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Scituate, MA Real Estate Analysis

Scituate /ˈsɪɨt/ is a seacoast town in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States, on the South Shore, midway between Boston and Plymouth. The population was 18,133 at the 2010 census.[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 31.8 square miles (82.4 km2), of which 17.6 square miles (45.7 km2) is land and 14.2 square miles (36.8 km2), or 44.60%, is water.[3] Scituate is bordered on the east by Massachusetts Bay, on the south by Marshfield, on the west by Norwell and Hingham, all of which are in Plymouth County, and on the northwest by Cohasset, in Norfolk County. The town is 19 miles (31 km) northeast of Brockton and 25 miles (40 km) southeast of Boston.

Scituate is considered a South Shore community, located just south of the mouth of greater Boston Harbor. The town is not contiguous; Humarock is a part of Scituate which can only be reached from Marshfield. The latter was formerly connected to the town, but that connection was lost when the mouth of the South River shifted northward as the result of the Portland Gale of 1898. The town’s shore varies, with the south (along the mouth of the North River) being surrounded by salt marshes, the middle (around Scituate Harbor) being sandy, and the coast of Scituate Neck (Minot) in the north exhibiting exposed granite bedrock. It is off these rocks that Minot’s Ledge lies, home to the town’s most famous lighthouse. The inland of the town is mostly wooded, with several brooks and rivers (including Satuit or “Cold Brook”, for which the town is named) running through.

The town has no freeways running through it; Massachusetts Route 3 runs through neighboring Norwell. Route 3A runs through the town, and is known as Chief Justice Cushing Highway for this stretch, named for Chief Justice William Cushing (1732–1810). The only other state highway in town is Route 123, which terminates at Route 3A, just 0.7 miles (1.1 km) from the town line.

There is no air service in town; the closest regional airport is Marshfield Municipal Airport, and the closest national and international air service is at Logan International Airport in Boston. There are two MBTA commuter rail stations. One is just off Route 3A in North Scituate, and the other is just east of the intersection of Routes 3A and 123 in the Greenbush neighborhood, which is the line’s eastern terminus. The line is connected to an existing line in Braintree, providing service to South Station in Boston.[4]

Scituate was settled by a group of people from Plymouth about 1627, who were joined by immigrants from the county of Kent in England. They were initially governed by the General Court of Plymouth, but on October 5, 1636, the town incorporated as a separate entity. The name Scituate is derived from satuit, the Wampanoag term for cold brook, which refers to a brook that runs to the inner harbor of the town. In 1710 several residents emigrated to Rhode Island and founded Scituate, Rhode Island, naming it after their previous hometown.

Twelve homes and a sawmill were destroyed in King Philip’s War in 1676.[2]

In 1717 the western portion of the original grant was separated and incorporated as the town of Hanover, and in 1788 a section of the town was ceded to Marshfield. In 1849 another western section became the town of South Scituate, which later changed its name to Norwell. Since then, the borders have remained essentially unchanged.

Fishing was a significant part of the local economy in the past, as well as the sea mossing industry. A small fishing fleet is still based in Scituate Harbor, although today the town is mostly residential.

In 1810, a lighthouse was erected on the northern edge of Scituate Harbor. This lighthouse is now known as Old Scituate Light. During the War of 1812, a British naval raiding party was deterred by the two daughters of the lighthouse keeper playing a fife and drum loudly. The girls and this incident became known as the “American Army of Two” or “Lighthouse Army of Two”.

Another notable lighthouse, Minot’s Ledge Light, stands approximately one mile off Scituate Neck.

Samuel Woodworth‘s Old Oaken Bucket house is located in Scituate. The town is also home to the Lawson Tower, a water tower surrounded by a wooden façade, with an observation deck with views of most of the South Shore from the top.

Scituate used to be the site of international broadcasting radio station WNYW, which broadcast on the shortwave bands in the late 1960s.

For more infomation on the town of Scituate, visit the town web site at http://www.town.scituate.ma.us/

