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Black Bear Update!


At 6:15 am Wednesday, June 6, 2012, Provincetown police received two reports from local citizens regarding a black bear sighting along Route 6 and in the National Seashore. Officers discovered bear tracks in the areas where the bear was sighted. Police notified the National Park Rangers and the State Fish and Wildlife Large Animal Rescue Team. Fish and Wildlife Team members responded to Provincetown to evaluate the condition of the bear. The public is reminded to use common sense and stay safe.   Massachusetts Black Bears are a regulated species. Do not seek to locate or harass the bear for any purpose.   According to the American Bear Association bear attacks on humans are extremely rare. Bears are typically shy and easily frightened. To prevent nuisance encounters with bears store garbage indoors or in secure containers. Do not feed or leave food outside for any wild animals including bears. Take birdfeeders indoors.   Should the public encounter the bear:   Stay calm. DO NOT RUN (running may elicit a chase response by the bear)   Pick up children so they don’t run or scream.   RESTRAIN YOUR DOG.   Avoid eye contact and talk in a soothing voice.   If the bear stands up, he is NOT going to attack but is curious and wants a better sniff or view   Back away slowly. If the bear chomps their jaw, lunges or slaps the ground or brush with paw he feels threatened.   Slowly retreat from the area or make a wide detour around the bear. DO NOT block or crowd the bear’s escape route.   These guidelines provided by the American Bear Association.     The public is encouraged to contact the Provincetown Police Department at 508-487-1212 with accurate and detailed sighting details.   More information can be found from the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife.
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Highest Condo Sale In South End!

32 Rutland St #3L, the penthouse, is not only the most expensive condominium sold in the South End this year, but it is one of the most incredible penthouses ever built in our wonderful neighborhood.  This condo was one of six units built in the recent renovation of the old “Project Place” at 32 Rutland St, which was a homeless and low income assistance program (which is a great cause and still exists).

The project was marketed beautifully by Mary Kelleher and her team at Sothebys International Realty and sold by Briggs Johnson in the South End office of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. Two of the best!


This particular penthouse duplex is 1 of 6 units that has about everything that you could Imagine: Direct Elevator Access, 2 Fireplaces, Enormous Master Suite, Surround Sound throughout, 3.5 bedrooms, garage parking, modern metal and wood railings, 2 decks (with 1 being 1100sf with outdoor kitchen and grill and a 6 person hot tub, with tv). The Master bath is in a class of it’s own. It boasts a whirlpool tub with a tv built in, and the master shower has the Kohler 12 jet digital shower system which is just just crazy , oh, and a TV in the shower too. It has 3,145 square feet and sold for $2.6M which comes out to $827 per square foot.


So far, 5 of 6 have been sold with the largest and priciest one left which can be seen here This unit is a large lower duplex with even more bells and whistles, so check out this listing.

Compare this property to the “Best on the Beach” Waterfront property I posted about a few weeks ago. An interesting comparison as to what close to $3M buys you in the South End vs Provincetown.



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The Best On The Beach – Provincetown

There are some gorgeous homes for sale in Provincetown and this architectural masterpiece on the beach in the East End of Provincetown is one of there best!

This magnificent home is being marketed for $2.99M. It has almost 3000 square feet of fabulous living space and another 1700 square feet of additional living space in outdoor decks. It sits on an acre of land with an accreting (growing) beach.

A masterpiece of architectural design, this award winning 4-bedroom, 4-bath home with 150′ waterfront frontage is one of Provincetown’s most distinctive homes and is extremely private. Designed by award winning architect, Michael Winstanley Architects, the house has been awarded a prestigious national Design Award. The house has also been published many times.




This home offers breathtaking views, blending seamlessly with the natural environment on 3/4 acre with an accreting beach. The 3,000 sf house also boasts 1,700 sf of additional living space in outdoor decks.





The living areas on the first floor include stunning 180 degree views of the harbor and sweeping views of Provincetown. An all glass living room and gas fireplace define Casual elegance.





Each of the four master bedroom suites presents a unique definition of customized tile showers and bath. An expansive outdoor cabana room with stone gas fireplace provides a perfect place for outdoor entertaining.






An elevated lit boardwalk provides access and privacy to the beach with views of Provincetown,  Truro Long Point and beyond.

