93 Commercial St. #6 is a very special one bedroom – studio waterfront condo. It is in the perfect West End location with unbeliveable water views. Step onto the sandy west end bay beach from the common sunning deck. This condo is in the sought after Waterfront West Association. It is being marketed for $999,500. Please contact me for a showing or if you would like more information.
MLS REMARKS: Impeccably designed, one bedroom/one bathroom, 316 square foot waterfront studio in perhaps the most desirable location in the West End. Everything is custom in this bright, open-plan space that offers full-size sofa seating and TV viewing area. The fully equipped kitchen has a white quartzite island that comfortably seats four people. There is a queen-size bedroom with sliding doors that add extra privacy. The custom-designed, tiled bathroom has a walk-in shower. A wall of sliders invites the light and water views inside from the Bay. The private waterfront deck, with a luxuriously appointed seating areas, expands the living space outward by approx. 400 square feet. The Bay and beach are just steps away off of the association’s common deck. There is A/C, parking for one car and extra storage. There is an in-unit washer/dryer and an additional common laundry. This home is being sold furnished with some exceptions. Outstanding rental potential. Pets for owners are allowed.
5o West Vine Street is a new construction single family home with three bedrooms, three full baths and two half baths. It is on three levels with 2,889 square feet. It was marketed for sale at $3.249M and sold for $3.187M.
MLS REMARKS: A rarity for sure, a newly constructed single-family home in Provincetown’s West End, is ready for the most discerning buyers. Both inside and out, this home is all about thoughtful design, quality execution, and comfortable living. The entry-level, anchored by the living room at one end and kitchen at the other, is inviting and spacious. High ceilings throughout, white oak flooring, handcrafted wainscoting, three panel solid wood doors, plaster walls and classic crown molding set the stage, exemplifying the fine details and workmanship of this home. Large windows, French doors leading to an expansive deck, and a gas fireplace with marble surround. The kitchen, has been designed with both the chef and guests in mind. It features: 8′ center island; 42” custom cabinetry and stove hood in Chantilly White; dramatic quartz countertops with matching backsplash; a wet bar with wine cooler; and Thermidor appliances which include a paneled refrigerator and dishwasher, microwave drawer and dual fuel range with pot filler above.
A bonus space, just off the kitchen, is ready for your imagination, with an attached full bath and French doors leading to the patio there are many options. The dining room, at the center, and tucked away half-bath complete the 1st floor. There is good separation between the primary bedroom and two generous guest bedrooms on the home’s 2nd floor. The primary, with great natural lighting, offers great storage space with two closets, one of which is a walk-in. The en-suite bathroom with heated floors, oversize shower with rain head, double vanity, and soaking tub is luxurious. The attached, one car garage can also be accessed from this level. The landscaping, professionally designed and irrigated, enhance the outdoor spaces that include a large patio, outdoor shower, lawn, and deck off the living room.
The properties I feature in Listing of The Week, and Sale of The Week, are examples of sales and listings that occur market wide, and are sometimes featured to illustrate a broader market charactersitic or trends within the local market. Some are my listings or those of Beachfront Realty. Others are from other Real Estate firms and those are identified as such in the listing information copy.
Living roughly 54 miles north on the Outer Cape, longtime residents of Provincetown can’t help but wonder whether there’s a different style of “Nantucket-ization” taking place.
It wasn’t exactly a public relations win for the town’s housing market this spring when the National Park Service ordered 94-year-old artist and former restaurateur Salvatore Del Deo to vacate a dune shack he helped maintain for nearly 80 years.
Property records indicate three home sales, ranging from $2.75 million to $3.5 million, that have taken place in Provincetown’s West End since 2017 were deeded to various LLCs traced back to the same Los Angeles-based buyer.
Several of the town’s guest houses and inns have been converted into single-family homes in recent years. This comes amid a surge in single-family home prices since the pandemic: Even though the number of single-family home sales this year to date (eight) is down 43 percent from the 14 seen this time last year, the average sale price was up 7 percent to $2.2 million, according to the July market report from Jon Goode, a Provincetown-based broker at Beachfront Realty. Condo prices slipped 3 percent to a median of $799,000, according to the report, and the number of sales (52) was on par with July 2022.
