Details on living there

By William G. Scheller
May 19, 2005
Kindra Clineff

Setting: Cohasset lies on Massachusetts Bay, just south ofthe entrance to Boston Harbor and 20 miles southeast of Boston.Average high temperatures reach the low 30s in winter, high 70s tolow 80s in summer.

Attractions: Dramatic ocean views coupled with a small-townfeel. The population stays stable at 7,500. Cohasset maintains theold New England tradition of government with annual open townmeetings. The schools and library draw high ratings.

Drawbacks: Driving to Boston on Route 3A can be a crawl atpeak hours.

Housing Options: The most desirable areas sit alongoceanfront Atlantic Avenue and Jerusalem Road, and on roadsabutting Little Harbor. There, modern architectural statements mixwith variations on traditional styles. North and South Main streetsand adjoining thoroughfares feature big Colonial and Victorianhomes. Inland, newer Capes and ranch-style houses nestle in moreforested surroundings.

What It Costs: A few smaller homes on quiet lanes near thevillage center start around $500,000. Farther inland, prices rangefrom $500,000 to $900,000, perhaps twice that for a largeshingle-style in a secluded new development. Large older homesalong main streets or adjacent to largely landlocked Little Harbormight go for $1 million to $1.8 million. Grand oceanfrontproperties easily top $3 million.

Your Next-door Neighbors: Bankers and stockbrokers commuteto Boston, as do doctors and administrators affiliated with thecity's hospitals. More than a few entrepreneurs live here.

How You'd Spend Your Free Time: Several beaches and a publicboat launch get lots of traffic. Sea kayakers enjoy placid LittleHarbor, and a sailing club provides kids' summer lessons. The townincludes a golf course (private) and tennis courts (public).Residents enjoy more than 12 miles of trails for walking orcross-country skiing in 824-acre Whitney and Thayer Woods. Amateurand professional artists teach, study, and exhibit at Cohasset'sSouth Shore Art Center. The South Shore Music Circus presentsconcerts and comedy acts.

(published July 2005)