Barnstable Real Estate Information

As the largest city on Cape Cod, measured by both land area and population, Barnstable is actually composed of seven smaller villages. Winner of the 2007 All- America City Award, Barnstable also serves as the commercial hub of the cape. Barnstable Municipal Airport, the major airline hub for Cape Cod, receives commercial service from several airlines and is the headquarters of Cape Air. Barnstable?s largest village, Hyannis, serves as the central business district for the region. The other villages include the village of Barnstable, Centerville, Cotuit, Marstons Mills, Osterville, and West Barnstable.

First explored by Bartholomew Gosnold in 1602, the city was named after Barnstaple in England before it was incorporated in 1639. Over the years, Barnstable has grown from a farming settlement and fishing and salt works center to a major tourist destination.
Today, a number of residents live in Barnstable only part-time, usually in the summer, but there are also many full-time residents who enjoy living through the changing seasons on the picturesque cape. Hoards of tourists visit Barnstable and the rest of the cape in droves to during the summer months.

In northern Barnstable, Sandy Neck and its sizeable dunes brush up along the prominent and well-protected Barnstable Harbor. The famous Sandy Neck Lighthouse is situated at the tip of the harbor and is one of the most photographed lighthouses in the world. Wequaquet Lake is the center of town and is a wonderful alternative to time at the beaches. The towering pine and oak trees add to the distinctive feel of the area.
Southern Barnstable is where most of Barnstable?s people live because of the beautiful beaches are harbors that are much like those on the northern shores.

Due to Barnstable?s size, it has the highest public school enrollment relative to any other city or town in Cape Cod. Eight elementary schools, Barnstable Middle School, and Barnstable High School serve the majority of the area?s 5,000 students. A number of charter schools and a few prestigious private schools can also be found in the city.
Cape Cod Community College, associated with Boston?s Suffolk University, also calls Barnstable home. A number of attractions can be found in the city, namely the John F. Kennedy Museum and the main shopping district in Hyannis that includes a few local boutiques, a number of stores, and some restaurants.