This photograph of the boardwalk evokes the feeling you get from this incredible home. Open, almost endless space, water, sun and sky and most importantly the ease and comfort of waterfront living.



A joy to experience and a joy to show!

In a future post I will compare this to a $3M luxury property that just sold in our other favorite neighborhood – Boston’s South End.





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South Florida Market Review

Ina Paiva Cordle”s reporting in The Miami Herald provides great context for the South Florida real estate market and reaffirms what we realtors are experiencing in the market. Real estate in South Florida is affordable and there is a terrific variety of properties for sale, and high rates of absorption have lowered inventory levels creating a more balanced market. Many reports are suggesting that home values may have hit bottom in 2011, retreating to 2002 levels, but are creeping upward now.



Here are how March home values for some areas compare to 2011.

Place Value change
Broward County $129,000 +1.7%
Pompano Beach $114,200 +7.1
Fort Lauderdale $187,300 +6.4%
Hallandale $127,300 5.4%
Cooper City $246,500 +4.3%
Plantation $182,900 +4.3%
Hollywood $134,900 +3.6%
Weston $283,800 +3.4%
Miramar $150,600 -1.3%
Pembroke Pines $157,900 -1.6%
Davie $181,300 -4.5%
Miami-Dade County $151,800 +1.5%
Bal Harbour $601,100 +19.8%
Sunny Isles Beach $260,900 +13.5%
Coral Gables $483,700 +10.5%
Miami Beach $240,400 +7.8%
Doral $220,500 +7.1%
Homestead $82,900 +3.2%
Miami $186,100 +2.6%
Hialeah $114,500 -1.2%
Miami Gardens $97,400 -5.0%
Opa-locka $63,500 -10.6%

Source: Zillow’s Home Value Index

Home values in South Florida rose 1.1 percent year-over-year in March, to $141,300, after reaching bottom in late 2011, according to Zillow’s Home Value Index. Only Phoenix had a higher year-over-year increase, 2.8 percent.

In another report, released by S&P/Case-Shiller, Miami ranked among just five cities in the nation to show an increase in annualized housing prices in February, up 0.6 percent from January, and up 0.8 percent year-over-year.

South Florida’s gains, Zillow’s Humphries said, reflect an uptick from the steep declines experienced since the economic downturn, which set values in South Florida back to July 2002.

The affordability of South Florida real estate has become a beacon to investors, international cash buyers, second home-purchasers and retirees, who have led the surge upward. Zillow’s index predicts that values in South Florida will rise another 5.6 percent during the next year.

Steve Roberge |
Cell:   954.495.7037 | Efax:  954.208.0510

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My Top 5 Under $300K In Provincetown

Under $300,000 for a great Provincetown condominium… who’d think it was possible? Well, there are 50 currently being marketed below $300,000 in Provincetown and some are even on the water side of Commercial Street. 38% of the 132 condominiums for sale in Provincetown are under $300,000. They are downtown, in the West End, East End, Far East End toward Beach Point, out toward the seashore… what a variety!

I have combed through those 50 and picked out five of my favorites.  They represent a range of properties that I think will be of interest.

488 Commercial Street is in the East End near The Schoolhouse Gallery, and is being marketed for $299K. This is a charming 2 bedroom condo in the waterfront Bayshore complex in the East End.


19 Center Street is a great one bedroom in a 5 unit complex with a fun outdoor community patio on the market for $299K. A well planned kitchen with a dining island, good size living room and a wood gas stove complete this comfortable offering.  There is parking for one car.


23 Conant Street is a charming stand alone cottage with a sleeping loft being marketed for $265K. Bead-board walls, hardwood floors, custom built-ins, and recessed lighting all with a Near West End location.


290-D Bradford Street is an adorable freestanding cottage in a 4 unit complex in the East End with an asking price of $259K. It has a separate bedroom and a full bath and the sweetest screened in porch and a rear patio. There is parking.


Number 5 is sort of a  tease… but a favorite because it is a full 2 bedroom condominium of close to 600 square feet on Commercial Street for $249K. There are no details or pictures as it won’t be available until mid June… I will put up details as soon as they are available.

These properties have great rental history’s and are in great locations providing an affordable entry into the Provincetown market. That’s my top 5 under $300K!

