Cohasset MA Homes & Real Estate
For a small town tucked away along the coast of Massachusetts Bay, Cohasset has some extraordinary community and charm to its name. Its population of about 8,548 (2019) is spread across a nine-square-mile area. The settlement first began in 1670 as part of Hingham and didn’t gain its title as a separately operating town officially until 100 years later in 1770. The name Cohasset came from the Algonquian word “Conahasset” referring to its long, rocky shores. Although it is surrounded by Hingham, Scituate, and Hull which are all part of Plymouth County, Cohasset remains an exclave of Norfolk County. Route 3A travels through town, almost bisecting it, and 228 marks part of its border with Hingham. The Greenbush Line of the MBTA Commuter Rail stops in Cohasset, allowing for direct access to Boston.
Waterpower was the center of many Cohasset industries in the 1700s. Mills, ironworks, shipbuilding, trading goods, and fishing were popular trades. Today, the Cohasset Historic District surrounds the Town Common where the town hall and three historic churches stand. Just beyond that along Main Street is a charming downtown area filled with small-town businesses and the site of the Cohasset Maritime Museum. The structure was built by the harbor circa 1754 but was actually moved to its current location in 1957. Old Colony Square, Cushing Plaza, and Tedeschi Plaza are a few other shopping centers around town for getting errands done or picking up food.
Cohasset is full of occupant-owned homes ranging from colonials to expansive estates and has limited options for rentals. If you’re lucky enough to snag a coveted property along Jerusalem Road or Atlantic Ave, you’ll enjoy ocean vistas all year long. Wheelwright Farm has two-bedroom condominiums and The Preserve at Cohasset and Old Colony Square have one and two-bedroom apartment options. There is also an assisted living facility called Sunrise of Cohasset.
Cohasset schools strive to provide their students with collaborative and active learning that will benefit them as responsible members of society. They have a high rate of 90% of graduates moving on to further education. Their athletic teams are known as the Skippers with the colors of navy blue and white. The system is separated into three facilities: students in kindergarten through second grade attend the Joseph Osgood Elementary School, third through fifth graders attend the Deer Hill Elementary school, and students in sixth through twelfth grades attend the conjoined Middle School and High School. There are no private schools in town, but students may attend South Shore Technical High School in Hanover at no cost if accepted.
Cohasset has a community center, club, or activity for everyone. The yacht club is one of the oldest in the US, established in 1894. You may find your place in the sailing club, tennis club, golf club, or garden club. The Community Garden Club of Cohasset has been around since 1959. They hold workshops for children and seniors and maintain gardens around town.
The Cohasset Swim Center offers everything from water basketball to lifeguard training to water aerobics. The Cohasset Sports Complex has outdoor and indoor turf playing fields for soccer. Founded all the way back in 1955, the South Shore Art Center hosts exhibitions in its multiple galleries as well as classes for children and adults. Many groups across town collaborate with the Willet Commons Senior Center to provide activities for the community’s senior citizens.
In the summer there’s the farmers markets and South Shore Arts Festival and Strawberry Festival to look forward to on the Town Common, as well as the Memorial Day Parade and Family Fun Day. Spring brings the Rotary Club’s 10k Cohasset-By-the-Sea road race and the Garden Club’s annual plant sale. In winter months there’s the Jingle Bell Walk, sponsored by the South Shore Community Center, the Village Fair, the Village Merchants’ Holiday Stroll, and Yuletide House Tours.
Cohasset is home to Catholic, Unitarian, Episcopal, and Greek Orthodox churches.
Holly Hill Farm on Jerusalem Road has been a family-run facility for six generations. Today it is organic and serves as a non-profit organization that donates to food pantries and runs programs for children.
A major attraction in Cohasset is the South Shore Music Circus, which began as a dream for Raymond Moore in 1932. It took many forms as space for audiences to enjoy performances from major Broadway and Hollywood stars, starting in the Town Hall and moving to outdoor tents once it couldn’t accommodate the growing crowds. Today, it is owned and operated by the South Shore Playhouse Associates, a non-profit dedicated to supporting the arts. The venue has 2200 seats and a circular rotating stage, guaranteeing everyone a wonderful view. Now they focus mostly on concerts but host comedy and children’s theatre shows as well.
The Historical Society operates three properties (dating back to the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries) outside of its headquarters, the Pratt Building–originally built to be the town library in 1903. Today’s Paul Pratt Memorial Library was relocated to the renovated Osgood building on Ripley Road.
The Red Lion Inn at Cohasset Village has been operating since 1704 and now serves as a stunning and rustic event venue featuring a barn, a tavern, luxurious suites, and more. Owned by the same company, the Atlantica is another event space and oceanfront restaurant. Both are perfect for weddings or corporate events.
Perched just across from Bassing Beach on the shores of Cohasset Cove is Boston College’s privately owned Bellarmine House retreat center for spiritual getaways. Bassing Beach is only accessible by boat and is a popular spot for swimming and boat anchoring. The town’s public boat launch, the yacht club, and the sailing club are all located around the Cove.
Sandy Beach is private and true to its name. It stands out amongst the mostly rocky shores of Cohasset. You’ll find most swimmers here. A short drive away along the coast is Black Rock Beach, right at the northernmost border of Cohasset next to Hull. It is mostly covered in rounded rocks with very little sand.
Interestingly, there are many small islands off the mainland of Cohasset, Brush Island being the largest at 0.9 acres. None are inhabited and some are nothing more than large rocks, but they are all considered Cohasset territory.
The Beechwood neighborhood in the southwestern corner of town is a peaceful enclave with a mixture of farmhouses, capes, and colonials. The Beechwood Meetinghouse and Museum (which used to be an active church) is a local archival treasure honoring fire and police departments of the past while also holding special exhibits about the history of the community. A good portion of Wompatuck State Park juts into Cohasset, accessible by two entrance points in this area. In the wintertime, Lily Pond is a favorite spot for ice fishing and casual ice hockey games. Other nature areas not to be missed are Whitney & Thayer Woods Reservation, Turkey Hill, Wheelwright Park, and the Barnes Wildlife Sanctuary.
Living in Cohasset feels like a quintessential New England village getaway. If you’re interested in a cozy place where your neighbors are your friends, you ought to take advantage of all Cohasset’s quaint seaside community has to offer.
Extra fun fact… These three big-budget films were filmed in Cohasset: The Witches of Eastwick, HouseSitter, and The Finest Hour!
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