When it comes to finding a spot on the map with picturesque beach views, cozy snowed-in winters, a small-town vibe near a big city, and a community that provides support, togetherness, and an old-town feel, we couldn’t think of a better location than Massachusetts’ North Shore.
Whether you’re a native New Englander, current Massachusetts resident, or someone hoping to get their feet wet on the North Shore and are preparing for the big move across country, state, or town lines, our personalized relocation guide is sure to provide you with the inside scoop on exactly what makes this little, yet robust area of Massachusetts so wonderful.
Let’s explore all that the North Shore has to offer everyone.
First, what towns are part of the North Shore?
As prideful and experienced Bay Staters, we understand how hard it is to figure out precisely what towns and cities make up different regions of our small but mighty state. But, in short, the North Shore is considered the coastal region north of Boston and the New Hampshire border.
The North Shore is comprised of the following towns and cities in Massachusetts:
- North Andover
What makes the North Shore so special?
Although there is so much to gush about when it comes to the beautiful North Shore region of Massachusetts, some of our favorite things include:
- Location to the ocean
- Proximity and commute time to Boston
- The small-town family-friendly feel
- Good schools
- A plethora of activities for all ages year-round
A Bird’s Eye View Overview of Our Most Notable North Shore Towns
Boasting a top-rated school system, the most amazing options for dining, shopping, and activities for all tastes and styles, and a thriving downtown, Beverly is the perfect place to raise a family and plant your roots.
Just 26 miles north of Boston, it’s the ideal spot to get away from the hustle and bustle of the big city while still being close enough to enjoy all it has to offer whenever you feel like it. Close to route 128 and housing its own airport, it’s great to travel to and from with ease.
Labeled the “Garden City,” Beverly has miles of glorious coastline, pristine public parks, and plenty of open space to enjoy all that the four seasons have to offer.
Most famous for the Salem Witch Trials and the endless amounts of Halloween-themed events and experiences, Same is a great place to enjoy various entertainment for all ages.
A coastal city where the U.S. National Guard was born, it boasts beautiful beaches and ocean views from what feels like all angles. A great spot to indulge in big-city experiences with small-town vibes.
Located on the Danvers River and a short ride to Boston, Danvers, Massachusetts, is the ultimate New England small town. With a sea of history and ties to the Salem Witch Trials, Danvers played an integral role in building on America.
Aside from its deep history, Danvers boasts top-notch public schools, delicious dining options, and quaint shopping choices in its downtown area.
If you’re a nature lover, Danvers is your oasis. With many open space and recreation opportunities, including a marina, Endicott Park, and a 4.3-mile rail trail that connects schools, downtown Danvers, parks, neighborhoods, and trails in the neighboring towns, there is no shortage of things to enjoy here.
In its early years, Peabody was known as the “leather capital of the world” due to the 91 facilities used to produce and process leather throughout the city. Like all North Shore cities, Peabody has a rich history tied primarily to the Puritan and Pilgrim eras. It also played a role in the Salem Witch Trials linked to neighboring towns.
Just a 30-minute drive from Boston, Peabody is the perfect place to plant your roots outside the city limits while feeling close enough to the action. This is especially important for those who plan to work or attend college in the city.
With around 55,000 residents, Peabody exudes a sense of community for all who live there.
Essential Resources for Relocating
If you’re hoping to secure your next home purchase on the North Shore, we’d be happy to help. With over 100+ 5 star reviews and thousands of homes sold over our long and rooted tenure in Massachusetts, we would love to help you find the home of your dreams in a neighborhood you love.
Hoping to score a new build in the lovely city of Beverly? Stay up-to-date on the latest builds in our community before you plan your next move. Learn more here.
Although it would be great to grab your best friends and offer up some pizza and beer in exchange for a day or two of moving, we know from experience that moving companies make the process of packing and heading from one location to another a lot easier.
Some of our favorite local moving companies are:
- Trowt Movers, in Beverly, MA, serving all of the New England area
- Roy’s Moving, in Boston, MA, helping those throughout the Boston area pack and move their belongings with ease.
Without a solid lender, your dreams of owning a home in the North Shore are, well, just a dream. Don’t just opt for anyone. Instead, invest in a team with years of experience lending and helping families plant roots in the North Shore.
Our favorite team of lenders is located at Ross Mortgage & Drew Mortgage
Contact them today to start the process toward homeownership.