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Ft Lauderdale Update – April 2012

The post below is from Steve Roberge my South Florida contributor, talking about market conditions in Ft Lauderdale. Steve is with Coldwell Banker in Ft Lauderdale. He was with my old office in Boston before moving to Florida, and has owned property in Boston and in Provincetown…in other words he knows of what he speaks.  Enjoy.  Steve is a regular contributor to the blog. [email protected],

In Greater Fort Lauderdale / Broward County, the first quarter median sales price for single-family homes climbed 16% to $180,000 over the same period in 2011, according to data from Broward Council of the Miami Association of Realtors. This data supports recent analyst reports stating the Miami-Fort Lauderdale housing market has already begun to rebound. As was reported last month, Zillow predicts the Miami-Ft Lauderdale real estate market will be the second highest for home value increase in 2012.


Following is a market snapshot for the Greater Fort Lauderdale / Broward County housing market, comparing April 2011 with April 2012:

  • The number of homes listed for sale decreased 30% (14,046 vs. 9,745).
  • The price of homes sold increased over 20% ($173,000 vs. $208,000).
  • The number of homes sold decreased 11% (2,604 vs. 2,309), which is consistent with the reduced number of homes listed for sale.
  • The number of homes pending sale (under contract) increased 16% (3,077 vs. 3,646).
  • The average amount of days a home was listed for sale is down 9.6% (94 days vs. 85 days), which means the time to sell a home is improving.

What a difference a year makes. Inventory is down 30%. The price of homes sold increased by 20%. The number of homes sold decreased slightly in line with the decrease in inventory. The pending sales number increased by 16%, and average days on market decreased by close top 10%.

Realtor sentiment “on the street” mirrors the reporting from The Miami Association of Realtors, Zillow and others… that the Miami-Ft Lauderdale market is truly rebounding.

I will keep you posted with regular analysis of the Ft Lauderdale real estate market.

Steve Roberge |

Cell:   954.495.7037 | Efax:  954.208.0510


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Broker Tour…Provincetown Style. WOW!

Our broker tour last Thursday of newly listed properties for sale in Provincetown was fabulous. We saw an incredible variety of properties priced from $279K to $2.195M. (I’m also including a favorite from the week before that is listed for $2.990M which is just stunning.)

The first property is in the far West End behind the Delft Haven Complex and includes a 3bed/2 bath main house and a charming 2 level, one bedroom carriage house, all on 3/4 acre. Listed at $2.195M. This property is gorgeous!


This mid-century modern home on Priscilla Alden road harks back to the Bohemian roots of our wonderful community. This is a 2 bed/2 bath home and is being marketed for $995K.


This stunning landmark single family home on Creek Round Hill Road is being marketed for $1.595M. This 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom west-end home has incredible water views from every one of these windows.


This great West End Commercial Street top floor condominium has 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and is being marketed for $775K. Although not on the waterside of Commercial Street it feels as close to waterfront as possible with great views of the bay from the living room and the decks.


We saw this property last week. This is one of the premier properties in town and is being marketed for $2.990M. With four master bedroom suites, multiple decks and a cabana terrace…and views for days it is exceptional. It is located on the beach in the far East End of town.


I call this real estate soft porn…These properties are gorgeous no matter what price category you are in. From $775K to $2.990M.. The natural materials, impeccable design, siting, the interiors… all create lovely visceral reactions…take a look.


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Bradford Street Ideal

Of course I am upbeat about the buying opportunities in Provincetown. At every price point, in every category, there is something of interest that makes sense for buyers. Whether you are looking for property as an investment  or for a combination vacation home and rental, as a full time residence or second home, there is much to like in this market.

My goal is always to provide you some new information, or perhaps an insight into a market, a location or a property. Here the focus is on one of the properties we have listed here at Beachfront Realty. This property perfectly illustrates what is great about the Provincetown market. This “fits the bill” on so many levels as an ideal Provincetown property offering. As an investment property, a second home or a combination of the two.

49 Bradford #8 is being marketed for $529,000. It has a great rental history as it has two equal size bedrooms, parking for two cars and is an easy walk to Commercial Street. It has everything a second home buyer or an investor/vacation home buyer would want. Close to all in the near West End, a block from Joe’s Coffee and the Boatslip and beautifully done.

