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 December 8, 2021
10
Listed
89
Avg. DOM
$746.53
Avg. $ / Sq.Ft.
$1,904,500
Med. List Price
10 Properties
$12,900,000
Subdivision: Nortons Point
4
Beds
7F21/2
Baths
8,122
Sq.Ft.
2009
Year Built
137
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...
4
Beds
3F21/2
Baths
5,940
Sq.Ft.
1968
Year Built
140
Days on Site
72870285
MLS
It is well known that the best places on the New England coast were snapped up hundreds of years ago, and rarely appear on the market. The even rarer properties are those generously donated to...
$5,995,000
Subdivision: West Manchester
4
Beds
4F21/2
Baths
6,121
Sq.Ft.
1888
Year Built
434
Days on Site
72735583
MLS
Take advantage of seaside living on Harbor Street in Manchester. This c1888 shingle-style family estate was renovated and expanded in 2006 and features just over 6,000 sf of living area with...
4
Beds
5F11/2
Baths
7,216
Sq.Ft.
1938
Year Built
79
Days on Site
72897773
MLS
Rare opportunity for a one of a kind offering, prominently situated on 2.42 acres in Manchester-by-the-Sea's coveted Smith's Point. This extraordinary brick and stucco French Provincial residence...
4
Beds
4F11/2
Baths
5,600
Sq.Ft.
2010
Year Built
8
Days on Site
72924018
MLS
OFFERS DUE TUESDAY, 12/7/21 AT 11am. Sited privately in a coveted Manchester by the Sea location, this 4-bedroom 4.5-bath home will answer all your needs. This gracious home, built by current owners...
4
Beds
2
Baths
1,983
Sq.Ft.
1920
Year Built
43
Days on Site
72913352
MLS
First time on market in 60+ years!! This Unique property sits on two lots in Beautiful Manchester by the Sea !! Classic colonial has 3 bedrooms 1 bath with breezeway attached to 1Bedroom 1 bath...
3
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
2,457
Sq.Ft.
1951
Year Built
29
Days on Site
72918447
MLS
Live by Singing Beach year round! This traditional center entrance Colonial boasts 2400 square feet of functional living space. It was tastefully updated in 2015 with new kitchen, baths, and windows....
Contingent
2 Harold Street Manchester, MA 01944
3
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
2,025
Sq.Ft.
1963
Year Built
12
Days on Site
72923109
MLS
Rare offering, in move in condition and also with great potential, nice ceiling height, corner lot. Sold 'as is". Newer hot water tank. Amazing location close to Essex Golf and to Singing Beach....
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,766
Sq.Ft.
1952
Year Built
10
Days on Site
72922320
MLS
Custom renovated (2005) Cape offering beautiful details. Don't miss this 3 bed 2 bath house with finishing touches that include crown molding and wall wood work, recessed lighting throughout;...
$750,000
Subdivision: The Heater
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,193
Sq.Ft.
1900
Year Built
6
Days on Site
72924967
MLS
Imagine residing in a 3 bed, 2 bath home in beautiful Manchester by-the-Sea located on a large corner lot with an expansive fenced in back yard. The Sellers report that wonderful memories have been...

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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