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

Manchester Homes & Condos For Sale May 19, 2022
16
Listed
40
Avg. DOM
$722.51
Avg. $ / Sq.Ft.
$2,650,000
Med. List Price
16 Properties
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$14,500,000
Neighborhood: Smiths Point
4
Beds
3F21/2
Baths
8,752
Sq.Ft.
2015
Year Built
9
Days on Site
72979572
MLS
The 2015 reinvention of Kragsyde inherited the commanding site of the original 19th century shingle style icon, set in complete privacy 70 feet above the dramatic rocky shoreline with just the...
$12,900,000
Neighborhood: Nortons Point
4
Beds
7F21/2
Baths
8,122
Sq.Ft.
2009
Year Built
299
Days on Site
72871205
MLS
Perched on the harbor this waterfront haven designed by Stephen Holt & built by Charlie Silva of "This old House" captures the very essence of waterfront living. The property has 660' of frontage on...
5
Beds
5F31/2
Baths
6,113
Sq.Ft.
1660
Year Built
46
Days on Site
72961653
MLS
Tidewood - a beautifully appointed and masterfully renovated colonial estate of historical significance. Exceptionally unique in its private setting on the North Shore, the property offers unlimited...
$5,250,000
Neighborhood: Eaglehead Association
5
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
3,410
Sq.Ft.
1954
Year Built
4
Days on Site
72982591
MLS
Commanding ocean views from this bright waterfront contemporary that awaits your renovating touch. Perched high upon a bluff, this 5 bedroom 3.5 bath home is a manageable size with tremendous views....
10
Beds
8F41/2
Baths
13,579
Sq.Ft.
1908
Year Built
24
Days on Site
72971495
MLS
Sited on over 5 acres at one of the highest elevations in Manchester-by-the-Sea, this magnificent brick masonry manor offers distant hilltop views of the ocean, Kettle Island, and the Boston skyline...
Open 5/19
48 Central St Manchester, MA 01944
5
Beds
4F11/2
Baths
4,586
Sq.Ft.
1840
Year Built
18
Days on Site
72974737
MLS
Manchester By-the-Sea. Sought after in-town waterfront property with deep water dock. This stunning location offers panoramic views of Manchester s protected inner harbor from a luxurious residence...
4
Beds
4F11/2
Baths
5,500
Sq.Ft.
1981
Year Built
135
Days on Site
72931507
MLS
Situated on 2.2 +/- acres overlooking picturesque salt meadows and ocean scenery this updated 4+ bedroom, 4.5 bath contemporary has the advantage of protected views of expansive marsh, Black and...
7
Beds
5F11/2
Baths
9,514
Sq.Ft.
1988
Year Built
22
Days on Site
72966303
MLS
Privately secluded down a long and windy road this 19 room impeccably maintained center entrance Colonial has it all! Sitting on 5 plus acres with over 9000 square feet of living area this spacious...
Open 5/22
45 School St Manchester, MA 01944
5
Beds
4F21/2
Baths
4,687
Sq.Ft.
1812
Year Built
9
Days on Site
72980226
MLS
This exquisite Federalist Colonial is an original and prominent Manchester Village homestead. Situated on a 0.85 acre double lot, and bordered on two sides by the Sawmill Brook, this home offers both...
Open 5/21
49 Forster Manchester, MA 01944
4
Beds
4
Baths
3,522
Sq.Ft.
1952
Year Built
16
Days on Site
72973525
MLS
Location! Location! Location! This elegant single family home sits on a tree-lined street in highly desirable Manchester by the sea, minutes from schools and downtown. Upon entrance, you are warmly...
Open 5/20
151 Bridge Street Manchester, MA 01944
5
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
3,274
Sq.Ft.
1965
Year Built
2
Days on Site
72983344
MLS
Sited privately and accessed via a magnificent tree-lined drive, this welcoming oasis is a treasure. Now is your chance to enjoy a property with lovely perennial gardens, specimen trees, raised beds...
4
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
2,452
Sq.Ft.
1730
Year Built
10
Days on Site
72978772
MLS
Manchester-by-the Sea antique with harbor views! This unique property is located on Bennett Street and sits less than a half mile from the center of downtown Manchester-by-the-Sea. A legal two-family...

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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