Quincy MA Homes & Real Estate
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The city of Quincy, Massachusetts is a part of Norfolk County and has a population of 101,636 as of 2020. It is the most populated city in the county and is not always considered part of the South Shore, though it is along the water and sits south of Boston. Its bordering towns are Milton, Randolph, Braintree, Weymouth and Hull. The city is easily accessible from Route 3A and Interstate 93. Did you know that the original Dunkin Donuts was founded here in 1950, and still operates today? Find it along the Southern Artery section of 3A.
Aside from the donuts, Quincy is perhaps most well-known historically as being the birthplace of presidents John Adams and his son John Quincy Adams, as well as founding father John Hancock. The area of Quincy was first settled in 1625, but was first part of Dorchester and then part of Braintree before splitting in 1792 and officially becoming its own city in 1888. The Massachusett people, amongst other Native American tribes, lived off the gifts of the land and water in this area until it was colonized.
The Presidents Trail is an historic landmark walking path broken up into north, downtown and south sections. In total, it is under three miles long leading from Hancock Street to School Street to Franklin Street, and gives you the opportunity to see homes, churches, notable cemeteries and other highlights in city history along the way. Not on the path, however, is the United States Naval Shipbuilding Museum, a unique floating attraction aboard the USS Salem featuring exhibits related to military and naval history.
For over 100 years, Quincy profited from a thriving granite industry, the memory of which you can find today in the names of places like Granite Links and Granite Medical. The Granite Railway was the first commercial US railroad, built specifically to haul granite from Quincy to the docks in Milton to be shipped into Charlestown to build the Bunker Hill Monument. The quarries and the railway are closed now, but you can visit Quincy Quarries Reservation, 22 acres purchased by the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation as a recreational area.
Today, Quincy prides itself in being a business-friendly city, for endeavors both big and small, with strong infrastructure to support industry growth. The new Quincy Center, a 50+ acre downtown area, is one of the largest urban revitalization efforts anywhere in the state. This coastal city is run by a mayor and has a city council of nine members.
The Quincy public school system is vast and highly rated. It has one early childhood center, eleven elementary schools, five middle schools and two high schools. Other options include Montessori, Catholic, and college prep schools. Higher education is available here as well: Eastern Nazarene College is a private, Christian liberal arts and sciences school and Quincy College is a public localized community institution (the only one of its kind in MA run by a city rather than a state).
Boston is easily accessible by public transportation as the MBTA has four stops in Quincy on the red line and several buses running through town. The commuter rail is also available from Quincy Center. The Marina Bay Ferry runs Monday through Friday from 6:30 AM to almost 7:00 PM between Quincy, Winthrop, the Financial District and the Seaport.
Just in its nature as a city, Quincy has a lot more resources, things to do and things to get involved in than many other South Shore towns.
You’ll find multiple lively golf courses, including Granite Links, a semi-private golf club with great restaurants (and a killer Boston skyline view) which also serves as an amazing event venue.
If you find joy in exercise and community, there is a pool, a skating rink, a number of yacht clubs, a garden club, many different sports clubs and a YMCA in town. There is also a dog park for your furry friends!
If arts and music are your arena, Quincy has its own symphony orchestra and choral society. Each spring or summer the Quincy ArtsFest is run by the Quincy Art Association featuring local entertainment and artists’ work (including South Shore artists in grades K-8). There are also performing arts education studios in town with summer and after school programming for kids.
In addition to its many physical and digital resources, the Thomas Crane Library runs educational programs for kids, gameplay groups for teens, English learning classes, movies, yoga classes, and features circulating art exhibits in the Main Library. It has three separate branches aside from the main location, located in Wollaston, Adams Shore and North Quincy.
Some of Quincy’s neighborhood shopping areas featuring small businesses, shops and local restaurants offering many authentic diverse cuisines are the aforementioned Quincy Center, Wollaston, North Quincy and Quincy Point.
If you’re looking to connect with nature, Blue Hills Reservation spans across Quincy, Milton, Braintree, Randolph, Canton and Dedham, but a good chunk of it is in Quincy. At 7,000 acres overall, it’s one of the largest pieces of undeveloped conservation land in the Greater Boston metropolitan area. This will be your urban getaway for hikes, walks, observation areas, and even skiing in the winter.
There are about a dozen beaches in Quincy, most notably Wollaston Beach on the western shore of Quincy Bay, which is the largest Boston Harbor beach. Many beaches are along MBTA bus routes. A handful of islands in Quincy territory are part of the Boston Harbor Islands National State Recreational Area.
Furnace Brook, Blacks Creek and Neponset River are some notable waterways in town. Neponset River acts as a border between Quincy and Dorchester and has a remarkable watershed, touching at least fifteen towns. Blacks Creek cradles Merrymount Park, an 80-acre recreational area featuring an outdoor amphitheater, many sports fields and courts, a rec center, walking trails, a stadium and a boat dock. There are a few playground areas in town, including Caddy Memorial Park, as well as parks such as Passanageset Park at Broad Meadows Marsh, an ecologically significant area good for walking and birdwatching with waterfront views of Town River Bay.
This lively city throws numerous parades and festivals throughout the year including: Flag Day, Fourth of July, Christmas, Veterans Day, Memorial Day, Lunar New Year, Saint Patrick’s Day, and LGBTQ Pride.
Quincy is home to Unitarian Universalist, Congregational, Christian, Episcopal, Non-denominational, Protestant, Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, Lutheran, Catholic, Christian Scientist, Pentacostal, and Seventh-day Adventist churches as well as a Buddhist temple.
Over the years, Quincy has become split up into several neighborhoods, each with its own unique history and personality. Locals strongly identify with the particular area in which they grew up or live. Some of these neighborhoods include Germantown, Houghs Neck, Marina Bay, Quincy Point and Squantum, often thought of as a peninsula though it’s technically an island only connected to the mainland by the causeway.
There is a collection of beautiful condos at Marina Bay with views of the Neponset River and the Squantum Channel, and there are countless apartment complexes scattered throughout town. More residents in Quincy rent than own, though it is close to a 50/50 split. It ranks high on the list of best suburbs for young professionals in Massachusetts, as well as most diverse suburbs in Massachusetts.
This so-called “City of Presidents” can have an urban or suburban feel, depending on where you are at any given time. It offers enough coastline, transportation, history, industry, cuisine and community pride to go around.
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