North Shore

Situated between the city and New Hampshire along the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, offers a fast-paced lifestyle with room to grow.

Welcome to North Shore

An eclectic enclave with a storied history with an exciting future

The North Shore of Boston, situated between the city and New Hampshire along the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, offers a fast-paced lifestyle with room to grow. Several communities, such as Reading and Salem, are rich in history, scenery, culture, and local pride. Commutes into central Boston are easy for locals. The Massachusetts Bay Transport Authority offers several easy ways to get around the state and greater New England region. The many beaches, harbors, islands, and seaside sites of the North Shore have served as backdrops in many notable Hollywood productions such as Shutter Island and Manchester by the Sea. Many creative works were inspired by the region, including several films and television shows about the Salem Witch Trials and The Perfect Storm. Today, architecture from the Federal Period stands proudly well into the 21st century, while today’s vibrant communities look forward to a bright future.

What to Love

  • North Shore’s scenery is charming and beautiful.
  • Salem, one of the region’s best-known communities, is rich in history and one of the best places to celebrate the autumn season.
  • Commuting into the city is easy — many locals take the MBTA Commuter Rail into Boston.

Local Lifestyle

Life on the North Shore is picture-perfect. In addition to the close proximity to Boston, residents are close to several other charming New England towns. Each of these towns has its own unique history, friendly residents, and sites to visit. Manchester-by-the-Sea is one of these communities. Known for beautiful viewing points and scenic beaches, particularly Singing Beach, Manchester-by-the-Sea is the perfect place for a quick day trip North Shore residents can easily make. In the autumn, Salem is a particularly popular option for a day trip for its spooky history, seaside views, and amplified enthusiasm for All Hallow’s Eve.

Dining, Entertainment, and Shopping

Evenings are often spent at one of the North Shore’s delicious eateries, each committed to serving only the best local ingredients to their neighbors. Seafood, Italian fare, and comforting pub classics are all perfect for those sometimes-chilly New England nights. North Shore residents are spoiled for choice when it comes to these categories, having dozens of options serving perfected family recipes to their community members.

Rossetti Restaurant features a few locations around the region specializing in comforting Italian favorites such as lobster ravioli, bone-in pork chops, and frutti di mare. Their tiramisu is one of the best desserts in the area!

Another delicious option for fresh Italian cuisine and seafood is The Causeway Restaurant. Located in Gloucester, chowder, seafood marinara, lobster pie, and fried clams are some of their best sellers, all perfect on a cold winter’s day. The Causeway is a “bring your own bottle” establishment, allowing patrons to create their own dinner pairings.

In Essex, The Farm Bar and Grille is a family-run establishment featuring all-American pub fares like fish tacos, fajitas, wings, and cocktails inspired by childhood treats like Capri Sun, Rocks, and others. Their sand volleyball court and horseshoe pits only add to the fun.

​​​​​​​Nearby in Hamilton, 15 Walnut Tavern is another relaxed option for signature cocktails and a wide array of old-fashioned favorites. Seared tuna, burgers, mussels, and shrimp cocktails are served in cozy digs by a friendly staff.

Things to Do

Boston’s North Shore is rich in American history. Some of the most pivotal events in our nation’s history, like the Salem Witch Trials, happened right here. The Salem Witch Museum is just one of these great institutions. Based on actual documentation from 1692, the museum explores the events leading up to the trials, European influence, and the evolution of witchcraft into the 21st century. Maritime Gloucester is another museum detailing the history of the region’s ships, harbors, and marine wildlife. For over 20 years, this interactive piece of history has allowed visitors a hands-on look into one of the area’s most essential industries.


​​​​​​​New England is home to a high concentration of prestigious universities, including Tufts University, which is known for its innovative and rigorous research and education programs. Tufts University enjoys a global reputation for academic success and the triumph of its students and alumni.


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