North Andover is a community of people who enjoy the natural beauty of her 27 square miles, including lakes, rivers, woods, stonewalls and hills with plenty of opportunity to enjoy a splendid vista, scenic photograph or a walk around the popular Olde Center Town Common. The Town has a casual feel, with many neat neighborhoods and well-kept homes offering a range of options from quite affordable to estate sized and luxury priced properties. North Andover is a 45 minute commute south to Boston via Rte 93 and a short drive to north shore beaches of Gloucester and Rockport to the east and Newbury's Plum Island Reserve to the north.
A lifestyle attractive to homeownership has been built with affordable options still available plus land for the construction of new homes and new neighborhoods still remains primarily in the outskirts of town nearby neighboring Boxford. There are condominium and unique residential cluster communities including Mill Pond Townhomes.
North Andover is open to resident involvement with assistance and volunteer opportunities working with seniors, recreation, youth and sustainability programs and in 2003, North Andover was named “Fifth Best Community to live in on the East Coast”.by Money Magazine.
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North Andover's inland location and landscape features such as rivers, lakes, rolling hills and fertile soils shaped the agricultural and industrial history of the community from the earliest Native American use of the land to the present day.
North Andover was the original political and religious center of a larger 17th century settlement including Andover, North Andover and the eastern part of Lawrence. First called Cochiechewick Plantation for the tall trees and rivers, the area was reserved by the General Court in 1634 for an inland plantation. The early agricultural economy was assisted by the mills along Cochiechewick Brook.
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