The small Essex County Town of Middleton, with a population of just under 9,000. was formerly part of the storied locale of Salem until its incorporation in 1728.
Starting out as an agricultural region, Middleton grew to include prosperous ironworks industry during the 18th century, and later became a highly desired vacation destination, particularly for residents of Lowell and Lawrence.
This place was where one of the oldest trees in Massachusetts reaches high into the sky, and is estimated to be about 400 years old. The Wilkins house, constructed in1693, is the oldest home in Middleton and was once a tavern.
Today Middleton hangs onto its agricultural past with an active farmer's market. Nearby attractions include the Ipswitch River Wildlife Sanctuary, which boasts a robust trail system, a summer camp, canoe rentals and a host of classes and outdoor-related activities. Bradley Palmer State Park, named for a prominent early 20th century attorney, is a 721-acre sanctuary featuring sprawling meadows and rhododendron-lined carriage roads.
And there's plenty to do for those who wish to stay close to home. Middleton has its own golf course, an active community recreation program and plenty of shopping and dining opportunities downtown.
Condominium rentals like one advertised on Village Road may be just the thing for renters looking to reside in Middleton. This unit at Ironwood on the Green at Ferncroft has fresh interior paint and updated bedroom rugs, and consists of two bedrooms and two bathrooms, one of which serves as the master bath. Elements of added style include cherry hardwood floors and walk-in closets for this first-level living experience. With close-by public transportation, this rental offers fast access to the highway, a medical facility and shopping centers. The inclusion of extras like a balcony, in-ground pool and hot tub makes a lease opportunity like this worth a closer look. Located within five miles of three public schools and five private schools, it is certainly a fitting choice for those who wish to reside in the heart of this community.
Middleton is situated to the west of I-95 and is a mere 23-mile drive to Boston. The town lacks rail service within its borders, but there are a pair of lines of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority commuter rail to the west and south, both of which take passengers to the North Station in Boston. Small air service is available at Beverly Municipal Airport, which is less than 20 minutes away, and residents can get to Logan International Airport in about 30 minutes.