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Cape Cod Fireworks Parades and Concerts 2017

Cape Cod is a great place to spend the summer.  In addition to a day at the beach, why not spend an evening enjoying one of the many displays of fireworks across the Cape?  Or take in an evening concert.  Also don't forget the numerous parades on the 4th of July.  Check out the CapeCod.com list and free concerts from the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod and see our additions below.  We will be updating this as we gather new information so check back again!

Fireworks

July 2nd

Orleans
Rain date July 6th
Time: Dusk
Place: Rock Harbor

July 4th

Falmouth
Time: Dusk
Place: Falmouth Heights Beach

Hyannis
Rain date September 2, 2017
Time: Dusk
Place: Lewis Bay

Provincetown
Time: Dusk
Place: MacMillan Wharf

August 26th

Dennis
Time: 7pm
Place: West Dennis Beach

 

Parades

July 4th

Orleans
Time: 10am

Wellfleet
Time: Antique Cars at 9:30am – Float Parade at 10am
Location: Start at the Town Pier

Sandwich Boat Parade
Time: 9pm
Location: Shawme Pond

July 8th

Chatham Boat Parade
Time:12:30-1:30pm
Location: Start and end at Stage Harbor, turning around at Oyster Pond Beach

 

Concerts

Dennis Port
Time: 6pm
Location: Dennis Port Village Green: Hall St
Tuesdays 7/11 - 8/8
Thursdays 7/6 - 7/27

Sponsored by TD Bank

 

Things to do in Brewster, Cape Cod MA

Ask Agnes: Vol II

Again we find ourselves looking for some wonderful things to do on Cape Cod.  This time our 'Ask Agnes' feature explores Brewster and some of its hidden (or sometimes overlooked) gems.

Cape Cod Chatelains: 'Hey Agnes, the kids are driving me nuts, what can I do with them?'

Agnes: 'First and foremost is the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History. Museum of Natural History This treasure located right on route 6A in Brewster contains a variety of fascinating and enriching exhibits and nature trails.  I especially like to check out the bees which have a hive sandwiched between two pieces of glass so that you can watch them at work.  When I get tired of being inside the miles of walking trails are a wonderful respite.  Travelling over the marsh, through the woods and all the way to the Bay they are an education in the local biology and geology with every step.  If the kids need to get out some wiggles the summer program and Mudflat Mania! are both great opportunities for the kids to have a great time and learn something to boot.'

CCC: 'Sounds great.  Is anything else close to there?'

Paines CreekA: 'I'm glad you asked.  Just on the east side of the marsh is Paines Creek Landing and Beach. This beach generally does not get as swamped with people as some of the other beaches around (but as always get there early).  In addition the 'creek' which is tidal, is a blast for riding with the tide on a tube.  The current can rip through there though, so keep an eye on young ones.  GristmillWhat is truly fascinating is that Paines Creek (its name North of 6A) is also Stony Brook (its name south of 6A) and, in the spring, herring swim against the current to Mill Pond to spawn.  You can enjoy this natural spectacle at the Stony Brook Grist Mill, which is a truly magical site, also...'

 

CCC: 'Wow, there is a lot to do in a small space!'

A: 'Hold on I wasn't finished.  Also you can go to Drummer Boy Park and enjoy the playground.  At different times the Brewster Historical Society holds events here (along with a lot of other groups) and you should be sure to go when the windmill and the blacksmith are open.'

CCC: 'Wonderful, as usual we are dually impressed with your knowledge of the area.  Thanks Agnes.'

A: 'I have a lot more to say about Brewster though!  It's such a great town!'

 

Well thank you again Agnes, we are lucky to have your decades of experiences here on Cape Cod.  Also see our previous blog about places to walk your dog as there are some references to Brewster locations in there too.  As always, please contact us with any questions about your real estate needs, we are happy to help.

Things to do in Orleans, Cape Cod

Ask Agnes...

