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Houses for Sale in Revere, MA
Located in Suffolk County, Massachusetts, Revere is right on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean just north of Chelsea and East Boston, and about 5 miles north of Downtown Boston. According to the United States Census, as of July of 2018, the population of Revere was just over 53,800. Revere is the 24th largest community in Massachusetts.
There are ten distinct neighborhoods in Revere, MA: City Center, Crescent Beach, American Legion Highway/Revere Street, Franklin Park, Beachmont, Point of Pines, Proctor Avenue/Broadway, Park Avenue/Washington Avenue, Lee Burbank Highway/Railroad Avenue, and Oak Island.
The original name of Revere was North Chelsea when it was founded in 1846. To honor Paul Revere, the famous patriot of the American Revolutionary War, the town name was changed to Revere in 1871. Incorporation as the City of Revere occurred in 1914.
The original settlement of the area was referred to as Rumney Marsh. It was first settled in 1624 by Samuel Maverick, six years before the first settlement of Boston. Rumney Marsh was annexed to Boston in 1634. In 1739 Rumney Marsh, along with Winnisemmet and Pullen Point, separated from Boston and formed the Town of Chelsea. By 1846, Rumney Marsh and Pullen Point had separated from Chelsea to become North Chelsea. In 1852, Pullen Point separated from North Chelsea and became the Town of Winthrop.
Revere Beach was crucial to the development of Revere in the 19th and early 20th centuries. It was because of the popularity of recreational outings to Revere Beach that the newly built rail line from Boston to Lynn included a stop along the way here. With the rail stop increasing accessibility to the beach, its popularity grew. With this increased popularity came the development of amusement attractions, leading to more popularity, and leading to more development.
Wonderland Amusement Park was part of the tourist development adjoining Revere Beach. In operation from 1906 to 1911, it was inspired by the popularity of international world’s fairs in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The expense of building and staffing the elaborate attractions lead to Wonderland Amusement Park’s demise. Still, it can be seen as a precursor to later success stories, like the Disney parks. The site of Wonderland Amusement Park became the home of Wonderland Greyhound Park, which was in operation from 1935 until 2010. The passage of the Massachusetts Greyhound Protection Act ended commercial dog racing in the state.
The median price for houses for sale in Revere, MA is $477,370. Since 2000, the average annual rate of increase for home values is 3.78%. Most of the houses for sale in Revere, MA are of older construction. Over 37% of them were built before 1940, and only 8.5% were built after 1999. More than 60% of the homes in Revere have two or three bedrooms. Owner occupied homes account for nearly half of the housing in the city.
Houses for sale in Revere, MA are about evenly divided between single unit dwellings and houses that have two or three units. Most of the city of Revere is comprised of residential streets with houses of these types. The lots are mostly small with modest yards. There are many trees, and although most of the houses are close together, the preponderance of one, two, and three family houses gives the city more of an older style, almost suburban feel when compared to most of Boston.
The MBTA Blue Line, which offers fast and easy access to Boston, makes houses for sale in Revere, MA desirable for prospective homeowners. This will continue to drive property values higher for the near future, making investment here a good prospect.
There are three MBTA Blue Line train stations along the eastern side of Revere providing access to Downtown Boston from houses for sale in Revere, MA:
Beachmont transit station is the southernmost, located near the intersection of Winthrop Avenue and State Road. There are places to sit and wait for the train with overhead protection from rain. Many commuters remark on how this station is clean and convenient.
Revere Beach transit station is located at 220 Shirley Avenue. It is one of two Blue Line stations close to the popular destination of Revere Beach. There is elevator access from the ticket machines at street level down to the platform. Train access is covered for protection from rain. There is no parking lot right at this station.
Wonderland transit station is the northern terminus of the MBTA Blue Line. It is located between North Shore Road and Ocean Avenue. There is a parking lot and garage at this MBTA station. The flat rates for all day parking are $7 during the week and $2 on the weekends. In addition to the Blue Line train, there are eleven bus routes that can be boarded here: 110, 116, 117, 411, 424, 426, 439, 441, 442, 450, and 455. Because of the inexpensive parking, many people consider this a good way to avoid the traffic when going into Boston.
Buses, Parking, and Other Transportation
There are local bus stops along Winthrop Street, Revere Street, Ocean Avenue and Revere Beach Boulevard, as well as at the North Gate Shopping Center mall. In addition to the parking lot and garage at MBTA Wonderland Station, there are a couple of parking facilities in Revere, MA:
Republic Parking at 630 Winthrop Street is near the Beachmont MBTA Station.
Shirley Avenue Municipal Parking Lot at 139 Shirley Avenue is located near the Revere Beach MBTA Station.
Patriot Taxi, located at 737 Broadway, offers airport shuttle service and taxi service throughout the Greater Boston Area. They have been in business for 25 years and earn mostly rave reviews from their customers.
