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After more than 25 years of living, working and playing on Cape Cod we have a lot to share about the area.  Our blog topics run the gamut from fun things to do, working with contractors, and homeownership tips and tricks, so check back frequently to see what's new.  If you have questions or would like to learn more about Cape Cod or owning property on this beautiful peninsula please contact us for more information and to set up a showing for any listing. 

September 2018 Market Update

August Review:  The big news here is that inventory continues to grow.  We currently have 6.4 months of single family home inventory in Barnstable County as well as increasing number of homes for sale (labeled as inventory in the table below).  Generally a market with around 5 and 6 months of inventory is considered healthy so we are relieved to see these numbers up again.  We also tend to see a spike in listings this time of year simply because people are done using their summer homes, but we'll have to wait and see if the trend continues.

 

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Recent Market Summary

  June July August
Closed Sales 413 330 358
Inventory 1,992 2,071 2,182
Median Sales Price $438K $440K $420K
Avg Days on Market 95 83 90
Avg % of Original Price 95% 96% 95%

 

Storm Preparation on Cape Cod

With the 2018 hurricane season in full swing, preparing for a storm should be front of everyone's mind.  And while late summer and fall hurricanes do pose serious concerns for the Cape, winter Nor'easters are often just as damaging with the additional possibility of freezing temperatures.  To make sure you and your house are prepared to weather any storm here are some specific recommendations to consider.  

Landscaping

  Trees are a major threat to structures, cars, and people in storms.  In particular Cape Cod has a lot of pitch pines that tend to snap off large limbs or drop the entire top in large wind events.  If you have them, make sure they are far away from your house so that, if they do fall, they won't land on anything important (see right.  This was the 'Freaky Friday' storm in December 2005.  Luckily no one was hurt but the driver had only returned home ten minutes before).  Obviously it is important to take a good look at any tree that is close to a structure, not just pines.  Additionally limbs that overhang the roof cause more lichen to grow, shortening its life, and leaves and needles clog up gutters adding to drainage issues in heavy rains.

Make a prep bag

  We are big fans of self reliance.  To that end preparing for the worst is a good way to make the best of a bad situation.  Have a grab bag ready in case you lose power for several days.  Here is the FEMA website with good instructions too. Crank flashlights and radios are great since they don't need batteries, also make sure you have some way to eat.  Your gas may work in a storm but your electric sparker won't so don't forget matches.  Also have enough canned food in the pantry for a few days in case cooking isn't an option.  Also if you don't want to live rugged at home without power, your bag should include what you need at a shelter, bedding, toiletries, medications and some personal items (games and books!) will make smart additions to a prep bag.  During major storms emergency services are already stretched to the max so make sure to get to a shelter before travel gets dangerous or you become an emergency yourself.  In winter this becomes a serious decision since power loss often means loss of heat as well.  If you have a working fireplace or wood stove stock up on plenty of good dry wood.  And get out all those ugly old wool sweaters and down comforters!  

Prepare your house

  If you are planning on being out of town or leaving your home for a shelter, turn off the water.  This is true even in the summer but especially in the winter.  We can't stress this enough.  With no heat in your house there is nothing keeping your pipes from freezing and turning your house into a skating rink.  Even if your pipes do burst, with the water off, there is a limited amount of damage that can be done.  Boarding up windows is a good idea for people who leave for long periods of time.  We see it less and less these days since windows are more durable, but it won't hurt.  If you aren't boarding up and high winds are expected, consider taping your windows or drape sheets against the inside to reduce broken glass damage.  Mind you, those sheets will blow away if a window breaks but they'll also help keep the glass contained.  Here is a fun anecdote.  Off the coast of Maine, where many small private islands exist with seasonal cottages, many people intentionally leave their door unlocked.  Why you may ask?  This not-so-secret secret is well known among the fishing and maritime community as a means of survival.  Homeowners leave food and blankets on the kitchen table in case a stranded fisherman (or a wrecked one) needs some help.  Our favorite part of this story, no one betrays this trust and loots - ever.  The lesson here is don't forget to help your neighbors.

We hope you found these tips helpful.  If you need recommendations for good local landscapers or tree professionals please contact us

 

Open Houses 8/26-8/26

The sun is beginning to set on the summer of 2018, but don't miss another weekend on Cape Cod!  Check out these open houses and if you are interested in any of these homes or to learn more about any other homes on the Cape, contact us today.

