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Old 05-09-2017, 06:43 PM
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Relocating from Australia, weighing up Nbpt v MBTS . My "will-be freshman" son is an avid tennis player and fishing enthusiast, looking for year round tennis. We also come with 3 pups, so needs to be dog-friendly location. Any input would be gratefully appreciated.
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Old 05-09-2017, 07:32 PM
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You will have to play tennis indoors in the winter. Aside from that nothing precluding you from meeting your requirements in either town.
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Old 05-09-2017, 07:43 PM
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Manchester is really small but has a gorgeous beach and a funky ice cream shop only open in summer. Newburyport is big and has everything, including a thriving downtown. Either one is fine as long as money is no object, but there's a lot more going on in Newburyport than in Manchester.

If you lived in Newburyport you could still go to beaches because there are a lot of them around here. Beaches are doable from June until the end of August.

Both towns seem to be really big on boating. There's a lot of salt water fishing from boats and from beaches. I don't fish but everything around here is about seafood and fresh fish.

Personally, of the two locales, I get a better, friendlier vibe in Newburyport than in Manchester.
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Old 05-10-2017, 05:55 AM
Location: North of Boston
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Manchester is the better town for high school tennis.
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Old 05-10-2017, 06:58 AM
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I don't think you can go wrong with either town. Both are beautiful and have ample opportunity for boating and tennis.

Manchester is much smaller, as mentioned. The downtown is larger for such a small town, but much smaller than Newburyport. There are several good restaurants, a grocery store, and a book store. Many people toss the word "walkable" around. I define "walkable" downtowns as those that have useful businesses and attractions (parks, libraries, trails etc.) and Manchester scores high in that category. Singing Beach is fairly small, but very beautiful. The Manchester Athletic Club is huge and offers indoor and outdoor tennis. In addition, the Bass River Tennis Club in Beverly is not too far away and has indoor facilities as well. Beverly Golf and Tennis has outdoor grass courts.

Newburyport is much larger. There are several different types of neighborhoods- from old historic homes, to newer construction. The downtown is large and tends to get crowded over the summer. The downtown has tons of restaurants and shops, but most of the everyday shopping is outside of the downtown.

I think I would give a slight advantage to Manchester for better proximity, and this is highly subjective. Manchester is surrounded by Beverly, Gloucester, and Essex. These are all beautiful towns that have a lot to offer to complement Manchester's offerings. Newburyport is surrounded by Salisbury, Newbury, West Newbury and Amesbury. There is nothing wrong with any of these towns, but I don't think they offer as much. Newburyport is the big draw in the area.
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