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 February 4, 2023
8
Listed
148
Avg. DOM
$667.97
Avg. $ / Sq.Ft.
$1,942,500
Med. List Price
8 Properties
6
Beds
6F11/2
Baths
16,390
Sq.Ft.
1880
Year Built
137
Days on Site
73039418
MLS
A one-of-a-kind seaside treasure that embraces the coastal lifestyle of Boston's North Shore. Situated on 4.4 private acres on a private peninsula in Manchester by the Sea, the property offers...
5
Beds
5F31/2
Baths
6,113
Sq.Ft.
1660
Year Built
307
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...
10
Beds
8F41/2
Baths
13,579
Sq.Ft.
1908
Year Built
285
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...
7
Beds
5F11/2
Baths
9,514
Sq.Ft.
1988
Year Built
283
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 2/5
84 Pine Manchester,  MA 01944
3
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
2,035
Sq.Ft.
1920
Year Built
25
Days on Site
73069884
MLS
Bright and light remodeled colonial in the heart of Manchester by the Sea. Imagine waking up every morning in a home with newly refinished hardwood flooring throughout, sunlight from 7 skyights,...
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,590
Sq.Ft.
1958
Year Built
27
Days on Site
73069215
MLS
Set behind a row of hydrangeas, this beautifully renovated, 3 bedroom home is ideally located on a corner lot, close to town, in Manchester by the Sea. Enter through the chic mudroom, designed with...
Open 2/4
21 Rockwood Heights Road Manchester,  MA 01944
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,827
Sq.Ft.
1983
Year Built
3
Days on Site
73075887
MLS
Waterfront! This Post and Beam house built in 1983 awaits your inspiration and creativity! Situated very close to a pond and surrounded by woods, this contemporary home offers an unusual sense of...
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,247
Sq.Ft.
1950
Year Built
127
Days on Site
73043390
MLS
NEW 3 BEDROOM SEPTIC SYSTEM INSTALLED 9/2022. Living by the sea is a luxury in and of itself. Lookout Cottage in Manchester is all about creating the seaside home you have longed for; just minutes...

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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