 

41 Caleb Street, Dennis Port | Saturday 10-12

Immaculate year round cottage impeccable in every sense of the word nestled on a sought-after lane in Dennis Port that is bordering West Harwich. It is a few minutes to Belmont Road and Seaview Beaches with views of Seaview Park. The home is beautifully appointed and the new owner will enjoy those lovely appointments as it is being sold turnkey ready. Just put the key in the door and bring groceries. This is an exceptional property in outstanding condition offering central air conditioning, renovated kitchen and bath, a den plus two bedrooms, a large bright living room, plus a window wrapped four season sun-room. The yard is beautifully landscaped with an outdoor shower and wonderful deck. This cottage will make you the envy of everyone you know.

 

9 River Road, West Dennis | Sunday 10-12

Bring your beach balls...This Cape Cod year-round getaway with proven rental history is turnkey ready for fun with plenty of room for outdoor games. It is being sold furnished along with the booked rentals. It is nestled on a cul-de-sac and features wood floors, three bedrooms, living room with cozy fireplace, nice sized eat-in kitchen, enclosed porch, wonderful deck for barbecues, and large storage shed. The location offers easy access to warm Nantucket Sound beaches, shopping, kayaking on the Swan River, and bicycling on the Cape Cod rail trail. It is well kept, has a newer furnace, a whole house fan, passing Title V septic system, and washer and dryer. This is a true gem.

 

438 Main Street, Osterville | Sunday 1-3

Set yourself apart from the ordinary. This unique & refined home is to be enjoyed in summer and year long. Just minutes to Fancy's Market, library, post office, galleries, coffee & brunch; or to Dowses Beach for sunny walk or cooling dip; or launch a kayak down East Bay to Centerville River. This home is tastefully renovated with versatile floor plan ideal for entertaining. The heart of the home features a family room/kitchen combination that spills onto the large gracious sun room, deck & patio. The living room with lovely bay window is set apart allowing for intimate chats. 2 of the bedrooms each have private baths. There is additional large sleeping areas with half bath for visitors. The home is air conditioned throughout. Plenty of parking for guests. This is what life is all about.

Open Houses 8/18-8/19

This weekend don't miss these open houses.  If you are interested in any of these homes or to learn more about any other open houses on the Cape, contact us today.

 

*New to Market* | 41 Caleb Street, Dennis Port | Sunday 1-3

Immaculate year round cottage impeccable in every sense of the word nestled on a sought-after lane in Dennis Port that is bordering West Harwich. It is a few minutes to Belmont Road and Seaview Beaches with views of Seaview Park. The home is beautifully appointed and the new owner will enjoy those lovely appointments as it is being sold turnkey ready. Just put the key in the door and bring groceries. This is an exceptional property in outstanding condition offering central air conditioning, renovated kitchen and bath, a den plus two bedrooms, a large bright living room, plus a window wrapped four season sun-room. The yard is beautifully landscaped with an outdoor shower and wonderful deck. This cottage will make you the envy of everyone you know.

 

20 Friends Lane, East Dennis | Sunday 10-12

This home works for everyone with loads of privacy, sparkling wood floors, garage, outbuildings including a green house that is ideal for getting those vegetables ready to plant, generator, central air conditioning and gas fireplace. Three bedrooms, two full baths, an inviting large heated sun room, large front to back living dining rooms and it is overlooking Dennis Water Authority property for privacy and is located on a quiet cul-de-sac north of Route 6. What more can one ask for? Whale weather vane excluded from sale.

 

438 Main Street, Osterville | Saturday 1-3

Set yourself apart from the ordinary. This unique & refined home is to be enjoyed in summer and year long. Just minutes to Fancy's Market, library, post office, galleries, coffee & brunch; or to Dowses Beach for sunny walk or cooling dip; or launch a kayak down East Bay to Centerville River. This home is tastefully renovated with versatile floor plan ideal for entertaining. The heart of the home features a family room/kitchen combination that spills onto the large gracious sun room, deck & patio. The living room with lovely bay window is set apart allowing for intimate chats. 2 of the bedrooms each have private baths. There is additional large sleeping areas with half bath for visitors. The home is air conditioned throughout. Plenty of parking for guests. This is what life is all about.