Developers frequently snatch up some of the town’s existing housing stock to convert into high-end condo developments. A 2018 study by the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth suggested that the ongoing condo conversion trend reduced year-round rental housing options, as unit owners looked to offer seasonal short-term rentals instead.
The UMass study estimated 305 units of housing in Provincetown would be eliminated between 2018 and 2025 due to the conversion trend — a hefty number for a municipality with a year-round population of only 3,318 already rattled by housing instability.
“This has been the worst season for finding housing since I started doing this,” said Dan McKeon, a Provincetown-based event photographer who also runs a Facebook group focused on finding hard-to-get housing for residents who work in town. “We need more places now. We need more available rentals, because I don’t know what’s going to happen in the fall.”
So, is “Helltown” turning into a place only for those with the luxury to pay well over asking?
There’s a sentiment in Provincetown that the social identity of the place changes, even if it does continue to be a magnet for the free-spirited and creatives that serve as the backbone of the town economy. The Pilgrims landed here before Plymouth. It became a place for artists, writers, Portuguese fisherman, and eventually the LGBTQ+ community. The town no doubt maintains its leader position as one of the top places in the world for inclusivity, but there is clearly a surge in wealth.
“It doesn’t feel like a paradigm shift. It feels more like a gradual evolution from probably the late 1990s,” said Nathan Butera, a sales agent with Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty. “The attraction of Provincetown as a safe place for the LGBTQ population wasn’t always that well known. It was sort of regionally known, but its profile has grown. Now we’re drawing from a much wider base of demand in the LGBTQ community.”
‘This has been the worst season for finding housing since I started doing this.’
DAN MCKEON, Provincetown-based event photographer
Some question whether the town’s high home prices — and swelling stock of homes that sit empty for most of the year until it’s time to rent on Airbnb — are causing another one of these identity face lifts. Is it too far gone to accomplish any kind of change?
“A lot of young people feel like the die is already cast and that there’s nothing that they can do to sort of turn it back,” Murphy said.
But town officials aren’t necessarily sitting back, waiting for the wave of wealthy homeowners to kick everyone out.
“We’re confronting the headwinds,” said Alex Morse, Provincetown’s town manager. “We don’t want to become a bedroom community and just have all the homeowners where there’s no economic activity. I don’t think anyone wants that. I don’t think residents who live here want that, and I don’t think second homeowners want that. There’s something unique about this place that I think everyone, regardless of their economic situation, loves about Provincetown.”
Morse points to a project about to break ground that will add 65 year-round apartments, bringing Provincetown’s low-income housing inventory to more than 11 percent of the overall housing stock. Massachusetts has a mandate in which municipalities must have at least 10 percent of their housing stock be affordable.
“It’s not a mission accomplished. I think it’s just a recognition that, yes, we have a housing crisis here, but Provincetown has also been a leader on providing affordable and community housing to its residents,” Morse said of the various initiatives underway to increase the housing supply.
There is also a planned redevelopment of the town’s existing police station and a former VFW site into about 40 market-rate residences once a new police station opens. A 112-bed dormitory for seasonal workers that also includes 16 year-round apartments is also slated for the town.
“We all share that value in making sure Provincetown stays Provincetown,” Morse said.
Of course, that’s only about 120 new units of potential full-time housing in the pipeline. There are thousands of people across various Facebook groups of Provincetown residents seeking housing — across a variety of income levels.
Nobody interviewed for this story blamed second-home owners or those who list their properties on vacation rental platforms for short-term rentals as the sole reason for the town’s housing woes. Even year-round rentals have exorbitantly high monthly rents driven in part by landlords needing to pay off pricey mortgages.
Butera emphasized there are “robust” real estate transactions still taking place in Provincetown across a variety of price points. Goode’s report notes 74 percent of the 135 condo sales that took place last year were under $1 million.
“There will always be talk of the Nantucketization of P-town,” Goode said. “Call me a skeptic.”