Top 7 Reasons to Live in Beverly, Massachusetts

Top 7 Reasons to Live in Beverly, Massachusetts

Thinking about moving to Beverly? Here are the top 7 reasons to consider living in Beverly, MA.


It’s close enough for an easy commute to Boston, but with small town charm.
Beverly is only 26 miles from Boston, but without the hassles and expenses of Boston city living. Commuting into Boston for work is a breeze if living in Beverly because of the city’s two North Station/Rockport line commuter rail stops. On the Beverly commuter rail, you can enjoy a
relaxing ride and be into downtown Boston’s North Station in less than 45 minutes. If you decide to drive into Boston or anywhere else in Northeast, MA, Beverly is the perfect hub to call home. Route 128 runs right through Beverly, which can take you into Boston or West of Boston with ease.


It has a first-class public school system.
Beverly is home to five elementary public schools, one brand new middle school (2018), and one new high school (2010). Beverly Public Schools are very highly rated,with approximately 4,600 students in grades K-12 and a student-teacher ratio of 15-to-1.


It’s not known as the “Garden City” for nothing!
Situated on the beautiful Atlantic coast line, Beverly has a ton to offer for outdoor public parks and open spaces. The gorgeous Lynch Park is home to a 95-year-old rose garden, bordered by lush greens and overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Beverly has several beaches to spend your sun-filled summer days. Got pups? Beverly has you covered with dog parks and walking trails galore!

Beverly has several beaches to spend your sun-filled summer days. Got pups? Beverly has you covered with dog parks and walking trails galore!


It’s bustling with businesses and shops.
Between the quintessential New England downtown Beverly and the extensive business campus of the Cummings Center, Beverly is full of businesses big and small. No need to travel into Boston for any of your needs—Beverly has you covered with over 400 businesses downtown. The Cummings Center houses businesses of all sizes on over 2 million square feet of space.


It has amazing restaurants.
You may never want to cook in your own kitchen again if you move to Beverly, Massachusetts. The dining options are endless, with tons of takeout, fine dining, and pub options to fit any taste. Chow down on local seafood, grab a burger and fries, or enjoy a romantic date night all in your hometown of Beverly, MA.


The art scene is top notch.
Beverly is home to three different live performance venues: the Cabot, the North Shore Music Theatre, and the Larcom Theatre. In addition, you’ll find many restaurants and pubs downtown that offer live music. The Montserrat College of Art is located in Beverly only steps from Beverly Common. Plus, in the summer months, downtown Beverly is hopping with ArtsFest, among other community celebrations.


It’s home to one of the country’s top hospitals.
Living in Beverly, MA has its perks when it comes to healthcare—you don’t need to travel into Boston to receive top-notch medical care. Beverly Hospital has been named one of the nation’s “100 Top Hospitals” by Thomson and is a Level III Trauma Center. The hospital provides both inpatient and outpatient care, as well as a 24-hour emergency room. They have a dedicated Pediatric Emergency Service that caters to children and families staffed with Boston Children’s Hospital Physicians.

Downtown Beverly B.A.D.

Downtown Beverly B.A.D.

BAD-3In 2014 a downtown area of Beverly extending from 301 Gallery at 301 Cabot St to the Beverly Historical Society and Visitor Center at 171 Cabot St. was officially designated as the Beverly Arts District or B.A.D. The city of Beverly is 1 of only 28 Massachusetts cultural and arts districts. It was a lengthy and committed process to secure this coveted designation, involving Beverly Main Streets, Monserrat College of Art and the city of Beverly. The designation recognizes the city of Beverly’s commitment to driving economic development utilizing the city’s diverse pool of creative talent, business and community.

BAD-1B.A.D. is comprised of a stretch of real estate with many creative businesses, open studios, Cabot theater and many excellent restaurants. Long awaited A&B Burgers located in the old Bell’s Market is now open. Yes, they do serve a veggie burger as well as good old fashioned beef. The Cabot is refurbished and hailing some great musical talent. Suburb Bohemia on the corner of Railroad Ave and Cabot features home goods from many sources as does Roost and then there is the hub of downtown- The Atomic Cafe.

Twenty five years ago, my husband and I hailed from downtown Boston to Beverly. We were attracted to the downtown for its rich choice of period homes, proximity to the city’s center, commuter rail and the sweet smell of the ocean from our front porch.

BAD-4Little did we know the gem of an area we stumbled upon. Our neighborhood is stable, multigenerational, and comprised of period homes, some condos and multi-families. We have had many of the same neighbors these past 25 years. The housing stock is 1800’s to 1920. Some of the original business owners of Beverly lived in these very homes. Over the years, we have been part of a tight knit community where we raised our children, renovated our homes, graduated adult children from college, greeted grandchildren. We have been fortunate to enjoy for a generation what we believe is the very best of what Beverly has to offer: a vibrant downtown, a sense of community, beaches and parks as well as an arts and cultural center just steps away.

Downtown Statistics
Area:.957 square miles Population:7682 Median Income Downtown:$64,696 Beverly:$73,168 Average Household Size Downtown:2.2 Beverly:2.4


You likely know that Beverly is a coastal city with a vibrant downtown of restaurants, shops, art studios and theater, located on the commuter rail to Boston and all major commuter routes. The city is made up of many different neighborhoods, each with its own distinctive character. This installment of THE LOCAL will feature the Centerville section of Beverly.

EnteringBeverlyCenterville was originally a farming area, settled in 1680 by a group of farmers from Essex and Beverly. Early in its development there were several civic and church organizations formed. It is still more rural than other areas in Beverly although in the mid 80’s and 90’s much residential development occurred. These new neighborhoods have larger lots and houses but care was taken to preserve the sense of openness and natural beauty of this once farm area. Recently I listed a home in Centerville and in a very short period, the home was under contract. While marketing the home and walking the neighborhood, I was greeted by many of the neighbors and was impressed with their openness. The homes and properties were all well maintained and kids were playing outside. I asked these folks what prompted them to purchase in Centerville over the many areas within the Beverly. The most common response was: the sense of community. To some, the local Centerville school was a factor but not the deciding point. Other reasons were the open space, and public parks, and easy access to Boston. Evidently, the original strong sense of community and spirit in Centerville is still in existence today.

Fun Facts:
Beverly population : 4,311 people per sq. mile
Centerville population: 1438 per sq. mile 2013
Median income Centerville: $93,642. Beverly: $73,168.
Elementary School: Centerville School
Middle School: Briscoe Middle School

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