The coastal city of Newburyport, nestled on the banks of the Merrimack River where the waters meet the Atlantic Ocean, is one of the municipalities that broke away from the locale that is today known as Newbury.
Fire ripped through the downtown and led to a temporary economic decline in 1811, but the townspeople here displayed the resiliency New Englanders are known for and by 1851 the community grew enough to attain status as a city. Industries that long supported Newburyport included fishing and shipbuilding due to its waterfront location, and the town also has a history of silverware manufacturing. This place was also the chosen home of captains who imported goods like molasses, a key ingredient for the rum crafted at the Market Square distilleries.
Newburyport played an important role in the abolitionist movement that followed the Revolutionary War, with native William Lloyd Garrison leading the charge. Brown Square is graced with a statue in his likeness to honor Garrison's contributions to the movement, and the National Park Service recognized many Newburyport residents for their work to support the storied Underground Railroad.
These days Newburyport's charming downtown shopping district and year-round skating rink lure in visitors, as does the well-maintained boardwalk along the waterfront. Hobbies of many residents here include fishing, swimming and taking in a sunny day on a boat, and a robust youth services program offers courses in everything from robotics and fashion design to skateboarding and rock climbing.
Public transportation options for citizens include the bus service that the Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority runs between Newburyport and Haverhill, and the city is at the northern end of the Newbury-Rockport Line Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority commuter rail.
Possibilities for potential renters include spaces akin to a recently-advertised three-bedroom, 2.5 bathroom unit on Lime Street, which is positioned close to the downtown area. Corian counters and cherry cabinets can be found in the updated kitchen, which contains and over-sized island. A screened in porch at the front of the property is the perfect place to savor a Sunday morning brunch or after-work cocktail, and the deck and fenced in patio offer a great setting for a barbecue.
Another example of a possible Newburyport rental is a two-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom space on Atwood Street. Tenants can walk their way downtown to take in the shops, restaurants and the beauty of the waterfront, and a fenced patio and deck off one of the bedrooms gives residents a nice spot to unwind in the fresh air upon returning home at the end of a long day.