 

9 River Road, West Dennis | Saturday 10-12

Bring your beach balls...This Cape Cod year-round getaway with proven rental history is turnkey ready for fun with plenty of room for outdoor games. It is being sold furnished along with the booked rentals. It is nestled on a cul-de-sac and features wood floors, three bedrooms, living room with cozy fireplace, nice sized eat-in kitchen, enclosed porch, wonderful deck for barbecues, and large storage shed. The location offers easy access to warm Nantucket Sound beaches, shopping, kayaking on the Swan River, and bicycling on the Cape Cod rail trail. It is well kept, has a newer furnace, a whole house fan, passing Title V septic system, and washer and dryer. This is a true gem.

 

5 Great Playgrounds on Cape Cod | Cape Cod Chatelains

Cape Cod is a magical place all year round.  We get to enjoy free outdoor concerts, live theater, fishing and swimming, natural splendor and so much more.  In this blog we'll focus on some of the best playgrounds to bring children of all ages.  Obviously there are many wonderful examples but we whittled the list down to five stretching from Hyannis to Orleans.  In no particular order, here they are.

Johnny Kelly Park | 168 Old Bass River Rd, South DennisJohnny Kelley Park, MA 02660

Johnny Kelley Park is a Smörgåsbord of activities for everyone.  The playground -pictured at left - is expansive with updated equipment (but we miss the dangerous merry-go-round).  The whole park includes ball fields, tennis courts, a walking and exercise trail including the Dennis Braille Trail! Interested in living close to this park?  Check out these properties for sale in Dennis and South Dennis.

 

Orleans Elementary School | 46 Eldredge Park Way, Orleans, MA 02653

We love this park for its large size with two distinct areas, one for big kids, one for little kids.  It feels like one of the biggest little kid playgrounds around in fact.  Also a favorite, a rope spaceship climbing tower! Be prepared though, the playground is a little bit of a walk from the parking area.  Curious about properties for sale in Orleans?

 

West Dennis All Access PlaygroundWest Dennis School Playground | School St, West Dennis, MA 02670

This park is directly behind the historic West Dennis Graded School house on, you guessed it, School Street.  In addition to being a great park, its main feature is its all access status.  Rubber ground covers make mobility easier than more traditional wood chips or sand.  We also love this park because of its ample parking and proximity to several restaurants and West Dennis Beach. Check out these great properties in West Dennis.

 

Fred Thacher Church Street Playground | Old Church St, Yarmouth Port, MA 02675

This is a delightful playground with the added benefit of being on 6A for easy access and close to Grays Beach in Yarmouth Port if you want to take a quick dip before or after.  Looking for something in Yarmouth Port?

 

Veterans Park Beach | 480 Ocean St, Hyannis, MA 02601

This has a nice playground as well as volleyball nets and it sits right on the beach.  In the heat of the summer it can be busy but in the off season we love going here with the kids to enjoy the view overlooking Lewis Bay and the boats off of Hyannis Yacht Club.  Curious about Hyannis properties?

 

If you are interested in learning more the process of buying or selling on Cape Cod, contact the Cape Cod Chatelains today.

Where's Brock Charity Photo Contest 2018

Get your cameras ready! Announcing the 'Where's Brock?' Charity Photo Contest. Submit your photos of seagulls that resemble Brock, the Cape Cod Chatelains sea gull. After two weeks, the person who submits the photo with the most likes on facebook will get to choose a local Cape Cod charity for a $100 donation, compliments of the Cape Cod Chatelains.  Check out our facebook page and the link to the event where you can post your pics!  Creativity is encouraged!

Open Houses 8/4-8/5

This weekend don't miss these homes that .  If you are interested in any of these homes or to learn more about any other open houses on the Cape, contact us today.

