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Scituate Real Estate
Nestled on the South Shore 25 miles south of Boston, Scituate is a seacoast community which has evolved from a summer colony to a family-friendly suburb. With 17 square miles and almost 30 miles of ocean and river coastline it’s easy to find properties that are close to the ocean. Scituate is known for its beaches, ocean views and historic lighthouses. In 2012 Boston Magazine ranked Scituate as one of its “Best Places to Live” based on the town’s investment in new housing as well as the energizing of its waterfront area.The town’s 18,000 residents pride themselves on their top-ranked school system as well as a lifestyle that combines appreciation for its historic past with a small-town sensibility. Read more about Scituate real estate.
Scituate borders Cohasset to the northwest; Marshfield to the south; the Massachusetts Bay to the east and Norwell and Hingham to the west. Scituate’s shoreline is diverse, winding through salt marshes along the mouth of the North River to the sandy coast around Scituate Harbor to the exposed granite of Minot’s Ledge. Scituate Neck is home to one of Norwell’s most famous landmarks, Minot’s Ledge Light.
Route 3A is the major road running through the town which connects to Route 123. There are two MBTA commuter rail stations in North Scituate and in the Greenbush neighborhood which connects to an existing line in Braintree providing service to South Station in Boston.
Scituate’s water resources offer a wealth of recreational activities for families from swimming, kayaking, and fishing to scenic boat tours. With five public beaches — Minot, Sand Hills, Egypt, Peggotty, and Humarock — residents can take advantage of a number of designated swimming and sunning areas. The Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary is ideal for fishing or whale watching.
For golfing enthusiasts, the Widow’s Walk Golf Course, ranked one of the best new golf courses in the U.S. by Golf Digest when it opened in 1998, is a rare treat. The 18-hole golf course is next to the North River, close to the ocean and was built with input from conservationists and known as “America’s first environment demonstration course."
Scituate was settled by Plymouth residents in 1627. The town draws its name from “Satuit” or the Wampanoag term for cold brook which references the brook that runs to the inner harbor of the town. Fishing made up a significant part of the Scituate economy in the 1700s and 1800s. Today the town still maintains a small working fishing fleet from its Town Pier to supply many of the commercial restaurants in town and along the South Shore. Lighthouses also play an important role in Scituate’s history.
One of the town’s most colorful stories surrounds a lighthouse on the northern edge of Scituate Harbor now known as Old Scituate Light. During the War of 1812, two daughters of the lighthouse keeper were able to successfully fend off a British naval raiding party by playing a fife and drum loudly. The British apparently had no idea the loud music came from just two young women and the incident became known as the “American Army of of Two” or “Lighthouse Army of Two.”
Two early ancestors of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln hailed from Scituate as did the first president of Harvard University, Henry Dunster.
Photo: Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism
Located on the south end of Scituate, Humarock is known for its sand beaches, its restaurants, its shops and its marina facilities. This seaside village sits on a peninsula, but there’s plenty more to know and understand about Humarock.
Origins of its name
To begin with, there are all kinds of theories and ideas about how Humarock got its name. One version suggests a group of Tories slept on the beach one night and were kept awake ... Read More
For the enjoyment of new construction with ocean views, consider making your next home within Seaside at Scituate. Located conveniently about 30 miles from Downtown Boston, Seaside at Scituate is a luxury community that’s close to the beach and just a couple of miles from Downtown Scituate.
Options within this new community include carriage-style townhomes in an active-adult setting. The townhome floor plans range from around 2,100 square feet to 3,000 square feet of living space, com... Read More
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