neighborhood in Peabody,
Massachusetts, provides the perfect location for anyone. The diverse community includes families, couples, singles and people of all ages and backgrounds. Although it’s an hour north of Boston, the City of Peabody has plenty of excitement. Modern-day conveniences surround the neighborhood, making it easy to reside there and to have quick access to anything you might need.
The quiet Proctor neighborhood portrays itself as a hip urban community. In 2009, Forbes declared Peabody the 14th most livable city. The community has great schools, shopping centers, entertainment venues, restaurants and more. What had been a small farming town up until the 1950s, now thrives as an urban community.
Schools in Proctor
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Restaurants & Nightlife
The Proctor neighborhood includes plenty of restaurants and places for nighttime fun. The restaurants in the area have all types of ethnic dishes. Italian restaurants and classic American cuisine make for a majority of the eateries in the area.
Toscana’s Ristorante and Café on Bourbon Street provides great Italian eats in a tranquil and refined atmosphere. Sit at one of the many tables covered in white linen and enjoy a bottle of fine wine with your lobster fondue. The kid-friendly restaurant has sophisticated Italian dishes at reasonable prices.
Red’s Kitchen and Tavern on the westernmost side of town off Newbury Street, has an
American menu that “Gives the Gift of Great Taste ” Sit in the kitchen at one of the U-shaped bars or out by the fully stocked bar in the dining area. Old posters and art cover the walls in this modern eatery. Locals suggest the homemade chicken and lemongrass pot stickers and the Red’s short-rib French dip both priced for less than $13.
For a little nighttime excitement, head out to one of the many pubs or live-music venues in Proctor. Catch live music performances Thursday through Saturday at Capone’s on Summit Street. The restaurant and lounge features a dance floor and several private party rooms. For even more live entertainment, you can walk to Stonewood Tavern about 9 minutes away.
History & Culture
Once a farming town, the Proctor area still holds on to its heritage with the popular local destination, Brooksby Farm. Over 275 acres of farmland sit for exploration by the public. Surrounding the farm sitting between Route 1 (Newbury Street) and the Yankee Division Highway, Proctor also features the John Proctor House, made famous by it's former inhabitant, John Proctor, who was hanged for his alleged witchcraft practices.
During the late 1600’s, the Salem Witch Trials caused frenzy and turmoil in the area. Peabody was once a part of Salem until it separated in 1752, becoming instead a part of Danvers. It was incorporated as its own city in 1916. The city and the Proctor neighborhood honor that time period with events, historical landmarks and museums. Learn everything you need to know about the neighborhood’s history at the Salem Witch Museum or one of the eight museums housed on Washington and Felton Street.
Route 1 and the Yankee Division Highway run from north to south on either side of the Proctor neighborhood. Route 1 will take you all the way to Boston when you take it south. Running west to east, you can find Lowell and Andover Street, running parallel to each other. These roads will take you through the Proctor neighborhood and beyond the city limits.
Taking private vehicles and walking make up the majority of travel for this area. While there aren’t any bus routes running through the neighborhood or cabs to hail, Uber provides service for the community and its North Shore surroundings. Free public parking makes it easy to get to all of the neighborhood’s attractions.
Living in Proctor costs significantly less than living in Boston.The average rental rate for a one-bedroom
apartment or rental home hovers at $1,347. A beer at the local bar cost around $4 for a pint, while a meal at the local restaurant costs around $13.
Fuel prices are only about one percent higher than the national average. Taking an Uber to Boston, will cost you anywhere from $32 to $122, depending on the ride you select. The overall costs of living in the Proctor neighborhood remain lower than the cities in the Greater Boston area.
Shopping centers thrive throughout the Proctor community. On the far east side of the neighborhood, the Northshore Mall provides mainstream department stores. Nordstrom, Macy’s, LEGO and many other well-loved stores are featured in the shopping mall. Proctor consists mostly of brand name stores, and very few privately owned shops exist.
For groceries, check out Karl’s Sausage Kitchen and European Market. This market has been open since 1958 and provides the community with European deli meats, groceries and even a café that serves German foods, mostly consisting of different sausages. Neighboring Karl’s is the Seawitch Lobster Co. and Fish Market. Trader Joe's located on Andover also provides groceries for the neighborhood.
Only a few parks are located within the Proctor neighborhood borders. A couple of parks, including Lalikos Park, surround the Salem Country Club in the southern part of the neighborhood. Lalikos Park consists of mostly grassy areas for kids, dogs and families to gather. The Salem Country Club provides fitness
centers, athletic fields and golf courses for residents who pay for passes.
The Brooksby Farm provides hundreds of acres of land, full of farm animals, orchards and gardens for the public to explore. Brooksby has free parking for all visitors and trail maps upon entering. Around ten trails travel through the farm showcasing animals, produce and more.
Most of the events held in the neighborhood happen through the Northshore Mall or through one of the many museums. Exhibitions in the museums continuously change throughout the year, and many special events take place on a regular basis. Downtown Peabody also holds annual events such as car shows and the free Annual Holiday Festival. At the Annual Holiday Festival, the tree is lit and Santa and Mrs. Claus make an appearance for all of the neighborhood’s families and children.