Nicknamed "The Whaling City" because of its history in the industry, the port city of New Bedford, Massachusetts, is located on the southern coast of the state. Over 95,000 people call this city home, and with a median home price of $176,500, which is well below the average for Massachusetts, it is no wonder why. New Bedford has been the #1 fishing port city in the country for several years, but tourism is growing as it becomes more popular for its rich history and fun festivals.
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House options in the New Bedford area include new construction and beautifully preserved historic districts. The West End of town showcases the homes of a by-gone era with its Victorian and Greek revival style architecture. It is also home to Buttonwood Park and the popular Buttonwood Park Zoo. You can enjoy shopping, dining, and strolling along the working waterfront and cobblestone streets in downtown New Bedford, or explore the multicultural North End, home to the International Marketplace and several summertime festivals. Beachfront property can be found along the South end of the city, where you might just catch a glimpse of a whale from the three miles of sandy beaches.
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As beautiful as New Bedford is to visit, it's even better as a place to live. With the whaling industry long gone, the city is now looking to lead the east coast in solar and wind power. The schools enjoy a student to teacher ratio of 14:1, which is below the national average. New Bedford is also home to Bristol Community College, and the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth is just one town away. The average commute time is just under 24 minutes, which leaves more time to enjoy the historic and natural attractions in the area. If you are interested in making New Bedford, Massachusetts, your home, please look at our listings for sale to find the right house for you.