Rockland MA Homes & Real Estate
Named for its rocky geography, Rockland was incorporated in 1874 after breaking away from Abington, of which it had been a part since the original town’s settlement in 1673. Today Rockland is bordered by Abington along with Weymouth, Hingham, Norwell, Hanover, Hanson and Whitman. It covers ten square miles and lies just about twenty miles south of Boston. It is somewhat densely populated, with a 2019 population count of 17,986. Routes 139 and 123 run through town, and Routes 128 and 3 meet right in the northeastern corner, where you can exit from 3 straight into town. Union Street and Route 123 have most of the town’s businesses. It is best known for its industrial history.
Rockland Public and Rockland KinderCare are pre-k and kindergarten options for those with little tikes.
The year 2023 will bring the grand opening of Rockland’s brand new school for all students in grades one through four, to replace the old Jefferson and Memorial Park Elementary Schools. Esten Elementary School will then be transformed into an early education center for kindergarten students. John W. Rogers Middle School for grades five through eight was new in 2012 and connects to the high school, next to Memorial Park. There are many sports fields and courts surrounding the school area, and a new football field will be created along with the building construction to replace the old one. Town sports are part of the South Shore League and the team mascot is the Bulldog.
Rockland students may attend South Shore Vocational Technical High School in Hanover as well as South Shore Charter Public School in neighboring Norwell. The town also has two private schools: Calvary Chapel Academy and Holy Family School. Calvary is a Christian school for kindergarten through twelfth grade, while Holy Family is Catholic parochial and only goes up to eighth grade. North River Collaborative School predominantly serves students with disabilities and behavioral challenges in grades five through twelve. Alternatively, there are other great private schools in the area to choose from.
Sing Explore Create is an educational, arts-based wellness center with a focus on music therapy and music lessons for children and adults. They also partner with community organizations to bring their unique services to schools, senior communities, healthcare facilities and more.
Rockland Memorial Library is part of the Old Colony Library Network. It’s located in a dignified 1903 National Historic building on Union Street adjacent to the Fire Department. They host monthly exhibits of local artwork as part of their Art in the Rotunda gallery program. They hold children’s events, a book club, and provide regular meeting space for many town committees.
Want to support the community? Get involved in Reimagine Rockland, a group whose mission is to bring life to the downtown area and create a welcoming and active destination. Rockland Recreation runs a steady flow of programs and activities for kids and families at the Community Center, including the Teen Center Program. Or perhaps the food pantry, the Friends of the Library or the Council on Aging and Robert J. Nyman Senior Center are more your speed.
If you’re excited about community arts, something really special in Rockland is called The 4th Floor Artists Inc, a lively nonprofit and collection of makers established in the early 1990s and housed in old mill buildings-turned-studios including the infamous Sandpaper Factory. They sometimes host Sandpaper Saturdays: pop up shopping events during which they open up the creative work spaces in the historic building to the public.
Rockland has Missionary, Christian, Congregational, Unitarian Universalist, Episcopal, Baptist, and Christian Scientist Churches as well as a Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall.
Rockland is home to Rockland Trust Bank headquarters, an historic building built in 1917. The South Shore Chamber of Commerce has also had its home in Rockland for 120 years. It’s mission is to strengthen the South Shore through local business community and economic growth.
If sports and fitness are your interests, Rockland has Disc Golf as well as two regular golf courses, one being Harmon Golf & Fitness Club, where you can pick up a membership. There are also a few other independent gyms and fitness centers throughout town. For kids and families, there is a swim school, gymnastics academy, indoor ice skating arena, karate academy, and taekwondo school. Nested amongst neighborhoods on Millbrook Drive is Millbrook Park, equipped with a playground, baseball field and basketball court.
On Friday evenings from July to August, the Rockland Day Concert Series provides food trucks and outdoor live performances from a variety of musical genres. Summer also brings the farmers market at Hartsuff Park on Saturdays. They have games, family fun, produce, artisans, beer and wine. The park also has a small residents-only swimming pond and beach, a playground, a nature trail and a field.
Most of the Hanover Branch Rail Trail runs through Rockland. It is a three-mile long paved trail along the path that a train used to take in the 1800s, stretching from the Rockland/Hanover line toward North Abington. Today it’s mostly used by walkers and bikers. If you go to the Rockland end, you can actually see the old train tracks in the woods where the pavement stops.
Head to the Rockland Town Forest and Conservation Land or Twin Ponds Trail for a woodland hike. Rockland Abington Reservoir is a little tricky to find via the entrance in Hanover, but makes for a nice, peaceful walk around the water. Studleys Pond aka Reeds Pond is just south of Rockland Center, accessible from Market Street. The small island inside is not populated. The pond is used for fishing and paddling, but is not suitable for swimming. Accord Pond is a reservoir that sits at the northeastern corner of town where Hingham and Norwell meet. It’s a water source for Hingham and Hull. Catch the sunset over the water here, and if you’re lucky you might even snag a bald eagle sighting!
Rockland has three hotels for out-of-town visitors:
Comfort Inn Rockland 850 Hingham St, Rockland, MA 02370
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Boston-Rockland 929 Hingham St, Rockland, MA 02370
Best Western Rockland 909 Hingham St, Rockland, MA 02370
Union Point is an evolving community with more than 1,200 single-family homes, townhouses and apartments. Though the former airbase is mostly in Weymouth, part of it stretches into Rockland and Abington as well.
Although there are multiple senior living/retirement communities, some apartments, a few mobile home parks, and a rehabilitation nursing home, about 75% of residents own homes. Two and three bedroom single-family homes are common. Most homes were built well before 2000, and the Lower Union Street Historic District (running along the southern part of Union Street) is full of well-preserved homes from the late 1700s and 1800s. Many people commute to the city for work, but it’s a comfortable distance from Boston as well as Plymouth. Unfortunately, the taxes are on the high side.
With easy access to Routes 3 and 139, Rockland is a suburban home base that doesn’t have to be isolated if you don’t want it to be. If you love old, classic architecture and are looking for simple pleasures, you might find a home here.
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