Located on Buzzards Bay, Mattapoisett sits at the southwestern tip of Massachusetts' Plymouth Country. The town is bordered by small communities like Marion, Acushnet, and Fairhaven, while being about seven miles from the larger center of New Bedford, 37 miles from Providence, and 63 miles from Boston. As a result, it is possible to live in Mattapoisett, while making the daily commute to the city.
There are three district neighborhoods in Mattapoisett: Mattapoisett Center, Alms House, and Antassawamock. About half of the town's approximately 6,000 people live in Mattapoisett Center, which is located right on Mattapoisett Harbor and is home to parks, beaches, museums, schools, and much of the town's industry. Most homes for sale in Mattapoisett, MA will be in this neighborhood.
Alms House is a residential area that is on Hiller Cove and Aucoot Cove on the east end of town, while Antassawamock, on the town’s west side, is also mostly residential in nature and has Brant Island Cove and Hammonds Cove running right through the middle of it.
Mattapoisett has a total area of 24.2 square miles, with 17.4 square miles of that area being land and the rest being water. The Mattapoisett River starts in Rochester and heads through Mattapoisett before emptying into Mattapoisett Harbor. Because of the area’s decent size and small population, much of the real estate in Mattapoisett includes a large lot and plenty of space.
A Brief History
The region that is now Mattapoisett belonged to the Wampanoag people until 1664, when chief Metacomet sold the land to Governor William Brenton. The land was later inherited by Brenton's son, who, in turn, sold it. Mattapoisett wasn't settled until 1750 and was originally part of the neighboring town of Rochester. Finally, in 1857, Mattapoisett was incorporated.
Mattapoisett was best known as a whaling and shipbuilding center, until the decline of the whaling industry led to a change in the direction of the town's economy. With little industry in Mattapoisett, the town slowly became a summer vacation destination, which is what it remains to this day.
Living in Mattapoisett
Mattapoisett is a safe town with a crime rate far below the national average. Commuting to Providence is as simple as getting on the I-195, which runs just north of Mattapoisett Center, and taking it until you reach the city's downtown.
Schools in Mattapoisett are part of the Old Rochester Regional School District, which is shared with Marion and Rochester. There are four schools in Mattapoisett, with Center School handling children through grade three, grades four through six attending Old Hammondtown School, grades seven and eight going to Old Rochester Regional Junior High School, and older students learning at Old Rochester Regional High School.
When in the city, there are a few locations that are well worth checking out, including:
These attractions will give you a better idea of what it is like to live in the town and will help you decide if now is the time to buy a home in Mattapoisett.
Mattapoisett Real Estate
Mattapoisett is a sought after location by both permanent residents and those looking for a summer destination because it has some of the East Coast's most scenic beaches and enjoys a quiet way of life because of its small population. At the same time, the town's proximity to larger cities makes it attractive to commuters.
Over 80% of Mattapoisett residents own their homes, and a great deal of pride goes into home ownership in the area. If you’re looking to become one of the town’s newest homeowners, contact Kinlin Grover's Marion office for more information.
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