Originally Posted by Pedaling
Southbridge has some small city amenities and problems. There are good restaurants, and shops right in town. Houses are cheap but you will have a hard time selling it when you are ready to leave. Unfortunately the schools are not very good so I would be reluctant to raise a family there.
If you are single, MUST be in this part of MA, and willing to rent; I would choose Southbridge. If you have a family moving with you or must own; choose Charlton, Sturbridge, or, Auburn.
Thanks, that seems like solid advice. I ended up passing on the Southbridge house after checking out more of the immediate surrounding area. The good news is that I won't be raising a family in any of these places, no kids for me. I have plenty of nieces and nephews to visit with. It will just be me and the girlfriend. I am looking at houses in all the places you mentioned.