About Marblehead

Marblehead: New England’s Best-Kept Seaside Secret
As the world becomes seemingly ever more hectic, so more people are discovering the charms and delights of Marblehead. Include Vogue magazine in this list following the publication of a in the latest edition.

Marblehead: the Perfect Place to Live and Play By the Sea

Watch this 2 minute Marblehead video sponsored by Harborside Sotheby’s International Realty.

Marblehead: America’s best preserved historic town?

The American landscape gets more homogenous by the day, but Marblehead, perched on a dramatic finger of land on the Atlantic Ocean just thirty minutes north of Boston, was founded in 1629 and has improbably managed to retain many of its historic homes, cemeteries and churches

Marblehead: a great place to do business
The commercial tax rate, however, receives less attention, but here again Marblehead has the fourth lowest tax rate. And more importantly, the commercial tax rate is much lower than that in surrounding towns.

Marblehead: the cutest town in Massachusetts

“Sailboats floating on the harbor, narrow streets lined with cobblestone sidewalks, B&B cottages and mom-and-pop shops….swoon. Historical Marblehead, which played a big role in the Revolutionary War, dates back to 1629, when settlers from the Mayflower first established it as a fishing village.”

Marblehead has retained its AAA rating

Marblehead has retained its AAA rating for the 8th year in a row. Marblehead is just one of 46 out of 351 communities across Massachusetts that obtained AAA status.

Marblehead’s Fraternal Order of Cranks
This James Maroney MHTV video of Abbot Hall clock winding is fascinating in itself, has a great intro to Abbot Hall and also has wonderful views from the bell tower over Marblehead and the Islands and to Boston and elsewhere at the 5 minute mark. Even the earth’s curvature can be seen!

A look at “history-rich” Marblehead
“It was described in 1660 as New England’s greatest fishing town due to massive cod stocks off its coast. A hundred years later, the town arguably begat the Navy, building and manning the schooners that George Washington used to hobble British transport ships in 1775.
Today, Marblehead has yet another maritime claim to fame, as one of the world’s yachting capitals.”

An aerial video of Marblehead
Click here for an aerial video of Marblehead, courtesy of the Mariner , the proposed new assisted living facility.

AAA rated Marblehead – again

S&P cited Marblehead’s “very strong economy, strong management with good financial policies and practices, strong budgetary performance, very strong liquidity and budgetary flexibility, strong debt and contingent liability position, and strong institutional framework” as positive credit factors, according to the Town’s press release.

Marblehead beach makes Boston Globe list

“Not far from Marblehead’s historic district is family-friendly Devereux Beach, which offers sandy slides and swings for the littlest of beachgoers. When hunger strikes, grab a lobster club sandwich and a frappe at Lime Rickey’s, not far from the surf. Parking costs $5 to $10 per car.”

Marblehead: Birthplace of the American Navy

Read the definitive history

AAA Marblehead: Finances stay in the Black

– Marblehead is one of just 22 Massachusetts communities rated AAA by Standard & Poors
– As has been the case for the past 10 years there is “no need to consider any permanent (tax) overrides to fund the town’s operating budget.”
– Marblehead enjoys “No deficits; strong budget oversight; and appropriate revenue estimates, all of which allow us to avoid fiscal emergencies.”

Marblehead has beautiful water in the harbor and ocean; and beautiful drinking water in its taps
Over the last 20 years the lead in MWRA’s water, as measured by parts per billion, has dropped from 60 to just 8.
And in Marblehead that number is even lower, just 4 ppb.
Marblehead: water, water everywhere and lots and lots to drink (with apologies to Coleridge).


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