Rocky Nook, Kingston Shores, Gray’s Beach-Living by the water in Kingston MA
To me, summer and the beach go together like peanut butter and jelly. This Wednesday is the official first day of summer and temps are expected to be in the 90′s. In other words, Wednesday should provide ideal ‘beat the heat and escape to the beach’ weather!
In Kingston, ‘our town beach’ is part of Gray’s Beach Park, open to the public and maintained by the Town of Kingston. It is located within the Rocky Nook-Kingston Shores residential neighborhood. To access the beach and park, turn right on to Gray’s Beach Road, off Howlands Lane, immediately after crossing over the bridge.
Gray’s Beach Park features an enclosed play area with swings and slides for the little ones, a fenced-in tennis court, two basketball hoops, a large open grass field with picnic tables which is bordered by a paved walking path and the parking area, as well as, the snack bar and …the beach, of course!
The Rocky Nook-Kingston Shores Neighborhood - Today
Dating back to the early 1900′s, Rocky Nook-Kingston Shores consisted simply of small summer cottages and bungalows, built on small house lots, typical in beach area communities. In subsequent years, a number of these summer places were updated, enlarged and winterized to become year-round homes. Today, this community is a varied mix of houses, that of old and new styles, large and small. As you may gather from the listings of the homes for sale in Rocky Nook and also the homes for sale in Kingston Shores, the gentrification of the neighborhood remains a work in progress.
Howlands Lane is the main ‘drag’ running down the length of the Rocky Nook-Kingston Shores neighborhood which is informally divided, with the Rocky Nook section recognized as the area beginning from the top of Howlands Lane and then extending down to Leigh Road.
In the Rocky Nook neighborhood, a waterfront street facing directly onto Kingston Bay is Rocky Nook Avenue. With the exception of two houses, all eighteen homes on the street date back from 1900 up to 1940 and all are positioned on one side of the street, the side across from the water. Also, there is a small private members only beach which is accessed from Rocky Nook Avenue. While membership in the neighborhood association is optional, this private beach is restricted to members only.
Continuing down Howlands Lane from Leigh Road to the end - arriving at a web of streets with some homes facing Kingston Bay and the Jones River – is the area referred to as the Kingston Shores neighborhood. And from there looking across the Jones River is Ah De Nah, another residential neighborhood in Kingston by the water.
By contrast to Rocky Nook Avenue, Shore Drive in Kingston Shores is populated by houses on both sides of the street. As well, many of these homes, and especially those on the water side of the street, are of newer construction and are considerably larger than the summer cottages and bungalows that they replaced. Such has become the trend in this bayside community. And the waterfront of Shore Drive, in particular, exemplifies this new co-mingling of houses…the old and new, the large and small.
Now that this brief tour of the Rocky Nook-Kingston Shores neighborhood has come to an end, you may wish to further explore and preview current listings of homes in Rocky Nook and homes in Kingston Shores. Please feel free to contact me online with any questions you may have or for assistance regarding any of the listings.
Until the next time,
Jackie Farrell, Realtor®
About Jackie - Jackie Farrell is the Broker/Owner of Buyer Brokers Realty, a South Shore MA Exclusive Buyer Agency specializing in representing residential buyers in the purchase of homes throughout Boston’s South Shore.