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Downtown Lowell

Lowell, MA

Downtown Lowell is historically known for its prominent role in the industrial revolution and as the birthplace of the city of Lowell, MA. Originally a hub for mills and factories, Downtown Lowell has since grown and transformed into a bustling city filled with trendy stores and shops, luxury housing, and a wide array of restaurants. Located approximately 30 miles northwest of Boston, the city of Downtown Lowell is one of a kind.

With its prime location along the Merrimack River, Downtown Lowell combines the beauty of nature with a predominantly urban landscape, bringing together the best of two worlds. Historians and tourists alike find that this picturesque city has plenty to offer, from its historic homes and landmarks, to its unique art galleries and annual events. The city attracts a diverse population consisting of students, young professionals and growing families alike. Voted one of the "Top Spots to live in Massachusetts," Downtown Lowell proves its worth as a culturally rich and engaging city.

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Ratings

94 Walk Score® Walker's Paradise
51 Transit Score® Good Transit
0 Bike Score® Somewhat Bikeable

Living in Downtown Lowell

  • Parks

    The Lowell National Historic Park consists of numerous city landmarks, accessible to the public through both self and guided tours. Canal boat tours offered during the summer season traverse through Lowell’s historic waterways.

    Those looking to get more in touch with nature can make their way to the Lowell Dracut Tyngsboro State Forest, a 1,140 acre landscape, complete with trails for both hiking and biking. Similarly, if a serene and peaceful walk is all you desire, The Riverwalk, located along the Merrimack River, is easily accessible through the downtown area and is the perfect spot for a peaceful retreat.

  • Shopping

    Shopaholics embrace Downtown Lowell, as the area features several major stores and businesses. Fulfill all of your household needs at the nearby Target, or stop at one of the many Starbucks scattered throughout the city for a quick morning coffee.

    For those seeking a more unique and diverse shopping experience, the Western Avenue Studios showcase the best in local handcrafted merchandise, all while providing a soothing and creative environment. On the first Saturday of every month, this expansive cultural atmosphere opens its 31 studio doors to the public and grants visitors an experience truly unique from the average stroll through the mall.

    Located on Merrimack Street, Humanity sells a wide variety of fashionable, cost-friendly jewelry and women’s clothing. Revered as one of the top fashion hot spots within the community, the popular retailer stocks a dynamic assortment of clothing.

    As far as groceries are concerned, Market Basket serves as the main chain grocery store for the Lowell area. The store sells a variety of items, from produce to meats, and just about everything in between. Hannaford Supermarket and Pharmacy has earned a reputation among the community as a customer-focused supermarket. It stocks a standard selection of groceries as well as plenty of gluten-free and vegan options.

  • Cost

    Most of Downtown Lowell calls for an average to higher priced cost of living, with options available for simple apartments or more luxurious condos and homes. Single bedroom apartments range from $850 to $1200 depending on location. The neighborhood gas average stands at around 2 percent higher than the national average.

  • Transportation

    Downtown Lowell features a variety of transportation options. As the area is full of expansive roads and countless side streets, most residents travel by car or cab. The Lowell Connector, a small freeway connected to Downtown Lowell, links up to the major nearby highways of U.S Highway 3 and Interstate 495, making it easy for drivers to travel to surrounding cities.

    As the regional transit authority of Downtown Lowell, the LRTA provides several fixed bus routes that connect to multiple areas in the city as well as surrounding communities. Fares range from $1.00 to $2.00, depending on the type of route taken. Additionally, the MBTA Community Rail offers a quick and efficient means of traveling between Lowell and Boston, with multiple stops in nearby towns along the way. Passengers looking to travel between the two cities need a Zone 6 ticket, which peaks in price at about $6.75, with a monthly option available at $223.

  • Restaurants

    Tourists and residents alike can find a restaurant to please nearly any dietary preference, from classic Asian cuisines to delectable Latin American dishes. Just a stone's throw away from the beautiful Merrimack River, located in the historic Unique Square, El Potro Mexican Grill provides its customers with an ambient dining experience consisting of fresh Latin and Central American dishes. Canned beans and packaged tortillas are taboo; all ingredients are prepared and made daily from scratch. Complete with a superb food and drink menu, a warming and committed staff, and a genuine live Mariachi Band, El Potro Mexican Gril leaves its visitors wanting to revisit time and time again.

    Another establishment in the historic district of Downtown Lowell just a few steps away from the Lowell Memorial Auditorium, Blue Taleh presents an expansive variety of Japanese, Thai and Sushi cuisines. The restaurant uses only the freshest ingredients to craft its unique and delicious meals. A clean environment full of eclectic decor and helpful staff adds to the distinct experience that is Blue Taleh. Sushi lovers enjoy the Volcano Maki, a carefully crafted combination of savory and spicy flavors.

    As far as nightlife is concerned, with Downtown Lowell being the center of the Lowell area, a night out can range from a casual evening of groovy tunes and good vibes to a lively and energetic concert experience. If you’re looking for a spot with great music, an upbeat atmosphere and drink options galore, then Back Page Jazz and Comedy Club is your go-to destination. With live performances every night, no cover charge and a high caliber staff, this nightclub provides plenty of entertainment. For those looking for a higher energy experience, the Tsongas Center plays host to everything from sporting events to live concerts by some of today’s most popular acts. For a full list of upcoming shows and events, visit the official Tsongas Center website.

  • History

    This thriving community is recognized as the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution. It was around the mid 1700s when Lowell began to make its gradual switch from agriculture to industrial.

    One of the biggest turning points in Lowell’s history was the formation of the Boston Manufacturing Company, which revolutionized the industry with its implementation of the power loom. As more and more factories began to appear throughout the city, the population rapidly increased.

    Despite its reputation as the industrial city, Lowell presents a thriving arts and theatre presence. The 119 Gallery promotes a diverse assortment of exhibitions and community-based art. The Image Theatre, a non-profit theatre in the heart of Lowell, is committed to promoting local talent. Held on the last week of July, the annual Lowell Folk Festival brings together five stages consisting of live performances, art displays and numerous craft demonstrations.

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Apartments for Rent in Downtown Lowell, Lowell, MA

Downtown Lowell is historically known for its prominent role in the industrial revolution and as the birthplace of the city of Lowell, MA. Originally a hub for mills and factories, Downtown Lowell has since grown and transformed into a bustling city filled with trendy stores and shops, luxury housing, and a wide array of restaurants. Located approximately 30 miles northwest of Boston, the city of Downtown Lowell is one of a kind.

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