Norfolk, home to more than 11,000 residents, is a community that was once called North Wrentham until it seceded from there in 1870. Nowadays Norfolk is a suburban area nestled alongside the Charles River.
This area in which small farms dotted the landscape in the early days experienced a slowdown in development during King Philip's War, when settlers departed from there for a time until the death of King Philip marked the end of the strife and destruction that impacted many Massachusetts towns during this era. Upon their return, the early residents of the future Norfolk leaned on agriculture and the lumber industry. In the years after 1812, the region welcomed a trio of cotton companies and later on, a paper mill started operations here. The construction of a state prison and a hospital brought more residents to Norfolk during the early part of the 20th century.
Modern-day Norfolk educates students in grades K-6 locally, and is part of the three-town King Philip Regional School District. The small community operates its own public safety departments and is nurturing the continued growth of its public library.
Norfolk is comprised of predominantly single-family homes due to the high home ownership rate here. Its residents tend to be of the wealthier set because a large portion of the population work in high-earning fields and are quite well educated, according to market data posted at neighborhoodscout.com. Low crime rates combined with the well-regarded school system make Norfolk a popular pick for anyone who is seeking an escape from the fast-paced nature of the larger cities in the Commonwealth.
The Norfolk commuter rail station of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is situated on Rockwood Road, meaning commuters can easily leave their vehicles in the garage and avoid the stress of a drive that can span more than 30 minutes.
One single-family dwelling that may appeal to potential renters is a colonial advertised at Stop River Estates. With a bright and inviting kitchen featuring maple cabinetry, granite surfaces and tiled floors and a living room outfitted with cathedral ceilings, built-in book shelves and a fireplace, this is one lease that is sure to make a tenant feel right at home. Other extras like the covered deck that extends to the private backyard, garage access and its close positioning to public transportation, schools and shopping centers add more value to this great example of the types of rentals one might find in Norfolk.