As you look at these pictures you see a well designed and appointed living level with a black granite kitchen and breakfast island, stainless steel appliances, and hardwood floors throughout. There is plenty of room for a separate dining room area and a well scaled living room with doors out to the wonderful garden-patio.

On the second floor (pics above) there are two equal size bedrooms, a deck and a full bath. The bedrooms have high ceilings, tons of light and ceiling fans. There is central air, two parking spaces and a good size attic and basement storage room.

This is the most popular market segment in town, (and pretty much everywhere else!). That “perfect” 2 bedroom, 2 bath property. There are 41 properties being marketed in this category with an average asking price of $546K.  48 Bradford is priced slightly below the average in this category and is close to the average size of 1,113 square feet.

Hopefully this property snapshot gives you additional perspective and some context to the condominium market in Provincetown. It is an exciting market with opportunity for all. Go to “Ask Jon” if you have any other questions around the real estate market here on the Outer Cape and I will respond in a post.

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The Goode and Farmer Report – Boston Q1 Update

Excellent news for Boston is that condominium sales rose in the first quarter when compared with last year. All Boston neighborhoods combined saw an 8% increase in sales from 572 last year to 616 this year. Increased sales meant increased dollar volume in most neighborhoods. South Boston leads the way  in percentage increase with a 32% increase from last year to $33M in sales volume. . All Boston neighborhoods combined saw a 5% increase in sales volume from $321M to $338M.

The average sales price for a condo in Back Bay decreased 4% to $1,263K but the number of units sold increased 6% to 72.

On Beacon Hill the average sales price for a condo decreased 10% to $860K but the number of condos sold increased wildly by 30% to 30. Interestingly total days on market decreased by 37% to 114 days versus 180 days last year.

In the South End the number of units sold increased by 21% to 78 condo properties, also a very strong but not surprising increase, given the demand we are seeing in the neighborhood.

As mentioned South Boston saw a 32% increase in sales volume representing 19% increase in sale units. The average sales price increased 8% to $410K from $379K last year. If this were a competition, South Boston takes first place with these numbers… and average days on market decreased by 30% which is yet another indication of the demand for South Boston properties.

In general with sales up everywhere, and inventory still very low, the supply and demand dynamic is firmly in place. We are in the key Spring selling season and inventory is needed to maintain the strong sales pace we have seen so far.



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The Goode and Farmer Report – Provincetown 1Q2012

The Provincetown market has been relatively stable year over year especially in the context of regional and national volatility being experienced in most markets.

First quarter figures for the Provincetown market are in and are great!  As in Boston the mild winter weather has kept buyers and sellers in the market and sales activity has been very strong. Keep in mind that the first quarter numbers in most markets in the northeast don’t show huge numbers so sampling is relatively small, but when compared with the first quarter last year  condo sales have increased by 40% to 28 properties and single family sales increased 71% from 7 to 12 properties in the first quarter. Not huge numbers but a positive indicator of interest and activity in Provincetown real estate

The average selling price of those condos sold was $405K, up 29% from last years average of $314K. On average it took 262 days to sell these properties, exactly what it took last year. The lowest selling price was $141K and the highest was $829K which was a beautiful 1754 square foot 2 bedroom, 2 bath penthouse in the East End on Commercial Street. (pic to left)




The average selling price of single family homes increased 6% to $807K from $762K     in 2011. Single family  home sales almost doubled from 7 to 12 sales in the first quarter. The lowest selling price was $212,500 for a sweet little  fixer upper home at 217 Bradford Street, and the highest selling price was $1.8M for a fabulous 4 bedroom waterfront home in the far East End on Winston Ave. (pic to left) There were no multi family properties sold in the first quarter.



There are currently 129 condominiums for sale with an average asking price of $447K. There are 55 single family homes for sale with an average asking price of $1,472K and 14 multi family homes for sale with an average asking price of $1,356K. These figures represent a terrific range of buying opportunities. Inventory is at a fairly balanced level and not necessarily weighted toward a buyers market or sellers market.

As the Outer Cape and Provincetown readies itself for the spring onslaught, meant in a very positive way… we will keep you posted week to week as to real estate activity of interest in Provincetown and on the Outer Cape.