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Overview of Acton

Acton is a small suburban community in Middlesex County, Mass. Situated about 25 miles northwest of Boston, residents of Acton are in an ideal spot for quiet suburban living without having to give up all the amenities of a major metropolitan area. Although the population has nearly tripled in the past three decades, the community still retains the small-town charm that so many have cherished. Boasting beautiful historic architecture and tree-lined country roads, the scenic town still thrives because of its location.

With easy access to Routes 2, 27, 11, and 495, residents can travel virtually anywhere with ease. Acton apartments for rent are perfect for those working downtown who prefer the simple lifestyle of a rural New England town. According to City-Data, the population of Acton in 2009 was around 21,200 residents.

Living in Acton, MA

The community of Acton began as four early land grants in the 1600s. By 1730, there were roughly two dozen settlers in the area, and five years later Acton was incorporated as a town. The agricultural community had several gristmills and sawmills that were necessary, along with Faulkner Mills, an original large-scale manufacturer of woolen clothing in the country. By the 1870s, other industries came to the area and products were shipped across the country.

Acton remained a farming community until the 1950s when development turned much of the land into neighborhoods. At the time, Acton was made up of three different villages: Acton Center, West Acton and South Acton, which eventually changed to the current form of government.

Acton Attractions and Special Events

Residents of Acton are so close to Boston and the city’s many events that there is no excuse for boredom. Living in Acton apartments offers the diverse attractions available in Boston such as the Boston Vegetarian Food Festival, the Fisherman’s Feast, and the Boston Arts Festivals. Being so close to downtown also means that a day trip to a historical landmark like the Boston Tea Party Ship and Museum or Fenway Park are very feasible.

To find your next rental apartment or house in Acton, take a look at our listings on Rent.com®.

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Framingham, MA 01702

$1349 - $4381

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Framingham, MA (North Framingham, South Framingham)

(455)

$1349 - $4381

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
25
(154)

Marlborough, MA 01752

From $1815

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

20
(700)

Framingham, MA 01702

$1328 - $3845

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Framingham, MA (South Framingham)

(700)

$1328 - $3845

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
30
(125)

Burlington, MA 01803

From $1765

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

29

Watertown, MA 02472

From $2323

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Watertown, MA (Bemis, West End)


From $2323

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
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Arlington, MA 02474

From $1900

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Arlington, MA (Arlington)


From $1900

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
10
(376)

Tewksbury, MA 01876

From $1714

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

15
(90)

Watertown, MA 02472

$1889 - $4369

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Watertown, MA (Bemis, West End)

(90)

$1889 - $4369

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
32
(169)

Andover, MA 01810

From $1690

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

11
(572)

Woburn, MA 01801

From $1732

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

47
(379)

Wilmington, MA 01887

From $1630

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Wilmington, MA (North Wilmington)

(379)

From $1630

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths
25

Cambridge, MA 02140

From $2160

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Cambridge, MA (North Cambridge)


From $2160

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
Virtual Tour
10

Cambridge, MA 02138

$1996 - $3767

1-3 Beds1 Bath

Cambridge, MA (Strawberry Hill)


$1996 - $3767

1-3 Beds1 Bath
17
(13)

Cambridge, MA 02138

From $2250

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Cambridge, MA (Cambridge Highlands)

(13)

From $2250

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
27

Cambridge, MA 02140

From $2580

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Cambridge, MA (North Cambridge)


From $2580

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths
37
(361)

Newton, MA 02458

From $2355

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

Newton, MA (Newton Upper Falls)

(361)

From $2355

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths