Kelly O’Connell’s 5 Favorite Things About Living On The North Shore

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Growing up in North Andover has allowed me to experience the beauty of living in the North Shore.  There are hundreds of things I love about living in the area but I have narrowed it down to my top 5.  I am sure the below favorites will intrigue you to learn more about living in the North Shore, so if you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out!

Location, Location, Location

My #1 favorite thing about the North Shore is the quick and easy access to everything from the beach to the city to the mountains! If you are looking to spend a summer day at the beach there are several nearby options such as Plum Island in Newburyport, Crane Beach in Ipswich and Nahant Beach in Nahant, MA.  If you are looking for the hustle and bustle of the city Boston and Portsmouth are just a short drive away. If you like to ski during the winter months, head up to NH to the slopes at Bretton Woods, Loon Mountain or Attitash. No matter what it is you are interested in, the North Shore is the central location to access it.

Small Town Feel and Local Charm

Born and raised in North Andover, I still enjoy seeing old faces in town and the memories I made there.  Though the town consists of roughly 30,000 people, it still has the “small town feel” that you can’t get in the city. There are several opportunities to support and become acquainted with your community such as getting to know your local merchants, attending town hall meetings and attending the various local festivals taking place yearly throughout the North Shore.

School Systems

Some of the best school systems in all of Massachusetts are located in the North Shore.  With Topsfield and Boxford being some of the highest ranked districts in 2014 there are several private and public schooling options for your children. Feel free to check out the below URL for a map showing Massachusetts best cities for schools/education, with some of the highest rankings being in the North Shore.


From the Witches Museum in Salem to the Gloucester Fisherman’s Memorial, the North Shore is rich in history.  Being a history buff myself; I enjoy learning about the antiquity of the communities that are the backbone to the North Shore. Some historic landmarks that could be considered ‘must-see’s’ are:  Salem Witch Museum in Salem MA, The Putnam House in Danvers MA and the Cushing House Museum and Garden in Newburyport, MA.

The Food

I have to admit that I am the definition of a “foodie.”  I thoroughly enjoy trying new cuisines and frequently attend local farmers markets in the area for fresh produce.  The local restaurants in the North Shore have any type of cuisine you would like from Indian to American.  The atmosphere of the restaurants from those on the waterfront in Newburyport to Maggies Farm in Middletown cannot beat anything in the city!

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