Scituate Real Estate Listings

Active Listings in Scituate

6 Oceanside Drive Scituate, MA 02066
Photo of 6 Oceanside Drive, Scituate, MA 02066 (MLS # 72362436)
3 beds 2 baths 1,640 sqft $749,000
49 Collier Rd Scituate, MA 02066
Photo of 49 Collier Rd, Scituate, MA 02066 (MLS # 72362224)
4 beds 3 baths 3,200 sqft $2,500,000
436 Chief Justice Cushing Highway Scituate, MA 02066
Photo of 436 Chief Justice Cushing Highway, Scituate, MA 02066 (MLS # 72361923)
4 beds 2 baths 2,197 sqft $425,000
67 Elm St Scituate, MA 02066
Photo of 67 Elm St, Scituate, MA 02066 (MLS # 72361778)
3 beds 2 baths 1,496 sqft $519,000
12 Boulder Lane Scituate, MA 02066
Photo of 12 Boulder Lane, Scituate, MA 02066 (MLS # 72361485)
4 beds 3 baths 2,992 sqft $749,000
33 Garden Rd Scituate, MA 02066
Photo of 33 Garden Rd, Scituate, MA 02066 (MLS # 72361247)
3 beds 1 bath 864 sqft $399,900
37 Egypt Avenue Scituate, MA 02066
Photo of 37 Egypt Avenue, Scituate, MA 02066 (MLS # 72361095)
3 beds 3 baths 2,056 sqft $615,000
153 Turner Rd Scituate, MA 02066
Photo of 153 Turner Rd, Scituate, MA 02066 (MLS # 72359804)
5 beds 2 baths 1,664 sqft $627,900
26 Lawson Terrace Scituate, MA 02066
Photo of 26 Lawson Terrace, Scituate, MA 02066 (MLS # 72358992)
4 beds 3 baths 2,019 sqft $695,000
183 Judge Cushing Rd. Scituate, MA 02066
Photo of 183 Judge Cushing Rd., Scituate, MA 02066 (MLS # 72357740)
2 beds 1 bath 1,231 sqft $439,000
85 Humarock Beach Scituate, MA 02066
Photo of 85 Humarock Beach, Scituate, MA 02066 (MLS # 72357453)
3 beds 3 baths 2,100 sqft $829,900
87 Tilden Rd Scituate, MA 02066
Photo of 87 Tilden Rd, Scituate, MA 02066 (MLS # 72357283)
4 beds 2 baths 2,073 sqft $519,900
50 Oceanside Dr Scituate, MA 02066
Photo of 50 Oceanside Dr, Scituate, MA 02066 (MLS # 72356865)
4 beds 3 baths 2,122 sqft $815,000
85 Surfside Rd Scituate, MA 02066
Photo of 85 Surfside Rd, Scituate, MA 02066 (MLS # 72356819)
6 beds 4 baths 3,172 sqft $1,099,000
126 Turner Rd Scituate, MA 02066
Photo of 126 Turner Rd, Scituate, MA 02066 (MLS # 72356724)
6 beds 3 baths 2,538 sqft $759,000

Sold Listings in Scituate

6 Oceanside Drive Scituate, MA 02066
Photo of 6 Oceanside Drive, Scituate, MA 02066 (MLS # 72362436)
3 beds 2 baths 1,640 sqft $749,000
49 Collier Rd Scituate, MA 02066
Photo of 49 Collier Rd, Scituate, MA 02066 (MLS # 72362224)
4 beds 3 baths 3,200 sqft $2,500,000
436 Chief Justice Cushing Highway Scituate, MA 02066
Photo of 436 Chief Justice Cushing Highway, Scituate, MA 02066 (MLS # 72361923)
4 beds 2 baths 2,197 sqft $425,000
67 Elm St Scituate, MA 02066
Photo of 67 Elm St, Scituate, MA 02066 (MLS # 72361778)
3 beds 2 baths 1,496 sqft $519,000
12 Boulder Lane Scituate, MA 02066
Photo of 12 Boulder Lane, Scituate, MA 02066 (MLS # 72361485)
4 beds 3 baths 2,992 sqft $749,000
33 Garden Rd Scituate, MA 02066
Photo of 33 Garden Rd, Scituate, MA 02066 (MLS # 72361247)
3 beds 1 bath 864 sqft $399,900
37 Egypt Avenue Scituate, MA 02066
Photo of 37 Egypt Avenue, Scituate, MA 02066 (MLS # 72361095)
3 beds 3 baths 2,056 sqft $615,000
153 Turner Rd Scituate, MA 02066
Photo of 153 Turner Rd, Scituate, MA 02066 (MLS # 72359804)
5 beds 2 baths 1,664 sqft $627,900
26 Lawson Terrace Scituate, MA 02066
Photo of 26 Lawson Terrace, Scituate, MA 02066 (MLS # 72358992)
4 beds 3 baths 2,019 sqft $695,000
183 Judge Cushing Rd. Scituate, MA 02066
Photo of 183 Judge Cushing Rd., Scituate, MA 02066 (MLS # 72357740)
2 beds 1 bath 1,231 sqft $439,000
85 Humarock Beach Scituate, MA 02066
Photo of 85 Humarock Beach, Scituate, MA 02066 (MLS # 72357453)
3 beds 3 baths 2,100 sqft $829,900
87 Tilden Rd Scituate, MA 02066
Photo of 87 Tilden Rd, Scituate, MA 02066 (MLS # 72357283)
4 beds 2 baths 2,073 sqft $519,900
50 Oceanside Dr Scituate, MA 02066
Photo of 50 Oceanside Dr, Scituate, MA 02066 (MLS # 72356865)
4 beds 3 baths 2,122 sqft $815,000
85 Surfside Rd Scituate, MA 02066
Photo of 85 Surfside Rd, Scituate, MA 02066 (MLS # 72356819)
6 beds 4 baths 3,172 sqft $1,099,000
126 Turner Rd Scituate, MA 02066
Photo of 126 Turner Rd, Scituate, MA 02066 (MLS # 72356724)
6 beds 3 baths 2,538 sqft $759,000

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Scituate School Data

Scituate School Districts

Scituate School District
PK-12

Scituate Schools

Cushing Elementary School
K-6, public
http://www.scituate.k12.ma.us/index.php/cushing
Gates Intermediate School
7-8, public
http://www.scituate.k12.ma.us/index.php/gates
Hatherly Elementary School
K-6, public
http://www.scituate.k12.ma.us/index.php/hatherly
Scituate High School
9-12, public
http://www.scituate.k12.ma.us/index.php/shs
Wampatuck Elementary School
PK-6, public
Inly School
PK-8, private
http://www.inlyschool.org/
Jenkins Elementary School
K-6, public
http://www.scituate.k12.ma.us/index.php/jenkins

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