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Nestled between South Broadway, the Merrimack River, and the Blue Star Memorial Highway in Lawrence, Massachusetts, the South Common neighborhood provides an excellent location not far from Downtown Boston, which is just 30 minutes away. The neighborhood shares its name with the park that forms the centerpiece of the neighborhood. O'Connell South Common is a large park with ball fields, a street hockey rink, and a bandstand. The park is named for Sergeant First Class Paul H. O'Connell of the United States Army, who died during the Korean War.

New Balance, a maker of athletic apparel and footwear, has a factory in South Common along the Merrimack River. It is one of five US factories, and only one of two in Massachusetts. The other three are in Maine. New Balance is a major employer for the area.

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Rent Trends

As of August 2017, the average apartment rent in Lawrence, MA is $1,374 for a studio, $1,592 for one bedroom, $1,822 for two bedrooms, and $688 for three bedrooms. Apartment rent in Lawrence has increased by 3.9% in the past year.

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$1,374
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$1,592
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Ratings

81 Walk Score® Very Walkable
39 Transit Score® Some Transit
0 Bike Score® Somewhat Bikeable

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Restaurants

An abundance of restaurants and small diners provide South Common residents with a lot of dining options.

Start your day off with a caffeine boost by making your way to S. Broadway for Carleen's Coffee Shop. Carleen's serves guests with country-style breakfasts and piping hot coffee. Sit in the large, spacious dining room after ordering off of the chalkboard menu. If you love steak, try the steak bomb omelet. It is stuffed with fresh ingredients and tons of tender beef.

Next to Memorial Park lies Inaka on Winthrop Avenue. Fresh sushi and Japanese cuisine keep the locals coming in for more. The warm, cozy atmosphere provides a great dining experience. Start off with Edamame, and end the meal with a steaming plate of spicy pork or fresh tuna sashimi.

Just north of the Merrimack River you'll find plenty of nightlife. However, when you prefer to stay within the borders of South Common, try J Brian's Pub and Grille for some wings, sports, and live music. Gather with friends for some pool or darts. The spacious bar has four different giant plasma screens for patrons to watch the game.

History

Lawrence has a rich cultural history as a textile hub and as a city of immigrants. Starting in 1845 with the Great Potato Famine of Ireland, Lawrence welcomed new residents, making it a melting pot of cultures that still exists today. Every March, Lawrence celebrates Irish Heritage Month with a pub road race, exhibits, a banquet and dance, and speakers. Be sure to visit the Lawrence Heritage State Park -- this 23-acre park preserves the history of this mill town and the many immigrants who helped found the city.

The Pemberton Mill Collapse of 1860 makes a tragic day in the area's history. On that horrific January 10th day, 169 workers at the Pemberton Mill were killed when the seven-year-old structure collapsed under the weight of its heavy machinery. Locals remember this calamity by visiting Pemberton Park, walking the hallowed ground and touring the visitor center.

Transportation

Lawrence is a pedestrian-friendly city, and South Common is no exception. If you prefer to travel by mass transit, the Lawrence Station is located in the neighborhood. Take the Haverhill Line to the Boston North Station. From here, you can catch another train, catch the Orange Line on the subway, or take the B, C, D, and E Light Rail lines.

Plenty of side streets and main roads make transportation easy and quick. South Broadway and the Blue Star Memorial Highway provide the way out of the vicinity. While hailing a cab isn't as prevalent in Lawrence, Uber can provide cab rides to anywhere you need to go, including Boston.

Free parking and street parking make it easy to stop close to your destination. The safe streets also make walking convenient, and the scenery provides an enjoyable walk, no matter where you're headed. When heading to Boston, take I-93 S and in about 30 minutes you can be in the center of the major city.

Cost

South Common offers a lower cost of living than the rest of the Boston area, with a one-bedroom apartment in South Common costing about $1,300 a month. To rent in Boston, a one-bedroom costs closer to $2,000.

An Uber ride into Boston from South Common costs you around $54 when you take the UberX. The average fuel rate stays about one percent higher than the national average.

Shopping

Shopping in South Common consists of major department stores, such as Marshalls, and other name-brand shops. Easily get to a grocery store or market by foot, as many lay strategically placed throughout the neighborhood. Thrift stores and specialty shops exist mostly outside of South Common, just a few minutes away and closer to the center of Lawrence.

Blossom's Fashion Boutique on Merrimack Street features a large collection of dresses for women, as do many other boutiques across the river. The Canal Street Antique Mall has many different antique shops within its walls, and they present varied price ranges and finds. This has become a go-to place for many locals on the weekends.

South Common has a variety of markets to choose from, including Saigon Market on Union Street in the center of the neighborhood. Other markets exist throughout the community, and many of them sit closer to the Merrimack River. The closest farmer's market is the Haverhill Farmer's Market to the northeast. It is open from June to October from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is located on Bailey Boulevard. Patrons find anything from dried fruit and nuts to homemade croissants and handcrafted wine. Hot foods are also sold for immediate enjoyment.

Parks

There are parks found nearly every few blocks in South Common. These parks provide plenty of play space for families and grassy areas for pets to get some exercise. Athletic fields, hiking trails, and beautiful views of the river give this place its charm. Locals often escape to the nearby natural settings for relaxation or exercise.

The Shawsheen Park on Exeter Street behind South Lawrence East School has extraordinary baseball fields that light up at night and provide plenty of bleachers for an audience. Across from Shawsheen Park sits the community pool. Lawrence W. Llyod Memorial Swimming Pool allows residents to cool off in the warmer months.

Next to the library, O'Neill Park on Lawrence Street has a number of its own athletic fields. O'Connell South Common has athletic fields as well but also provides young ones with a playground. Adults can enjoy the volleyball court or check out the bandstand.

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220 Merrimack St, Lawrence, MA 01843
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Apartments for Rent in South Common, Lawrence, MA

Nestled between South Broadway, the Merrimack River, and the Blue Star Memorial Highway in Lawrence, Massachusetts, the South Common neighborhood provides an excellent location not far from Downtown Boston, which is just 30 minutes away. The neighborhood shares its name with the park that forms the centerpiece of the neighborhood. O'Connell South Common is a large park with ball fields, a street hockey rink, and a bandstand. The park is named for Sergeant First Class Paul H. O'Connell of the United States Army, who died during the Korean War.

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