 

Sunday 1-3 | 1685 Hyannis Road, Barnstable Village

*NEW PRICE* Been a while since you've been swept off your feet? The wait is over when you see this magical estate on 1.67 acres including a renovated main house with a guest home to boot. Gardeners can delight at the darling greenhouse and extant gardens, while industrious agrarian hearts have plenty of room for expansion. And when rain or cold drive you inside from your verdant paradise relish the opportunity to enjoy the indoors. Be greeted by the modern kitchen, the perfect compliment to its vaulted ceiling and wide floor boards of the main house. With a floor plan that balances open and private like no other you will settle into this Barnstable Village paradise like reclining in your favorite chair.  Your imagination will delight when you encounter the outdoor fire pit, travertine patio, gardens, green house and fruit trees. All of these are just a minute to marina, beach, and whale watch, coffee shops, restaurants, post office, galleries, and village market. Recent renovations include new kitchen, baths, windows, furnace, hot water heaters, roof, painted interior and exterior, to name a few. The landscaping is beautiful and allows for simplicity or formality. This is a one of a kind property to be proud of and love. Note: living area includes cottage.

Saturday 10-12 | 9 River Road, West Dennis

*PRICE REDUCED* Bring your beach balls...This Cape Cod year-round getaway with proven rental history is turnkey ready for fun with plenty of room for outdoor games. It is being sold furnished along with the booked rentals. It is nestled on a cul-de-sac and features wood floors, three bedrooms, living room with cozy fireplace, nice sized eat-in kitchen, enclosed porch, wonderful deck for barbecues, and large storage shed. The location offers easy access to warm Nantucket Sound beaches, shopping, kayaking on the Swan River, and bicycling on the Cape Cod rail trail. It is well kept, has a newer furnace, a whole house fan, passing Title V septic system, and washer and dryer. This is a true gem.

Saturday 1-3 | 438 Main Street, Osterville

Set yourself apart from the ordinary. This unique & refined home is to be enjoyed in summer and year long. Just minutes to Fancy's Market, library, post office, galleries, coffee & brunch; or to Dowses Beach for sunny walk or cooling dip; or launch a kayak down East Bay to Centerville River. This home is tastefully renovated with versatile floor plan ideal for entertaining. The heart of the home features a family room/kitchen combination that spills onto the large gracious sun room, deck & patio. The living room with lovely bay window is set apart allowing for intimate chats. 2 of the bedrooms each have private baths. There is additional large sleeping areas with half bath for visitors. The home is air conditioned throughout. Plenty of parking for guests. This is what life is all about.

Sunday 1-3 | 10 Cotuit Bay Drive, Cotuit

Cotuit Bay Shores--3 bedroom, 3 full bath charming home awaiting your touches. It offers one floor living, vaulted ceiling, skylights, hardwood floors, fireplace, private master suite, gracious living and dining rooms, zen garden, patio, two car garage. Enjoy association amenities including private beach on North Bay, deep water dock, tennis and bocce courts, playground, and walking trails. Bring your ideas and reap the benefits.

 

 

Open Houses 7/28-7/29

We have four excellent open houses this weekend.  If you are interested in any of these homes or to learn more about any other open houses on the Cape, contact us today.

 

Saturday 10-12 | 9 River Road, West Dennis

Bring your beach balls...This Cape Cod year-round getaway with proven rental history is turnkey ready for fun with plenty of room for outdoor games. It is being sold furnished along with the booked rentals. It is nestled on a cul-de-sac and features wood floors, three bedrooms, living room with cozy fireplace, nice sized eat-in kitchen, enclosed porch, wonderful deck for barbecues, and large storage shed. The location offers easy access to warm Nantucket Sound beaches, shopping, kayaking on the Swan River, and bicycling on the Cape Cod rail trail. It is well kept, has a newer furnace, a whole house fan, passing Title V septic system, and washer and dryer. This is a true gem.

 

Saturday 10-12 | 42 Pitcher's Way, Hyannis

Quintessential cape escape or year round home that is loaded with nooks and crannies and is centrally located minutes to village center and Nantucket Sound beaches. This solidly built home is charmingly appointed with flexible layout that allows for first floor bedroom. It boasts a front to back living room with fireplace, dining room, kitchen with stainless appliances, den that opens up to the patio, three spacious bedrooms, two full baths and a half bath, full basement, garage and green house for all your plantings. There is room for the whole gang and is offered furnished.

