Blog :: 08-2020

Waterfront home for sale in Ipswich, MA

"Bow Bank" holds a delightful C1850 Colonial cottage, on nearly 3 acres, at the bank of the Rowley River sited on a gentle upland knoll, surrounded by the Great Marsh. For people that are SERIOUS about getting away from it all.....this incredibly rare opportunity to step "back in time" does not often present itself. You are completely "off the grid" solar lights, gas fridge/cooking, cistern for water and a composting "loo". Yet, you are roughly 1/2 mile from a small, local marina/launch service and less than a mile to the train station with service to Boston. No current dock, but easily accessed at higher tides. Possibility to build a dock/add a float and simple "out haul" with proper permits. Wraparound porch/with large screened room.The river flows into Plum Island Sound/Ipswich Bay to the Atlantic. Slip your kayak/canoe off the bank and paddle your cares away. Bird life is phenomenal. The views are incredible, the privacy...sublime. The serenity, priceless.

Rockport MA Adopts Community Impact Fee

Rockport Adopts Community Impact Fee
At the annual town meeting last Saturday, Rockport voted to adopt two articles that will impose a 3% Community Impact Fee on short term rentals. NSAR mobilized its Rapid Response Team, which opposed both articles. Outreach was conducted to REALTORS ® who are Rockport residents to inform them of the issue and the reasons for opposition.
A Community Impact Fee is a tax applied to short term rentals (less than 31 days). 3% is the maximum percentage that can be implemented. Within Rockport the tax will apply to rentals that are either:

  • “Professionally managed” (defined as 2 or more units in non-primary residences)
  • Located within a two-family or three family primary residence

When a Community Impact Fee is adopted, at least thirty-five percent of the collected money must be dedicated to either affordable housing or local infrastructure projects. Rockport joined Gloucester and Swampscott as North Shore communities that have adopted the tax.


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