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Cape Cod’s Most Beautiful Homes For Sale in 2015!

Great post by Jazmine at Curbed,com.


Feast Your Eyes on Cape Cod’s Most Beautiful Homes For Sale In 2015


It’s the end of December and thus, time to make up a bunch of awards for the best, worst and most absurd things that happened in Cape & Islands’ real estate, architecture and neighborhoods. Here now, your 2015 Curbed Awards.

The first round of Curbed Awards goes to listings that had us swooning all year. From the oldest house for sale on Cape Cod to sleek new construction, these gorgeous Gambrels, cool Contemporaries, classic Capes, and awe-inspiring adaptive reuse are 15 of the most beautiful homes for sale in 2015.



From 1945-66, this Provincetown property was home to the abstract expressionist painter Hans Hofmann’s art school and studio. These days, the 1,737-square-foot space is a rather incredible two bedroom, one bath condo. Built in 1820, the unit features original flooring and aship-timber constructed gallery around the hearth. The West End stunner hit the market in November for $1,750,000 and is now in contract.



One town over, this picture-perfect 1930s beach bungalow in Truro overlooks Cape Cod Bay and sits on an “historically accruing beach.” The three bedroom, two bath is asking $1,300,000, knotty pine and farmer’s porch included.



Also in Truro, this upside-down Contemporary was designed by architect Maryann Thompson and built in 2007. The Corn Hill 3BR, 3BA in 1,953 square feet an “expansive deck with lovely tree top views with peeks of the bay” and listed in March for $1.4 million.



Back to Provincetown, this historic East End boathouse is, like so many good things, small and expensive. The 418 square-foot listing on Provincetown Harbor features one bedroom, parking for two, lush gardens, and a gorgeous beach for $1,595,000.



This rather lovely 285-year-old was originally the Jonathan Higgins House, but is more recently known as the Margaret Stanger House for the “former owner and author of the well-known book, That Quail Robert.” Set on .54 acres, the restored 4BR, 3BA antique is “a perfect blend of old and new” with four fireplaces, a garden room, “renovated kitchen with black honed granite counter tops, gleaming wood floors throughout the house, a blend of original & refurbished from old barn wood, exposed beams believed to be taken from an old ship wreck.” Alas, good looks weren’t enough to keep the PriceChopper away and after listing in September for $825K, the Orleans abode is now hoping for $779K.



Back to the Outer Cape, this sleek Wellfleet new-build hit the market in September looking for $649K. The three bedroom with a second floor “Cube room” and polished terrazzo countertops in the kitchen with beach sand and stones from Newcomb Hollow Beach is now asking $589K.



Set high on a Provincetown dune, this three-bedroom by the award-winning architects of Hariri & Hariri, sisters Gisue Hariri and Mojgan Hariri, “was designed to reflect the architecture of the Gropius anchor home.” The three-bedroom, three-bath with views galore hit the market in November for $3,399,000.



Located on Centerville’s historic Main Street, this 4,400 square-foot shingle-style was built in 1995 around a Victorian windmill and has walkability to the library, numerous shops, and “three pristine, sandy ocean beaches on Nantucket Sound.” The rather lovely six-bedroom overlooks a “bucolic pond and 100+ year old gardens” designed by the father of American landscape architecture, Frederick Law Olmsted, and also has its own swimming pool. Asking price is $1,595,000.



Built in 2007, this 4,347 square-foot Gambrel overlooks Barnstable Harbor and includes 5BR, 5.5BA, a beautiful kitchen, built-ins all over, multiple porches, two fireplaces, and a tricked-out laundry room. The .58 acre spread offers deeded access to the harbor and walkability to Barnstable Village for $2,500,000.



Also in Barnstable Village, this barn “was originally part of a 300 acre dairy farm built by Captain Daniel Bacon in 1832″ and was moved to its current location in the 1970s where it was converted into a 4,312 square-foot single family home. Set on historic Route 6A, the four bedroom post & beam offers views of Cape Cod Bay from a very cool third floor cupola and is asking $850K.



Designed in 1953 by interior designer-turned architect-turned academic Serge Chermayeffthis Truro 3BR, 2BA features soaring ceilings, a new(ish) kitchen, and two screened-in porches. Set on 3.6 “serene acres in the Cape Cod National Seashore with views of the pond and the sea,” the midcentury gem is “within easy walking distance to both a gorgeous swimming pond and the Atlantic Ocean.”



Finally, to the oldest house for sale on Cape Cod. This Sandwich three-bedroom overlooking Shawme Pond dates to 1639 and features original detail galore such as multiple fireplaces and beamed ceilings. Outside, the .25 acre property includes a private dock and professional landscaping. In addition, the “classic New England village” locale means there is walkability to “shops, restaurants, Sandwich Glass Museum, Sandwich Boardwalk and Heritage Museums.” Asking price for the 376-year-old is $575,000.

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Response To The New York Times Article About Provincetown In The Off Season

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It’s a slow real estate week so I just had to repost this fb comment that Rob Anderson wrote in response to The New York Times Article. It hits every single high point about our incredible little town in the off season. A must read!





