Head for the Hills

Could it be that a tiny village only 30 miles from Boston has the best water views on the South Shore?
Marshfield Hills is the hill village that sits above the winding course of the North River. If you enter the Hills from Main Street and wind your way down to where the streets are named for the people who settled there, the views of salt marsh, tidal creeks, river, pond and ocean form a panorama of nature and community that is both rare and beautiful.

Funded by the Pilgrims in 1640, the settlement of Marshfield Hills began as East Marshfield and was renamed in 1890 to reduce confusion with similar town names along the railroad lines. In 2009, Marshfield Hills Village was designated a U.S. Historic District, the year after actor Steve Carrell purchased the General Store to ensure the character of the community. It would be unlikely to find the actor behind the counter, but you can be sure his sister-in-law is minding the store: the coffee is hot, the wine makes a respectable gift, the greeting cards are funny and the penny candy sits on shelves so low only the very small can reach it. There’s a post office, too, with clerks who may greet you by name.

"The penny candy sits on shelves so low only the very small can reach it."

The Village has its own library, art association, and Audubon Society. More lively entertainment can best be found on the river bank at Erich’s Clam Shack, which abuts the Village. Drive down, or sail in. Cold beer and fried clams are best sellers but anything you order is sure to be good. Seasonal only, the Clam Shack is part of Roht Marine which charters, stores and moors boats, and sells marine supplies. Erich Roht can also build you a dock, if needed.

The homes with the docks and the views garner upwards of a million dollars. But a varied housing stock allows for a broad range of value. A Village Victorian or Antique Colonial is generally between $500,000 and $800,000; as are the homes in the newer developments. A small ranch style might be found at $400,000 if it needs a little elbow grease. No matter the choice, longtime residents mesh seamlessly with the families and professionals newer to the area.
Conveniently connected to every aspect of an active lifestyle, this quaint, traditional New England place with its amazing views and peaceful settings has charmingly remained a village in an increasingly global world.

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