Massachusetts Land for Sale
Land has been diced and sold in the Bay State for almost four centuries but large undeveloped parcels still come on the market in America's seventh-smallest state. So much so that since 1998 the Commonwealth has pursued a goal of protecting three acres of land for every acre of land developed.
Elbow room can be tracked down across Massachusetts, including on Cape Cod, the upturned elbow of Atlantic Ocean seashore that is one of America's most popular vacation destinations. Of the Cape's 263,800 acres 44% are developed, 39% are protected and 17% remain undeveloped and unprotected. More property is exchanged on the Cape's Barnstable County than anywhere in Massachusetts.
Across the state, Berkshire County is the home of picturesque Christmas cards and Norman Rockwell's Americana paintings. Comprising the entirety of western Massachusetts, the Berkshires feature valley meadows framed by rounded cobbles and hills that reach their apex on Mount Greylock at 3,489 feet in elevation. Hiking and autumn leaf peeping are the main activities in the Berkshire Hills - literary legends Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville and Henry David Thoreau all tramped these woods in their day.
The Berkshires are only a two-hour drive across the state on the Massachusetts Turnpike from the Boston metropolitan area, where two out of three Bay Staters live. Along the way the Mass Pike passes through the fertile Connecticut River Valley and the towns borne of the Industrial Revolution - Springfield, Lowell, Worcester. Outside these towns the central part of the state is mostly privately owned managed forest land. in fact, they say there are more trees in Massachusetts now than when the Pilgrims landed in 1620.
North of Boston the rocky shores of Cape Ann and the bucolic rolling hills of Essex County offer some of the most attractive property in Massachusetts. Hard by the state's historic fishing towns, expect undeveloped parcels here to be small when they come on the market.
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