Welcome to Chelmsford
Conveniently located Boston neighborhood with plenty of charm
If you love Boston's charm but want to get away from the crowds and traffic, Chelmsford may be precisely what you want. Located just 30 miles from Boston, it retains much of what makes its larger neighbor special. With a population of less than 37,000, the town has an accessible, small-town vibe with many amenities and big-name brands. It also allows you to easily connect to Boston when you need to, as it's located on Route 3 and Interstate 495.
The historic center of the town is very walkable and offers a great selection of boutique shops and high-end dining. The area also has exciting historical sites, as Chelmsford was originally established in 1655. Most homes in the area have three or four bedrooms, making them excellent family properties with large lots.
What to Love
- Historical town with a charming downtown area that's very walkable
- Top-notch school district
- Good transportation links to Boston
You'll find it easy to integrate into Chelmsford, with plenty of friendly faces to help you get acquainted with the town's hot spots.
Residents are highly engaged with local life, whether attending local fundraisers, visiting the local farmer's market, or cheering on a sports team at their children's schools. Many residents spend their free time in the town's green spaces, walking trails along the Merrimack and Concord Rivers, or swimming in Freeman Lake. The suburban vibe offers a relaxed place to settle down and make the most of the New England lifestyle.
Dining, Entertainment, & Shopping
Chelmsford delivers when it comes to great dining. Start with a visit to Sully's Ice Cream Stand. This old-school ice creamery serves classic twist cones and many other traditional treats. Head over to Fishbones when you are in the mood for seafood. This restaurant has delicious lobster, fish, and shrimp dishes and a small but perfect cocktail menu. Make sure you try the lobster roll here.
Chelmsford has a thriving coffee scene you'll want to explore. Head to The Java Room, which serves coffee daily and changes to a great wine bar in the evenings. Old Mill House Coffee is a beloved local destination for coffee lovers in the heart of Chelmsford Town Center. Along with your mocha, you can check out crafts made by local artisans.
Things to Do
Chelmsford offers residents a lot to do but is especially well-suited for those who love spending time outdoors. Check out the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail, a multi-use trail that runs for more than 11 paved miles, great for biking and running. Chelmsford is a very dog-friendly town, too, and you can meet fellow dog owners at Chelmsford Dog Park. It's free to use, and you can meet new furry friends each visit.
If you want something a little more relaxed, head to the historical Town Common. This grassy oasis offers the perfect spot to sit and watch the world go by while enjoying a coffee or ice cream from a nearby business. Make sure you mark your calendars for Winterfest, a weekend of winter-themed activities that typically happens at the end of January.
Chelmsford School District serves the town of Chelmsford.
Chelmsford High School, Grades 9-12
Center Elementary School, Grades K-5
Parker Middle School, Grades 6-8