Buying On Cape Cod

Open Houses 10/20-10/21

Fall is a great time to get into the market on the Cape.  The weather is still beautiful and you don't have to elbow your way through crowds.  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.

 

Saturday 10-12 | 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.

 

 

 

Saturday 1-3 | 152 Beacon Street, South Yarmouth

 Fabulous location, sought after neighborhood, convenient location, and underground utilities all highlight this spacious home. Larger rooms, hardwood under carpet, ready for you to enjoy and add your touches. Extremely well maintained with newer windows, doors, central air conditioning, heating system, electrical, septic, and siding. This home is ready to go with its two large bedrooms, two full baths, large living dining combo, wonderful family room, full basement, garage, large yard that abuts Cape Cod Rail Trail. A gem.

 

 

 

 

Saturday 1-3 | 15 Denver Drive unit C3, West Yarmouth

Welcome to Cranberry Pointe - the best kept secret in Yarmouth. Brew some coffee in your light and bright kitchen, and enjoy it on your private master balcony or sun-dappled first-floor deck. On the way out, grab a sweater from one of the large walk-in closets. Care for some fresh air? You unit abuts acres of scenic cranberry bogs. Have hobbies? You'll love the full basement just waiting for your projects. All this less than 1 mile from the beach and 2 miles to downtown Hyannis. Low fees, exceptionally well maintained common areas...welcome home.

 

 

Sunday 10-12 | 47 Asack Drive, South Dennis

This lovely home in a sought-after Dennis neighborhood offers sparkling hardwood and tile floors. It is conveniently located with easy access to amenities and all of life's needs. Sit back and enjoy morning coffee in the window wrapped sunroom while listening to the chirping birds in the peaceful yard. Step out on the Azek deck to feel the breeze coming through the trees that afford exceptional privacy. Entertain from the smartly appointed stainless kitchen with granite counters. Nestle with a book around the gas fireplace in the living room. Or enjoy a movie in the loft that is large enough to be both an entertainment center and grand home office. Take comfort in the first floor master bedroom that features an en suite lovely bath and walk-in closet. House your guests in the two second floor bedrooms. Take pride in the interesting architectural features. Delight in the fact that this home is low maintenance and economical to own with its solar panels. This is truly a joy to own.

 

Open Houses 10/13-10/14

Fall is a great time to get into the market on the Cape.  The weather is still beautiful and you don't have to elbow your way through crowds.  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.

13 Beachwood Road, South Yarmouth | Sunday 1-3 pm

First Open House! Don't compromise on quality. This extraordinary custom renovated luxurious cottage personifies the charm of the Cape. Every inch in each of the six rooms is crafted to perfection from end-grain butcher block counters and Baldwin hardware to granite steps, copper gutters, and decorative mullions all by Kenneth Vona Construction. Ocean views capture quintessential Cape Cod. This jewel is less than 50 paces to Nantucket Sound beach. For the discerning homeowner this is a true pleasure to own.

 

 

 

15 Denver Road #C3, West Yarmouth | Sunday 1-3 pm

Welcome to Cranberry Pointe - the best kept secret in Yarmouth. Brew some coffee in your light and bright kitchen, and enjoy it on your private master balcony or sun-dappled first-floor deck. On the way out, grab a sweater from one of the large walk-in closets. Care for some fresh air? You unit abuts acres of scenic cranberry bogs. Have hobbies? You'll love the full basement just waiting for your projects. All this less than 1 mile from the beach and 2 miles to downtown Hyannis. Low fees, exceptionally well maintained common areas...welcome home.

 

October Market Update 2018

September Review:

September saw further gains in inventory with 6.7 months supply of single family homes.  Since September and October generally experience the last of the summer listing frenzy before the winter slump and, with the rising interest rates and other market trends leading towards a more buyer favored market, the growth in inventory may continue into October at least.  Median sales price continues to move upward compared to last year and, as a point of growing regional concern, the affordability index for Barnstable County continues to trend downwards.  

Recent Market Summary

  July Aug. Sept.
Closed Sales 330 358 370
Inventory 2,071 2,182 2,291
Median Sales Price $440K $420K $437K
Avg Days on Market 83 90 89
Avg % of Original Price 96% 95% 95%

 

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Open Houses Columbus Day weekend 2018

Fall is a great time to get into the market on the Cape.  The weather is still beautiful and you don't have to elbow your way through crowds.  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.

 

10-12 Sunday | 2 Priscilla Lane, Dennis Port | JUST LISTED

The perfect Cape Cod home - tastefully decorated with large living room with gas fireplace, a great room that flows into the screened porch, patio, cute kitchen, full basement that is partially finished and a wonderful spacious lot that goes from Priscilla to The Other Road. Property is not located in a flood zone. Home has many upgrades and is in perfect condition.

 

 

 

10-12 Sunday | 438 Main St, Osterville | Price Reduced

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.

10-12 Sunday | 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.

1-3 Sunday | 47 Asack Drive, South Dennis | Great House

This lovely home in a sought-after Dennis neighborhood offers sparkling hardwood and tile floors. It is conveniently located with easy access to amenities and all of life's needs. Sit back and enjoy morning coffee in the window wrapped sunroom while listening to the chirping birds in the peaceful yard. Step out on the Azek deck to feel the breeze coming through the trees that afford exceptional privacy. Entertain from the smartly appointed stainless kitchen with granite counters. Nestle with a book around the gas fireplace in the living room. Or enjoy a movie in the loft that is large enough to be both an entertainment center and grand home office. Take comfort in the first floor master bedroom that features an en suite lovely bath and walk-in closet. House your guests in the two second floor bedrooms. Take pride in the interesting architectural features. Delight in the fact that this home is low maintenance and economical to own with its solar panels. This is truly a joy to own.

1-3 Sunday | 122 Annable Point, Centerville | Lake Front

This is Cape Cod in every regard--waterfront on sought-after Lake Wequaquet with private beach and private dock and unobstructed views. Tucked away in sunshine offering everything you could want in a vacation home: sail and swim from your dock your beach and play in the large yard. Sit on the sunny deck and wish your cares away. This home offers spacious living areas with room to relax in including an enclosed porch for those rare rainy days,a spacious vaulted great room with fireplace, three bedrooms, 2.5 baths, outdoor shower, and a boat shed/garage, plus a storage shed.

Open Houses 9/29-9/30

Fall is a great time to get into the market on the Cape.  The weather is still beautiful and you don't have to elbow your way through crowds.  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.

 

Saturday 10-12 | 37-B Uncle Stephens Rd, West Dennis

 Last dune shack left in Dennis. The perfect place to ''Waste Away in Margaritaville!'' Use as is or bring your imagination and build your dream. A must see!
 

 

 

 

 

Saturday 1-3 | 9 River Rd, 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.

 

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 | 122 Annable Point Rd, Centerville

This is Cape Cod in every regard--waterfront on sought-after Lake Wequaquet with private beach and private dock and unobstructed views. Tucked away in sunshine offering everything you could want in a vacation home: sail and swim from your dock your beach and play in the large yard. Sit on the sunny deck and wish your cares away. This home offers spacious living areas with room to relax in including an enclosed porch for those rare rainy days,a spacious vaulted great room with fireplace, three bedrooms, 2.5 baths, outdoor shower, and a boat shed/garage, plus a storage shed.
 

 

 

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.

 

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.