Falmouth : Massachusetts


What It Is Like to Retire in Falmouth

Set at the bottom left base of Cape Cod, this fairly large town is a popular retirement community surrounded on 2 sides by water. Falmouth, Massachusetts (population 32,000) actually consists of a number of villages and unincorporated towns including Woods Hole, Teaticket, and East, West, and North Falmouth. Woods Hole is where one takes the Ferry to Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, and it is also the home of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

The Falmouth downtown provides extensive shopping. Museums, art galleries, and museums. Spacious greens and attractive older homes make the setting picturesque. Falmouth is near the beginning of Cape Code - it is relatively easy to get to the mainland via a 4 lane highway.v Active adults come to the Cape for its beauty and relatively mild (for New England) climate. There is not really a slow time here, just a less crowded season. Children and grandchildren love to visit this famous vacation spot.

 Here are some helpful facts about retirement in Massachusetts, as well as on towns on the Cape like Chatham


Where to Retire in Falmouth and Home Prices

There are some condominiums in this retirement community. Living in town offers many quiet neighborhoods; many have  water views over the ocean, bays, and inlets.
Prices are high, reflecting Cape Cod’s desirability. According to Zillow, the median home value in mid-2021 was $625,619. Larger homes along the water are listed in the high millions.


What Is Special about Falmouth

Lively downtown with excellent shopping and restaurants; Woods Hole Historical Museum; 2 sides of the ocean; Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution; beautiful homes in charming neighborhoods; Spohr Gardens; and proximity to Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard


What Is Not Special about Falmouth

It is expensive, and crowded in season. A lot of the traffic is associated with people headed for the ferries in Woods Hole

Who Will Like Retirement in Falmouth

Falmouth attracts a community of retirees who want to live in a charming and historic old town where just about everything is beautiful and there is much to do. On the other end of the Cape is funky Provincetown, a completely different experience.


Local Economy Is Driven by

The economy is driven by tourism, retail, and scientific institutions

Climate and Physical Environment

Falmouth is on the bottom left (southwest) portion of the Cape, near its beginning. It is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and bays on 2 sides, and gently rolling land on the other.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Art and antiquing are big here. The Falmouth Museums on the Green have excellent collections and frequent programs. The Woods Hole Film Festival and the Cape Cod Theatre Project provide additional cultural activities.


The crime rate is low.

Medical Facilities

Falmouth Hospital is in town


Barnstable Airport is 25 miles away in Hyannis; Falmouth is a very walkable community.


Valuable Links

Falmouth Chamber and Visitors Center


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