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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

328 Central Avenue Scituate, MA 02066
Photo of 328 Central Avenue, Scituate, MA 02066 (MLS # 72282865)
3 beds 3 baths 2,974 sqft $1,075,000
41 Otis Place, Unit 41 Scituate, MA 02066
Photo of 41 Otis Place, Unit 41, Scituate, MA 02066 (MLS # 72282063)
3 beds 3 baths 2,128 sqft $829,000
41 Otis Place, Unit 41 Scituate, MA 02066
Photo of 41 Otis Place, Unit 41, Scituate, MA 02066 (MLS # 72282042)
3 beds 3 baths 2,128 sqft $829,000
157 Summer St Scituate, MA 02066
Photo of 157 Summer St, Scituate, MA 02066 (MLS # 72281920)
5 beds 3 baths 3,532 sqft $699,000
Lot 1/31 Torrey's Lane Scituate, MA 02066
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4 beds 3 baths 2,800 sqft $899,900
198 Central Scituate, MA 02047
Photo of 198 Central, Scituate, MA 02047 (MLS # 72280406)
3 beds 3 baths 1,670 sqft $799,900
71 Lawson Road Scituate, MA 02066
Photo of 71 Lawson Road, Scituate, MA 02066 (MLS # 72279539)
3 beds 2 baths 1,428 sqft $569,900
9 Hazel Avenue Scituate, MA 02066
Photo of 9 Hazel Avenue, Scituate, MA 02066 (MLS # 72278495)
4 beds 2 baths 2,160 sqft $745,000
188 Kent St. Scituate, MA 02066
Photo of 188 Kent St., Scituate, MA 02066 (MLS # 72277496)
4 beds 3 baths 2,356 sqft $724,900
42 Otis Place Scituate, MA 02066
Photo of 42 Otis Place, Scituate, MA 02066 (MLS # 72277337)
3 beds 2 baths 2,112 sqft $584,900
42 Otis Place, Unit 42 Scituate, MA 02066
Photo of 42 Otis Place, Unit 42, Scituate, MA 02066 (MLS # 72277336)
3 beds 2 baths 2,112 sqft $584,900
19 Glades Rd Scituate, MA 02066
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5 beds 5 baths 5,186 sqft $2,795,000
48 Oceanside Drive Scituate, MA 02066
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5 beds 4 baths 3,005 sqft $899,900
28r Cherry Lane Scituate, MA 02066
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4 beds 2 baths 1,488 sqft $675,000
9 Shadwell Scituate, MA 02066
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4 beds 3 baths 2,044 sqft $524,900

Sold Listings in Scituate

328 Central Avenue Scituate, MA 02066
Photo of 328 Central Avenue, Scituate, MA 02066 (MLS # 72282865)
3 beds 3 baths 2,974 sqft $1,075,000
41 Otis Place, Unit 41 Scituate, MA 02066
Photo of 41 Otis Place, Unit 41, Scituate, MA 02066 (MLS # 72282063)
3 beds 3 baths 2,128 sqft $829,000
41 Otis Place, Unit 41 Scituate, MA 02066
Photo of 41 Otis Place, Unit 41, Scituate, MA 02066 (MLS # 72282042)
3 beds 3 baths 2,128 sqft $829,000
157 Summer St Scituate, MA 02066
Photo of 157 Summer St, Scituate, MA 02066 (MLS # 72281920)
5 beds 3 baths 3,532 sqft $699,000
Lot 1/31 Torrey's Lane Scituate, MA 02066
Photo of Lot 1/31 Torrey's Lane, Scituate, MA 02066 (MLS # 72281887)
4 beds 3 baths 2,800 sqft $899,900
198 Central Scituate, MA 02047
Photo of 198 Central, Scituate, MA 02047 (MLS # 72280406)
3 beds 3 baths 1,670 sqft $799,900
71 Lawson Road Scituate, MA 02066
Photo of 71 Lawson Road, Scituate, MA 02066 (MLS # 72279539)
3 beds 2 baths 1,428 sqft $569,900
9 Hazel Avenue Scituate, MA 02066
Photo of 9 Hazel Avenue, Scituate, MA 02066 (MLS # 72278495)
4 beds 2 baths 2,160 sqft $745,000
188 Kent St. Scituate, MA 02066
Photo of 188 Kent St., Scituate, MA 02066 (MLS # 72277496)
4 beds 3 baths 2,356 sqft $724,900
42 Otis Place Scituate, MA 02066
Photo of 42 Otis Place, Scituate, MA 02066 (MLS # 72277337)
3 beds 2 baths 2,112 sqft $584,900
42 Otis Place, Unit 42 Scituate, MA 02066
Photo of 42 Otis Place, Unit 42, Scituate, MA 02066 (MLS # 72277336)
3 beds 2 baths 2,112 sqft $584,900
19 Glades Rd Scituate, MA 02066
Photo of 19 Glades Rd, Scituate, MA 02066 (MLS # 72276592)
5 beds 5 baths 5,186 sqft $2,795,000
48 Oceanside Drive Scituate, MA 02066
Photo of 48 Oceanside Drive, Scituate, MA 02066 (MLS # 72274547)
5 beds 4 baths 3,005 sqft $899,900
28r Cherry Lane Scituate, MA 02066
Photo of 28r Cherry Lane, Scituate, MA 02066 (MLS # 72274329)
4 beds 2 baths 1,488 sqft $675,000
9 Shadwell Scituate, MA 02066
Photo of 9 Shadwell, Scituate, MA 02066 (MLS # 72273913)
4 beds 3 baths 2,044 sqft $524,900

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Scituate School Data

Scituate School Districts

Scituate School District
PK-12

Scituate Schools

Cushing Elementary School
K-6, public
Gates Intermediate School
7-8, public
Hatherly Elementary School
K-6, public
Scituate High School
9-12, public
Wampatuck Elementary School
PK-6, public
Inly School
PK-8, private
http://www.inlyschool.org
Jenkins Elementary School
K-6, public

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