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 July 24, 2024
10
Listed
88
Avg. DOM
$859.42
Avg. $ / Sq.Ft.
$3,525,000
Med. List Price
10 Properties
6
Beds
8F31/2
Baths
12,893
Sq.Ft.
1873
Year Built
88
Days on Site
73229809
MLS
5
Beds
4F11/2
Baths
5,258
Sq.Ft.
2001
Year Built
125
Days on Site
73215558
MLS
$8,200,000
Neighborhood: West Manchester
4
Beds
5F11/2
Baths
6,812
Sq.Ft.
1993
Year Built
37
Days on Site
73253589
MLS
$5,900,000
Neighborhood: Smith's Point
4
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
3,866
Sq.Ft.
1885
Year Built
130
Days on Site
73213162
MLS
7
Beds
5F31/2
Baths
8,602
Sq.Ft.
1904
Year Built
31
Days on Site
73256539
MLS
5
Beds
4F21/2
Baths
6,202
Sq.Ft.
1893
Year Built
280
Days on Site
73172317
MLS
4
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
3,029
Sq.Ft.
2016
Year Built
64
Days on Site
73241265
MLS
5
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
3,373
Sq.Ft.
2003
Year Built
28
Days on Site
73258217
MLS
Open 7/25
126 School St Manchester,  MA 01944
4
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
1,966
Sq.Ft.
1929
Year Built
2
Days on Site
73268122
MLS
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,968
Sq.Ft.
1976
Year Built
100
Days on Site
73224706
MLS

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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