Duxbury MA Homes & Real Estate
Included below are homes for sale and real estate in Duxbury, MA.
Duxbury is a quaint, historic town on the South Shore of Massachusetts known for its seaside living, an abundance of small businesses, and nationally recognized school system.
Located in Plymouth County, Duxbury has a regular population of almost 16,000 as of 2018, though it still attracts many tourists during the summer months, as it did all the way back in the 1870s. You can follow Pilgrims Highway, otherwise known as Route 3, from Duxbury all the way to the Sagamore Bridge in about half an hour for a Cape Cod getaway. Alternatively, the city of Boston is under an hour’s drive away for a night on the town.
Duxbury Beach is the obvious pull for many residents and travelers. It is accessible from Powder Point Bridge, once the longest and oldest wooden bridge in the world, or by way of Marshfield, Gurnet Road, and Duxbury Beach Park. To get an impressive view of some of the most amazing homes in town, you can take a lovely drive or walk down Powder Point Road, across the bridge to the beach, and back down King Caesar Road. Owned and protected by MA non-profit Duxbury Beach Reservation, Inc. for over 100 years, the beach extends about 7.5 miles from Marshfield to Gurnet Point and Saquish.
Drive-on and walk-on opportunities, as well as residential and non-residential parking sticker options, are available, but it’s true that everything fills up quickly on summer mornings. Dog-walking is also allowed with a required permit. Besides sitting in the sun and swimming, beach visitors go clamming in the bay or bird watching. Lessons on sailing, rowing, windsurfing, powerboating, and yoga are offered through the Duxbury Bay Maritime school. Of course, the Duxbury town pier in Snug Harbor is the place to go for boat-launching.
If the sand isn’t really your scene, Duxbury also has an abundance of walking and hiking trails throughout with sights of ponds, marshes, and cranberry bogs galore. A portion of the Bay Circuit Trail is in town, connecting to many other towns. Bay Farm is a popular walking destination, as well as Mass Audubon’s North Hill Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary, Round Pond, and Pine Lake.
If you’re looking to join an active community, the Duxbury Yacht Club is a private club that offers golf, tennis, paddle, swimming, sailing, and a variety of activities for teens. North Hill Country Club is another option for golfing and golf lessons.
Speaking of community, Duxbury is rich with local businesses, eateries, and boutique shops that bring people together in support of one another. It has not one but three main town centers that serve as business hubs: Hall’s Corner, Millbrook, and Snug Harbor. Duxbury thrives on the small-town familiarity of seeing your neighbor while getting your morning coffee or gift shopping for the holidays. The town is well-known for its Island Creek Oysters, which you can pick up at the retail store or at the waterfront raw bar. Maybe even stick around for a farm tour and try your hand at shucking.
The Garden Club, Senior Center, Duxbury Clipper (newspaper), and the Duxbury Rural & Historical Society are other ways to get involved in community building. Duxbury also has various worship locations in Catholic, Protestant, Unitarian, Christian Scientist, and Christ-centered churches if that’s the type of support you’re looking for. Town government involves many open town meetings and can be another vehicle to connect with the community.
The Duxbury Dragons attend four main public schools: Chandler (preschool to second grade), Alden (grades three, four, and five), Duxbury Middle School (grades six, seven, and eight), and Duxbury High School (grades nine through twelve). In 2014, the new middle and high schools were built attached to the existing nearly 1,000-seat Performing Arts Center and right next to Alden school. The middle and high schools have a shared cafeteria, presentation hall, and library, but are otherwise separate. Other schooling options in town for little tykes are Bay Farm Montessori and Magic Dragon. The public schools are well known for strong academics, performing arts, and athletic programs.
There are plenty of places to find support and entertainment for kids and families. The Duxbury Student Union, funded by donations, provides many programs for children and teens like career fairs, coffeehouses, film nights, and college preparation events. The Duxbury Free Library, located on the same campus, hosts many events throughout the year such as author talks, music classes, and book clubs. Camp Wing is a popular destination for day-camp summer fun. If art is your passion, the Art Complex Museum is free and open to the public with a core collection and intermittent new exhibitions. They also offer art classes.
If you’re interested in Massachusetts history, Duxbury really is the place to be. The Wampanoags were believed to inhabit the area up to 12,000 years ago. The town was settled in 1642 and officially founded in 1637 by Pilgrims Myles Standish and John Alden. During the 17th and 18th centuries, Duxbury was a quiet farming and fishing community. The Duxbury Rural and Historical Society is dedicated to keeping local history alive and maintaining historical sites for visitors to learn. Today, they have these four buildings in working order: the Nathaniel Winsor, Jr. House, the Drew Archival Library (both open to the public year-round), the King Caesar House Museum, and the Bradford House Museum (both open for summer visitation and appointments during the other months.) Other sites to visit are the Myles Standish Monument, atop Captain’s Hill, which provides panoramic views from its apex, and the Alden House, home to farmer and Plymouth colony leader John Alden and his family.
Although some people still summer in Duxbury, it is mostly a residential town these days. Popular main streets are Washington St and Tremont St.
Standish Shore is a private peninsula neighborhood with beautiful waterfront views and sunsets only accessible from Standish Street and Hall’s corner.
The neighborhood of Tinkertown was settled in 1757 and was originally home to a lively shoe industry. This area was also the start of some cranberry bogs that are still in operation today.
Most homes are owned by the families that live in them, but townhouse and apartment leases are available in a few different locations.
Bay Farm Condominium Association offers rental and ownership of many multi-level condos and townhouses on Bay Farm Road.
Island Creek Village is located right near the Duxbury/Kingston line and is a multi-phase, multi-generational apartment community with many living options. The Oak offers one and two-bedroom affordable apartments with access to fitness centers, laundry, and a pool. The Bodhi is an active 55+ community offering one and two-bedroom apartments with access to many programs and amenities including a salon and in-home laundry units. The Elm has one, two, or three-bedroom apartments and some townhouses with modern, spacious design and access to all Island Creek residential perks.
The Village at Duxbury has senior living choices for meeting varied needs ranging from independent to assisted. The grounds of the retirement community have facilities for exercise, games, dining, and hobbies as well as activities, excursions, and clubs to participate in.
Duxbury’s diverse landscape includes dunes and salt marshes, rivers and streams, lakes and ponds, swamps and cranberry bogs, as well as forests, fields, and farms. Its community is strong and family-friendly with a very “local” feel. It has many historical sites and varied living options. With a little bit of everything, it might be the place for you!
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