We'd like to introduce a new feature in the blog - 'Ask Agnes'.  Agnes, the better half of the 'Ed and Agnes' foundation of Cape Cod Chatelains, was the first to enter real estate in 1992.  Ever since, she has been adding her professionalism and love for her clients to each of her deals.  We appreciate Agnes for her insight into the local area and her knowledge of the real estate market.  For this week's feature we ask Agnes about Orleans, one of the towns on the lower Cape.  In fact the Boston Globe just named Orleans one of the two best seaside towns in New England.  Check out that article here.

Cape Cod Chatelains - 'Hey Agnes, what are great outdoor activities in Orleans?'

Agnes - 'One of my favorite ocean beaches is Nauset.  As I let the pressure out of my tires to drive out on the beach (click here for permit info) I feel the pressure of the world escape from my soul.'

CCC - 'Really... the pressure of the world?'

A - 'In all seriousness Nauset beach is beautiful.  I love to drive out early and spend all day grilling, walking along the beach and dunes, and playing in the surf with the grandkids.  Watching surfers provides wonderful entertainment and the camaraderie that exists between Nauset beach-goers is something special.  Another one of my outdoor favorites is the Pleasant Bay Community Boating.  They provide a great opportunity for residents and visitors to experience Pleasant Bay from the water - and if there's one thing I love, its experiencing life from the water'

CCC - 'Then why do we always get yelled at to keep the boat from heeling?'

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CCC - 'What are some great places to eat in Orleans?'

A - 'I love the knack, especially when I have family or friends with me.  The patio seating can be moved around a little to accommodate different sized groups and the food and shakes are phenomenal.  My personal favorite is the avocado burger that has some type of mysterious sauce that can't be explained except to say that it is delicious.  I also like that you can order online and pick up your food without having to wait in the line - which can be extensive - I guess the word is out on this great burger.  

'If I am out and about earlier in the day I like Hole in One, right on 6A for their homemade donuts and dynamite breakfast.  The bonus about Hole in One is that you can sneak in downstairs and take a box of pastries to go without needing to wait too long.  I like to enjoy a donut and coffee just down the street at the windmill

 

CCC - 'What is another one of your favorites here in Orleans?'

A - 'One of the best parts of summer is the Cape Cod Baseball League.  This gem of the Cape is where many great college baseball players come to spend the summer months playing on one of many local teams.  The Firebirds are the hometown team in Orleans and play in the 'East Division' of the league.  Their home field has wonderful grassy stadium seating and is a favorite with the little ones.'

 

Well thank you Agnes, we are lucky to have your decades of experiences here on Cape Cod.  As always, please contact us with any questions, we are happy to help.

 

33 Aunt Janes Road South Yarmouth | FOR SALE | $469,000 | CAPE COD

33 Aunt Janes Road, South Yarmouth has just come on the market.  This home is in a fabulous location: quiet, convenient, and year round. Enjoy a stroll down scenic Pleasant Street and nearby River Street and enjoy the views of Bass River from Windmill Beach.  The large lot abuts two streets making it very accessible from two locations. The spacious floor plan includes room for separate living quarters making it an ideal home for both vacation home seekers and permanent home seekers. Opportunity knocks!  Materialize your ideas and reap the benefits of living in one of the most desirable areas of Yarmouth.

Please don't miss the introductory open house Sunday 5/28 from 1-3pm.  See you there!

Here are just a few photos and a photo tour of the home.

 

 

23 Millers Road South Dennis 02660 | FOR SALE | $309,000 | CAPE COD

23 Millers Road South Dennis 02660 | $309,000 

We are pleased to announce the sale of this impeccable home.  This is a quintessential Cape cottage with bright charm dripping from the walls and double the benefit with an adjacent lot being sold with the property. Meticulously maintained outside and in, this home features a two sided gas fireplace, central air conditioning, deck, full basement with interior access, beautiful landscaping, updated bathroom, recently painted interior and exterior. Turn-key ready with convenience to the beautiful Cape Cod Rail Trail, Route 6 & Patriot Square.