Public Schools near Houses for Sale in Revere, MA
The public high school is Revere High School. The middle schools are Susan B. Anthony School for the Arts, Garfield Middle School, and Rumney Marsh Academy. Primary schools include Beachmont Veterans Memorial Elementary, Abraham Lincoln Elementary School, Staff Sergeant James J. Hill Elementary School, Paul Revere Elementary School, Garfield Elementary School, and A.C. Whelan Elementary School. There is also an alternative school, Seacoast School.
There are over 7,500 students in the Revere School District. Niche.com rates this district above average. The student to teacher ratio is 14:1. Revere High School is home to sixteen varsity sports, which compete in the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association’s Northeastern Conference.
There is one private school in Revere: The Immaculate Conception School located at 127 Winthrop Street. Founded in 1918, it has an enrollment of 240 students in grades K-8. The student to teacher ratio is 14:1, a little higher than the national average. About 65% of the students receive financial aid. There is a strict school dress code with a specific school uniform, as well as defined standards for hair and jewelry.
Landmarks & Historic Places
Revere Beach is over three miles long and covers most of the coastal area of Revere, MA. It was such a popular place for summertime recreation that a rail station was opened there in 1875. This station was along the Boston, Revere Beach, and Lynn Railroad, which ran from East Boston to Lynn, MA. In 1896, it became the first public beach in the United States. There used to be many attractions along Revere Beach, including dance halls, bowling alleys, restaurants, roller-skating rinks, and three roller coasters. One wooden roller coaster, the Cyclone, was the tallest in existence when it was built in 1925.
Sadly, in the 1950’s, the popularity of Revere Beach began to decline, and through the next two decades, the area became run down and dilapidated. The Blizzard of 1978 demolished most of what was left of the sidewalks and buildings, as well as the sea wall. Following the revitalization by the City of Revere, the beach reopened in 1992 and became a National Historic Landmark in 2003. Revere Beach Boulevard was rebuilt with better parking, renewed landscaping, and improved sidewalks in 2007.
Today, Revere Beach is a lovely, picturesque public beach open to tourists and local people alike. While the frenetic amusements of yesteryear are gone, it is now a peaceful place to enjoy the sand, the view, and the ocean air. Along Ocean Avenue and Revere Beach Boulevard there is free four hour parking available on a first come, first served basis. Revere Beach is one of the best reasons for buying one of the houses for sale in Revere, MA.
Massachusetts State Police Revere Barracks
Massachusetts State Police Revere Barracks is located close to the midpoint of Revere Beach at 220 Revere Beach Boulevard. Built in 1899, this charming building with its sweeping ocean front views was originally built as a Metropolitan Police Station. It served this function until 1992, when it became part of the Massachusetts State Police barracks system. The exterior of the building is brick, with a red tiled roof and a four-story tower near one end. It’s one of only a few buildings on the beach surviving from the heyday of Revere Beach as the “Coney Island of the North Shore”.
Rumney Marsh Burying Ground
Rumney Marsh Burying Ground, located at 44 Butler Street, was established for the area north of Boston that is now Revere, Chelsea, and Winthrop. It was following the smallpox epidemic of 1690 that Boston officials decreed that victims from across the Charles River be buried locally instead of being brought to Boston’s Copp’s Hill Burying Ground. The oldest burial site dates to 1693, and the last one was in 1929. As most of the burials took place in the 18th century, this cemetery is a resource for colonial period gravestone funerary art. Reverend Philips Payson, a hero of the American Revolutionary War who fought at the Battle of Lexington, is buried here, as is the son of the Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Deane Winthrop.
Sea Plane Basin
Sea Plane Basin is a 227-acre conservation area that is open to the public and belongs to the City of Revere. It is at the northern end of Revere and borders the Rumney Marsh Reservation in neighboring Saugus, MA. The Sea Plane Basin trail is off Squire Road and is the only access onto the spit of land whose terminus is actually part of the Rumney Marsh Reservation.
Revere History Museum
The Revere Society maintains Revere History Museum, located at 108 Beach Street, for Cultural and Historic Preservation. It is open on Saturdays from 1-4pm. Admission is free, and school or group visits can be arranged. The museum contains an extensive collection of artifacts and memorabilia about Revere Beach, local politics, and the American Civil War. There is a gift shop offering a selection of souvenirs, such as post cards, shirts, posters, and books. The building housing the museum is the former Immaculate Conception Rectory.
Area Attractions & Things to Do near Houses for Sale in Revere, MA
The New England Sand Sculpting Festival
Since its inception in 2004, The New England Sand Sculpting Festival attracts over one million visitors to Revere Beach annually in late July. The admission is free! This event features live music, fireworks, and, of course, sand sculpting competitions. The most outstanding sand sculptors from all over the world come here to compete in this event, creating some of the most amazing, elaborate, and artistic sand sculptures.
