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Standing as one of Lowell's most historic neighborhoods, the Acre charms residents with a collection of trendy restaurants, pubs and apartment complexes that reflect its diverse multicultural community. The neighborhood lies nestled between the Merrimack River and a series of canals for a distinct urban character, and UMass Lowell has transformed the Acre into a vibrant college town.

Situated just over a mile north of downtown Lowell and about 32 miles northwest of Boston, the Acre keeps residents connected to the heartbeat of the city with ample public transportation. Students and young urban professionals come to this neighborhood to enjoy affordable housing and easy access to big-city amenities.

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Rent Trends

As of August 2017, the average apartment rent in Lowell, MA is $854 for one bedroom, $1,067 for two bedrooms, and $1,532 for three bedrooms. Apartment rent in Lowell has increased by 1.7% in the past year.

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86 Walk Score® Very Walkable
44 Transit Score® Some Transit
0 Bike Score® Somewhat Bikeable

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Restaurants

Explore the historic park area around the Pawtuckett Canal to discover a wealth of local restaurants ranging from hip vegetarian cafes and Portuguese pubs to authentic Chinese eateries. A multicultural community and industrial heritage inspire this unique dining scene's cuisine to create an exciting spread of inexpensive entrees and lunch specials.

Authentic Asian cuisine doesn't get any better than China Star, the local go-to spot for a midnight snack or a casual dinner. Whole roast ducks greet you as you walk up to the counter to make your order, and you can expect nothing short of traditional Guangdong-style eats. Order the roast pork or duck belly to savor tender cuts done right, or go for standard favorites like the orange chicken. If you need an extra filler, don't hesitate to order a plate of crab rangoons.

For a healthier lunch, make your way over to Life Alive to sample the best vegetarian and vegan cuisine in town. Satisfy the hippie in you with trendy favorites like the swami bowl complete with almonds, raisins, veggies and rice, or order a fresh salad with a smoothie on the side. Be sure to take some time to appreciate the artsy decor and browse a selection of organic teas.

Swing by Friend's Restaurant & Pub for a laid-back dining experience where Portuguese dishes and imported beers reign supreme. Be sure to try the grilled sirloin tips with a side of fries and rice along with a bottle of Sagres to get hooked on this unique eatery.

The Acre's eastern end hosts one of the most eclectic nightlife scene's in Lowell with bars and pubs that pride themselves on serving the best drafts in the friendliest environment. Join the after-work crowd at Worthen House Cafe for some cheap beers, live music and an old-school vibe. Just look up to see the oldest belt pully fan system in the country.

History

Once standing as a single acre of land populated by poor Irish immigrants during the early 1800s, the area continued to attract European and Asian immigrants over the years. As housing developments, schools and shops popped up, the single acre turned into a full-fledged neighborhood. The Acre stood as an important piece in Lowell's productivity during the Industrial Revolution, housing textile mills and dormitories. Today, the neighborhood holds on to its rich heritage with preserved buildings and a constant influx of immigrants.

For a taste of local culture, check out the Whistler House Museum of Art and the American Textile History Museum. Keep an eye out for annual events such as the Lowell National Night Out and the Cambodian New Year celebration.

Transportation

The Acre's urban environment and a well-connected public transportation system create an ideal environment for residents commuting to work or school. Take a short drive to the Lowell Connector to reach Interstate 495 and the Northwest Expressway. When driving around the neighborhood, get ready to hunt for free street parking. Ride-share services like Uber don't service the neighborhood, but you can call Yellow Cab for a quick ride into downtown.

Frequent bus stops provide easy access to the rest of the city, and the nearby Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority train station gives you direct access to Boston for an affordable price. This neighborhood has no bike lanes, offering only a riverfront bike trail for recreation. However, ample sidewalks and nearby amenities create a pedestrian-friendly environment during the warmer months.

Cost

Thanks to its affordable housing developments, the Acre maintains a low cost of living for the Lowell area. If you're searching for a place to rent, expect to pay around $845 for a one-bedroom apartment. Taking the bus into downtown Lowell costs just $1, and gas prices generally hover 11 percent above the national average. When visiting the neighborhood's entertainment district, expect to spend around $3 to $4 on your favorite brew.

Shopping

Trendy shoppers never get bored exploring the collection of local shops scattered throughout the Acre as well as just outside the neighborhood boundaries in the national park area. Discover rows of trendy fashion boutiques, antique shops, thrift stores and unique toy stores that draw you in with a sense of nostalgia.

Situated in a renovated mill complex, Western Avenue Studios hosts more than 100 artists creating everything from glass figurines and pottery to jewelry and paintings. Stop in to the lobby to see a listing of artists whose studios remain open to the public, and feel free to stop in and talk to them about their work. The complex charges no entrance fee, and free parking makes this the perfect place to visit for a last-minute gift.

Step into the whimsical world of Dug North to explore a collection of refurbished antique clocks. Although the shop markets itself as a clock repair shop, you find plenty of table clocks, wall clocks and even majestic grandfather clocks up for purchase to add some character to your home.

When you need to grab your weekly groceries, stop by a local grocer like Market Basket or Cote's Market for all your staples. Also take a short drive to the Lowell Farmers Market for some local produce.

Parks

When you want to kick back and escape from the urban sprawl, stop by one of the Acre's beautiful public parks for a picnic or a grand adventure. Head over to Lowell National Historic Park to discover a wealth of historic buildings from the days of the Industrial Revolution, and take a tour through an old cotton mill. Find free parking at the Visitor Center Lot, but be aware that certain attractions charge a small fee. For a more casual activity, cruise down the riverfront bike trail.

Resting at the heart of the neighborhood, North Common Park creates a peaceful environment to walk your pooch or go for a jog on the paves walking paths. Watch a game on the lighted ballfield, or let your kids climb on the play equipment.

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Apartments for Rent in The Acre, Lowell, MA

Standing as one of Lowell's most historic neighborhoods, the Acre charms residents with a collection of trendy restaurants, pubs and apartment complexes that reflect its diverse multicultural community. The neighborhood lies nestled between the Merrimack River and a series of canals for a distinct urban character, and UMass Lowell has transformed the Acre into a vibrant college town.

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