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Looking to buy in the beautiful Berkshires? You’ve come to the right place. Isgood Realty has been here since 1948. We take pride in providing insight and knowledge of the Berkshires, forged from decades of experience. We believe it is our job to guide you seamlessly through the complicated decisions involved in choosing your new home.

The Berkshires, a rural region in the Hills of Western Massachusetts dotted with villages and towns. This popular vacation destination is known for outdoor activities, it’s fall foliage, farm-to-table food scene, thriving art institutions as well as being an overall great place to live. In alphabetical order, let us take you through our stomping grounds – the Central and Southern Berkshires:

Alford

Settled in 1756 as a farming community and incorporated in 1775. Originally part of Great Barrington, the village retains a look and feel of another century. Main Street has a beautiful historic church, town hall and a one-room schoolhouse, which now houses the town offices. Although there has been a steady development of second homes in Alford, the town has been successful controlling development. There are many farms and fishing holes along the Alford Brook, one of the best fishing streams in the region.

Becket

Where the world famous Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival is located. An upland town that once supported a prosperous lumber industry and now is noted for its many summer camps and second homes. The West Branch of the Westfield River, which forms part of the northern boundary of Becket, is highly regarded by trout anglers.

North & South Egremont

Two beautiful and distinct villages that share a common government. They were settled by the Dutch in 1722 and incorporated in 1775 and have worked hard since the 1930s to maintain the historic gentility and quiet country atmosphere. The town is a perfect refuge for city dwellers as well as its fortunate full time population. The National Park Service owns the Jug End protective corridor for the Appalachian Trail in Egremont.

If you like skiing in the winter Catamount Ski is the mountain to be on and for the summer golf lovers can visit the Egremont Country Club for 9 or 18 holes of golf.

Great Barrington

Founded in 1766 and is the Southern Berkshires’ largest town and commercial hub. Its Main Street was the first in the United States to have electric lights. The town is the site of the first armed resistance against the British, two years before the Revolutionary War, and is the site of the first freed slave.

The vibrant downtown, with its tree-lined streets and mid-19th century charm, is easily walkable and infinitely enjoyable. The shopping experience can include galleries, culture, fine restaurants, boutiques and historic sites and landmarks.

Great Barrington’s year-round residents include a mix of natives, transplants from metropolitan areas and students from nearby private schools. Fairview Hospital in Great Barrington is a major employer in the south Berkshire area, providing positions in nursing, physician, other clinical areas, general staff, and management and administrative jobs to residents of the area and those who are moving to the region. As a major affiliate of Berkshire Health Systems, Fairview Hospital has close connections to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, the Berkshire Visiting Nurse Association and a host of Long-Term Care facilities. The town also includes the village of Housatonic to the north, a former thriving mill town that is now home to many unique art galleries and other creative businesses and its own public library.

In the winters you can enjoy the slopes at nearby Ski Butternut and after you can stay at one of many local B&B’s like the Wainwright Inn which is within a few miles from the mountain. In the summer, you can enjoy 9 or 18 holes of golf at the scenic Wyantenuck Country Club. For the kids in the summer, there is Camp Eisner. For the arts and theatre, you can enjoy many that the area as to offer including Barrington Stage, Berkshire International Film Festival, and Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center.

Lee

Lee was incorporated in 1777 from parts of Great Barrington and Washington, and is named after Revolutionary War General Charles Lee. Every season brings thousands of tourists to the Berkshires for the scenery, the arts, and the activities, like Santarella. For the shoppers in your life there are the Lee Premium Outlets and for the golfers, Lee offers Greenock Country Club.

Lenox

A small-but-vibrant New England town nestled in the heart of the Berkshires. Attractions include Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Shakespeare and Company’s new international campus, and Edith Whartonss restored mansion,  The Mount.  Ventfort Hall Museum and the Historic Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum celebrate the Gilded Age of the 1890’s in Lenox. Frelinghuysen Morris House and Studio where you can visit an exquisite collection of American and European Cubist Art. Despite its many tourist attractions and accommodations, Lenox remains primarily a residential community of approximately 6,000 people. It offers a camp for the kids to enjoy the summer while they are here at Camp MacKeeNac. For places to relax and stay, we have a lot to choose from such as the Gateways InnCranwell Golf and Spa, Blantyre or Canyon Ranch.

