In 2014 a downtown area of Beverly extending from 301 Gallery at 301 Cabot St to the Beverly Historical Society and Visitor Center at 171 Cabot St. was officially designated as the Beverly Arts District or B.A.D. The city of Beverly is 1 of only 28 Massachusetts cultural and arts districts. It was a lengthy and committed process to secure this coveted designation, involving Beverly Main Streets, Monserrat College of Art and the city of Beverly. The designation recognizes the city of Beverly’s commitment to driving economic development utilizing the city’s diverse pool of creative talent, business and community.
B.A.D. is comprised of a stretch of real estate with many creative businesses, open studios, Cabot theater and many excellent restaurants. Long awaited A&B Burgers located in the old Bell’s Market is now open. Yes, they do serve a veggie burger as well as good old fashioned beef. The Cabot is refurbished and hailing some great musical talent. Suburb Bohemia on the corner of Railroad Ave and Cabot features home goods from many sources as does Roost and then there is the hub of downtown- The Atomic Cafe.
Twenty five years ago, my husband and I hailed from downtown Boston to Beverly. We were attracted to the downtown for its rich choice of period homes, proximity to the city’s center, commuter rail and the sweet smell of the ocean from our front porch.
Little did we know the gem of an area we stumbled upon. Our neighborhood is stable, multigenerational, and comprised of period homes, some condos and multi-families. We have had many of the same neighbors these past 25 years. The housing stock is 1800’s to 1920. Some of the original business owners of Beverly lived in these very homes. Over the years, we have been part of a tight knit community where we raised our children, renovated our homes, graduated adult children from college, greeted grandchildren. We have been fortunate to enjoy for a generation what we believe is the very best of what Beverly has to offer: a vibrant downtown, a sense of community, beaches and parks as well as an arts and cultural center just steps away.
Area:.957 square miles Population:7682 Median Income Downtown:$64,696 Beverly:$73,168 Average Household Size Downtown:2.2 Beverly:2.4