Owner/Operator of Canteen and Happy Camper – Provincetown

In response to a December 20, 2015 article in The New York Times by Katharine Q. Seelye

“When others get angry, they scream, they fight, they protest. I write. Here goes. It’s long, I know. I’m sorry. But I hope, by the end, it illustrates an important point. Thanks for indulging me:

A Question of Focus

Six years ago, a reporter from The New York Times traveled to Provincetown in the beginning of January and declared in the newspaper of record that “even in winter, Provincetown shines.” While reporter Matt Gross found himself “stunned” by the relative silence of Commercial Street — and, honestly, who hasn’t? — after poking around our little village, he found a town not in desolation, but “hibernation”: quiet but lively, with guest houses offering “bargain” deals, restaurants serving “fantastic” fare, galleries showing “legendary” art, and stores offering “jaunty” goods. In fact, by spending time at the tip of Cape Cod in the winter, Gross seemed to have gained a new appreciation of the place, to have found something special and unique and unexpected. He stumbled upon “a land of quiet bargains, where simpler pleasures emerge from the frenzy of summertime.”

Today, the paper returns to our town during the same time of year. But what Gross had seen as a “laid-back scene” six years ago, Katharine Seelye now labels a “deserted,” “hallowing out” “Potemkin village.” In Seelye’s Provincetown, stillness is emptiness, quietness is vacantness, and resiliency is desperation. Seelye took that same drive down deserted Commercial Street — but then opted out of the pesky “poking around” part. “There are the store facades and about five people,” as she quotes one resident as saying. The images accompanying the piece drive home Seelye’s view of our town as one in distress: a clichéd picture of a boarded up second home; a clichéd picture of a gray, weary looking resident; a cliché picture of two men playing pool in an empty-looking bar. (Look, I get it: I spent 10 years in the halls of newspapers and opinion magazines. Writers pick an argument and drive it home. But that only works when the argument is solid, and that takes real work and real reporting to ensure. Not clichés.)

Ostensibly, Seelye’s article is a news item about a measure our selectman passed last week that lowers taxes on year round residents and raises those on second homeowners. If you were to only read this article and not actually visit our town and talk to the folks here — which, of course, covers the vast majority of New York Times readers — you’d walk away thinking two things: that this is the talk of the town, and that this is the only thing we are doing in Provincetown to combat the negative effects of living in a seasonal economy. And, to be sure, I’m sure second homeowners are spending a lot of time talking about it.

But it is so far from what is actually happening on the ground here. As a restaurant owner and active participant in the life of our town, I’m fortunate to be able to interact with a lot of people day in and day out. I can say that over the past week, not one person has brought up the tax issue in the course of conversation. It’s just not that big of a deal. It’s not a game changer.

Here *is* what I have heard, and here’s what I have seen this winter:

Business is up in Provincetown. One business owner who has operated here in town for decades recently told me that he’s had the busiest December weekends he’s ever had. Weekends in particular are lively. In addition, a town that usually closes in the late fall, is making its first push to stay open until January. There’s life around here. That push convinced my partner and I to keep our restaurant open for an extra month this year. Not only that, we decided to go full out and put on a holiday market in December and January this year (more on that later). Guesthouses are reporting high booking rates. We have fireworks, a polar bear plunge, and great shows to look forward to in a few weeks.

This year, a new town manager, David B. Panagore, is breathing new life into our city government. I am only speaking from the outside, but he seems to have energized his (already hard working) staff. He’s emphasizing action and new ideas, decorum and respect, ingenuity over despair. There’s a sense of hope and optimism for the first time in a long time. In addition, we have an energetic board of selectmen who are actively trying to solve our town’s problems, coming up with new solutions instead of accepting the status quo as the only option.

Provincetown 365, a group of energetic, hard working citizens, just turned one year old. In 12 months, the group restored a beloved piece of art on our pier, re-focused our town’s conversation about housing, nudged along new forms of transportation to our town, re-imagined our streets, brought about new zoning bylaws, and, more importantly, gave people hope that things can change and get done around here if we just put our minds to it. It has started conversations that are bound to snowball and emerge as new plans of action.

We have an emerging economy of young entrepreneurs and leaders in the Outer Cape. Over the past few years, more and more young people have opened up businesses in town, and in Truro: Chequessett Chocolate, Salty Market, The Canteen/ Happy Camper, Pop+Dutch, B.xclusive, Mayflower Trolley, Kiss and Makeup Provincetown, KoHi Coffee Company, Salt House Inn/ Eben House, Nor’East Beer Garden (I’m missing many: sorry). One of our own, Julian Cyr, is running for state senate. At the holiday market here at the Canteen, we brought together a handful of young local artisans and entrepreneurs who live in town and are looking to grow their businesses: Cook’s Organics, Bleat Media, 2of2, Breakwater Goods. We have an amazing young theater troupe in the Peregrine Theatre Ensemble. We have amazing young fellows at the Fine Arts Work Center. If you don’t see all of this vibrant energy, you’re not looking very hard.

