Bemis Memorial Park, which commemorates Samuel Bemis, Spencer’s first permanent European settler, and Captain Edmund Bemis, who served in the French and Indian Wars.
Isaac Prouty Park was a gift to the town of Isaac Lothrop Prouty, a nephew of Isaac Prouty, a major boot maker. The park, presented to the city in 1905, is home to a monument in honor of Spencer’s 319 men who served in the Civil War.
The city has many other parks and recreation sites, including a public beach, skateboard park, disc golf course, and playgrounds.