The Town of Ashland Massachusetts


Ashland is a town in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, considered part of the Metro West region. The area now known as Ashland was settled by Europeans in the early 18th century. Incorporated in 1846, it is considerably younger than many of the surrounding towns, as Ashland’s territory was taken in near-equal parts from the previously established towns of Hopkinton, Holliston and Framingham.

The construction of the Boston & Worcester Railroad in the 1830s was key to the town's early development. Along with the Sudbury River, the railroad helped to attract numerous mills to develop a bustling boot and shoe industry. Business was later stimulated again in 1916 when local inventor Henry E. Warren developed the Warren Synchronizing Timer, making synchronous electric clocks possible by keeping alternating current flowing from power plants at a consistent 60 cycles per second.

Two major routes, 135 and 126, pass through town. Route 135 is dominated by older residential development of varying density and is also part of the route for the Boston Marathon, which began in Ashland on Pleasant Street until the start was moved to Hopkinton’s Main Street in 1924. Route 126 has developed rapidly since the 1980s, with farms giving way to shopping centers and condominiums. A key part of Ashland’s appeal is what is described as it “ideal” location, about midway between the cities of Boston and Worcester.


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J. Butler Property Management, LLC. : Ashland, Massachusetts

Management, as in “property management,” involves control over, understanding of and disposition toward the caretaking of particular pieces of real property, whether that property be a single-family home, a multi-unit building, a large apartment complex or a commercial property, such as a shopping center or mall. The more complex the property, of course, the more complex the management aspect of the property will be. Property here, of course, refers to “real property” (real estate). But the management of this real estate includes the management of whatever personal property may be associated with the real property. Carts that are used to tour a large apartment complex would be one example. The carts themselves are not real property, as they are not part of the building, nor are they physically attached (permanently or otherwise) to the building. But these carts nonetheless belong to the property and therefore fall under the purview of the property manager. It is the responsibility of the property management company to care for, maintain and protect the carts. The property management company must also concern itself with the use of the carts, making sure that whoever is authorized to drive the carts adhere to all appropriate safety precautions. If a prospective tenant who is being given a tour of the property is injured in the course of riding one of these carts or if a tenant or guest of the tenant or even someone who is just passing by were to be injured by a cart, this could have serious repercussions for the property and for its owners.