Padanaram & South Dartmouth Villages
The charm of Padanaram, a coastal enclave on Apponagansett Bay, enchants visitors with its rich seafaring history past and small-town appeal. Sloping gently down to the harbor, the homes of this seaside town reflect a rich history that dates back more than 350 years. It’s no wonder then, that those lucky enough to call Padanaram home, endeavor to keep this small village quaint and serene – no urban hustle and bustle here.
Padanaram and the other historic villages that comprise South Dartmouth, Massachusetts, are primarily residential. The area offers a variety of neighborhoods, each of which provides the foundation for a picture-perfect, coastal lifestyle. In the summer months, homeowners, summer residents, and visitors flock to nearby beaches while boaters take to the ocean, possibly for a quick jaunt to the nearby Elizabeth Islands. Some are lucky enough to keep their boats at the exclusive New Bedford Yacht Club, one of the oldest yacht clubs in America. While Padanaram’s harbor and its variety of restaurants and boutiques cater to visitors, overall, commercialism and summer traffic don’t distract from homeowners’ relaxed way of life.
The ocean has always been an important part of Padanaram’s history. In the 1700’s, ship building was the village’s main industry, then in later years, whaling and salt mining brought prosperity to the area. Evidence of this prosperity can be seen in the beautiful and varied architecture of local seaside homes, nearly all of which have been restored to their former glory. Federal style colonials, ornate Victorians, and coastal Capes are located throughout the village which has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Summer rentals also offer a respite for visitors to slow down and enjoy the best of a quintessential New England summer.
Despite its small-town ambiance, Padanaram and the other historic villages in the South Dartmouth area offer families a selection of beautiful coastal real estate. In addition to Padanaram, home buyers looking for charming villages or neighborhoods may find their dream home in Mishaum Point, Nonquitt, Round Hill or Barney’s Joy. Westport and the popular Horseneck State Beach is also just a short drive away.
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