In Lynn, I love how I expect to hear Russian, Spanish, Arabic, Khmer, and even 'Nawth Shawah' English while walking along the seawall or beach. I love being able to walk my kids to school and to the post office or bank. And I love being able to connect students with service and career opportunities where they live out their Christian commitment in a diverse urban context.
—Karl Crisman, mathematics
Lynn is the biggest city on the North Shore. It's two stops from Boston on the commuter rail, which is a two-minute walk from my condo. Downtown Lynn's vast range of cultures, easy access to mass transportation (trains and buses), and quick walk to restaurants, stores, library, post office and (most importantly!) beach, all feel like home to me, given my international childhood, and young adulthood in Dallas and Los Angeles.
—Rini Cobbey, communication arts
As a gateway city, Lynn is home to resilient refugees and entrepreneurial immigrants. This mid-sized New England city is an ideal place to enjoy the food and company of friends from around the world. I love the living in the community of Lynn, Massachusetts!
—Val Buchanan, Office of Community Engagement
Ipswich is one of the oldest towns in the U.S. (founded in 1633). Located on the coast (Ipswich’s Crane Beach is a New England highlight), Ipswich is beautiful, with forests and fields, marshes, dunes and beaches. Though its economy has changed from mill industry to technology (EBSCO is headquartered in Ipswich), the population remains culturally diverse. The town is located on the MBTA commuter rail, with service to Boston. The public school system, and especially the high school, is considered one of the best in the state, particularly with respect to music and the arts.
—Paul Brink, political science
My wife and I bought a condo in Salem when we moved to the North Shore and Gordon. It is in a 200-year-old refurbished building right on the historic Salem Common, where the National Guard was formed and George Washington reviewed the troops. The history and architecture are stimulating; we walk by Nathaniel Hawthorne’s house and have a free membership (as do all Salem residents) in the world class Peabody Essex Museum, the oldest one in the US. We wanted gracious urban living without paying Boston prices, and we have it in Salem. We walk to our favorite restaurants, the best movie theater on the North Shore, our pharmacy and our neighborhood grocer, and it takes me 14 minutes to drive to Gordon’s campus. We love it.
—Jim Pocock, counselor to the president
We live on Brimbal Avenue in north Beverly, a small city adjacent to Wenham. Beverly is coastal and has several beaches and nice parks. Called the "Garden City," Beverly was incorporated in 1668. It was the site of the first cotton mill and one of the first Sunday schools, and was important in the beginning of the U.S. Navy. President Taft vacationed here. I live about five houses from exit 19 on Route 128, and within easy walking distance of two commuter rail stations (North Beverly and Montserratt). There is another train station downtown. Beverly has a lot of schools, including the public schools and several private schools, as well as two colleges (Endicott College and Montserratt College of Art). Some Gordon faculty have children at the Beverly campus of North Shore Christian School. Some others have children at the Waring and Waldorff schools. As a whole, Beverly has a good deal of economic diversity. The downtown area has many rentals that students, including Gordon students, take advantage of, and a pleasant “college town” feel on Cabot and Rantoul streets. A small movie theater, restaurants, and art spaces give an artsy feel to an area near the excellent library and lovely commons. There are several churches of various sizes, and a wide range of businesses, including at the Cummings Center, a very large facility in a renovated historic factory. The annual Arts Fest and Homecoming celebrations are favorites.
—Dorothy Boorse, biology
We live at the bottom of Prospect Hill in Beverly, about two blocks from the Beverly Common and the Beverly Public Library. It is an easy walk to both downtown and the beach. Beverly is rich in history. It is home to the Balch House, one of the oldest wood-frame houses in the country, and has numerous connections to the Revolutionary War. Reuben Kennison of Beverly was killed April 19, 1775, during the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the first military engagements of that war.
The admiral in charge of the First Coast Guard District, which includes New England and parts of New York and New Jersey and 1,300 miles off-shore, lives in a home next to the Hospital Point Lighthouse in Beverly. Near the lighthouse, there is evidence of Revolution-era ramparts. My son attends Hannah Elementary School, named for the first ship of the U.S. Navy, which sailed from Beverly.
Beverly hosts events throughout the year. In June there is an arts street festival and this summer there were two block parties. Every August Beverly hosts Homecoming; highlights include tours of the Hospital Point Lighthouse, fireworks, Lobster boat races, and the ever-popular Lobsterfest. The Holiday Parade is held the first Sunday after Thanksgiving and a family-friendly New Year’s event takes place downtown every year (with the countdown at 7 p.m. so kids don’t miss their bedtime!) The Sterling YMCA has fitness facilities, pools, gyms, dance studio, a gymnastics center and numerous programs and classes for both adults and children.
Lynch Park, the grounds of a former estate, is a lovely spot; President Taft summered there until Mrs. Marie Antoinette Evans, the owner of the house where he stayed, tired of the commotion of the Presidential party, the press, and especially the onlookers. She had Stetson Hall cut in half and sent by barge across the harbor to Marblehead.
We love Beverly and there are worse things than a ten-minute commute through a residential area.
—Myron Schirer-Suter, library
The Newburyport region boasts a classic New England living environment along the Atlantic Ocean at the mouth of the Merrimack River. The 15,000 residents are bolstered by a thriving tourist community each summer, resulting in a number of restaurants and activities that are more diverse than one might expect for a cute seaside town. Plum Island—with fantastic beaches, and world-class birdwatching at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge—is a five-minute drive from the town center. Maudsley State Park provides hiking and cross-country skiing opportunities, and the family-friendly Bradford downhill ski area is just a 15-minute drive away. Churches run the gamut of denominations, with several historic sanctuaries that have held services for centuries. Schools are well-regarded and provide a range of learning optionss. Smaller communities around Newburyport (West Newbury and Newbury) provide a more family-centered atmosphere, still close to the festivals and shopping in Newburyport. Thirty minutes from Gordon, Newburyport feels like living on holiday year-round.
—Greg Keller, biology
Hamilton is practically the big backyard of Gordon College. My family of four moved here in the fall of 2002. We are very pleased with the regional school district (in conjunction with adjacent Wenham), which consists of three elementary schools (Buker, Cutler and Winthrop), one middle school (Miles River) and the regional high school. Each year, "the Regional" graduates 170to180 students, and a good number of them go on to attend prestigious colleges and universities. The Hamilton-Wenham library was completed in 2001 and has nice a collection of books, magazines, newspapers, videos and other educational resources. Protected open space and forest offers plenty of walking and hiking trails; fresh water bodies allow boating, canoeing and fishing. Our family enjoys living in Hamilton.
—Ming Zheng, biology
Magnolia is a lovely hidden gem in between the better known Manchester-by-the-Sea and Gloucester. Originally Kettle Cove, it was the destination of many Bostonians, New Yorkers, and even significant figures from Washington, D.C., in the early years of the 20th century. The attraction was its shoreline, which affords magnificent views of both sunrises and sunsets, and sea breezes from three directions. While the rich and famous no longer come in droves, the local population is friendly (especially the early-morning dog-walkers), the town is quiet, and Hammond Castle is just down Hesperus Avenue.
—Elaine Phillips, biblical studies