Located about 45 minutes to the north of Boston in Massachusetts, Haverhill is a historic and beautiful New England town right on the Merrimack River. Once one of the state's most prosperous mill towns and known for its shoe and shipbuilding industry, Haverhill is now a thriving haven for the commuters and workers of Boston, Eastern Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire, thanks to its good selection of rent to own houses. Commuting is easy with an MBTA commuter rail stop that provides service to Boston. Haverhill is the home of the beautiful John Greenleaf Whittier Homestead, which honors the legendary abolitionist and poet with a museum at his birthplace.
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Housing Statistics The town offers some great real estate bargains for those looking for rental homes, although the prices of homes in Haverhill are slowly rising. For the period of May through July of 2013, the median home sale price was $206,900 (up about 14 percent from the year prior) for 177 home sales. Haverhill boasts a higher-than-state-average percentage of renters, with 40 percent of the houses occupied by renters. The rental rates for apartments in Haverhill are about average - around $837 a month.
School Districts Haverhill is served by one high school - Haverhill High School (the home of the Hillies) - and four middle schools (Constentino, Hunking, Nettle, and Whittier). There are six elementary schools and two kindergartens for the little ones to attend. Haverhill also has a campus of the North Essex Community College.
Local Sports Golfers will find Haverhill much to their liking. The area is home to three fine courses - the Renaissance Golf Club, the Crystal Lake Golf Club, and the Haverhill Country Club - along with the smaller par-3 golf course at the Garrison Golf Center. The Bradford Ski Resort is also nearby, and local bowlers and partiers can find plenty of entertainment at the Pilgrim Lanes & Funtime Arcade. There are miniature golf courses, batting cages, a climbing wall, and a ropes course at the Cedarland Fun Center.
Largest Employers Merrimack College and Northern Essex Community College are two of the town's top employers. The health care industry is well represented in Haverhill with Essent Healthcare of Massachusetts and Merrimack Valley Hospital being among the top five employers. The Eagle-Tribune Publishing Company in nearby North Andover also employs many local residents.
Local Events There are plenty of great seasonal events and festivals throughout Haverhill. In the spring, there's "Kids Fest," which this past year was Wizard of Oz-themed, complete with a yellow brick road and a hot air balloon. For the adults, the annual, fall-time Haverhill Riverfront Brewfest serves up plenty of beer from local breweries, as well as some rocking tunes. For Halloween fun, there's an annual haunted house at Haverhill's Winnekenni Castle. All will provide plenty of entertainment to any resident looking for a home to rent in Haverhill.
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