Barnstable Village

An intoxicating blend of history, art and nature in this scenic town.

Welcome to Barnstable Village 

One of the seven villages that make up the town of Barnstable, Barnstable Village is known for its nautical history and New England charm. With their central location on the Cape, Barnstable Village residents enjoy the delights of their tight-knit community while remaining an easy distance from all the other enchanting communities of the area. 

Barnstable Village is the historic and art destination of the Cape. Its abundance of galleries, exhibits, and community theater keeps the area culturally vibrant, while its impressive historic sites — including the Historical Society and Tales of Cape Cod and Coast Guard Heritage Museum — pay homage to the village’s colorful past.

Despite the area’s high quality of life, real estate in Barnstable Village remains reasonable.  Classic Cape Cod single-family homes are the most common housing style. Shaded by large trees, these cozy homes can be found lining the charming winding roads. 

What to Love 

  • Historic community with a genteel atmosphere
  • Stunning waterfront views of the harbor and delicious eats at Mattakeese Wharf
  • Boutiques, restaurants, and quaint taverns of Old Kings Highway 

People and Lifestyle 

Designated as a state cultural district, life in Barnstable Village is quiet and relaxed. Community is important in this neighborhood, as the Barnstable Village association strives to preserve the historical character of the area and sponsor a variety of programs and events for the locals.  This neighborhood is ideal for families raising young kids, or for couples of any age who value a peaceful lifestyle.  

Dining, Shopping and Entertainment 

Barnstable Village provides charming shopping and quality dining options. The 1856 Country Store has been serving the town community for generations and is a delightful place to buy old-fashioned toys, jams, candy and nearly everything else. Locals also head to the nearby Mashpee Commons for home accessories at Fabvilla, precious handcrafted jewelry at Elfstone Silver and Gold and staples like LL Bean and Lululemon.

Fresh oysters on the half shell and lobster risotto are best enjoyed with sea air, and the delectable seafood menu Mattakeese Wharf pairs perfectly with stunning sunsets over the water. For a more casual experience or to grab something for a day on the beach, the Barnstable Market has a superb selection of sandwiches, pizza, wine and more. No small town or village is complete without its coffee, and the Nirvana Coffee Company brews a delicious cup in addition to its selection of teas and to-go salads.

Things to Do

The stretch on 6A between Railroad Ave to Hyannis-Barnstable Road is the unofficial main street of the village where locals gather for popular events. In December, residents enjoy holiday cocktails, Santa delivering gifts on a firetruck, and the window display contests during the annual Winter Stroll. In July, the street is transformed into a patriotic celebration with mini-marathons, parades and house-decorating contests honoring the Fourth of July.

During the rest of the year, locals can enjoy the sweeping natural beauty of the Barnstable Great Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary. Another particularly enticing option is a scenic cruise around Barnstable Harbor, which affords great views of the Great Marsh, Sandy Neck Beach, and other natural sights. Barnstable Village also has some quirkiness within its borders as well — paranormal investigator Derek Bartlett leads ghost-walking tours from April through November. 

Schools 

Barnstable Village schools are ranked #3 best in county by niche.com. Top educational opportunities include:

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