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Situated in northernmost Worcester, the Institute Park neighborhood features modern-day conveniences and a strong cultural essence - appealing to both families and college students. There’s a balanced blend between newly constructed buildings and historical establishments in the Institute Park community. The neighborhood gives its residents the best of suburban living with a mere hour-drive away from Boston.

The Institute Park neighborhood encompasses the park itself. The Norse Tower, gazebos, bridges and many historical landmarks can be seen all around Salisbury Pond in the park. The beauty of the park makes the neighborhood around it a desirable place to reside.

Residents take pride in their heritage by attending several annual events held in surrounding areas of Massachusetts. The biggest event, the Boston Fair, happens every year in Lancaster. The fair has an abundance of entertainment for all ages.

Institute Park surrounds its residents with galleries and resides nearby the Worcester Museum of Art. Local artists often have work displayed in the many coffeehouses and galleries throughout the city. While the art scene isn't prominent, the area provides many artists with the means to thrive creatively.

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Rent Trends

As of August 2017, the average apartment rent in Worcester, MA is $642 for a studio, $1,297 for one bedroom, $1,115 for two bedrooms, and $1,250 for three bedrooms. Apartment rent in Worcester has increased by 3.0% in the past year.

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$1,297
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Ratings

83 Walk Score® Very Walkable
48 Transit Score® Some Transit
0 Bike Score® Somewhat Bikeable

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Restaurants

Institute Park has an array of diners, coffeehouses and upscale restaurants serving an eclectic mixture of food made with fresh ingredients. The Bean Counter Bakery has handmade bakery items for anyone with a sweet tooth, including specialty cakes and various gourmet desserts. A few favorites include the Peanut Butter Pyramid and the large variety of fruit tarts. There’s also a coffee bar for those needing a quick pick-me-up from a state-of-the-art espresso machine.

New England Roast Beef takes pride in being an American sandwich diner. The diner's walls are covered in baseball history, and it serves hearty meals so that the customers leave full and happy. This inexpensive restaurant has classic American dishes with loads of flavor. Locals recommend The Assumption, a sandwich loaded with roast beef, American cheese, onion, tomato and Russian dressing. Vegetarians enjoy The Forest. This sandwich has a copious amount of grilled onions, peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes and Swiss and American cheeses.

There’s a rather quiet nightlife in Institute Park, but it has several places to catch live music performances. On Grove Street, just northwest of the park, you’ll find Ralph’s Rock Diner. This isn’t your ordinary diner; it has live music, poetry readings, open mic nights, and unique events.

Electric Haze on Park Avenue is another late-night place to hang. They have live music, a full bar and a hookah room. They typically charge a small cover fee, but many locals love going there for a fun night out. The bar has plenty of seating and even sells locally made art.

History

In 1887, the land for Institute Park was donated by a man named Stephen Salisbury. He wanted to create a natural area for the students at the Worcester Free Institute of Industrial Science (Worcester Polytechnic Institute), as well as the residents of Worcester. At Salisbury’s expense, he created many landmarks that still stand in the park today and decided to limit the amount of shrubbery in favor of more land to roam.

When construction started, residential and commercial properties started sprouting up around the park. In 1912, the Worcester Art Museum was built over by Grove Street, and they too donated some land, which added to the beauty and character of the neighborhood.

The City of Worcester, which includes the Institute Park neighborhood, has always been recognized as an all-American city, winning its first "All-America City Award" in 1949. Other than normal modernization, the area holds onto its classic all-American essence.

Transportation

The area's main roads, Grove Street, Park Avenue and Salisbury Street, make navigating through Institute Park easy. The three main roads in the neighborhood will bring you past several landmarks, museums and Salisbury Pond. Many of the side roads branch off these main roads into the more residential areas.

Getting to Boston can be done in less than an hour by jumping on I-90 West/Massachusetts Turnpike out of Worcester. You can also take public transportation from Union Station in the central part of Worcester. It’s quite simple to take the Framingham/Worcester Line into Boston or even the subway's Orange Line. Hailing a cab isn't something that you typically see in Institute Park. Nonetheless, Uber services the City of Worcester, so anyone in Institute Park can easily use the phone application to schedule a ride.

The neighborhood has many sidewalks on which locals are often seen walking and bicycling. Reaching a destination, such as the park, the museum, a local diner or anywhere else throughout Institute Park, can quickly be done by foot.