Here are a few snapshots but the home speaks for itself when you see it in person.  We think you will fall in love with this property as much as us.

  

 

 

 

Spring Cleanup adds value to your home | Real Estate | Cape Cod

Maximize the Sale Price of Your Home this Spring

    Potential sellers always ask us about the best ways to maximize the sale price of their home.  Even before we begin the conversation we frequently see defeat in their eyes because they expect us to name big big ticket items like kitchens, roofs, or bathrooms.  While these can indeed help to maximize return we think these three low-cost projects are an excellent use of homeowner resources.  

1. Landscaping

    We understand, trying to maintain a yard on Cape Cod is asking a lot. Pitch pine needles and salt spray are not conducive to green and lush grass, but who says you have to have perfect grass to have curb appeal?  Using local plants that thrive on the Cape is a great way to improve the health of the local ecosystem as well as make your home feel like it fits into the landscape.  Check out the link here for more information on local species.  Furthermore simple clean-up tasks like edging and mulching your flowers, cutting your grass, and removing downed trees and branches all improve the look and feel of your home.

2. Wash and Paint

    Now don't get too excited, we understand that painting trim and siding is an expensive job for a professional and time consuming for the owner-enthusiast.  However peeling paint can be an immediate turn off to potential buyers so here is our recommendation - wash the house and touch-up the paint.  Washing doesn't have to involve a professional company - a garden hose and sturdy brush will clean much of what needs to be taken care of.  Rain splatters dirt around the foundation and shaded areas provide excellent habitat for mildew, moss, or lichen.  Pay special attention to removing mildew in corners and on or around gutters.   

  Painting can seem onerous as well but the good news is that it really isn't that bad.  Keeping up with flakes and chips every spring adds years to the life of a paint job and makes your home look well-tended and loved (which adds a lot of value).  Open a paint can (that matches the color please) and spend a few minutes a day walking around and retouching. 

3. Do That 'Honey-Do'

    All homeowner's have a project in the yard that makes them say,  'I really do need to get this done'.  Weeding paths, planting flower boxes, fixing broken fence rails, repairing screens or cracked glass, etc... stop procrastinating and do it already.  Those little projects are on your list and they will be on a buyer's as well.  No one wants something preventing the sale of their home, so take care of that nagging thing today.  

 

 

  One example is 9 Osborn Snow Drive, East Dennis.  While we all wish we could have such a spectacular luxury home we can still learn a lot from its neat and tidy planted gardens and ornamental plants that are BELOW the windows.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Here is another wonderful home, 41 Deacon Court, Barnstable.  Notice the neatly kept crushed stone driveway, low plants and maintained paint.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Here is a beautiful example of a new listing coming soon to the market.  23 Millers Road South Dennis.  We choose it as our stellar example of a perfectly maintained Cape Ranch.  

 

 

 

 

Open Houses on Cape Cod

Spring is a great time for the real estate market on Cape Cod.  As the Cape itself comes alive, homeowners take the opportunity to market their homes to potential buyers.  Don't miss a chance to see some of the wonderful open houses here on Cape Cod this weekend.  If you are in the market for an elegant home with sweeping views of Crowes Pasture in Dennis and Cape Cod Bay, take a look at our listing at 9 Osborn Snow Drive in Dennis (pictured at right). 

Have a great weekend

Top 5 Dog Walks on Cape Cod

One of the best reasons to live on Cape Cod is the outdoors.  And with whom better to enjoy a lovely day than your canine companion?   One of our favorite areas for outdoor recreation is the mid-Cape, particularly Dennis, Brewster and Harwich.  Centrally located and featuring bay, sound, and lake beaches these towns will not let you down.  Do keep in mind that each town has leash laws and general restrictions depending on time of year, with that being said here they are in no particular order.

