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A geographical region north of Boston, MA that consists chiefly of communities in Essex County along Massachusetts Bay.

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A great place to live, work, and play!

  • Mar 6, 2009
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I have lived on the North Shore for 14 years, so I thought it would be a good idea to review it for those interested in geography or relocation. I have also visited many regions and cities throughout the United States and can to an extent compare.

THINGS TO LOVE + REASONS TO MOVE HERE:
  • Four seasons! A distinct Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall - there is always something to look forward to whether it is snow or lazy summer days at the beach, you get a little bit of everything.
  • Close proximity to the beaches (Rockport, Gloucester, etc.), mountains (NH), and the city (Boston).
  • The North Shore has good public schools if that is what you choose for your child's education.
  • You never have to drive more than 15 minutes to get to where you are going, as opposed to the newer, spread out cities (at least in my experience). Everything is in very close proximity and Boston is a 20 minute ride away both by car (if there is no traffic) and train.
  • More or less stable job market with many jobs in the medical and education professions, as far as I understand there have been less layoffs here than elsewhere in the country.
  • Close to a myriad of colleges and universities.
  • The Northshore Mall offers one-stop shopping.
  • A very culturally rich, historical area.
  • You get to boast about one of the most picturesque coastlines in the country.

THINGS TO LOATHE + REASONS TO STAY WHERE YOU ARE:
  • The roads are lacking, there are more potholes than pavement.
  • Expect to pay $900+ for one bedroom rental, $1100+ for two bedrooms, you'll be lucky if utilities are included.
  • People are not very friendly here and take a while to warm up to you, don't expect Southern hospitality.
  • Drivers are obnoxious, don't get in the way of any soccer moms on huge vans!
  • Traffic on 128 is quite heavy in rush hour.
  • Being a historical area you get your share of old homes (like 120 year old), new construction is harder to come by and is more pricey. But this could be something to love if you like squeaky floors, leaky windows, and slanted walls - old homes can be charming.

FAVORITE RECREATIONAL SPOTS:
  • Lynch Park, Beverly
  • Bearskin Neck, Rockport
  • Ipswich River
  • Crane Beach, Ipswich
  • Good Harbor Beach, Gloucester
  • Stage Fort Park, Gloucester
  • Singing Beach, Manchester-by-the-Sea
  • Brooksby Farm, Peabody
  • Artist Colony, Rockport
  • Pioneer Village, Salem
  • Endicott Park, Danvers
FAVORITE PLACES TO DINE:
  • Chianti (Beverly)
  • La Chanterelle (Endicott College, Beverly)
  • Not Your Average Joe's (North Beverly)
  • Finz (Salem)
  • The Greenery (Rockport)
  • Passports (Gloucester)
  • New England Soup Factory (Salem)



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March 07, 2009
When I lived in Brookline, I loved visiting Gloucester and Rockport for the seafood and the classic New England atmosphere. Back in the 80s, I ran the Cape Ann Race, which I believe is 15 miles! Don't think I could do that now!
 
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In its most restrictive sense, the North Shore includes only the coastal cities and towns in Essex County south of Cape Ann: Beverly, Danvers, Peabody, Salem, Marblehead, Swampscott, Nahant, Lynn, and Saugus. Some include the two oceanside suburbs of Suffolk County, Revere and Winthrop, also to be "North Shore."

Others consider the region to take in almost all of eastern Essex County, including coastal and some inland communities all the way up the coast to the New Hampshire state line. Such a definition could stretch as far north as Newburyport and Amesbury, and as far west as Boxford.

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