Lisa Palumbo

Northampton Real Estate

Office
92 Main Street
Florence, MA 01062
lisa@lisapalumbo.net
Direct: 413-320-7913
Fax: 413-517-0614

Northampton Real Estate

Northampton Real Estate

ABOUT THE AREA

The river valley and the neighboring hilltowns comprise the Pioneer Valley.

Hampshire County
Hampshire County is the home of five prominent colleges:
- Amherst College
- Hampshire College
- Mount Holyoke College
- Smith College
- University of Massachusetts Amherst

Northampton MA Real EstateSignificant municipalities are Northampton and Amherst. Northampton is a popular destination for tourists, who come to sample the city's shopping and varied restaurant scene. It is a nationally recognized showplace for the arts and was ranked the top “Small Arts Town” in the country in John Villani’s book The 100 Best Art Towns in America. Home to a diverse mix of residents and college students, Northampton is an open and tolerant community. The Hampshire Regional YMCA and the 150-acre Look Park are just two of the city’s family-friendly attractions.

The historic, picturesque Amherst area, with its forested hills and river plains, features fine restaurants, comfortable inns, and the unique charms of New England’s country traditions. Its thriving downtown, museums, craft fairs, boutiques, and bookstores provide enjoyment for every taste.

Franklin County
Franklin County is the most rural county in Western Massachusetts. Home to Greenfield Community College, the Green River, Poets Seat Tower and the Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra, Greenfield is the county’s largest municipality. Known for its unspoiled open spaces, fertile farmland and quiet residential living, Franklin County is also home to cultural points of interest like the New England Peace Pagoda in Leverett, the Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne Falls, and the scenic Mohawk Trail, which attracts leaf-peepers throughout the autumn months.

Hampshire County, MA
Hampshire County, MA

Hampden County
The mostly urban Hampden County is dominated by the cities of Springfield, Chicopee, Westfield, and Holyoke. Among Springfield’s many attractions are the Springfield Symphony, CityStage, the Forest Park Zoo, the museums at the Quadrangle and the Basketball Hall of Fame. Holyoke, whose 19th-century industrial base earned it the nickname the “Paper City,” is home to the Holyoke Children’s Museum, the Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts, the Volleyball Hall of Fame and Open Square, a mixed-use urban community in the city’s canal district.

Downtown Northampton, MA
Eric Carle Museum, Amherst, MA

Art
Valley residents share a love of the arts, and the area brims with fine art galleries, theaters, independent bookstores and performance spaces. Northampton venues like the Calvin Theatre, the Iron Horse Music Hall and Pearl Street Nightclub regularly host world-class musicians; the city’s Pleasant Street Theatre and the Amherst Cinema across the river screen independent arthouse films daily. Notable visual art spaces include the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum in Springfield and Northampton’s R. Michelson Galleries, which represent many of the Valley’s renowned children’s book illustrators. The Five Colleges program a broad and varied range of performances, lectures and literary readings, offering residents the kinds of cultural amenities more commonly restricted to bustling urban centers.

Conservation
Appreciation of the natural environment is a central part of Valley life. The area boasts numerous private nature sanctuaries, parks, forests and ponds.

One notable park is Mount Tom State Reservation which, joined with lands held by the Massachusetts Audubon Society, forms a long corridor of wildlife stretching across the Connecticut River. Other beloved spaces include Skinner State Park in Hadley, Mount Sugarloaf in South Deerfield, the Holyoke Range, the D.A.R. State Forest in Goshen, Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton and the Norwottuck Rail Trail, which extends 10 miles through the towns of Northampton, Hadley and Amherst. Swimmers, hikers, bicyclists, ice skaters, kayakers and cross-country ski enthusiasts alike find much to take advantage of in the Valley’s varied landscapes.




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