Fairhaven offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. Across the harbor from the old whaling port of New Bedford, it is a seaside town with an assortment of grand turn-of-the-century public buildings. These landmarks, including schools, the Town Hall and the Millicent Library, were donated in a fit of generosity by the industrialist Henry H. Rogers, creating one of New England’s finest townscapes. Many of these buildings still serve their original purpose and are open for guided or self-guided walking tours.
People seeking houses for sale in Fairhaven or Southeastern Massachusetts soon discover all the joys of the Buzzards Bay coast, including beaches, salt marshes, and coastal forests, protected as conservation lands or state reservations. Museums, the Phoenix Bike Trail, and Huttleston Marketplace, a seasonal market operating weekly with local produce, prepared food, and arts and crafts, all add to the quality of life in this coastal city.