Rockport Real Estate

Located at the tip of Cape Ann, 40 miles northeast of Boston, Rockport is a popular tourist town because it is surrounded on all three sides by the Atlantic Ocean. The town is largely residential and originated as a small fishing village, drawing its name from the boulders scattered across its beaches.

Rockport occupies 17.5 miles with its 7,000 residents concentrated in three neighborhoods – Downtown, the South End, and Bearskin Neck. Bearskin Neck is dominated by shops, art galleries and small eateries and is typically the departure point for boat tours, whale watches and other water excursions. The South End is more residential but features the rocky coastline and sweeping views for which Rockport is known. Rockport’s scenic main harbor is dominated by an old, brick-red fish shack known as Motif No. 1, so named because it is a favored subject of countless painters. In addition to restored historic homes with water views for which the region is well-known, Rockport also offers condos that take advantage of the coastal setting.   Read more about Rockport.

Rockport Homes & Condos For Sale

Rockport Homes & Condos For Sale May 27, 2024
11
Listed
50
Avg. DOM
$646.27
Avg. $ / Sq.Ft.
$1,150,000
Med. List Price
11 Properties
$5,950,000
Neighborhood: South End
5
Beds
4F21/2
Baths
6,277
Sq.Ft.
1997
Year Built
63
Days on Site
73216369
MLS
6
Beds
6
Baths
4,464
Sq.Ft.
1911
Year Built
266
Days on Site
73154980
MLS
$2,195,000
Neighborhood: Old Garden Beach
4
Beds
3
Baths
2,500
Sq.Ft.
2001
Year Built
7
Days on Site
73240813
MLS
4
Beds
3
Baths
2,869
Sq.Ft.
1945
Year Built
24
Days on Site
73233202
MLS
3
Beds
1F11/2
Baths
1,759
Sq.Ft.
1930
Year Built
49
Days on Site
73221570
MLS
$1,150,000
Neighborhood: Pigeon Cove
3
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
2,508
Sq.Ft.
2024
Year Built
34
Days on Site
73228467
MLS
$1,135,000
Neighborhood: Lattof Farm Circle
4
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
2,940
Sq.Ft.
2004
Year Built
27
Days on Site
73231011
MLS
$855,900
Neighborhood: Old Garden
2
Beds
1F11/2
Baths
944
Sq.Ft.
1946
Year Built
6
Days on Site
73241385
MLS
3
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
2,484
Sq.Ft.
1981
Year Built
19
Days on Site
73235738
MLS
3
Beds
2
Baths
2,699
Sq.Ft.
1908
Year Built
12
Days on Site
73239016
MLS
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,208
Sq.Ft.
1866
Year Built
56
Days on Site
73218775
MLS

More About Rockport

Rockport Location

Rockport lies directly east of Gloucester and is surrounded on its remaining three sides by the Atlantic ocean. Rockport is also the last station on the Newburyport/Rockport Line of the MBTA Commuter Rail, providing service along the North Shore to Boston’s North Station. Route 127 is the main route passing through town.

Rockport Recreation

With the ocean on all sides, Rockport is home to a number of different beaches, each with their own appeal. Old Garden Beach is a small, cozy beach that is a quick walk from town. Back Beach is just off Beach Street and known for its classic views. Cape Hedge Beach is a quieter spot away from the summer crowds. Boating and fishing are also popular activities with year-round residents and many lobstermen still make their home there. In addition to a thriving art community, Rockport has evolved into a mecca for musicians. The Shalin Liu Performance Center hosts the Rockport Chamber Music Festival and is a big draw for music names in all sorts of genres. Rockport residents also enjoy the Rockport coastline from its many parks, including Headlands Park which draws hikers and those looking for a more leisurely stroll.

Rockport History

While Rockport has colonial roots as part of the Sandy Bay Colony in the 1600s, it largely survived as a fishing village and summer home for Boston’s elite. A mention of the area in Rudyard Kipling’s “Captains Courageous” helped attract many artists to the scenic harbor and Rockport’s art colonies continue to flourish today. As demand for its granite grew during the Industrial Revolution, Rockport’s quarries produced much of the stone. The granite trade attracted a number of residents of Scandinavian descent as these immigrants possessed stone-working expertise and comprised a large part of the workforce. Many of these workers would ultimately strike in the early 1900s for better conditions and win the right to a nine-hour work day as well as overtime pay. In 1856, “Rockport’s revolt against rum” took place when a gang of 200 women rampaged through the town, destroying anything containing alcohol. This event had long-range implications for Rockport. The town remained dry for years until 2005 and sales of liquor at stores weren’t allowed until March 2019. 

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