Downtown Framingham is the area of the city just north of Ashland where Routes 126 and 135 intersect. This part of the city is known for its small ponds and shopping plazas, most of which are located along Route 135. Many train stations can also be found throughout the downtown area, making it easy to travel throughout Framingham and its neighboring towns and cities.
Most of the homes in Downtown Framingham are located in a small neighborhood off of one of the area’s two main roads. These houses vary in size and style including 3-4 bedroom Colonials as well as 2-3 bedroom Capes and ranches. Those looking for something a little cozier can take a look at one of the nearby condominium complexes such as Bishop Terrace and Pelham Apartment.
Bishop Terrace, a condominium complex with 2-3 bedroom condos, is also in this region of the city. Most of the neighborhoods throughout this area have very little through-traffic, paved sidewalks, and streetlamps.
The small shopping plazas throughout Downtown Framingham feature many supermarkets, fitness centers, banks, pharmacies, and more. Many of the city’s most popular local restaurants can also be found in the area. This part of the city is also just a few miles southwest of Natick, Massachusetts, the site of a large shopping complex that includes the Natick Mall, which has hundreds of stores, restaurants, and a movie theater.
Waushakum Pond and Farm Pond, the two largest ponds in Downtown Framingham, are excellent places to fish or take a canoe or kayak out on the water. Cushing Memorial Park, one of the city’s largest athletic complexes, can be found on the western side of this area. This park features many athletic fields as well as bike paths, jogging trails, and playgrounds. Larger state parks including Ashland State Park, Hopkinton State Park, and Callahan State Park are just a few miles outside of the downtown area.
Those living in Downtown Framingham are conveniently located directly between the cities of Boston and Worcester, both of which are about twenty-five miles away. Locals can drive into either city using the Boston-Worcester Turnpike (Route 9) or the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90), both of which are just a few miles north of this region of Framingham. The Mass Pike can also take you all the way to the New York state border.