Fairhaven borders Mattapoisett to the east and New Bedford to the west with a shared harbor that houses the largest North Atlantic fishing fleet in the U.S. Supplying much of the world with scrod, scallops, and other seafood, it is home to one of the last remaining fish auctions in the country. Located on Buzzards Bay and bordered to the east by the Acushnet River, Fairhaven has several commercial wharfs along its waterfront, a yacht club and several marinas’ for recreational craft.
There are also several small beaches and parks in Fairhaven, the largest at Ft Phoenix State Park. A bike path runs along the shore on an abandon rail line connecting shoreline communities along Buzzards Bay. Fairhaven is also home to Acushnet Company, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of golf equipment and balls. Most of the town’s population lives either in the west side of town, along Sconticut Neck or in the village of East Fairhaven, the northeast quarter of the town’s land is much more sparsely populated. The center area of town has charming historic New England designed homes and shops along small one way streets. Median home prices are very reasonable at $205,000 with a tax rate of just over $12.00/thousand. Schools are rated very well in the region with small class sizes as well. There are beautiful waterfront properties throughout the town.