In general, people are thinking productively and proactively about how to fix our town’s ills. There’s talk of re-opening our high school. More and more people are thinking about housing — for our community, for our workers, for our homeless population. The governor’s office visited town just last week. Tom Donegan is focusing town on drug abuse and addiction. We’re talking about broadband. We’re talking about the soul and future of our town.

Last, I want to touch upon something that I can’t prove with examples and statistics, but I believe it to be true. This winter, there is a feeling of community and goodwill around town that I haven’t felt before. I felt it most palpably at our holiday market over the past two weekends. Every slice of Provincetown showed up and mingled: wide-eyed kids meeting Santa; seniors happy to share a glass of wine and a tale or two; school kids singing carols; hipsters hanging out on a lazy Sunday; locals enjoying the chance to share time together after a busy season; tourists from up Cape and Boston looking for gifts; fishermen and their families; teenagers just looking for something to do; shop owners happy to have something different to eat; folks who haven’t celebrated the holidays in years, cracking the tiniest of smiles. I saw this Provincetown — and I felt it. It felt warm and hopeful and optimistic. It felt diverse and resilient and strong. Everyone mingled together because they wanted to mingle together. We want to be a community. We want to know each other and support each other. Not bicker about each other online, or fret about each other’s tax breaks.

Any of this would have been a great opportunity for a newspaper to write a story about a quirky, vibrant community making things work in new exciting ways on the Outer Cape. About the many of us working day in and day out trying hard to cultivate the karass. (Google it.) About a new set of ideas and leaders. Instead, we get an article focused on a small new law. Taxes. Controversy. Neighbors against neighbors. A flyby.

Over the next few days, months, years, we as a community get to chose what to focus on, too. Let’s be mindful and spend our time and energy wisely. Let’s write our own intricate, complicated and beautiful story for ourselves, instead of letting this one define us down

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What $750,000 Gets You On The Cape!

Another Curbed Coparison from Jazmine at

It’s time once again for Curbed Comparisons, where we break down what you can get at the same price point, style or size in eight different Cape and Islands neighborhoods. This week, listings for around $750,000.

[182 Edgewater Drive East, East Falmouth via Zillow]
Here now, eight Cape Cod properties asking around$750,000 – year-round, single families, condos, a multi-family, bulldozer bait, gorgeous views, space to park a plane, on the beach, recently renovated, all decked out, recently PriceChopped, move-in ready, and ready to rent – with a little something for everyone.

Need a place to park your plane? This 4BR, 3BA Contemporary Colonial in Falmouth Airpark comes with a three-car garage and a 40′ x 42′ hangar. The .65 acre property is yours for $749,000.
“Looking for a waterfront summer home with a deep water dock and no bridges between it and the open ocean?” This 3BR Contemporary on Child’s River fits the bill for $749,000.
Unit C is a 3BR, 2.5BA oceanfront condo with views of Great Island, Lewis Bay and Nantucket Sound. The 1,408sf space features hardwood floors, a gas fireplace, 9ft ceilings, and a rather lovely kitchen for $750,000.
Set on .54 acres overlooking a marsh, this 4BR, 3.5BA first listed in March for $939K. A July chop brought the ask down to $899K before being taken off the market in October. As of late November, the 4,583sf house is back hoping for $749,000.
Land ho! “Long private driveway to impressive lot with excellent elevation.” The teardown on 1.12 acres is close to Ryder’s Cove and listed for $750,000.
This .85 acre lot includes three year-round homes with a total of eight bedrooms and five baths. Asking price is $750,000.
Here’s a stately Colonial on .55 acres with a multi-car drive-thru garage, 8-zone heating system, and three fireplaces. Asking price for the 3,510sf house is $749,900.
Finally, to PTown. This 2BR, 1BA freestanding condo has an upside down floor plan in 580 square feet. Built in 2004, the property includes parking, a private deck and enclosed patio for $749,000.
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Provincetown Trophy Sale of The Week – 23 Commercial Street $3.2M

23-25 1/2 Commercial Street is one of those special West End waterfront homes. With an oversized lot, a large swimming pool and multiple decks it is one of the most coveted waterfront properties in Provincetown.  It has 3 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, and 2,758 square feet. It was listed t $3.499M and sold for $3.2M.


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MLS COPY: Waterfront Home in Far West End..this 2758 sf, 3 bedroom, 31/2 bath single family home has been lived in and loved by the same family for 30 years. It has been the source of many wonderful memories of fun-filled times in Provincetown. This fabulous home has breathtaking views from every room…perfect for watching the sun come up and set every day. Imagine yourself relaxing and basking in the sun by the heated pool during the day or taking long walks on the beach most anytime you choose. This is truly a unique property which is sure to please anyone seeking a waterfront retreat in a very desirable location. Recent improvements include new roof, new shingles and new windows on the water side of this home. Gas heat, central A/C, private beach access, and ample parking. It doesn’t get much better than this!


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