Filled with quaint villages, small town-like settings and parks, Barnstable is a dream come true for those looking to live in an area rich in history. Residents here enjoy spectacular vistas and four seasons year-round. They experience flowers in full bloom, feel the warm embrace of summer heat, watch falling leaves turn into dazzling shades of color and count snowflakes as they tumble from darkened skies. Peaceful nights spent with family and friends on the porch are balanced with cultural and educational opportunities, recreational activities and diverse shopping alternatives.
The town of Barnstable is bordered by Cape Cod Bay to the north, Nantucket Sound to the south, Sandwich and Mashpee on the west, and Yarmouth on the east. The town includes seven villages within its boundaries. Each village has unique and significant cultural and historical qualities.
Centerville, located on the south side, is primarily residential and has a small business district, as well as beautiful sun-drenched beaches. Osterville is also located on the south side and is also comprised of primarily residential neighborhoods. The village includes several inlets and picturesque harbors for fishing and boating. A small but elegant business district is located near the center of town and serves as the village?s economic hub of retail stores, specialty shops and restaurants. Hyannis is Cape Cod?s central business/commercial district and includes a variety of town offices and several shopping malls. Hyannis is also a residential community with many neighborhoods intermixed within the commercial and retail areas. Additionally, Hyannis is a popular fishing village and its harbor provides access to Martha?s Vineyard and Nantucket Islands. Cotuit is situated on a peninsula on the south side and is predominately a residential community with several sandy beaches, safe harbors and a rich sailing tradition. On the north side sits West Barnstable, a historic village made up of several residential neighborhoods and famous Sandy Neck Barrier Beach. Lastly, Barnstable Village, also located on the north side, houses the County Complex, a diverse business district, a working harbor, and a variety of small beaches for both residents and tourists to enjoy.
Barnstable Recreation and Activities
The active waterfront communities within these resort-like villages are located along the shores of Cape Cod Bay and Nantucket Sound, offering residents incredible ocean views and access to world-renowned beaches. The region?s many family-friendly neighborhoods are filled with tree-lined streets, conservation land and prized beachfront. These natural surroundings in addition to a litany of recreational and cultural amenities with historical significance provide the nearly 50,000 residents who call these villages home with endless opportunities to work and play in one of the most beautiful settings in the world. Special events fill the local social calendar year round and serve to further unite this already closely-knitted community which takes pride in continuing to enhance its education system, improve its transportation network and preserve its historical landmarks.
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