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Where to Retire in Salem and Home Prices

The town is made up of several neighborhoods, and Zillow reports the median home value was $533,556 in mid-2022, which reflects a 20% increase over the past year. Tuscan Village is a new mixed-use development that offers rental apartments, and villas, along with more new construction planned for the future.

What Is Special about Salem

Salem's location in the tax-friendly state of New Hampshire, yet is very close to Boston, Massachusetts, is a plus. Salem offers an array of outdoor recreation with the Town Forest that residents enjoy for walking and biking, The Field of Dreams Community Park features an outdoor fitness trail, hiking trails, a picnic area, and a stage for summer concerts; The Salem Bike-Ped Corridor is a paved multi-use trail that will eventually be five miles long; Rockingham Park is a very large shopping mall, and Tuscon Village offers shops, dining and business venues. Money.com chose Salem as one of its top 10 towns for retirees because of its amenities that serve a wide range of interests including the Philharmonic Orchestra, the Salem Town Forest, a casino, and the Canobie State Park.

What Is Not Special about Salem

High real estate prices, cold winters, and urban sprawl with growing traffic.

Climate and Physical Environment

Canobie Lake lies on the town's western boundary and Arlington Mill Reservoir is in the north. The highest point in Salem is the summit of Gordon's Hill which sits at 380 feet above sea level. The average January temperature here is 24 degrees, with July's average at 72 degrees. Salem gets about 60" of snow annually.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

For a small to mid-sized town there are several dining choices which include restaurants serving seafood, Indian, or Italian cuisine, along with cafes and a brewery. Seifert Performing Arts Center is a 700+ seat auditorium that offers programs for the community; TripAdvisor.com lists Canobie Lake Park as their #1 Thing To Do in Salem, with the park boasting 85 rides, games and live entertainment; New Hampshire Philharmonic Orchestra, known as The Phil offers performances throughout the year; America's Stonehenge,(formerly "Mystery Hill), is a 30-acre, 4,000 year old maze made up of a number of rocks and a number of theories of its origin, and is used as a recreational area which includes snowshoe trails and an alpaca farm.

Crime

The crime rate here low.

Medical Facilities

Parkland Medical Center is located in Salem, and there are many facilities and services available in the nearby Boston area.

Transportation

The nearest airport is ManchesterBoston Regional Airport about 25 miles away; rail service is provided by the Haverhill Line of the MBTA Commuter Rail, which can be accessed in Lawrence, Massachusetts, about six miles away; the nearest Amtrak station in Haverhill, Massachusetts, is seven miles away.

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