Wakefield Real Estate
With a population of around 26,000 in a town covering 7.9 square miles, Wakefield is an historic town first settled in 1638 alongside several other settlements. It occupies a site next to the Mill River and Saugus River, making it an ideal place to settle. Iron and ice were among the earliest commodities driving the economy of the town, with iron works built when the railroad came to town. The Boston Ice Company would cut ice from Lake Quannapowitt which is a popular tourist destination today.
Wakefield is also known for the manufacture of rattan furniture as well as balsa wood model aeroplanes, and the town is today the home of tech companies. Route 129 runs down the main street of Wakefield making it a convenient commuter town for people working on Boston, which is 12.5 miles away. The railway still serves the town and brings other large towns and cities within easy reach.
Important historic buildings include the Massachusetts State Armory, West Ward School and the house at 7 Salem Street, all of which are considered of national importance, and the town has a strong pedigree with Wakefield Little League baseball team having a high profile in the sport, and many school teams boasting success in other sports.