The lifestyle afforded by Avery at Swampscott is about so much more than the carefree day-to-day living that its prime, central location offers. It’s about living on the North Shore and immersing yourself in the plethora of activities and pastimes that are available at your fingertips. It’s about waking up each morning and walking along your choice of beaches, getting your errands done close by, taking the train or bus into Boston to enjoy all the city has to offer. Swampscott, Marblehead, Salem and the entire North Shore of Boston are rich in history and natural beauty, and provide an amazing lifestyle. In addition, skiing, hiking and camping in the mountains of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont are only a few short hours away.
Only 13 miles from Boston, Swampscott offers tranquil coastal living close to the city. This former summer resort on Massachusetts Bay is now a full-time residential community known for its quiet suburban character, friendly, welcoming and nurturing family environment, and lovely beaches. The town is 6.7 square miles, of which 3.7 square miles is water.
With approximately 14,000 residents, Swampscott was first settled in 1629 as part of Lynn and was incorporated in 1852. Fishing and shoe manufacturing provided the town’s mainstay back then, but by the mid-20th century Swampscott was a resort destination. With numerous large estates and inns, wealthy families from around the world were drawn to the quaint town by the sea. Now, Swampscott residents love the town for the same reasons the tourists did back then, and take advantage of the year-round vacation feel.
The most popular beaches in Swampscott include Phillips, Preston, Fisherman’s and Eiseman’s, as well as King’s Beach, which runs along Humphrey Street, the road where most of the town’s main restaurants and shops are located. This area (which is 1.4 miles from Avery at Swampscott), and the paved walking/biking path along King’s Beach all the way to Nahant, are favorite activities of residents.
Nahant Beach is one of the prettiest beaches on the North Shore, known for its soft light sand and tranquil waters tucked into the cove that the island of Nahant creates. At low tide beachgoers can walk out a quarter of a mile and still be in waist high water. There is a large public parking lot that is only 4 miles from Avery at Swampscott. Other surrounding towns also have beaches with public parking, such as Marblehead’s Deveraux Beach (3.4 miles away) complete with picnic tables, a restaurant, playground and facilities. A short drive or train ride further up the coast affords access to many other well-known beaches in Beverly, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Ipswich and Gloucester.
The convenient location of Avery at Swampscott is a commuter’s dream — across the street from one of the MBTA Express Bus stops, and 1 mile to the Swampscott MBTA Commuter Rail Station. Two other MBTA Commuter Rail Stations are also a quick drive away (Salem is 3.4 miles and Lynn is 2.5 miles) and both stations have newly constructed parking garages. If you would rather take the Subway into Boston, the Wonderland T stop, with its newly constructed parking garage, is just 7 miles away. Boston’s Logan International Airport is 11 miles from Avery at Swampscott.
With a host of grocery stores, restaurants, clothing stores, museums, movie theaters, and public transportation at your doorstep, the location of Avery at Swampscott doesn’t get any more convenient.
Swampscott Mall (.5 Miles)
- Stop & Shop
- UPS Store
- Paradise Cleaners
- Craft Beer Cellar
Whole Foods (.7 miles)
Vinnin Square Plaza (.8 miles)
- The Paper Store
Paradise Plaza (.6 miles)
- Bank of America
- Dunkin Donuts
- Rizzo’s Pizza
Highlander Plaza (1.9 miles)
- Home Depot
- TJ Maxx
- Market Basket
Swampscott Farmer’s Market (.6 miles)
The multitudes of world-class museums in Boston are just a train ride or a short drive away, but there are many other museums close at hand available to enjoy daily from Avery at Swampscott. The Peabody Essex Museum is a treat enjoyed by residents and tourists alike. With a collection of more than 840,000 works of art and culture, it ranks in the top 10 North American art museums in terms of gallery square footage, operating budget and endowment.
Although smaller in stature, the Marblehead Museum offers insights into the towns maritime history and features the artwork of the famed J.O.J Frost. The Jeremiah Lee Mansion, built in 1768 features elegant wood carvings and is the only home to survive with its original 18th-century hand-painted English wallpapers in place.
The Salem Witch Dungeon, The Witch Museum and the House of Seven Gables can all be enjoyed within 3.5 miles of Avery at Swampscott.
If movies are your thing, there is no need to drive to the closest large shopping mall (which is still only 5 miles away at the North Shore Mall). There are two local options that are just as good. The Warwick Theatre in Marblehead (3 miles) is the Northshore’s only luxury dine-in cinema complex. CinemaSalem (3.3 miles) is a four-screen independent community movie theater located in historic downtown Salem. Focusing on quality first-run feature films, art films, and passionate documentaries, CinemaSalem is a friendly and affordable alternative to the megaplex experience, and features the best popcorn you’ve ever tasted!