West Dennis Beach | Dennis

Hands down this is one of our favorites with the labs.  The beach extends for nearly a mile and can be walked either along the shore in the sand or in the road.  Enjoy vistas of Nantucket Sound and scenic Bass River along the way.  In the past there have been nesting snowy owls on the marsh side of the beach.  Not to be missed but, unfortunately, no dogs on beaches in the summer.  Check out homes in West Dennis

Thompson’s Field | Harwich

This is definitely a great walk for friendly dogs.  Many people with well trained four-legged friends allow their dogs off leash in this expansive area.  Numerous side trails and different habitats make this a nice walk for nature enthusiasts and several wide open fields are great for ball-chasers.  Nice touches here are the water tap near the south entrance and plenty of parking at the North Entrance. Check out homes in Harwich

Crowes Pasture | Dennis / Brewster

Located right on the Dennis/Brewster town line (but accessible from East Dennis) this beautiful area includes marsh, woods, fields, dune and beach habitats.  By parking at the first area you can make this into a beautiful multiple mile walk without ever retracing your steps.  This is also a great place for off road vehicles with a permit from the town. As an added perk, go at low tide to watch the oyster farmers do their work. Check out these homes in Dennis and in Brewster

Bell’s Neck Conservation Lands | Harwich

This is a fantastic area close to Dennis Port and accessible from many parts of West Harwich.  With cranberry bogs, woodlands and opportunities for swimming in the freshwater pond, this area is  another great area for well trained dogs off leash.  A bit of exploring reveals several quiet benches with wonderful vistas. Check out homes in Harwich

 

Sheep Pond Woodlands | Brewster

The parking area is easily accessible (just off of 137) and these woodlands are a great area to explore.  There are several private roads and two-tracks that cars occasionally drive down so be sure to keep a close eye on your companion.  Sheep Pond is a treasure of the mid Cape and, since it is well hidden, a nice place to find in the off season for a little serenity.  As a perk the parking area is adjacent to the Cape Cod Rail Trail if your dog companion is a jogger. Check out homes in Brewster

PIGS and SNOWDROPS

This week on the cape has seen the full array of February weather.  From cold mornings to beautiful sunny days, evidence abounds that Spring is desperately trying to emerge.  In fact, one of the best indications that winter is almost over is the patch of snowdrop flowers peeking out of the ground at our listing on 14 Amos Road in West Yarmouth.  Looking ahead to the weekend’s forecast, we see the potential for some sprinkling but hopefully, for the sake of the families down on The Cape for February vacation, the weather - as well as the temperature - holds up.  Here’s hoping for continuing warming weather!

 

Snowdrop at 14 Amos


In other news, our office at 15 Cape Lane Brewster, saw some interesting activity yesterday when a local pig - no kidding -  went hog wild and escaped from its home.  The Brewster Police and and local reporters were on the scene down the street (check out the story here).  While we are not sure if it is looking for rental or investment properties, we want our prominent porcine friend to know the Cape Cod Chatelains have a nice piece of property for sale in Sandwich that may be perfect for a small farm animal (as long as the Sandwich isn’t a BLT).

 

 

SELLING A HOME?

 

 

Another winter is upon us.  If you are selling a home in winter the weather is both a challenge and an opportunity. The challenge is getting folks into the property safely.  The opportunity is being able to showcase a warm home during the cozy winter months. Keep safety first priority with the property free of snow and ice.  Cape Codders may be hardy but not to the point of walking through three feet of snow.   Holding an open house in winter with cookies baking and a fire blazing is the perfect way to entice buyers to love the home. 

 

Enjoy winter and the opportunity it presents. Be safe and check out this winter wonderland of a house just click on the photo below.

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We have used the Chatelain "team" for 3 real estate transactions in the past 2 years. They are FULL SERVICE and absolutely the best. Their input in marketing allowed us to increase our revenue from the sale AND do so in under 2 weeks after listing our property! We will absolutely use them in the future and believe their knowledge and professionalism are the best on the Cape.  

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