Plymouth MA Homes & Real Estate
Even if you’re completely unfamiliar with the South Shore, chances are you’ve at least heard of Plymouth, MA. Named after the city in South West England and situated next to Cape Cod Bay on the Atlantic coast, this spot is perceived as the start of New England as we know it. Of course it was originally the Wampanoag tribe village of the Patuxet and was colonized by about 100 Mayflower Puritan Separatist Pilgrims in 1620 after they fled England to start over. The colony came to be known for shipbuilding, trading, fishing and shipping.
Today it is the largest municipality in Massachusetts by area with five zip codes, seven firehouses and has a population of roughly 61,528. Its land borders are Bourne, Wareham, Carver and Kingston.
Along Route 3, the town of Plymouth stretches for six whole exits running almost parallel to the coast and side-by-side with Route 3A. The two are connected by the Plimoth Plantation Highway. You can also access Route 44 from the northern area of the town, and it’s an hour to Providence, RI along there. It’ll be about an hour to Boston and only 20 minutes to the Sagamore Bridge.
Access to planes, trains, automobiles (and boats too!) is all around. You’ll find ferry service between Plymouth and Provincetown out of the Frazier State Pier as well as municipal airport service across town to Nantucket. Other public transportation options include the GATRA bus, the MBTA commuter rail and the Plymouth & Brockton Bus Service which has a route from Logan airport to Hyannis which stops in Plymouth.
Plymouth has over 8,000 students in the public school system, the largest district in MA, with a whopping 14 schools total. Depending on where you live, your children could attend one of eight elementary schools, one of two middle schools, and one of two high schools. There are also early childcare options, a charter school, a technical school and Plymouth Harbor Academy for those who benefit from more specialized education. Plymouth is also home to campuses for Quincy College and Curry College.
An outstanding and unique feature of the public school system is the Blake Planetarium, impressively the only 4K fulldome planetarium south of Boston. They host school programs as well as events open to the public.
The Plymouth Recreation department runs many youth league sports, adult fitness classes, a youth center, acting and cooking classes for kids, as well as other workshops and educational programs.
The Plymouth Public Library opened in 1857 and is a part of the Old Colony Library Network today. It runs clubs for all ages, crafting events, storytimes, virtual programs, and gives patrons access to many print and digital resources as well as 15 different museum passes.
Plymouth is home to Unitarian Universalist, Catholic, Baptist, Protestant, Christian, Methodist, Lutheran and Non-Denominational churches.
Looking to connect with nature locally? Pond- and lakefront camping is available with loads of sites, boat rentals, and all the amenities and activities one might need at places like Indianhead Resort, Sandy Pond Campground and Pinewood Lodge. Impressively, Plymouth’s Myles Standish State Forest is the second largest state forest in MA, measuring 26 square miles. Almost 20 lakes and ponds are within the forest – some with fishing, boating or swimming access. If you’re a horse lover, the park has 35 miles of equestrian trails and many walking trails as well. Visitors can also camp here with tents or RVs.
The town has many walking paths and playgrounds throughout, and a skate park not far from downtown. In fact, you can follow Town Brook Nature Trail through Brewster Gardens, past the Grist Mill and to the skate park and basketball court along what used to be an old Native American path.
Forges Field Recreation Area is the largest playing field facility in the Town’ park system. It has a dozen sports fields, a large play structure area and 1.5 miles of paved walking paths.
Golfers are in luck in Plymouth. With 11 golf courses around town, half of which have championship-level courses, golf enthusiasts have over 100 holes to shoot in total.
But where can you sit by the sea? Plymouth has nine public beaches in total, Plymouth Beach being the biggest and Plymouth Long Beach generally seen as the best and most popular, at about three miles long. Most of it is public but there are also several privately owned areas. Morton Park and White Horse Beach are some other sandy favorites, both of which require a resident beach sticker. Morton Park is the town’s largest and oldest park area at 200 acres of forest and waterfront land on Little Pond and Billington Sea. Visitors can swim, picnic and follow over five miles of trails and paths. Nelson Memorial Park, adjacent to Plymouth Harbor, features a playground and splash pad alongside the beach.
Living in Plymouth certainly wouldn’t exclude you from participating in tourist-type activities. You can find whale watching, ghost tours, historical walking tours, even a church tour of the Mayflower Meetinghouse, the oldest continuous church and organization of any kind in the country. Locals will say it’s nothing special, but visitors flock year after year to Plymouth Rock in the center of town.
Due to its rich history and stellar preservation, Plymouth has an outstanding number of history museums and historic-homes-turned-museums. The most well known is a nonprofit called Plimoth Patuxet (formerly known as Plimouth Plantation), founded in 1947, which gives visitors a taste of 17th century colonial life with a replica village complete with period actors. The Historic Patuxet area pays tribute to the tribe's culture.