In addition to the local food establishments along Revere Beach Boulevard, over a dozen food trucks come in for this event. Various bands provide live music throughout the festival weekend. There are amusement rides, street performers, and carnival games for all ages. Besides the international competition of renowned sand sculptors, there is also the Revere Beach Amateur Team Sand Sculpting Competition, where the amateur teams have three hours to complete their entries. The professionals graciously offer advice to the amateur teams.
Buying a house for sale in Revere, MA will put you in close proximity to this famous event.
New England Kite School
New England Kite School is located at 510 Revere Beach Boulevard, just across the street from Revere Beach. They offer kiteboarding lessons with certified instructors, as well as equipment rentals and sales.
Revere Public Library
Revere Public Library is located at 179 Beach Street. Andrew Carnegie, the famous steel tycoon and philanthropist, donated the grant to build this library in 1903. Donations raised by the Revere Women’s Club helped furnish the two main reading rooms, one for adults and the other for children. The Revere Public Library, though small, is part of the North of Boston Library Exchange, which gives it access to an extensive catalog of shared books and resources.
Showcase Cinema de Lux Revere
Showcase Cinema de Lux Revere is located in the western end of Revere at 565 Squire Road. It is one of the premier Showcase Cinemas, equipped with reserved, power-operated, reclining seats. There are theaters outfitted with state of the art projection and sound systems, such as digital XPlus Laser projection with Dolby Atmos Sound and Showcase MX4D with seats that move with the action. Chatters Bar and Grill is also on site for patrons to have meals and drinks before or after their movies. Most patrons of this premier movie complex near houses for sale in Revere, MA, give it their top ratings.
Northgate Shopping Center
Northgate Shopping Center is located at 300 Squire Road on the former site of the Revere Airport, which was in operation from 1927 through 1961. Burlington Clothing Store (formerly Burlington Coat Factory), Market Basket, and Price Rite of Revere anchor Northgate. Also located here are CVS, Firestone Complete Auto Care, and Petco. McDonald’s, Uno Pizzeria & Grill, Subway, and Taco Bell represent fast food on the premises.
Restaurants and Bars close to Houses for Sale in Revere, MA
Kelly’s Roast Beef
Kelly’s Roast Beef, located at 410 Revere Beach Boulevard, is the original Kelly’s established here in 1951. Local lore has it that the Original Roast Beef Sandwich was invented here when a scheduled wedding at the restaurant was cancelled and the owners used the roast beef from the reception to make sandwiches to sell at their hot dog stand on the beach. Kelley’s lobster rolls are famous and rank consistently in top ten best lists in the area. They are right across Revere Beach Boulevard from the beach. This is one of the signature establishments near houses for sale in Revere, MA.
Antonia’s at the Beach Restaurant and Bar
Antonia’s at the Beach Restaurant and Bar, located at 492 Revere Beach Boulevard, is an Italian Restaurant featuring daily fresh, locally sourced meats, fish, and vegetables. The front is all windows, giving a panoramic view of Revere Beach and the ocean. In addition to Italian dishes and pizza, they offer burgers, wraps, and sandwiches on their lunch menu. There is a Sunday Brunch, and the bar features eight large screen TVs so customers can watch their favorite sports.
Thmor Da Restaurant
Thmor Da Restaurant serves home-style Cambodian food in a neat, basic setting at 144 Shirley Avenue. While this place is small, unpretentious, and reasonably priced, there are more than several dozen rave revues from patrons about how wonderful and authentic the food is here. It’s an exotic treasure close to houses for sale in Revere, MA.
New Deal Fruit
New Deal Fruit, located at 920 Broadway Avenue, is a family-run Italian deli and produce market. Locals rave about the high quality of the fruits, vegetables, meats, and cheeses available here. They are Revere’s #1 Specialty Food Market, and the #3 Place to Eat. They are famous for their Top Shelf sandwich – “3 Slices of Everything Italian on Top Shelf” of their deli counter. Their sub sandwiches are lauded as among the best in the greater Boston area. The family is in their fourth generation of marketing excellent produce. They stock twenty different cheeses imported from Italy, and they age and smoke imported provolone right in the store. New Deal Fruit also carries all kinds of ingredients for fine Italian-style cooking, such as imported olive oils, spices, and pastas. This is truly one of the unique gems available near houses for sale in Revere, MA.
Bisuteki Japanese Steak House
Bisuteki Japanese Steak House is located in the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel at 407 Squire Road, next to the Northgate Shopping Center. They feature chefs grilling meats tableside, as well as sushi. You can sit with other guests for the entertaining Teppanyaki show the chefs put on with their amazing knife work. Also available are kitchen dishes, such as Teriyaki or stir fried noodles, with various meats and fish. Vegetarian options are also available, as is an extensive selection of appetizers and sushi.
