Manchester Real Estate

Manchester-by-the-Sea is a fishing town located on Cape Ann, approximately 24 miles northeast of Boston. This North Shore coastal town spans just eight square miles with approximately 13 miles of coastline. There are seven beaches lining the coast with several small islands, including Kettle Island (the largest) and House Island. Residents and visitors enjoy pristine beaches, boating and commercial fishing. The downtown has preserved many of its historical buildings now interspersed with local shops as well as an assortment of restaurants and cafes along the narrow streets. The community of just 6000 residents is also known for its waterfront estates with commanding views of the Atlantic, many of which were originally developed as summer homes by wealthy Boston residents.   Read more about Manchester.

Manchester Homes & Condos For Sale

8 Nortons Point, Manchester
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 8 Baths
  • 8,122 SqFt

8 Nortons Point, Manchester

$12,900,000
9 & 11 Coolidge Point, Manchester
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 5,940 SqFt

9 & 11 Coolidge Point, Manchester

$10,250,000
73 Harbor, Manchester
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 5 Baths
  • 6,121 SqFt

73 Harbor, Manchester

$5,995,000 ↑ $500,000
23 Masconomo Street, Manchester
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 5.5 Baths
  • 7,216 SqFt

23 Masconomo Street, Manchester

$3,895,000
24 University Lane, Manchester
  • Single Family
  • 6 Beds
  • 7.5 Baths
  • 8,928 SqFt

24 University Lane, Manchester

$3,200,000
20 Crooked Lane, Manchester
  • Single Family
  • 5 Beds
  • 6 Baths
  • 7,554 SqFt

20 Crooked Lane, Manchester

$2,995,000
570 Elm Street, Manchester
  • Income/Multi Family
  • 0 Beds
  • 0 Baths
  • 0 SqFt

570 Elm Street, Manchester

$1,400,000
75 Bridge Street, Manchester
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 3.5 Baths
  • 3,954 SqFt

75 Bridge Street, Manchester

$1,395,000 ↓ $80,000
8 Forest Lane, Manchester
  • Single Family
  • 5 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 4,000 SqFt

8 Forest Lane, Manchester

$1,290,000
11 Lincoln Avenue, Manchester
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 3,078 SqFt

11 Lincoln Avenue, Manchester

$1,199,000
New
312-318 Concord Street, Manchester
  • Income/Multi Family
  • 19 Beds
  • 8 Baths
  • 9,031 SqFt

312-318 Concord Street, Manchester

$1,150,000
40 Beach Street #300/301, Manchester
  • Income/Multi Family
  • 0 Beds
  • 0 Baths
  • 0 SqFt

40 Beach Street #300/301, Manchester

$550,000
273 Merrimack Street, Manchester
  • Single Family
  • 6 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 3,275 SqFt

273 Merrimack Street, Manchester

$389,900

More About Manchester

Manchester Location

Manchester borders Essex to the north; Hamilton to the northwest; Gloucester to the east; and Beverly and Wenham to the west. Protected areas in the town include the Cedar Swamp Conservation Area, Cheever Commons Conversation Area, among others. The town is served by an MBTA stop along the Newburyport/Rockport line of the MBTA Commuter rail. Route 128 also has two Manchester exits as it winds from Beverly to Gloucester.

Manchester Recreation

While Manchester’s population explodes in the summer, its outdoor destinations are favorites with year-round residents and range from the fishing and boating that take advantage of the Atlantic coast to hiking the winding trails along Manchester’s protected areas.

Singing Beach is one of the best known beaches in the community, drawing its name from the sand which squeaks when walked on. Tuck’s Point is another favorite of hikers with sweeping views of the water; its own beach; and a lawn perfect for picnicking. Coolidge Reservation is home to Bungalow Hill, the highest point on the reservation and part of Magnolia’s Gray Beach.

Manchester History

Manchester was settled by English colonists and formally incorporated in 1645. The community thrived as a fishing center for more than 200 years. In the mid-1800s, the area began to attract summer residents after poet Richard Dana built a house in the town. Over the next fifty years, Boston’s elite constructed their own summer homes along the coastline, each trying to outdo the other. Ultimately, Boston society dubbed Manchester “the place” for discerning summer residents.

The name of the town continues to create debate. Manchester was the official name when the town was incorporated but town officials changed the name in 1989 to “Manchester-by-the-Sea” to avoid confusion with the larger town of Manchester, New Hampshire.

Manchester’s wind-swept coastline has been the backdrop for several different movies, including its namesake “Manchester-by-the-Sea,” “The Proposal” (standing in for Alaska) and “Daddy’s Home 2.” An entire season of the popular TV Show “This Old House” was also built around the town.

 

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