Sagamore Beach, Massachusetts – One of Bourne's off-Cape villages
While most of Barnstable County is firmly on Cape Cod, a few villages fall on the other side of the Cape Cod Canal.
One of these villages is Sagamore, which is north of the Canal while remaining within the town of Bourne.
Sagamore Beach, MA, is the northern half of Sagamore and is a central place for commuters to live. This convenience arises because the village is less than an hour from downtown Boston, yet only minutes from the Sagamore Bridge that takes travelers onto the Cape.
The village also has a beach of its own on Cape Cod Bay and is less than 20 minutes from Plymouth and its abundance of history.
When looking to buy a home on Cape Cod, consider the available properties in Sagamore Beach. Living there affords you many of the benefits of living on the Cape in a remarkably accessible location.
The history of Sagamore Beach
Sagamore Beach has always been an important strategic location, going back to the time before European settlement. At this time, Native American tribes, including the Wampanoag people, had a trail running through the area that provided access to the Outer Cape. This trail was later used by Europeans, and eventually expanded to become the current-day Old King's Highway.
As European settlers arrived in Plymouth, they slowly made their way toward Cape Cod, with the first settlers arriving at Sagamore Beach in 1637. Sagamore Beach was then incorporated as part of Sandwich in 1639. The village remained as part of Sandwich until 1884 when Bourne separated to form a separate town.
Throughout the early years, Sagamore Beach was sparsely inhabited. That changed in 1905 when the Christian Endeavor Society established a colony there, immediately increasing its population exponentially. Some of the homes built by the society remain on the cliffs above the beach to this day.
Neighborhoods in Sagamore Beach, MA
Although Sagamore Beach doesn't have defined neighborhoods like some other villages in the Cape Cod area, there are few distinct sections worth noting.
For starters, there's the Sagamore Highlands, which features homes sets on cliffs overlooking Cape Cod Bay. Many of these homes are Victorians built by the Christian Endeavor Society, but there are some newer builds, too.
The main beachfront area has plenty of homes, with some set a bit above the water on the cliffs. The further south you head, the less dramatic the bluffs become.
There are numerous residential sections inland, including the area around the Clark Road Playground and the streets shooting off from Harlow Farm Road. The space between the beach and Route 3A is almost entirely residential, featuring many homes with tree cover and large lots.
Things to do in Sagamore Beach
Sagamore Beach is known mostly for its peaceful atmosphere, rather than its abundance of activities, but you'll find a few ways to spend your time if you know where to look.
First of all, there's the beach, which is one of Barnstable County's best-kept secrets. There isn't much parking, nor does the venue have a lifeguard, but the water is calm, and on a clear day, you can see all the way to Provincetown. You can also walk on the shore to Scusset Beach and the Cape Cod Canal.
If you have kids, you'll be happy to learn about the Clark Road Playground. In addition to a large play structure, this park has basketball and tennis courts and a baseball diamond. There's also a vast field that hosts kids' soccer games in the spring and summer.
Those looking for organized activities might have an interest in the Sagamore Beach Colony Club. The club, originally founded by the Christian Endeavor Society, allows members to play tennis, attend social events, and participate in golf tournaments. The children and grandchildren of members can also take part in the club's day camp during the summer.
Sagamore Beach is lacking is in eateries, but you're only a few minutes from the southern part of Sagamore, which has a few restaurants before passing onto Cape Cod. There's also an extensive shopping and dining area in Cedarville, a village in Plymouth that is minutes north of Sagamore Beach.
Buying a home in Sagamore Beach, Massachusetts
For those who value a quiet beachfront lifestyle, buying a home in Sagamore Beach, Massachusetts, is an excellent option. Here, you'll never have to compete with the tourist crowds like on Cape Cod because the community isn't set up in a way to cater to visitors.
Instead, everything in Sagamore Beach is for locals. And while you won't find high-end dining options or endless activities, you will have peace and tranquility in an oceanfront setting.
Living in Sagamore Beach provides an escape from everyday life, while still being close to both Cape Cod and Boston.
Contact Kinlin Grover for more information on this idyllic location on Cape Cod Bay.
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