Marblehead Real Estate

Krista Finigan

Residential Real Estate Agent

Turning Houses into Homes



Why Marblehead

Marblehead is a uniquely historic sea-side town

Spectacular natural beauty surrounding a magnificent harbor, winding streets lined with historic houses, bountiful gardens, quaint shops and terrific restaurants - these are only a few reasons why Marblehead is a wonderful place to call home. Today, Marblehead is primarily a residential community with some light manufacturing, service businesses, and delightful retail shops and restaurants. The picturesque harbor and the ocean are still a significant part of the town known internationally as one of the premiere “Yachting Capitals of the World.”

Offering views of the North Shore and overlooking Marblehead harbor, Fort Sewall stirs the spirit and the soul. This is the fort which offered the USS Constitution, 'Old Ironsides', safe harbor when she was being chased by two British ships. When I first moved to Marblehead, I would take a cup of coffee up to the Fort and just savor the beauty, thinking "Wow! This is my neighborhood!" Years later, I feel the same way.

Old Burial Hill is a special treasure. Only in Marblehead would you think to have a picnic in a graveyard! It's a remarkable setting with a spectacular panoramic view encompassing antique houses, a delightful pond and the ocean in the distance. The inscriptions on the tombstones are fascinating to read and tell us a bit about earlier settlers in the town.

The first ship commissioned by General George Washington was built by Marbleheaders, while the fishing and trade fleet provided the core of his navy. Washington's legendary crossing of the Delaware was in a boat manned by Marbleheaders. As a result, Marblehead boasts the title: Birthplace of the American Navy.

Just as the town was enjoying prosperity and on the verge of building larger homes, the townspeople were called to war, dedicating their resources to the causes of the Revolutionary War, War of 1812 and to the Civil War. That commitment to liberty has been forever documented in one of the most familiar paintings in the United States, “The Spirit of '76.” The original painting hangs proudly in our town hall, Abbot Hall.

This turn of events, followed by the total loss of the fishing fleet in the late 1800s, forced a moratorium on new home construction. As a result, we now have a spectacular historic district. In fact, Marblehead includes the largest concentration of homes from the 1700s in the entire country - over 200 homes build before the Revolution and more than 800 before 1830, according to the Marblehead Historical Society. The houses on Washington Square alone are a storybook representation of early New England architecture.