Peabody Real Estate
Historically speaking, Peabody, now a vibrant North Shore city, took quite a while to come into its own. Originally settled as part of Salem in 1626 and later as a southern section of Danvers, Peabody became a separate town in 1868 taking the name of one of its native sons, multi-millionaire philanthropist George Peabody.
The community today, which has a population of just over 51,000 on about 17 square miles of land, has a suburban feel with all the comforts and amenities of an urban area.
If shopping is your thing, you'll love the sprawling North Shore Mall with its department store anchors of Nordstroms, Macy’s, J.C. Penny’s and Sears as well as 120 specialty shops, a large food court and seven full-service restaurants. Growing out of the original Northshore Shopping Plaza, it is one of the largest malls in the region.
The section of the city with the most suburban feel is West Peabody with many residential neighborhoods, tree-lined streets and sidewalks. The public school system includes the J. Henry Higgins Middle School, eight elementary schools and the Peabody Veterans Memorial High School. The city also houses several parochial and private schools.
If you commute to downtown Boston, which is 15 miles south of Peabody, you will appreciate the city’s proximity to Interstate 95, Route 128 and U.S. Route 1, but you will have to pick up the commuter rail in neighboring Salem. Other border communities are are Danvers, Middleton, Lynnfield, and Lynn.
There is literally always something to do in Peabody for young and old. The city’s sports leagues run the gamut from Little League to senior’s softball, and the recreation department publishes an on-line roster of programs, classes and activities for all seasons.
If you want something less structured, you can stroll through Brooksby Farm, a 275-acre conservation area and working farm, learn to skate at the McVann-O’Keefe skating rink, or play a round of golf at the Salem Country Club, a professional golf course, that has hosted several U.S. Opens.
With its vast array of community activities, housing options, and municipal services, it is no wonder that Forbes Magazine ranked Peabody as the 14th “Most Livable City” in the U.S. in 2009.
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