Natick, which is part of the Greater Boston area, is a town in Middlesex County with a population of about 33,000. It was settled in 1651 by English Puritan missionary John Eliot. Eliot, who was commissioned by England's Long Parliament to settle Native Americans along the Charles River, a group that became known as "Praying Indians."
Natick was the first of these so-named praying towns, which were mostly self-governed by the tribal leaders but its citizens were also expected to convert to Christianity.
Natick was mostly a farming area, but several shoe factories popped up on the landscape after the sewing machine was invented in the 1850s. American Civil War soldiers made Natick relatively famous due to their use of the the locally made heavy-weight brogan shoes favored on the battlefield. Natick was also home to the first baseball manufacturing facility in the world.
A fire razed 18 blocks of the town in 1874, but this tragedy marked the building of the locale Natick has become today. The new fire station was erected on Summer Street in 1875, and the building is now the site of the nonprofit Center for Arts in Natick, a venue that has hosted acts like Don McLean, Paula Poundstone and Shawn Colvin.
Nowadays thousands are drawn to the streets of Natick each year to take in a portion of the annual Boston Marathon, and Natick Center contains the revitalized downtown that serves as the center of civic and cultural activities. A Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority commuter rail station connects Natick to business hubs like Boston and Worcester.
Eager future Natick residents may want to consider a place like Avalon Natick Apartments, which is near the West Natick Commuter Rail Station. Choose from either a cozy studio or more spacious one or two-bedroom spaces, which offer in-unit washer and dryers and dishwashers, granite counter tops, and gourmet kitchens. Also, check out the bonus features like the pool, sun decks, landscaped yards dotted with barbecue grills, and the clubhouse and fitness center. A carport is on site for vehicle storage.
Another alternative is at the 10-story Cloverleaf Apartments on Speen Street. This high rise advertising studio-style, single and two bedroom leases offers splendid views and beautifully manicured grounds to enhance life in this community. Close to public transportation and several major highways, commuting is easy, as is traveling to shopping centers like the Natick Mall. The available high-speed Internet, concierge service and business center are nice advantages of residing here, as are benefits like free use of the fitness center, pool and residents lounge.
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