Hull MA Homes & Real Estate
Nautical and historical Hull is the smallest town by land area in Plymouth County, and it boasts a very unique geography. The Nantasket Peninsula, settled in Massachusetts Bay, is formed by a series of connected narrow islands; and three completely separate islands are considered part of Hull as well. It attaches to Cohasset’s Black Rock Beach at the southeastern end and connects to Hingham via two bridges. Though over 10,000 residents live there year-round, it is still a resort town in the summer. It feels a bit like a small Cape Cod.
Though it was originally called Nantasket, Hull was later incorporated in 1644 and renamed for a port city in England, and is known as the fourth oldest town in Massachusetts. No major highways run through town; route 228 becomes Nantasket Ave when it reaches Hull. The closest MBTA commuter line stop is Nantasket Junction in Hingham, but there is a boat from Hull to Boston.
The Kennedy family, former U.S. president Calvin Coolidge, and former Boston mayor John F. Fitzgerald all had homes in Hull in the past.
Children in Hull can attend Hull Integrated Preschool and Jacobs School Kindergarten or Seaside Montessori, then the Lillian M. Jacobs Elementary School, Memorial Middle School and Hull High. The high school has a high graduation rate and their athletic teams are called the Pirates, donned in blue and gold. If you attend a Hull home football game, you’ll be perched at the very tip of the peninsula and surrounded by water on three sides.
Not far from the elementary school is The Hull Public Library, which was once the summer home of Irish American poet/editor John Boyle O’Reilly. It was purchased by the town in 1913, and today they have tons of print and digital resources and are able to host storytimes and puppet shows for young library patrons.
Hull Parks and Recreation Department facilitates a summer camp program for kids to enjoy sports, crafts, field trips, and beach days. For outdoor spaces away from the water, you have Monument Square Park and the L Street Field in front of the Middle School, both featuring playgrounds, baseball diamonds and various sports courts.
Nantasket Ave basically runs down the middle of the entire mainland and is where most local, independent businesses are located. You won’t find many chains in Hull.
Nantasket Beach is the main site of Hull’s summer tourism, and the Paragon Carousel is its crown jewel. This ninety-year-old entertainment artifact featuring dozens and dozens of delicately restored horses is leftover from The Paragon Park amusement park which closed in 1985. Believe it or not, there used to be a roller coaster here that was the world’s tallest in 1917. Nantasket has been a vacation spot since the 1800s, which you can learn more about in the Paragon Park Museum. Aside from its history, Paragon Boardwalk is a lively location where you can play a game of minigolf or find a surfing lesson, or even some live music. If it’s up your alley you may want to check out Hull ArtWalk, a multidisciplinary art installation by local artists, directly accessible from the beach.
Of course, the Nantasket Beach Reservation (a Massachusetts State Park) is enjoyed by locals just as much as tourists, if not more. It has a playground, volleyball court, bathhouses along the coast, kayak rentals, swimming, biking, tide pools at low tide, and is considered to have one of New England’s best beaches. Nearby, you’ll find some of the seafood restaurants Hull is famous for.
Gunrock Beach is a quieter, less trafficked alternative to Nantasket. Surrounded by private homes, this cove is a lovely spot for swimming or just watching the waves.
It is a twenty minute ferry ride from Hull’s Pemberton Pier to Long Wharf in Boston, great for a unique commuting option or even to spend a day at Faneuil Hall or the aquarium.
Because of its location, Hull has strong military and maritime connections. The U.S. Coast Guard Station Point Allerton is located near the tip of the peninsula, and there are many pieces of military past scattered throughout the coast.
One such location is Fort Revere Park, named in honor of Paul Revere, which was active during the American Revolution and both World Wars. In the nineteenth century, the Tower on Telegraph Hill was used as a signal station to announce the arrival of ships into Boston Harbor. Throughout the years, the bunkers have been co-opted for concerts, historical reenactments, plays and more. Now it mostly serves as a picnic spot where you can look out over the ocean.
Hull Livesaving Museum has a unique collection with thousands of artifacts from rescues and shipwrecks in the area. They house a rotation of exhibits, give tours, and host lectures and workshops. They also facilitate an annual Coast Guard commemoration called Harbor Illumniation.
Peddocks Island, one of the largest islands in Boston Harbor, has been used for farming and military purposes. It now has campsites with yurts, a few houses and some historical remains. You can actually find shots of Peddocks Island in the Scorsese film Shutter Island.
Bumpkin Island is a small camping destination west of the mainland with eleven campsites, some walking trails and structural remains of the past.
Spinnaker Island, once known as Hog Island, is connected to the mainland by a bridge. A Coast Artillery fort was built there in the 1920s and in the 1950s it became a missile site for the U.S. Army. Today, it’s a residential area with condominium living.
There are many ways to get involved in the Hull community. You have the Yacht Club, Rotary Club, Nantasket Beach Saltwater Boat Club and Garden Club. There’s a nonprofit called Hull Artists which sponsors exhibits around town and promotes public arts education in schools.
If you want volunteer opportunities, you might look to the Council on Aging, the Commission on Disability, the Historical Society, the Veterans’ Council or the Historical Commission. You also might look to Wellspring multi-service centers or The Anchor of Hull community center, a place for sober community events, AA meetings and addiction support. They put on free outdoor movie nights in the summer.
Hull has a special annual tradition of honoring people and organizations that embody exceptional examples of community service and dedication. The Hull Hero Award Committee and the Board of Selectman bestow these accolades during the Celebration of Heroism each year.
Hull is home to Catholic and Methodist churches, as well as Jewish temples.
Hull is somewhat densely populated and few homes have expansive plots with multiple acres of land. There is an abundance of single and multi-level condominium communities across Hull and one main apartment location. About three quarters of town residents own their homes.
Many neighborhoods in town are named after geographical elements such as Telegraph Hill, Crescent Beach, Straits Pond and Sunset Point. Kenberma is a well-known, walkable section of Hull. Although a lot of the houses are beachy, there are historic-style homes in town too, such as Georgian and Colonial Revival, mostly in the Hull Village Historic District. Almost half of Hull homes date back before 1940.
A huge amount of property in Hull is oceanfront property because of its peninsula shape. If you don’t have direct ocean views, you’re certainly within walking distance of ocean views. Hull is remote, nautical, and unconventional in that it’s not all attached as one land mass. If that’s the vibe you’re looking for and you don’t mind sharing your seaside paradise with vacationers, head on down to Hull. Extra points if you’re a U.S. history buff!
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