What’s It Like Living in Centerville

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Sure, you’ve probably heard about the many delights of owning property on Cape Cod, but have you ever wondered what it’s like living in Centerville? Although it may not be one of the most prominent names in terms of Cape destinations to outsiders, Centerville has a lot to offer. Centerville is one of seven villages that make up the Town of Barnstable.


Home to around 12,000 residents, Centerville once served as home to several wealthy ship captains. For this reason, several large homes were built in the area in the early 1800s. Large estates can still be found in Centerville, including those that sit on large lots overlooking the Craigville River and Nantucket Sound.

Some homes sit in neighborhoods with additional access to shared community amenities.  Other homes in Centerville sit right alongside Lake Wequaquet. This means the opportunity to paddleboard, kayak, or boat right up to your own dock on the edge of your property. The walkable neighborhood of Craigville is close to the beach and connects up with Hyannisport via Craigville Beach Road.

The Centerville Historic District, meanwhile, is where you’ll find some older buildings, some of which have been turned into museums. Other historic homes sometimes go up for sale. The Holly Point neighborhood sits lakeside and is the farthest away from tourist and commercial areas.


While Centerville is mostly residential, it is known for its beach. Craigville Beach is one of the most popular beaches on Nantucket Sound, and it happens to be in Centerville. This beach is praised for its warm water and calm surf, and it’s a popular spot for swimming, beachcombing, and boating. Long Beach is also favored for swimming and walking.

There’s also Covell’s Beach. While it sits just east of Craigville Beach, Covell’s Beach is just for residents. You can get on the water for some kayaking and canoeing at the Centerville River inlet or spend some time at Wequaquet Lake, which is the largest on the Cape. The freshwater lake has its own pleasant beach.

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