There are parks nestled along the coast with beautiful views of the ocean from Swampscott up to Gloucester, and they are too numerous to name. Monument Square, the park-like gateway to Swampscott, with the expansive lawns of Linscott Park, is less than one mile from Avery at Swampscott. Concerts and movie nights in this park are a favorite of residents. Monument Square is also one of the best places to watch the 4th of July fireworks display put on by the town.
Swampscott is well known for the Olmsted Historic District, a nationally recognized subdivision designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, a pioneer in American landscape architecture, and the designer of New York City’s famed Central Park. The entire Olmsted District was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2002, giving formal recognition of the area’s historic significance. The district is known for its historic Queen Anne Shingle-style homes, mature street trees, curving roads, a grand entry parkway (Linscott Park), and its proximity to the ocean. It was the last subdivision designed by Olmsted before he retired, and people love to walk along the streets, picnic in the park, and take in the beauty.
Pickering Wharf in Salem is a lovely place to bring a picnic lunch and watch the boats coming in and out of Salem Harbor. You can also see the Friendship, a reconstruction of a 171-foot three-masted Tallship.
Swampscott’s public school system consistently receives strong rankings and sends their graduates to top colleges and universities. Avery at Swampscott is centrally located to all of the public schools. The Hadley Elementary School, Swampscott Middle School and the new Swampscott High School are all within reach.
There is no shortage of fitness options or outdoor activities all located conveniently close to Avery at Swampscott.
- Orange Theory Fitness, Swampscott Mall (.5 miles)
- CrossFit The Swamp (.6 miles)
- Marblehead/Swampscott YMCA (1.3 miles)
- Jewish Community Center of the North Shore, Marblehead (2.3 miles)
- Forest River Conservation Area Trails (1 mile)
- Kings Beach Paved Walkway from Swampscott to Nahant (1.4 miles)
- Swampscott Rail Trail
- Preston Beach (1.7 miles)
- Marblehead Neck Loop (3.4 miles)
- Steer Swamp, Marblehead (4.1 miles)
- North Shore Tennis and Squash Club (1.1 miles)
- Tedesco Country Club (.9 miles)
- Kernwood Country Club (4.7 miles)
- Nahant Golf Club (5.7 miles)
- Beverly Golf & Tennis (6.7 miles)
- Bass River Tennis Club, Beverly (7.1 miles)
- Swampscott Yacht Club (1.8 miles)
- Marblehead Yacht Club, 4 Cliff St, Marblehead (3.4 miles)
- Dolphin Yacht Club, 17 Allerton Pl, Marblehead (3.6 miles)
- Boston Yacht Club, 1 Front St, Marblehead (3.8 miles)
- Eastern Yacht Club, Foster St, Marblehead (4.3 miles)
- Corinthian Yacht Club, Corinthian Ln, Marblehead (4.5 miles)
- Nahant Dory Club (5.6 miles)
- Danversport Marina (6.5 miles)
Less than a mile away from Avery at Swampscott, Marblehead is a coastal New England town with deep roots in commercial fishing and yachting. Founded in 1629, it actually predates the city of Boston. Modern day Marblehead is the quintessential New England community: quaint, welcoming and beautiful. Renowned as the ‘Yachting Capital of America’, and the ‘Birthplace of the American Navy’, Marblehead’s picturesque harbor is unmatched.
Sailors and boaters enjoy easy access to the harbor and Atlantic Ocean, and beach goers have numerous beaches to choose from. Nature lovers will enjoy the Marblehead Neck Wildlife Sanctuary, Crocker Park and Devereux Beach. Devereux Beach is Marblehead’s most popular beach and offers over five acres of sand, picnic tables and a playground. Devereux Beach is also a very popular spot to observe fireworks during Marblehead’s Fourth of July celebration.
Salem is a historical coastal city considered one of the most significant seaports in Puritan American history. It is a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly city with over a million tourists annually and a direct ferry to Boston. Famous for its witch trials in 1692, visitors can learn about the history at landmarks such as the Witch House (where pretrial examinations of those suspected of witchcraft were held) and the Witch Dungeon (where you can see live reenactment shows of the 1692 Salem witch trial plus tours through a replica dungeon). The McIntire Historic District walking tour covers over a mile and 300 historic structures from the 18th and 19th centuries. One of Salem’s crowning jewels is the Peabody Essex Museum, known for its massive collection of global art and artifacts, including a rebuilt Qing-era Chinese House.
The Pickering Wharf area is a great place to explore Salem’s rich maritime history and shop and dine overlooking Salem Harbor and the marina. Salem Maritime National Park is a nine-acre historic site located on Salem’s waterfront that tells the history of Salem’s international trade and the sailors and merchants who built the economy of the young United States. You can take a sail on the Fame, a full-scale replica of a privateer schooner from the War of 1812.
In recent years, the restaurant scene in Salem has drawn chefs and diners away from Boston and up to the North Shore. It is considered a food destination. With every type of cuisine imaginable and award winning restaurants, there is even a “Salem Food Tour” which allows you to learn about the history and eat along the way!
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