Amherst is a town in Hampshire County, Massachusetts, United States in the Connecticut River Valley. According to the 2010 census, the population was 37,819, making it the largest community in Hampshire County. Amherst is home to Amherst College and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, both of which make Amherst a thriving, energetic college town.
Amherst is a highly desirable location to raise a family, work, attend school, and enjoy diverse cultural and dining experiences. Some “hot spots” in Amherst include the Emily Dickinson Museum, the Eric Carle Museum (ideal for kids, especially on cloudy days. It is so bright in there that it doesn’t feel like a cloudy day!), the Mt. Holyoke Range State Park (great hiking and views and our east-west mountain range creates a different karma on things here), and the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College (admission is free). Some notable restaurants include Mission Cantina (authentic Mexican cuisine), Johnny’s Tavern (sustainable food and great drink menu), Antonio’s Pizza (a favorite among college students!), and Ginger Garden.
I’ve sold several antique houses in Amherst over the years and people love its quintessential “college town” feel. Urbane, lively, high-energy. Feel free to contact me with questions!