You likely know that Beverly is a coastal city with a vibrant downtown of restaurants, shops, art studios and theater, located on the commuter rail to Boston and all major commuter routes. The city is made up of many different neighborhoods, each with its own distinctive character. This installment of THE LOCAL will feature the Centerville section of Beverly.
Centerville was originally a farming area, settled in 1680 by a group of farmers from Essex and Beverly. Early in its development there were several civic and church organizations formed. It is still more rural than other areas in Beverly although in the mid 80’s and 90’s much residential development occurred. These new neighborhoods have larger lots and houses but care was taken to preserve the sense of openness and natural beauty of this once farm area. Recently I listed a home in Centerville and in a very short period, the home was under contract. While marketing the home and walking the neighborhood, I was greeted by many of the neighbors and was impressed with their openness. The homes and properties were all well maintained and kids were playing outside. I asked these folks what prompted them to purchase in Centerville over the many areas within the Beverly. The most common response was: the sense of community. To some, the local Centerville school was a factor but not the deciding point. Other reasons were the open space, and public parks, and easy access to Boston. Evidently, the original strong sense of community and spirit in Centerville is still in existence today.
Beverly population : 4,311 people per sq. mile
Centerville population: 1438 per sq. mile 2013
Median income Centerville: $93,642. Beverly: $73,168.
Elementary School: Centerville School
Middle School: Briscoe Middle School