Despite being in Essex County, the town of Essex is not the county seat and only received its name in 1819. Before then, it was called Chebacco Parish and was part of neighboring Ipswich. The town also claims to be the original home of the fried clam, and while that will be disputed for years to come, there's no doubt that seafood makes up a large part of the town's economy. Today, it's a quiet place with 3,500 residents and plenty of homes and rentals to call home.
There is only one elementary school in town since it's part of the Essex-Manchester united school district. There are no mass transit options in the town itself, but there are bus and rail lines in nearby communities. A good way to spend some time is at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum. They not only tell the story of the ships that were built here, but they also tell about the town's history as a whole. The marina is a great place to store your boat if you ever want to take a trip out on Cape Ann or the Essex River. This town also has more antique shops than most others in New England, so renters won't be short of fun and historic items to place in their homes.
People looking for an apartment can view options like a one-bed, one-bath spot on Story Street. Utilities are included in the rent except for phone and cable TV service. The home itself opens up to a lovely yard that comes with a sprinkler system. Inside, you'll find a full-size kitchen, a large bedroom complete with a spacious closet, and a living room with a ceiling fan installed. Cats are allowed, and you'll get to use a shared washer/dryer with other residents.