Manchester, New Hampshire's "Queen City" (a nickname given to the largest non-capital city in a state), is the most populous New England city north of Boston. In the 19th century it was the site of the nation's largest cotton textile mill. The 19th century affluence left behind some of the finest Victorian commercial, municipal, and residential architecture in the state.
Today, the mills and the entire downtown area are experiencing a resurgence. The Amoskeag Mills, situated between the Merrimack River and downtown, are home to hundreds of businesses which have spurred the local economy. Downtown Manchester is a bustling city center, with over 60 restaurants and sidewalk cafes, 20 nightclubs and bars, many local shops, parks and museums. In 2001, the Verizon Wireless Center, now known as SNHU Arena, a 10,000 plus seat arena, brought major events back to the city, as well as the Manchester Monarchs, an NHL affiliate team. In 2005, Merchantsauto.com stadium was built just down the street in the Millyard area, home to the Minor League New Hampshire Fisher Cats baseball team.
Manchester's has many lovely and diverse neighborhoods (see below). It's suburbs enjoy quick access to all of the amenities Manchester offers - shopping, restaurants, nightlife, entertainment,, businesses, etc. Hooksett, Auburn, Londonderry, Litchfield, Merrimack, Bedford, and Goffstown all touch Manchester's borders. They each have their own feel, but offer a quieter suburban experience from the hustle and bustle of Manchester.
The Historic District - This describes the area downtown where many of the rowhouses that used to house the Mill workers have been renovated into urban lofts. It's walking distance to all of the restaurants, shopping, and events downtown - an ideal spot for anyone looking to be in the middle of the action.
The North End - Manchester's North End is a desirable, family friendly part of town. It has a good reputation for it's elementary schools and neighborhood safety. A tour through this part of town will reveal many tree lined streets, inviting homes, and manicured lawns. You'll also find Dorrs Pond and Livingston Park just across the street from a true NH landmark, the Puritan Restaurant. The North End is also home to two of Hearthside's agents, so we know it inside and out.
The West Side - This general categorization calls out the entire section of the city on the West side of the Merrimack River. Within it you will find many different neighborhoods. Most notably, Rimmon Heights, the northwest neighborhood surrounding Kelley Street in the NorthWest school district. Known for their active neighborhood group, you'll find well cared for homes and a strong sense of community. As you move North, you'll find new neighborhoods being built off Dunbarton Rd, Intervale Country Club, and easy access to shopping. Head south from Rimmon Heights and you'll find busier neighborhoods as you pass the Catholic Medical Center, West High School and the many businesses on Second Street. As you get closer to the Bedford and Goffstown borders, you'll find several hidden, quiet neighborhoods and the picturesque St. Anselm College.
The South End - The South End of Manchester encompasses a broad section of town. There are the newer neighborhoods in the Southernmost section off Bodwell Rd that has many lovely homes built in the last 20 years. This is an ideal spot for people commuting to Boston, with easy access through Londonderry to Route 93. It's also in the Green Acres school district, a Manchester elementary school with a stellar reputation. You'll find more modest neighborhoods as you move back towards the city. There are quiet, friendly streets just minutes to the hustle and bustle of the South Willow strip.
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Schools: The Manchester School District, School Administrative Unit 37, has 4 preschools, 14 elementary schools, 4 middle schools, and 3 high schools: Central, West, and Memorial. Trinity High School, operated by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Manchester, and Derryfield School are private options located in Manchester.