Featuring the Waterfront Community of Onset

Jul 8, 2020

Life’s a beach, catch the waves ...

Whether you’re a visitor or a resident, the pristine beaches and clear bay waters of Cape Cod offer 130+ beaches to explore, visit and enjoy. Pack your beachwear and let’s head to Onset. Take a long walk on the white sand, enjoy a cold one at one of the local spots, enjoy the breeze and fresh air! Onset offers excellent swimming, kayaking, boating, and fishing opportunities. A quaint downtown shopping area provides restaurants, ice cream shops, an assortment of stores, bandstand, hotel, B&B and more. 

This thriving coastal community is no stranger to the Upper Cape Team. Agent James Abdu recently sold a beautiful Victorian house in the heart of Onset Village and has another home under agreement on Barrett Way. Currently, Nancy Angus listed a charming house with water views. Tucked away in a quiet section of the Village, this beauty is just steps away from Broad Cove, and an easy stroll to the marina. Contact our office if you’re interested in enjoying this summertime location all year long!

Onset Historic Waterfront Village

Onset is a historic waterfront village in the Town of Wareham, Massachusetts. Developed first as a summer fishing ground for Native Americans, Onset later became a popular meeting place for Spiritualists who gathered in the hopes of hearing mediums communicate with the dead. While the Spiritualist movement is long past its heyday, their legacy lives on in this small village with The First Spiritualist Church of Onset and The Wigwam still standing and holding regular services. Being by the ocean is an excellent way to help you meditate

Onset Village was once the home of a casino that regularly hosted concerts, dance parties, and wrestling matches. Families from all over arrived by trolley, dressed to the nines ready to enjoy an evening performance or just a day at the beach. With beautiful white sand beaches like Shell Point and Onset Beach, it’s no wonder that Onset became a popular summertime destination for famous entertainers like Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Goodman, W.C. Fields, and more. When the casino burned down in 1964 and more people began driving automobiles, many began bypassing Onset in favor of crossing the bridges and heading down to Cape Cod. This was the beginning of “bridge traffic” to Cape Cod, silly folks bypassing the creme-de-la-creme of beaches! 

While Onset’s glory days have since faded, the historic village remains a beach goers paradise. As a peninsula, Onset is surrounded by water which means that wherever you are at any given moment, the water is not far out of sight and beaches are always just a short walk away. Onset Marina (voted 2nd best in the country), Town Pier and Beaches are a hot spot for visitors looking to avoid the crazy summer traffic that comes with crossing the current Sagamore and Bourne Bridges to Cape Cod. While tourists flock to the Village center, there remain many well hidden beaches perfect for locals looking to escape the crowds.

Digi-Kn?w: The red flag means swimming is prohibited