445 apartments for rent in Pittsfield, MA
A city that has been around for more than 250 years has a few legends (and even some tall tales) to tell. When the city is also situated in a stunningly beautiful area, its allure is magnified. This is the case of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, settled in 1752. It is the heart of the Berkshires, a historic area that was founded in 1685.
After you find your ideal Pittsfield apartment to rent, head toward downtown to get a true sense of the community you’ll be a part of. Downtown Pittsfield is a pedestrian-friendly shopping, dining, and entertainment hub. Beautiful Colonial architecture and historic sites add a cultural flair. The Colonial Theatre was built in 1903 and has hosted such iconic figures as John Phillips Sousa, Douglas Fairbanks Sr., John Barrymore, and the Ziegfeld Follies. Also built in 1903, the Berkshire Museum contains some amazing exhibits, such as Nathanial Hawthorne’s writing desk, items from the first successful expedition to the North Pole in 1908, and works by iconic artists such as Pierre Auguste Renoir, Rembrandt Peale, Alexander Calder, and Norman Rockwell.
With so many of Pittsfield’s buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, the architecture is stunning. Herman Melville’s Arrowhead, the home he moved his family to in 1850, is one of Pittsfield’s historic locations. The house was built in 1783 as a farmhouse. Melville chose to move his family to this location for the inspirational beauty of the area — a quiet place to write. It was in his upstairs library that he wrote Moby-Dick and three other novels, as well as several short stories.
The Hancock Shaker Village contains 20 historic buildings, a farm and gardens, exhibitions, a hiking trail, and demonstrations. Visitors can learn about the life and history of the Shakers, see amazing collections of furniture and textiles, see archaeological sites, and more.
If all of that isn’t enough, Pittsfield State Park features a campground, Berry Pond (a popular fishing area), Berry Mountain, waterfalls, streams, 30 miles of hiking trails, and 65 acres of wild azalea fields. Visitors to the park can access the Taconic Crest Trail, a 35-mile hiking trail, from Pittsfield State Park. Balance Rock State Park, located in the northeast corner of the forest, features a 165-ton limestone boulder balanced on bedrock. The forest is also home to a ski lodge that was built in 1936.