In 1945, Sharon Massachusetts was a small town with a population of approximately 4,000 people. It had a history as a mountain lake resort, and an even deeper past rooted in Colonial America and the Revolutionary War.
At the time, there were few homes available in Sharon MA. Before World War II, home ownership was just a dream for most Americans. During the war, the housing industry was mostly at a standstill as labor and materials were diverted for the war effort. But, after the war things changed. Millions of returning soldiers took advantage of the GI Bill's home loan guaranty. According to information on the Office of Veteran Affairs website, the Veteran Administration backed nearly 2.4 million home loans for World War II veterans.
Developers looked for land where they could build housing to meet this new demand. Sharon MA looked very good with 25 acres of farms, forest and lots of land to build on.
Sharon also had three train stations at the time. This was ideal for new homeowners who could commute into Boston or Providence, Rhode Island. There's only one station in town now, but it remains a big draw for those who buy a home in Sharon MA and can commute into Boston in less than 30 minutes. Sharon is also ideally situated off I-95 with easy access to two major beltways, I-495 and Route 128.
One of the areas developed in Sharon in the mid- to late 1940s and 1950, is an area called the Heights. I always wondered about the name given that the area is very flat. Shirley Schofield, from the Sharon Historical Society explained that the trains coming up from Canton had to climb up "to the heights" in Sharon and then at that point, the ground leveled off.
The area that was once farmland and nurseries became part of the American Dream. Most of the homes built during this time were Ranch and Cape style homes on lots of approximately 10,000-20,000 square feet. These homes created a large neighborhood on either side of South Main Street. A small shopping plaza on South Main Street made groceries and other items readily available.
Today the Sharon Heights Shopping Plaza continues to offer a variety of shops and small restaurants. The Heights Elementary School is also located right on South Main Street.
Further down the street, Wards Berry Farm continues the farming tradition and offers a year-round, indoor farmer's market, and pick-your-own crops in the summer
The Heights remains an affordable choice for many people looking to buy a home in Sharon MA. In addition to the Ranch and Cape style homes, there are also Colonials and Raised Ranch homes along with a few turn-of-the-century homes.
In 2010, there were approximately 25 homes sold in the Heights, according to data from the MLS Property Information Network. They were primarily 3-bedroom Cape and Ranch style homes which sold between $182,000 and $380,000. The median price of homes sold in Sharon MA in 2010 was $397,000.
Currently, there are 11 homes for sale in the Heights priced between $219,000 for a 3-bedroom, 1 bath Cape of 1,020 square feet to $549,900 for a new construction, 3-bedroom, 2.5-bath Cape in 2,600 square feet.
If you are interested in buying a home in Sharon MA, or would like more information about homes in the Heights, please call me.