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Top 5 Rising Towns in Berkshire County

The Berkshires have seen great gains in home sales and rising prices in recent years even despite a sluggish economy. Some of the fastest growing areas of the county saw home sales rise by more than 25% in 2012 which was the greatest rise seen in Berkshire County since the early 2000s. People flock to the area for affordable homes, pristine living, a rural and small town charm and the pristine environment of the area. These are some of the top rising towns in Berkshire County as determined by property sales in recent years.


Pittsfield has had an increasingly large number of property sales in recent years. In fact, more residential real estate sales occurred in Pittsfield in 2012 than in any other area of the Berkshires. Named one of the ten best places for single people to retire in, this area attracts a number of single, elderly residents looking for small town charm.


The greatest increase in home sales in recent years took place in Richmond where single family home sales were up 400% from 5 years prior. This high profile area of the Berkshires attracts families, wealthy business class residents and those looking to live a luxury lifestyle just outside the major city. Homes in the area widely range in price with some estimated well over $1 million.


The town of Alford has seen significant growth in the past few years. Census data shows that Alford has seen a population increase of 21. 83 percent since the early 2000s. While the town still has a very small population of less than 1000 residents, it's definitely a rising star in the Berkshire County area attracting new residents in search of a comfortable place to call home.

Mount Washington

The town of Mount Washington has seen tremendous growth in the past ten years. The population, though once the lowest in all of Massachusetts continues to grow. This area attracts residents in search of small town charm and a place where there is plenty of room to grow.


The town of Otis has seen growth of about 11% in the past 5 years. The close proximity to Pittsfield and very affordable properties in the area is likely the major attraction to this rural town. Otis has consistently seen economic growth in recent years and continues to attract residents in search of small town living.

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