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mashnee island - bourne ma

Nearly surrounded by water, Mashnee Island is, quite simply, waterfront paradise in Buzzards Bay. This small community may not be widely known, but for some that’s definitely part of its appeal.

Home to around 140 houses, Mashnee Island offers some incredible views and plenty of history. While residents are able to drive across a one-mile causeway to reach their homes today, in the old days it often meant taking a boat.

That’s because at one time, Mashnee was an actual island. The 50-acre piece of land was originally owned by Native Americans.

Later, it later used for grazing sheep, harvesting salt, as a sailing camp and even as a lookout spot for the Coast Guard during World War II. Following the war, developers came in and made Mashnee into

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dorchester bay city - boston ma

Efforts to transform nearly 34-acres on Columbia Point into a mix of retail, residential and public space could eventually transform the area into a national model of success. That’s how some view the proposed Dorchester Bay City project.

The idea is to re-make the area into a true destination. The proposed Dorchester Bay City project currently calls for 17 buildings, including 1,700 residential units, plus commercial, retail and restaurant space.

It also includes designing public space next to the Harborwalk. Plans call for the large development to be built up over the next 10 to 15 years.

The idea is to create a new destination that helps transform the peninsula and some of its surrounding Dorchester neighborhoods by not only enhancing

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cape cod rail trail

It’s full speed ahead for the Cape Cod Rail Trail, as crews move into the third phase of the trail’s extension project. Phase three is expected to eventually take the trail from Peter Homer Park in South Yarmouth and continue it on to Barnstable.

Right now, phase three of the Cape Cod Rail Trail extension is said to be in the early design phase. State transportation officials are seeking out public input on the project. People have a couple of more weeks to submit comments and give feedback.

In all, the nearly four-and-a-half-mile long expansion project is expected to top $9 million. Most of the cost is being covered by state and federal funds.

As part of phase three, crews plan to upgrade an already existing shared use path in Yarmouth.

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quincy centerPhoto: Bill IIott

A massive urban revitalization project is underway, as proponents finally push ahead on remaking Quincy Center with housing, retailers, restaurants and commercial space. More residences and restaurants have already opened up, as leaders embark on making a more vibrant and livelier downtown.

It’s been decades in the making for the up-and-coming area. A few years ago, city leaders began really focusing on making the revitalization of Quincy Center a top priority.

The efforts are aimed at remaking Quincy Center into a place for people to work, live, shop and eat. A few years ago, the city imposed a new traffic pattern, essentially helping to make room for the new Hancock-Adams Green.

Proponents hope development, like the new

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the columns - dennis ma

The historic Columns mansion in Dennis may soon see new life. A Plymouth-based company purchased the old sea captain’s home last fall with plans to convert it into multi-unit housing.

The Greek Revival home commonly known as the “Columns” was originally built by a 19th century captain, and now sits along busy Route 28 in West Dennis. It’s been vacant for several decades.

The new owner plans to construct five rental units in the old building, then add another 12 two-bedroom condos in six nearby duplexes. Four of those units will be deed-restricted, affordable housing.

The latest timeline could push the start of construction to next spring. While the new construction portion of it could go fast, the restoration portion of the project could take

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mbta station - braintree maPhoto: Adam Moss

If you’re searching for a great place to live in the Boston area, Money.com is placing its bets on Braintree. The Massachusetts town was recently named one of the top 50 places to live in the nation.

The Money website ranks Braintree high when it comes to its annual “Best Places to Live in America” list. The website started with cities and towns including at least 25,000 residents, then filtered out lower income towns and those with high crime rates.

Money also took out towns without much ethnic diversity. When they were finished, they took a closer look at the nearly 1,900 communities on their list and began factoring in a variety of data points.

Researchers looked at things like public education, the weather, amenities and

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bay village converted firehouse - boston ma

Housing trends are constantly changing, but one of the biggest trends right now is quite literally red hot! It involves former firehouses being converted into residences, and the market for these types of homes is said to be only heating up.

These aren’t just any old fire stations. The ones that have recently been converted were mostly built between the mid 1800s and the turn-of-the-century. They offer plenty of charm and plenty of inspiration.

The newly converted residences are unique, and often don’t stay on the market for long. That’s because they offer history and a range of features you simply won’t find in other typical homes.

This includes things like spiral staircases and cathedral ceilings. One old firehouse turned condo building, in

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downtown hyannisPhoto: Mattia Panciroli

If you’re searching for a great beach town on a budget, consider making the move to Hyannis. The location was just named one of the “Most Affordable Beach Towns for Retirement”.

The designation comes from Realtor.com, which recently came out with its list of the best beach towns for retirees on a budget. In this case, Hyannis easily made it into the top ten.  The website credits Hyannis for its shopping, its restaurants, its golf courses and, of course, its beaches. It also makes mention of its convenience for its ferry terminal, leading to Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, plus its airport.

 Other highlights Realtor.com mentioned included its hospital, which is the largest medical facility on the Cape, and the John F.

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lt island - wellfleet ma

More isolated than some other parts of the Cape, Lieutenant’s Island in Wellfleet is the kind of place that drives you to take a walk on the wild site. The isolated island is a bit more secluded, but nevertheless offers a unique place to visit and explore.

Named after a 17th-century Wampanoag who held the first deed to the island, the Pilgrims once used the marshes for horses and cows. By the late 1800s, developers took notice, and began building vacation homes on the island.

Very few of the island’s residents live there full-time. However, you will find plenty of native birds and wildlife.

Lt’s Island itself is only connected up to the mainland with an old wooden bridge and a narrow causeway. During a strong tide or stormy weather, that

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