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fore river ship yards - quincy ma

A long way from its original shipyard roots, the Quincy Point of today offers a convenient, walkable neighborhood, found just to the east of Quincy’s downtown district. While it may be hard to imagine today, the Quincy Point of decades ago didn’t have a lot of the features that you see today.

Back then, it was primarily known as home to the Fore River Shipyard. In fact, at one time almost every family living in the area had someone who worked at the shipyard.

At the height of World War II, around 32,000 people were employed by the shipyard in this primarily blue-collar area. The shipyard finally closed in the mid 1980s and the US Naval Shipbuilding Museum now sits on the site.

The area has also turned into home for several companies,

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100 shawmut - boston ma

For modern living with a historic South End backdrop, take your Boston luxury condo search to 100 Shawmut. This brand new development sits in Boston’s South End, with more than 130 new luxury condos for buyers to choose from.

Available floor plans at 100 Shawmut start with a studio layout, but there are also up to four-bedroom floor plans available in the building. The cozy studios come with at least 460 square feet of living space.

Some units in the building also include private terraces. A large penthouse unit at 100 Shawmut, in comparison, contains four-bedrooms, 2.5-baths and nearly 2,700 square feet of living and entertaining space.

The thoughtfully designed condo homes are full of a number of upscale features and finishes.

Common

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old silver beach - falmouth maPhoto: Cape Cod Cyclist

As one of the most popular beaches on Buzzards Bay, Old Silver Beach is truly a Falmouth summertime jewel. It’s a favorite destination for Cape Cod visitors and locals alike, and for plenty of reasons.

The clear, warm water at Old Silver Beach is ideal for swimming, plus the powdery white sand is a great place to take in some fantastic views. The beach is also known for its relatively tame waves and for sloping gradually into the water.

Seemingly two beaches in one, part of Old Silver Beach is reserved just for Falmouth residents, while the other part of the beach is open to visitors. No matter which category you fall into, you’re sure to have a blast when you spend a day or afternoon at Old Silver Beach.  Both sides of

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chequesset inn - wellfleet ma
Cape Cod is fully of history, but as it turns out, quite a few quirky facts, too. From the birthplace of cranberries to floating houses, there’s much to learn about Cape Cod towns.

You may not think Cape Cod has much in common with the banana industry, but it turns out Wellfleet can be tied to the United Fruit Company, now known as Chiquita. It began when a Wellfleet captain traveled to Venezuela and tried a banana for the first time. Eventually he came up with the Boston Fruit Company, which later changed over to United Fruit.

It’s not the only fruit with ties to Cape Cod. The Town of Harwich is also called the birthplace of the cranberry industry. The town’s first commercial operation started in the mid 1800s. These days the town still celebrates

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st regis residences - boston ma

Found right on the waterfront, St Regis Residences offers a highly curated living experience. With a full range of amenities and a boutique-like setting, The St Regis Residences easily presents the enjoyment of an elevated lifestyle in the Boston area.

With more than 100 high-end homes to choose from, the sophisticated residences of St Regis come with such upscale additions as floor-to-ceiling windows and wide plank oak flooring. Some of the units additionally include private balconies with sweeping harbor views.

As well, you’ll find upscale appliances, marble countertops and custom cabinetry in the kitchens of each residence. There are dozens of different floor plans available in St Regis, some of which are priced in the multi-million-dollar

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lighthouse beach - chatham

The summer season is here, and just in time for warmer temperatures and sunshine, we’re revealing the top seven beaches on Cape Cod. In no particular order, these are some of the true favorites:

Coast Guard Beach - Eastham

Stunning Coast Guard Beach in Eastham is a popular space for surfing and birding. Part of the Cape Cod National Seashore, a free shuttle runs back and forth from the visitor center during the busy summer months.

Mayflower Beach – Dennis

Also part of the Seashore, Mayflower Beach in Dennis is an extremely popular location. Surfers and boogie boarders come here for the waves, but the location is also praised for its scenery. The beach offers lifeguards, a boardwalk, restrooms and showers.

Race Point Beach – Provincetown

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veridian at pinehills - plymouth ma

Sweeping vistas and green living are just part of the appeal of the new Veridian neighborhood at The Pinehills. The brand new community promises some incredible views overlooking Cape Cod Bay, along with some wooded views to the west of homes in the neighborhood.

Buyers will have their choice of four-different townhome condominiums. Ranging from around 1,600 square feet to 2,200 square feet of living space, each home planned for Veridian provides some flexible space to fit your own individual lifestyle needs.

This includes more outdoor space, with porches, decks and courtyards. The company is even exploring adding in fire pits.

One of the model home designs features a screened-in porch, plus a front farmer’s porch. Another model brings in a

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strong island - chatham ma

Sitting about 900 feet off Eastward Point, Strong Island is hard to miss. Despite this, the large island just happens to be one of the most exclusive neighborhoods in Chatham.

That’s because the island only has one home. So, who lives on Chatham’s Strong Island? The answer stretches back almost an entire century.

Prior to the mid 1930s, there weren’t any full-time island residents. That’s until a banker purchased the island for his family and built a summer home.

For years, it’s said the family traveled to the island for the summer season. By the early 1950s, though, the banker was ready to put the island on the market once again.

Another family took over, once again using it as a summer destination. Flash forward several years, and the

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squantum yacht club - quincy ma

Photo: Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism

As a more affordable alternative to Boston, Quincy provides some real savings for condo and single-family buyers, alike. In some cases, Boston condos can be twice as expensive as those in Quincy.

That’s what an analysis by Realtor.com recently found. Not only are the condos much more affordable in Quincy than Boston, but buyers will oftentimes find more recently renovated properties and more amenities when they move their search outside of Boston.

While the savings aren’t quite as high for single-family homes and multi-family homes, they still offer an advantage for those priced out of nearby Boston. Homes are also said to be more affordable in Quincy than typical homes in Jamaica Plain,

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coast guard beach - eastham ma

If you’re looking for one of the best beaches in the nation, you’ll find it in Eastham. Dr Beach recently named Coast Guard Beach number 10 when considering some of the very best beaches all across the United States.

It’s the only New England beach to make it on the list this year, and one of just two locations in the Northeast. The widely-touted list considers 50 different criteria to come up with each ranking, with cleanliness and safety the top categories.

Dr Beach looked at things like water temperature and air temperature, sand softness, a location’s safety records and the rip current. The ranking also considers the size and number of waves, the shape of the beach itself, area pests and wildlife, trash, amenities and noise.

Dr Beach

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