Sandwich Real Estate
LIVING IN SANDWICH
Sandwich is a medium-sized coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 20,169 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Sandwich is the 92nd largest community in Massachusetts.
Housing costs in Sandwich are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don’t compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in Massachusetts.
One of the nice things about Sandwich is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.
With 20,169 people, 7,818 houses or apartments, and a median cost of homes of $456,796, real estate costs in Sandwich are among some of the highest in the nation, although house prices here don’t compare to real estate prices in the most expensive Massachusetts communities.
Single-family detached homes are the single most common housing type in Sandwich, accounting for 92.35% of the town’s housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Sandwich include large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 3.29%), row houses and other attached homes ( 2.65%), and a few duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 1.71%).
Owner-occupied, three and four bedroom dwellings, primarily in single-family detached homes are the most prevalent type of housing you will see in Sandwich. Owner-occupied housing accounts for 89.92% of Sandwich’s homes, and 72.01% have either three or four bedrooms, which is average sized relative to America.
There is a lot of housing in Sandwich built from 1970 to 1999 so parts of town may have that “Brady Bunch” look of homes popular in the ’70s and early ’80s, although some of these houses were built up through the early ’90s as well. There is also a lot of housing in Sandwich built between 1940-1969 ( 16.71%). A lesser amount of the housing stock also hails from between 2000 and later ( 10.20%). There’s also some housing in Sandwich built before 1939 ( 7.37%).
Vacant housing appears to be an issue in Sandwich. Fully 21.52% of the housing stock is classified as vacant. Left unchecked, vacant Sandwich homes and apartments can be a drag on the real estate market, holding Sandwich real estate prices below levels they could achieve if vacant housing was absorbed into the market and became occupied. Housing vacancy rates are a useful measure to consider, along with other things, if you are a home buyer or a real estate investor.