The town of Billerica's nickname is "America's Yankee Doodle Town", and it's supposedly where the song "Yankee Doodle" became a mark of pride for early Americans. The area was first called Shawshin after the Shawsheen River that flows through the eastern part of town. The Concord River flows through the center. Since many white settlers didn't like the foreign-sounding name coined by the local natives, they changed it to Billerica in 1655 after the English town of Billericay. Local resident and patriot Thomas Ditson was tarred and feathered by the British on a visit to Boston in 1775, and his attitude about the matter made him the inspriation to change the hitherto insulting "Yankee Doodle" into a compliment. It's still celebrated during the annual Yankee Doodle Weekend every September.
The town is also the home to many regional and international companies such as E Ink Corporation, GE Measurement & Control Solutions, and Pan Am Railways, so there's plenty of work and plenty of residences to go around. Billerica Public Schools operate nine schools throughout the neighborhoods that make up the town. Another thing this community is known for is it's sports opportunities. Sports Illustrated once called this the sports town for the Bay State, and with two golf courses, several public parks with sports fields, and a large children's playground with rock climbing and trampolines, it's no wonder why they gave Billerica the title.
There are a lot of rentals to choose from here, and a top option is at Middlesex Crossing on Concord Road. This 252-unit complex has several options ranging from studio apartments to two-bedroom domiciles. Every space has central air, a dishwasher and large closets that can store anyone's wardrobe. Renters can also relax in the swimming pool or take their kids to the playground. Pets are also allowed.
Luxury Apartment Buildings in Billerica