The Pilgrim Hall Museum is the oldest continually operating museum in the United States, opened in 1824. You’ve got the Harlow House (1677), Spooner House (1749), the Hedge House (1809), the Mayflower House Museum, and of course Mayflower II, the full-size replica of the ship that traveled over from England all those years ago.
Plymouth is a hub for art and culture, no doubt. For a taste of visual art and live shows, there’s the Plymouth Center for the Arts, the Spire Center for Performing Arts, The Greater Plymouth Performing Arts Center, Memorial Hall and various art galleries. They each hold all sorts of engaging musical and theatrical performances throughout the year.
Priscilla Beach Theatre, located in the Manomet section of Plymouth at Priscilla Beach, is the oldest operational barn theater in the country. It was founded in 1937, and in the 40s and 50s up to 150 actors lived there on the grounds. Today they stage around six shows per year and hold kids workshops as well.
Plymouth is no stranger to holiday festivities, with their annual (and very popular) America’s Hometown Thanksgiving festival and parade as well as a July 4th parade and fireworks. At both events, the Plymouth Philharmonic plays live concerts.
The downtown Plymouth Bay Cultural District supports a vibrant, bustling economy, albeit touristy in the summertime. Main Street and Court Street are the place to go for shops, wineries, breweries, bars, restaurants, antique stores, boutiques and nightlife. When it comes to dining, this area has everything from oceanside fast food and ice cream to white tablecloth culinary experiences. For a free taste of everything downtown Plymouth has to offer, get in on a series of events called “First Saturdays” in the summer and fall to receive special deals from participating businesses. The Plymouth Waterfront Festival, run by the Chamber of Commerce, is a much anticipated August event featuring live entertainment, a car show, 200+ exhibitors and even a rubber ducky race.
For seasonal produce and other products, Bramhall’s Country Store and the Thursday Farmers Markets are local gems when it comes to shopping small. For bigger box-type stores, Colony Place is an expansive outdoor shopping center off Route 3 with enough restaurants and stores to cover all of your basic shopping needs.
Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital is part of the Beth Israel Lahey Health system serving Plymouth and Barnstable counties with 170 acute care beds, primary care and specialty care services.
Cordage Commerce Center is 55 acres of property along the bay that used to be home to the world’s largest manufacturer of rope and twine. There you’ll find some medical facilities, some restaurants, Quincy College and other businesses as well as Harborwalk Apartments and the marina.
Most people in Plymouth own property, with about 20 percent of people renting. Many young professionals and retirees end up there. As you can imagine, the town is chock-full of buildings and homes from the 1600s and 1700s including Colonials and Georgian- and Federal-style, as well as Gothic Revival and Classical Revival structures harkening back to the 1800s through the 1950s. Though Plymouth is expansive, it still manages to have a quaint feel in certain areas of town.
Plymouth has many named areas within it. Manomet is at the eastern end of town. It has high-ranking schools, beautiful parks and beaches, and is ideal for families. Cedarville, toward the southern end, has mostly small and medium sized houses as well as condos and apartment complexes and a rural feel. Cedarville is also the location of the town’s biggest pond, Great Herring Pond, which flows out to Herring River in Bourne. Just north of there, also on Cape Cod Bay, is Ellisville, whose claim to fame is Ellisville Harbor State Park, with a harbor and beach where you might be able to see seals if you’re lucky. Chiltonville is a small neighborhood south of Wellingsly (the oldest surviving neighborhood) and has a village feel. And that’s just to name a few!
The Pinehills neighborhood community is a destination in itself. It might as well be its own town as it has a sophisticated college campus feel with elevated amenities such as a market, dry cleaners, tennis courts, a fitness club, a pond, a spa, and fine dining.
Gurnet Point and Saquish Beach, situated at the end of a skinny peninsula separating Duxbury Bay and Plymouth Bay from Cape Cod Bay, is privately owned by almost 400 individuals. It was given to Plymouth from Duxbury back in 1638 before becoming private, but is only accessible from Duxbury by land. Clark’s Island sits on the Duxbury Bay side of Gurnet, and is technically part of Plymouth. It has nine summer homes, mostly passed down within families, but no full-time residents.
The median home value in Plymouth is around $413,000 and single family detached homes are the most common kind. However, there is a noticeable cluster of apartments and duplexes along 3A not far from the Atlantic coast line. Your chances of being close to the ocean are high.
Affectionately nicknamed “America’s Hometown,” Plymouth definitely has a lot to offer to residents. Depending on where you go, it can be fast-paced and busy or sparse and suburban. It makes for the perfect choose-your-own-adventure depending on your mood. If you want access to the ocean, history around every corner, and a lively summer scene, Plymouth might be the place for you.
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