The Town of Dracut Massachusetts


Dracut is a town in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, located in the northern portion of the Greater Boston metropolitan area. Dracut is primarily a suburban community, belonging to Greater Lowell and bordering southern New Hampshire. Prior to the area’s European settlements in the mid-17th century, Dracut and the surrounding area was the site of important Pennacook Indian (Native American) settlements.

Europeans began to settle in the area then known as Augumtoocooke around 1653, establishing the town of Chelmsford, incorporated in 1655, on the opposite side of the Merrimack River from modern Dracut, which officially incorporated as a town in 1701. The town has several large ponds, bogs and swamps, as well as numerous brooks (most notably Beaver Brook). Dracut’s early economy relied on fishing, lumbering and milling, which led in turn to the 19th century industries of paper making and cotton textile manufacturing.

Suburban residential pressures from Lowell have resulted in intensive modern development in Dracut. Twice in the 19th century Lowell annexed large sections of Dracut into its borders. Some rural landscapes remain intact, however, as do some handsome historic houses. One of the better known is the Colburn/Cutter House, dating from 1717, with its massive beams, huge center chimney and fireplaces. Dracut holds the distinction of being the only town in the world with its name.


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

Property management firms with management and leasing under one roof can actually be both left-brain and right-brain “dominant.” In many ways, when under the same roof, a leasing broker and a property manager might be imagined as the right and left side of the brain. The property manager (specializing in knowledge such as long-term privately held properties, details about sales figures in a retail center or activities of a major tenant planning improvements) serves as a center for processing data and as a valuable resource for intimate knowledge of ownership investment criteria. The leasing broker, on the other hand, handles global information, such as which competitors are offering particular incentives, development and growth in the area, etc. Real estate firms handling both the management and leasing of a property hear this time and again from owners, asset managers or anyone outside of the industry: “You only want both sides because you will make more money.” While it is true that a firm awarded both management and leasing of a property will earn more than only earning either management fees or leasing commissions, what is often missed is the fact that having one firm handling both aspects improves services to the property, reduces costs and may ultimately be better for the property, its occupants and the owner. Bringing operations under one roof increases the quality of communication within the firm, bolstering core operations and the bottom line.