Monterey

Or “Green Woods” as it was then called, was established in 1735 to help develop a wilderness trail, and was the original settlement of Tyringham. In 1847, the southern portion of Tyringham became Monterey, a separate town named after one of Zachary Taylor’s victorious battles in Mexico. Originally an industrial center with factories, mills and a thriving fur industry, Monterey metamorphosed before the Civil War into a summer resort town and today has a creative, independent, artistic flair. For the kids during the summer they can enjoy a week, a month or the summer at Camp Half Moon which is located right on beautiful Lake Buel.

Mount Washington

Until recently, Mount Washington was the least populated town in Massachusetts and some believe it is the oldest town in Berkshire County, dating back to 1692. It is mostly state forest that includes Bash Bish Falls, the highest waterfall in Massachusetts. The 2,600-foot-high Mount Everett, the highest mountain in the Southern Berkshire region, offers spectacular views of three states from its summit, which is crossed by the Appalachian Trail. Today Mount Washington is prized for its privacy and wild beauty. For the kids, they can enjoy some of the summer at Camp Hi Rock.

New Marlborough

A series of hills and valleys lying between the Housatonic Valley to the west and the Farmington Valley to the east. In the 19th century it prospered from its cider and gristmills, paper mills, lime kiln and box factory along the Konkapot River. This town consists of five villages – Clayton, Hartsville, Mill River, New Marlborough and Southfield with their historic village centers, rolling landscapes, stone walls and picturesque farms.

Otis

The site of the largest recreational body of water in Massachusetts, the Otis Reservoir. The nearby Farmington River offers fine trout fishing. Otis was formed from combining two 18th century settlements, Loudon and Bethlehem, and in the 19th century was busy with various mills, lumbering and a pig iron forge. Today tourists are drawn to the area to enjoy boating, swimming and fishing. The Post Office still uses the original bronze post boxes of the 19th century. Otis offers a camp for the kids to enjoy the summer while they are here at Camp Lenox.

Pittsfield

A vibrant city, the center of innovation and the heart of the Berkshires’ art and cultural scene such as the Berkshire Museum and the Colonial Theatre. It is also a welcoming destination for economic prosperity.

For the sports lovers, Pittsfield offers golf at the beautiful course of the Pittsfield Country Club and in the winter they can enjoy the slopes at Bousquet Ski Area. Berkshire Medical Center is a major employer in the central Berkshire area, providing positions in nursing, physician, other clinical areas, general staff, and management and administrative jobs to residents of the area and those who are moving to the region. As a major affiliate of Berkshire Health Systems, the hospital also has close connections to the Berkshire Visiting Nurse Association and a host of Long-Term Care facilities.

Sheffield

Settled in 1725 by Matthew Noble and incorporated in 1773, which makes it the first town incorporated in Berkshire County. The township was purchased from the Stockbridge Indians and Chief Konkapot for 460 pounds, three barrels of cider and thirty quarts of rum. The town developed rapidly, giving rise to gristmills, sawmills, plaster and paper mills, forges, tanneries, smithies, lime kilns and shops for making clothing, furniture, wagons and harnesses.

Today Sheffield is the leading agricultural town in the county with large and beautiful dairy and poultry farms.  Sheffield also includes the village of Ashley Falls, where the oldest existing home in the Berkshires, the Colonel John Ashley House (1735), close to that you can walk thru the beautiful Bartholomew’s Cobble,  and also nearby is a marble quarry that supplied marble for the Boston Customs House and the New York City courthouse are located.

Sheffield is also known for the several miles of Antique Shops you can browse through from the Center of Sheffield south to Ashley Falls. On Fridays during the Summer and early Fall Sheffield offers a Farmer’s Market with a lot of locally grown or made items to be purchased. After a long day of antiquing stay at one of Sheffield’s B&B’s, the Ramblewood Bed and Breakfast.

Stockbridge

Here you can discover the best of New England, as the Stockbridge area offers history, celebrity, romance & intrigue. Home to the Norman Rockwell Museum, Tanglewood, Naumkeag, The Berkshire Theatre Group, Chesterwood, Berkshire Botanical Garden and Red Lion Inn in right in the center of Main Street where you can be part of the Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas. Also in Stockbridge, you can check out the center for Yoga and Health at Kripalu or golf  9 or 18 holes at the beautiful Stockbridge Golf Club.

West Stockbridge

The western gateway to the Berkshires. Close to all attractions that the Berkshires have to offer year-round. Whatever your interests (cultural, sports oriented, dining, shopping, historical or simply enjoying the incredible natural beauty), West Stockbridge has something for you.

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