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Old 06-03-2012, 09:28 AM
 
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Default Not many Salem rentals

When I say not many, I mean- wow! Other than a trashed 3rd level apartment student rental here and there, I'm finding nothing in terms of nice rentals for families bigger than 2 bedrooms. Is this normal?
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Old 06-03-2012, 10:14 AM
 
Location: Beverly, Mass
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Yes it's a very popular city with students, young professionals and retirees. I would suggest looking in Beverly, which is a 5 minute ride and one train stop from downtown Salem, and has a lot of apartments in downtown.
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Old 06-04-2012, 08:43 AM
 
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I've not been to Beverly yet but plan to travel through. From what I've gathered online though, it seems rather plain, suburban and run down. Am I wrong?
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Old 06-04-2012, 10:12 AM
 
Location: Beverly, Mass
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It doesn't have such a vibrant downtown as Salem, and it has some suburban parts, it has some run down parts - but not as run down as some parts of Salem, and it also has some very nice parts.

It doesn't have a unified identity, it's fairly large - 20 square miles and 40,000 people, and it has many different parts - from farms, woods and trails, lake and beaches to a walkable downtown. This diversity has to do with it's history - from manufacturing to being a summer resort for uber-wealthy magnates from Boston, New York and Chicago, which made it the top earning town in Mass in 1911.

President Taft had his summer White house in Beverly, which became a public waterfront park, with outdoor movies, concerts, weddings and kayaking in the summer. The old theater downtown was preserved and became a movie theater with a doorman, which has magic shows for kids on weekends. The cotton mills became condos, and the shoe factory became an office building.

I like it for having it all in one town - from farm CSA to a fresh fish market, organic food store, local family-owned grocery store, many restaurants for every taste, a marina for our boat, parks, beaches, Rollerpalace and YMCA for my kids, tennis club, public golf course, North Shore Music theater, a movie theater, train, highway access, schools focused on improvement and a good value.

If you drive through it I suggest route 127, it's a very pretty ride.
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Old 06-07-2012, 12:27 PM
 
Location: Beverly, Mass
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Have you tried Marblehead? I was there today, it's a perfect little town, there are plenty of stores and restaurants for a whole day to spend walking around. Plus, you might run into Salma Hayek or Adam Sandler, while they are shooting Grown ups 2 all over town this summer. I didn't see them, but I saw them setting up for a new set.

But it's probably more expensive, then Beverly and Salem. I would say it's perfect for retirees, too.
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Old 06-07-2012, 12:57 PM
 
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We've not been there but I have been keeping an eye on rentals in the area. Nonetheless, we're hoping for Salem. Marblehead would just add to commute time to Boston during rush hours and one of the reasons we're moving is to eliminate that. Also trying to downsize in the amount we pay for rent and get out of the suburbs where we are surrounded by people much older than us
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Old 06-07-2012, 02:15 PM
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Location: Commiewealth of Mass.
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Commuting to Boston from Marblehead is really no different than from Salem. In fact, pending where you are in Salem, it might actually be a few minutes longer. This assumes you are going by car.
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Old 06-07-2012, 02:43 PM
 
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No, by train out of Salem
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Old 06-08-2012, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Beverly, Mass
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This photography blog is all about pictures of Marblehead. But this landscape and architecture is characteristic of much of North Shore.

Since Marblehead is known for it's schools, it's mostly a family oriented town.

For a younger vibe Beverly does have two colleges, Endicott College and Monseratt College of Art - housed in some of those former summer mansions - which fuel a growing downtown restaurant and coffee shop scene.

I know it's hard to find apartment or condo living for younger people only. I used to live in condos in Swampscott, always surrounded by older people. It didn't matter, because I spent most of my time in Boston, just coming home to change. Then I lived on Revere beach - there were a lot of older people, but also a lot of younger people, who liked being on the beach and right on the blue line. It was a seven minute ride to Boston, in the off hours.
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Old 06-08-2012, 04:13 PM
 
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Thanks We're outside Portsmouth in NH now. Figured if we are moving for a mere year before heading back to the south, we would go somewhere we really like for that year- that being Salem.
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