 

Sunday 1-3 | 438 Main St, Osterville

Set yourself apart from the ordinary. This unique & refined home is to be enjoyed in summer and year long. Just minutes to Fancy's Market, library, post office, galleries, coffee & brunch; or to Dowses Beach for sunny walk or cooling dip; or launch a kayak down East Bay to Centerville River. This home is tastefully renovated with versatile floor plan ideal for entertaining. The heart of the home features a family room/kitchen combination that spills onto the large gracious sun room, deck & patio. The living room with lovely bay window is set apart allowing for intimate chats. 2 of the bedrooms each have private baths. There is additional large sleeping areas with half bath for visitors. The home is air conditioned throughout. Plenty of parking for guests. This is what life is all about.

Sunday 1-3 | 1685 Hyannis Road, Barnstable Village 

Been a while since you've been swept off your feet? The wait is over when you see this magical estate on 1.67 acres including a renovated main house with a guest cottage to boot. Gardeners can delight at the darling greenhouse and extant gardens, while industrious agrarian hearts have plenty of room for expansion. And when rain or cold drive you inside from your verdant paradise relish the opportunity to enjoy the indoors. Be greeted by the modern kitchen, the perfect compliment to its vaulted ceiling and wide floor boards of the main house. With a floor plan that balances open and private like no other you will settle into this Barnstable Village paradise like reclining in your favorite chair.  Your imagination will delight when you encounter the outdoor fire pit, travertine patio, gardens, green house and fruit trees. All of these are just a minute to coffee shops, restaurants, post office, galleries, and village market. Recent renovations include new kitchen, baths, windows, furnace, hot water heaters, roof, painted interior and exterior, to name a few. The landscaping is beautiful and allows for simplicity or formality. This is a one of a kind property to be proud of and love. Note: living area includes cottage.

Market Update July 2018

June Review: The numbers for June continue the ongoing trends... compared to last year, median sales price of single family homes is up 10%, days on market is down 20% but inventory is even for the first time since 2009.  Additionally, when we look at the first 6 months of 2018, months supply of inventory is up 40% from January, which may indicate gains in inventory coming over the next few months.  Sellers were still favored in the June market but with months supply of inventory at 5.9, we could be at an inflection point.

 

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Recent Market Summary

  April May June
Closed Sales 329 399 413
Inventory 1,755 1,924 1,992
Median Sales Price $399,000 $429,000 $438,320
Avg Days on Market 108 114 95
Avg % of Original Price 96% 95% 95%

 

 

Open Houses 7/14-7/15

We have three excellent open houses this weekend.  If you are interested in any of these homes or to learn more about any other open houses on the Cape, contact us today.

 

Saturday 10-12 | 9 Osborn Snow Drive, East Dennis

Enjoy the summer in style with this unmatched luxury home. 250 acres of scenic Crowes Pasture Conservation Area are just out your back door with panoramic views of the best vista around. Entertain guests and friends with a gracious deck just off the gourmet kitchen, charming outdoor sitting areas with gas fireplace, and still room for outdoor games in the yard. Have clients coming for a long weekend? Provide them the privacy they deserve with a guest suite including a private deck. Invite those guests to bask at one of the close Dennis beaches, Sea Street or Cold Storage, just a jaunt away.

 

Saturday 1-3 | 42 Pitcher's Way, Hyannis

Quintessential cape escape or year round home that is loaded with nooks and crannies and is centrally located minutes to village center and Nantucket Sound beaches. This solidly built home is charmingly appointed with flexible layout that allows for first floor bedroom. It boasts a front to back living room with fireplace, dining room, kitchen with stainless appliances, den that opens up to the patio, three spacious bedrooms, two full baths and a half bath, full basement, garage and green house for all your plantings. There is room for the whole gang and is offered furnished.

 

Sunday 10-12 | 9 River Road, West Dennis

Bring your beach balls...This Cape Cod year-round getaway with proven rental history is turnkey ready for fun with plenty of room for outdoor games. It is being sold furnished along with the booked rentals. It is nestled on a cul-de-sac and features wood floors, three bedrooms, living room with cozy fireplace, nice sized eat-in kitchen, enclosed porch, wonderful deck for barbecues, and large storage shed. The location offers easy access to warm Nantucket Sound beaches, shopping, kayaking on the Swan River, and bicycling on the Cape Cod rail trail. It is well kept, has a newer furnace, a whole house fan, passing Title V septic system, and washer and dryer. This is a true gem.