Patriot Ledger: Hingham’s Liberty Pole the standard for family friendly

By Maureen McCarthy / For The Patriot Ledger HINGHAM – The sound of the ice cream truck traveling throughout the neighborhood, block parties and impromptu gatherings, neighbors helping neighbors, and dozens of children at play are why residents treasure their Liberty Pole neighborhood. “There are great, family-friendly block parties and Halloween in Liberty Pole is […]

By Maureen McCarthy / For The Patriot Ledger

HINGHAM – The sound of the ice cream truck traveling throughout the neighborhood, block parties and impromptu gatherings, neighbors helping neighbors, and dozens of children at play are why residents treasure their Liberty Pole neighborhood.

“There are great, family-friendly block parties and Halloween in Liberty Pole is legendary,” said Colonial Road resident, Alexis (Lexy) Gendron Lefort. “The ice cream truck makes its way through the neighborhood every evening in the summer, and we can walk to the South Elementary playground and meet up with friends.”

The Liberty Pole neighborhood was developed during the 1950s and 60s and home to nearly 500 lovingly cared for split-level ranches, capes and ranches. Nestled between Route 228/Main Street and Cushing Street, the comfortably wooded subdivision and its many picturesque streets make the sought-after area a haven for families.

“Liberty Pole has a low-key, old-fashioned neighborhood feel,” Lexy said. “Everyone keeps an eye on everyone else’s kids, helps shovel each other out in the winter, and just generally pitches in to help out.”

Fellow Colonial Road residents, Stephanie and Jonathan Fortin, said location was the driving force behind their home purchase in 2013.

“This was our target neighborhood in Hingham,” Stephanie said. “We decided to go with the fixer upper because you cannot change the location.”

Today, the Fortins and their two young sons are basking in the area’s quintessential neighborhood feel.

“Our neighbors are amazing and there are so many kids in our neighborhood,” said Stephanie. “We moved here for all of these reasons.”

According to Lexy, a realtor with William Raveis Real Estate, home values range from $500,000 to nearly $1 million depending on size and condition. Currently, four homes are under agreement ranging in list price between $479,000 to $740,000.

Beyond the borders of the highly desirable subdivision lies a wealth of historical and coastal treasures, retail amenities and commuter options.

Hingham offers a vibrant waterfront district and a downtown village area – home to numerous restaurants, boutiques and specialty shops.

If in search of retail options, Derby Street Shoppes and the Hingham Shipyard – both outdoor shopping centers in Hingham, are just minutes away.

The Fortin and Lefort families have a lot in common. They set their sights on Liberty Pole and are enjoying all it has to offer.

“I could not be happier with our choice to move to here,” said Lexy. “We have an amazing group of friends right in the neighborhood…and I can’t imagine a better place to live if you have young kids.”

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