If you’re hoping to stage your current home to sell it for top-dollar or need assistance with interior design, Sheek Interiors is the answer you’ve been looking for.
Nothing makes a move easier than knowing you’ll be arriving at a spot with delicious eats, right? When it comes to dining on the North Shore, there are hundreds of mouth-watering options to choose from.
Check out some of my favorite local eats:
Crave – Located in Beverly, they pride themselves on offering “great food to go.” From breakfast sandwiches to cupcakes and coffee, there is something to satisfy everyone.
Tartine Kitchen & Eatery – Also located in Beverly, they create everything from breakfast to dinner items and specialize in tartines, open-faced sandwiches served on artisan bread.
Frank – Located on Rantoul Street in Beverly, this is the idealistic “farm to table” restaurant. They believe in sourcing their ingredients from local, sustainable farmers whenever possible.
Joe’s on a Roll When craving the best lobster in town, Joe’s, on Federal Street in Beverly, is the spot of choice. Their lobster roll paired with a bowl of their delicious chowda’ will lift your spirits and give you a taste of your favorite summer nights.
Wrapture if you’re looking for freshly made wraps or a bit of Mexican flair (think made-for-you burritos or tacos), then this is the place! Located on Cabot Street in Beverly, Wrapture uses fresh ingredients to please your palate.
Taste Buds Kitchen – If you’re looking for some variety in your meals, the new cooking club that Taste Buds just launched is perfect! They post new cooking videos every Tuesday and Thursday and are great for your entire family to participate in.
A move is not complete without including our furry best friends, our pets.
Here are some of my favorite pet-friendly options to consider using after you move to the North Shore:
- North Shore Dog in Danvers: an all-in-one spot for grooming, boarding, training, and daycare
- All Paws on Deck in Marblehead offers the perfect spa experience for pets. Don’t take it from us, though, they’ve been rated #1 in the region since they opened.
- Danvers Dog Park
- Peabody Dog Park
- Salem Play Area for Canine Exercise (SPACE)
- North Shore Animal Hospital in Lynn
- Baystate Animal Clinic in Danvers
Whether you’re a self-proclaimed fashionista or just hoping to be close to good shopping options, the North Shore is not short on local businesses and unique shops.
Although my list could take up an entire page, some of my favorite local shops include:
- Unpacked Living in Beverly is a sustainable market with options for home, beauty, baby, and pet is one-of-a-kind.
- Copper Dog Books in Beverly is an independent bookstore that boasts many readworthy options for people of all ages. So unleash your inner bookworm in the heart of downtown.
- Worthy Girl in Beverly is a feel-good way of shopping without breaking the budget while reducing your eco-footprint. This consignment shop is loaded with labels from various designs at an affordable price.
- Oak and Moss is located in historic downtown Salem and perfectly combines home, plant, and gifting options for you or someone you love.
After a long week at the office, everyone deserves to relax and unwind with some good-heartedentertainment. Some of our favorite North Shore entertainment spots include:
- Salem Cinema
- Cabot Theater in Beverly
- Hammond Castle Museum in Gloucester
- Salem Witch Museum
- The Witch House in Salem
- Waterpark of New England in Danvers
Parks & Beaches
Although there is a lot to brag about when it comes to North Shore living, we can’t say enough about the glorious beaches, expansive green space, and coastal elements of living with the Atlantic Ocean at your back door.
Some of our favorite beaches and parks include:
- Castle Rock Park in Marblehead
- Forest River Park in Salem
- Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester
- Independence Park in Beverly
- Long Hill in Beverly
- Lynch Park in Beverly
- Millbrook Meadow in Rockport
- Patton Park in Wenham
- Plum Island in Newburyport
- Singing Beach in Manchester-by-the-Sea
- West Beach in Beverly
Not to mention all of the beautiful nature trails winding throughout the wonderful landscape all around us. We encourage you to check out:
- Appleton Farms in Ipswich
- Beverly Common Trail
- Salem Rail Trail
- Walk along Lothrop Street for beautiful ocean views and magazine-worthy homes
- Walking by Endicott College for a dive into history alongside roaring ocean views
If you’re hoping to make the North Shore home, we want to be the first to offer you a warm welcome. We know that the journey to get here may feel long, but the joy of planting roots in such a vibrant and wholesome environment and community is worth everything. We can’t wait to help you acclimate to the world around you on the North Shore.
If you’re relocating to the North Shore and have questions, contact us directly, or join one of our groups: