TELL US: How Do You Describe Swampscott to An Out-of-Towner?

If you get a question from a curious visitor, how do you respond?

Occasionally we  field a question from an out-of-towner asking — "What's Swampscott like?" — and we're interested to know how you describe the seaside town to people who don't live here.

Is there no other place like Swampscott, or do you feel it's just a typical New England town? How do you describe Swampscott to people who don't live here?

Let us know what you think in the comments.

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Terry Date (Editor) August 31, 2012 at 02:40 PM
This came to us by email from Swamplady: Good things come in small packages" Swampscott is small and splendid. Sit by the ocean and you can look at the skyline of Boston. You can watch the sunrise over the Atlantic and marvel at this unique place called Swampscott. Turn around to see the library and the lovely old town hall building behind where you are sitting. Little shops and restaurants line the street for the convenience of those browsing our waterfront. Everything is nearby including the police station. Houses cluster the hills in order to enjoy these views. Swampscott packs a lot into a little. It is a wonderful place to live and visit.
Mary DeChillo August 31, 2012 at 03:32 PM
My sister-in-law from Quakertown, PA visits occasionally, mostly in the summer. She wanders along the water looking at the view of Boston, through the Oldstead National Historic District, where ever her wanderings take her. She is a self-proclaimed "house-nut" and "decorating nut". She arrives back from her exploring offering us a new set of eyes about what she has seen and discovered, especially about the number of beautiful old houses. Her typical comment is, "Do you know you live in a freaking resort? You know that don't you? These old houses are so unique and beautiful!" She then says "you are lucky to live in such a beautiful place, next to the ocean, and in view of a world-class city". I hope you appreciate it". I assure her I do.
Liz August 31, 2012 at 04:47 PM
To Mary, AMEN!!!!
Sandie Bock August 31, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Coming home to Swampscott after a long day in town is just a joy, you hit the shore at Lynn Shore Dr and you travel along Lynn Beach, past Red Rock, then to Kings Beach and into Swampscott proper. Many very lovely antique homes, winding roads, and very quaint town. There is no more beautiful coastline in this wonderful country like taht going from Lynn to Swampscott! You can watch sunrise in the east and then sunset will reflect off the windows of Red Rock Bistro and Hawthorne by the Sea and if you are lucky it is golden and turns the water of Kings Beach, Gold. NO place like home, lived there from age 5- 39 before moving out of town. Wonderful town but taxes are sky high now.
Richard Gindes September 02, 2012 at 01:42 AM
Sandie, as a realtor in town I can tell you that factor alone makes Swampscott a more difficult choice for many buyers. Despite this our town is still very attractive to young families for many of the same reasons my wife & I considered this place ideal for raising a family. I love Swampscott and will work from within the system to try to effect change that will reduce the tax burden for Swampscott's property owners and make this the best place to live AND the best value!
Maureen September 02, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Having lived on the South SIde of Chicago for 20 plus years,after growing up in Swampscott, I can still call Swampscott, HOME. Although everyone seems to love Chicago there is nothing here to compare to the beauty of Swampscott. Oh yes, the people here are kind and gentle and seem to move at a slower pace. The drivers in Chicago tend to be not as aggressive but I would take Swampscott over Chicago in a heartbeat. It is a hidden gem and t I will be forever grateful that I was blessed to grow up there!


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