DeMaino’s Restaurant, located at 14 Malden Street, is a long established, family run restaurant that has been specializing in homemade Italian cuisine for five generations. They offer brick oven pizzas, homemade soups, specialties like broiled pork chops and Beef Bracciolla, seafood, pasta, chicken, and veal. Many local patrons seem to have their own family traditions about coming here to eat.
D’Amelio’s Off the Boat Seafood
D’Amelio’s Off the Boat Seafood, located at 306 Revere Street, serves fresh, Italian style seafood in a casual atmosphere. The local patrons endorse D’Amelio’s for its reliably good food and the excellent service of the staff. There is usually live musical entertainment on the weekends. This is another of the consistently good neighborhood restaurants located near houses for sale in Revere, MA.
Billy Tse is a pan Asian restaurant located at 441 Revere Street. They offer both lunch and late night specials. They offer a dinner menu that encompasses Chinese and Thai cuisine, with a few Malaysian and Vietnamese dishes, as well. This is another local gem where patrons from the area rave about the great food and fast service. The spare ribs, in particular, garner enthusiastic reviews.
Aladdin’s Grill, located at 148 Squire Road, is a Mediterranean and Middle Eastern restaurant. They offer omelets and egg dishes for breakfast, and appetizers, pita sandwiches in two sizes, grilled lamb, soups, and salads all day and evening. Yet another of the local favorite for good food near houses for sale in Revere, MA, it garners almost universal high praise from local patrons.
B.W.’s Grill at 843 Broadway, is a local, family run go-to place for breakfast and lunch. Their specialty House Omelets include unique creations, such as Crab Cake Florentine, Steak Bomb, and Zeppelin’s in a Fog – a three egg omelet that includes sausage, mashed potato, cheddar cheese and caramelized onions. A few of their creations feature their homemade corned beef hash. Lunch includes burgers and House Favorites, such as Corned Beef Reuben. Also offered are daily specials and Ma’s Homemade Soups. Most of the reviews are a full five stars. B.W.’s Grill is centrally located near houses for sale in Revere, MA.
Sabrine Bakery & Café
Sabrine Bakery & Café, located at 91 Centennial Avenue, is a fine establishment combining French and Moroccan styles in the baked goods and beverages they offer. Among the items they offer are artisan breads, both French and Moroccan, as well as breakfast dishes, pastries, croissants, Moroccan sandwiches and soups, café coffees, and mint tea. Patrons are unanimous in offering five star reviews of the wonderful fusion of ethnic foods available here.
D’Parma Restaurant, located at 288 Broadway, is a family-run Italian restaurant serving fresh food with a reputation for friendly service. They also have locations in East Boston and Winthrop. Both locals and travelers passing through give high praise for this restaurant.
Santorini is a Greek restaurant right across the street from Revere Beach at 376 Revere Beach Boulevard. There is both indoor and outdoor seating with lovely views of the ocean and the activities on the beach. Yet another family run restaurant near houses for sale in Revere, MA, they offer a range of Greek and American dishes. The menu includes pita wraps, sandwiches, subs, and pizza, as well as a selection of specialty dinners, such as lamb, beef, or chicken shish kabob. Fresh fried seafood is a specialty.
Local Services near Houses for Sale in Revere, MA
Massachusetts General Hospital Revere Healthcare Center is located at 300 Ocean Avenue. On-site free parking is available. There is a wide range of services offered at this clinic, including Adult Primary Care/Internal Medicine, Adolescent Health Center, Developmental Pediatrics, Interpreter Services, Clinical Laboratory, Mental Health and Social Services, Physical Therapy, Pediatric Primary Care, Obstetrics, Radiology, Wellness Center, and various other community services. There is a staff of nearly forty doctors, who are part of Massachusetts General Hospital, practicing at this location.
Revere Pet Clinic, located at 10 Pleasant Street, is the local office of Boston Pet Clinics. Their veterinary services include emergency care, wellness exams, surgery, vaccinations, dental care, x-rays, orthopedic consultation, and microchipping. They have modern, state-of-the-art equipment to enhance efficient treatment and positive outcomes. They work actively with area animal shelters and adoption groups.
Marinas near Houses for Sale in Revere, MA
There are a number of marinas in Revere offering dock services to their members:
• Beachmont Yacht Club, located at 168 Pearl Avenue
• Broadsound Tuna Club, located at 567 North Shore Road
• Point of Pines Yacht Club, located at 28 Rice Avenue
Local Atmosphere Surrounding Houses for Sale in Revere, MA
Revere has residential neighborhoods where there are streets of mostly single family or multi-family houses with small yards and trees. The majority of the houses for sale in Revere, MA, are within a mile or two of the T stations and Revere Beach, both of which run most of the length of the city. There is more of a small town vibe to living here than there is in metropolitan Boston.