Methuen, in Essex County, has been home to many well-recognized Americans like poet Robert Frost, World Heavyweight Boxing Champion John Ruiz and Composer Ben Cosgrove.
The community of just over 47,000, once part of Haverhill, was built on a foundation of manufacturing, with shoe and hat factories dominating its economy in the early 19th century. Further propelling Methuen's growth during this time were a trio of three wealthy families, The Tenneys, the Searles and the Nevins, whose involvements resulted in the establishment of town landmarks like the Nevins Memorial Library, Tenney Gatehouse and the Searles building.
Modern-day Methuen has much to offer visitors and residents alike. The 55-acre recreational area of Forest Lake, surrounded by the picturesque Methuen town forest, is a great location for swimming, boating and fishing. Hikers gravitate to the Methuen Rail Trail, set up on the former Boston and Maine Manchester and Lawrence Railroad tracks, which connects to the nearby Spicket River Greenway.
Those seeking public transportation have the Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority bus service, with the closest rail station located in South Lawrence, and a 40-minute drive is all it takes to get to Boston.
People interested in renting apartments in Methuen may like Colonial Village, which is a good option for commuters with the community being in close proximity to Routes 495, 213 and 93. Colonial Village is within 30 minutes of Hampton and Salisbury Beaches, and the breath-taking White Mountains region is just a short drive away. Offering one and two-bedroom units on nicely cared-for grounds, Colonial Village residents have access to a clubhouse containing a fitness center and billiards room. This pet-friendly complex is also within easy reach of destinations like The Loop, making shopping and dining a pleasant, worry-free experience.
Mill Falls Apartments is a nice alternative for those in the market for everything from a one-bedroom space to a three-bedroom townhouse. Renters here benefit from some paid utilities, on-site management and emergency maintenance. Units here are graced with over-sized closets, vaulted ceilings, exposed brick and beams and pleasant water views. A pet-friendly location, depending on some restrictions, Mill Falls Apartments also provides conveniences like public transportation and laundry facilities. A pair of free parking spots makes it easier to hop in the car and experience all that this region has to offer.
Some may look into Summit Place Apartments, which has one and two-bedroom cable-ready and air conditioned units. Spaces here are enhanced by hardwood flooring, balconies and access to a garden tub, and walking trails on the 44-acre parcel on which this community sits add value to this scenic location.