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North Andover spaces

North Andover is in Essex County on the northeastern end of the state and was originally settled beside the Merrimack River in 1644. This town with a population of about 28,000 is about 25 miles away from Boston.

Thought to be the parent town of the communities that carry "Andover" within their names today, North Andover was incorporated in 1855 after a dispute among settlers over where to establish the local church ended up in court. Churches were then erected on the north and south ends of the settlement as a result of the court action, and the eventual development of separate communities anchored by the houses of worship caused the settlement to break off into the towns that exist now.

One point of historical interest is that North Andover was the home of Anne Bradstreet, the first female American poet to have her works published during the mid-1600s. The mother of eight died in her hometown in 1672.

The North Andover of today continues to promote its deep roots in the region, with plenty of historic sites like the Brick Store, the Parson Barnard House and The Stevens Estate at Osgood Hill included among the highlights that lure visitors to the town.

North Andover provides its residents with curb-side trash pickup and recycling services, full-time fire and police departments, and operates the Stevens Memorial Library. The city has a little something for everyone with a vibrant youth services program and seven public schools, lots of services for senior citizens and veterans and access to the Greater Lawrence Technical School. North Andover is also home to Merrimack College and the Brooks School, a boarding and educational facility on Lake Cochichewick that opened its doors in 1926.

Located less than a mile from the Salem turnpike and half an hour from Boston's downtown,, prospective renters could find a nice new pad in a place like Royal Crest Estates. Oak floors and cabinetry enhance the kitchen, pantry and breakfast bar, and some apartments have added amenities like balconies and in-unit washers and dryers. Pets are welcome in this complex, which is set on grounds that feature a putting green, a pond and winding jogging paths. A fitness center and basketball and tennis courts offer excellent ways to work in the daily exercise routine, while a picnic area with barbecue grills gives residents the perfect setting for an afternoon outside. Tenants here can breathe a little easier as this apartment community transitions to a smoke-free environment.

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