Cost

Institute Park residents have the comfort of living in an upscale, artsy, close-knit community with moderate costs of living. The average cost for a one-bedroom rental steadies at around $1,000. The neighborhood has many student-housing options, including Salisbury Estates which cost students around $550 per month.

To get from Institute Park to Boston, taking public transportation such as the subway out of Union Station in Central Worcester, will cost $12 for a day pass or $2.65 for a Charlie Ticket(single ride). Fuel costs in Massachusetts average between 11 and 13 percent higher than the national average.

Other conveniences, such as a drink at the local neighborhood pub costs around $5. The neighborhood has great appeal; since living expenses aren’t astronomical, it provides residents with the opportunity to live near to Boston, yet far enough away to enjoy lesser living costs.

Shopping

The Institute Park neighborhood doesn’t have many shopping centers, but it has several consignment shops, including the Goodwill on Park Avenue. The Greendale Mall sits on Neponset Street; there you can find major stores such as DSW, TJ Maxx and Best Buy.

Trunk and Disorderly is a consignment shop on Main Street that specializes in eye-catching women's clothing. The funky styles make the consignment shop unique, and they even have a website. Trunk and Disorderly was named the area's “Best Consignment Shop” by Worcester Magazine in 2013.

For groceries, residents visit the Shaw’s Supermarkets on Gold Star Boulevard, near the Greendale Mall. The Village Store on Laurel Street also carries many typical grocery items despite its smaller size. The Worcester Farmers Market opens along Chandler Street. There’s also the Canal District Farmers Market on Green Street downtown, which has an extensive variety of fresh produce.

Parks

With almost 25 acres of land in Institute Park, the neighborhood has plenty of room to walk, play, cycle and run. The way the park’s land is situated creates separations, making the park seem even bigger, and it’s surrounded by the Worcester Art Museum, churches and colleges. Throughout the park, beautiful sculptures and structures can be viewed by visitors. Part of the park holds Salisbury Pond which reflects the beauty of the nature surrounding it.

Institute Park has numerous walking paths that are perfect for walking the dog, running or bicycling. The park was designed by Stephen Salisbury and the city so that it remains as open land for recreation and roaming. Free parking lots around the park provide parking for park guests.

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The Sky Mark Tower
600 Main St, Worcester, MA 01608
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7 hrs
$1,200 - 1,675 1-2 Bed Available 09/01/17
844-519-1382
2 wks
The Cedar House
1-3 Cedar St, Worcester, MA 01609
Call for Rent 1-2 Bed Available Soon
508-471-3024
10 hrs
82 Elm St Unit 5
Worcester, MA 01609
$1,700 4 Bed Available 09/01/17
844-801-2576
10 hrs
82 Elm St
Worcester, MA 01609
$850 1 Bed Available 09/15/17
844-318-4465
10 hrs
52 William St
Worcester, MA 01609
$900 1 Bed Available 09/01/17
844-810-9240
10 hrs
72 West St
Worcester, MA 01609
$775 Studio Available Now
508-762-4176
10 hrs
29 West St
Worcester, MA 01609
$775 Studio Available Now
508-948-0884
10 hrs
87 Pleasant St
Worcester, MA 01609
$1,300 5 Bed Available Now
508-762-4218
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58 Chatham St
Worcester, MA 01609
$900 2 Bed Available Now
508-365-1988
10 hrs
15 Irving St
Worcester, MA 01609
$1,175 2 Bed Available Now
508-762-1500
10 hrs
80 West St
Worcester, MA 01609
$800 Studio Available Now
774-221-6133
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50 William St
Worcester, MA 01609
$775 Studio Available Now
844-622-1883
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7 Somerset St Unit 2
Worcester, MA 01609
$2,000 4 Bed Available Now
508-213-8887
34 William St
Worcester, MA 01609
$850 Condo for Rent Available Now
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Voke Lofts
34 Grove St, Worcester, MA 01605
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The Courtyard
15 Irving St, Worcester, MA 01609
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Apartments for Rent in Institute Park, Worcester, MA

Situated in northernmost Worcester, the Institute Park neighborhood features modern-day conveniences and a strong cultural essence - appealing to both families and college students. There’s a balanced blend between newly constructed buildings and historical establishments in the Institute Park community. The neighborhood gives its residents the best of suburban living with a mere hour-drive away from Boston.

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