Halifax MA Homes & Real Estate
Halifax is a suburb with a rural feel located in Plymouth County with a population of 7,896 as of 2019. The area was settled in 1670 as Plympton but separated off and was incorporated as its own town in 1734 when the congregational church was built. During this time, a town could not exist on its own without a church, which served as a meeting place and center of a society, similar to a town hall. It was named after Halifax, West Yorkshire, England. Its bordering towns are Hanson, Pembroke, Plympton, Middleborough, Bridgewater, and East Bridgewater. The shore of Silver Lake makes up the northwestern border. Routes 28 and 106 are the main roads that pass through town.
Early industries in Halifax included lumbering, wool manufacturing, iron making, agriculture, and cranberry production. You’ll find some bogs and farms still in operation as well as dormant ones leftover from the past.
The Halifax community is small and well-populated but not stuffy. It is supportive and family-friendly.
Halifax is part of the Silver Lake Regional School District, along with Plympton and Kingston. The middle school and high school are located in Kingston. Halifax Elementary School is right in the town center and serves just under 600 students from kindergarten through grade six. It offers a Kindergarten Countdown Program to help students have a smooth transition into their first big year of school. There are a handful of early education programs in town including in-home daycares and more traditional facilities. The Magical Years Early Learning Center provides a special focus on exposure to visual and performative arts as a conduit for education.
Route 106 or Plymouth Street runs through the center of town where most businesses and public buildings are concentrated. Alongside the Elementary School are the police station, fire station, churches, town hall, and library. Halifax has Catholic, Protestant, and Christian churches.
Across from the Congregational Church downtown stands Monument Grounds, an area dedicated to monuments honoring American soldiers, including the Revolutionary War Monument and Civil War Monument, which was the first of its kind built in all of Plymouth County in 1867.
The Holmes Public Library is attached to the elementary school. It has a collection of over 62,000 physical and digital resources to take advantage of. There are tons of programs including book clubs, community reads, storytime events for little tots, a knitting club, as well as kid and adult versions of something called the Boredom Buster Bookbag. If you’re feeling in need of some new literature in your life, answer a few questions online about what you like to read and you’ll get a bag of 3-10 hand-picked books for you to borrow. The Holmes is a member of the SAILS Library Network which makes the contents of over 60 other libraries available to patrons for inter-library loans.
The Halifax Youth & Recreation Department manages fifteen or so public rec spaces including fields, courts and playgrounds, the most popular one being HOPS Playground on Plymouth Street.
The town’s Council on Aging provides outreach programs, food, transportation, medical and exercise programs for Halifax seniors. Their offices are housed in the old Pope’s Tavern, built in 1820, which also used to be an inn. Many county meetings, church councils and conventions were held there in the 19th century.
Interestingly enough, tucked away on a side street that runs parallel to Monponsett Street, there lies a peculiar statue on a set of railroad tracks. Its plaque reads “Captain Myles Standish” and it’s just two twelve-foot-tall granite legs wearing boots. Only this bottom half of the full Standish statue survived a lightning strike in Duxbury in 1922, and wasn’t rediscovered until the 1990s, after which it was erected in Halifax.
Many of the activities in Halifax rely on the precious resource of its land.
Visit the Country Club of Halifax to play 18 holes of golf with friends or attend a tournament.
Nessralla Farm is a family-run farm in the heart of Halifax selling produce, flowers, plants and other local products. They have summer and winter CSAs and sell seasonal products like pumpkins in the fall and Christmas trees in the winter. They have corn maze Harvest Festivals and host a biannual “Mudfest,” a wild rally of souped-up trucks driving through muddy waters.
Fieldstone Show Park is home to Kingsway Farm and Hudson Derby Stables, two private facilities that offer hunter-jumper equestrian training, boarding, lessons, and shows. Southfield Farm across town offers similar services.
Arguably one of Halifax’s most valuable natural resources, Monponsett Pond, was split in two by Route 58 and is now called Twin Lakes or East and West Monponsett. They are primarily used for recreational fishing and boating. You might even catch small seaplanes landing on the surface. A few small private and town beaches and boat launches are scattered around the edges. Kayaks can drift from one half of the pond to the other through passages underneath Route 58. Lakeside Villa sits on the land between the two and provides a lovely lakeside backdrop for weddings and other events.
Up there on the list with Monponsett is the Wildlands Trust Striar Conservancy, nearly 250 acres of undeveloped land with walking trails that are great for birdwatching. The Winnetuxet River runs alongside the land, a waterway in the second largest river basin in Massachusetts. If you’re lucky, you can find many rare species of fish and birds here, and even the uncommon river otter has been spotted.
About half of Burrage Pond Wildlife Management Area is in Halifax, while the other half is in Hanson. In its entirety, there are over 1,600 acres of public forest, ponds, marsh, retired cranberry bogs and more than ten miles of easy walking trails. Not far from there, if you follow Elm Street toward 106, you’ll come upon the somewhat shallow Robbins Pond, good for cartop boats and canoes as well as fishing and ice fishing in the winter months.
Living in Halifax is not ideal for easy commuting into the city, as it’s a bit of a hike from the main highway. But the MBTA commuter rail Kingston/Plymouth Line does make a stop in town, so that is a good alternative. Because Halifax is very residential and has so few businesses, be mindful that you will have to expect a higher property tax there than in some other surrounding towns. Though there are few destinations in town, it’s only about twelve miles to Plymouth where you can surely get your fix of the nightlife if Halifax gets too quiet for you.
Halifax has about a 90% rate of homeownership of predominantly single-family properties. There are a few condominium communities, and Halifax Estates, a resident-owned 55+ community of 430 manufactured homes.
If you’re looking for a place to spread out, slow down, maybe get some chickens and do some frequent kayaking, Halifax is the spot for you.
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