Cape Cod Area

Cape Cod Open Houses Weekend 3/23-3/24 2019

Check out these open houses on Cape Cod this weekend.  If you are interested in any of these homes or to learn more about any other homes for sale on the Cape, contact us today.  Chatelain Real Estate agents are known for the excellent quality of service and professionalism they offer their clients and would love to help you find your dream home on Cape Cod.

 

PRICE REDUCED | Saturday 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.

 

Saturday 1-3 | 88 Pleasant Bay Road Harwich

Delightful home centrally located. It features one floor living, warm wood accents, an open floor plan, beamed vaulted ceiling, and sparkling hardwood floors throughout. The master bedroom with private bath has direct access through large slider to the deck. This home is nestled on a private acre of land that is convenient to Pleasant Bay for water recreation and to shopping, restaurants, groceries, post office and all life needs. Truly a joy to own.

Top 5 things to do on a rainy day on Cape Cod

We think Cape Cod is a wonderful place not just in the sunny summer, but even when a little rain looks to hinder a beach day.  With our top five fun activities to do on Cape Cod in nasty weather you'll be sure to find something to love.  In no particular order here they are

Nauset Model Railroad Club | Orleans

Just like it sounds this organization is a total hidden gem.  Although their hours are a little unusual the club does have summer open houses and it is worth the wait.  Stunning detailed models and a group of enthusiasts who are a credit to the hobby make this an excellent stop even on a sunny day.

National Park Salt Pond Visitor Center | Eastham

The Cape Cod National Seashore encompasses some of the most beautiful areas the nature of Cape Cod has to offer.  And while the majority of the park is best enjoyed on a beautiful day, the Salt Pond Visitor Center is a must stop in inclement weather.  Loaded with information on local geology, history, and biology the visitor center also shows a variety of videos and has a wonderful gift shop with hard to find books and guides of the area.

Cape Cinema | Dennis Chatham Orpheum Theater | Chatham

We don't mean to imply that these are the same entity but both are small cinemas with unique and wonderful personalities.  Cape Cinema has only one screen and specializes in independent films.  Enjoy a beer with the movie as well as popcorn and brand new seats (frankly we thought the old seats were part of the charm but the new ones are definitely more comfortable...and less lumpy).  Also the ceiling is painted in a magnificent and sprawling mural pictured here.  Chatham Orpheum recently underwent an extensive multi-million dollar restoration and hearkens back to a time when cinema itself was new (c1916).  You can enjoy a bite to eat at the cafe and take in the mural by local artist Hans deCastellane of deCastellane Gallery in Dennis Port.

Cape Cod Museum of Natural History | Brewster

This treasure includes extensive and interpreted hiking trails and guided tours for sunny days, but when the weather turns sour, hold on to your hats.  The Natural History Museum has numerous excellent exhibits including an aquarium, touch-tank, honey-bee hive, a bird watching area and a gift shop with multiple resources by local authors, some of whom volunteer at the museum.  In addition to these offerings the museum host speakers and special programs through most of the year and is a great resource for kids programs and STEAM learning opportunities.  Be aware though that, while a treasure, the museum is not exactly a secret and can be crowded on truly abysmal days in the summer.

CLAMS Public Libraries | Everywhere

We can't say enough about the excellence of the Cape Libraries Automated Materials Sharing (CLAMS) - also known as the library system.  This resource links nearly all of the public libraries on Cape into one gigantic catalogue.  From audiobooks and DVD's to museum passes and free classes, this system has far more than just books.  Additionally each library is completely unique and worth a visit.  While we can't choose a favorite we love the South Dennis Library on old Bass River Road.  It exudes delightful 19th century charm and has a magical children's section in the basement to boot.

Honorable Mention...

The Edward Gorey House | Yarmouth

Edward Gorey was a well known local author for his idiosyncrasies as well as his unique works.  The museum is exceptionally curated and gives a unique window into the mind of a truly unusual individual

Comments

  1. Pam Kukla on

    Enjoyed this article tremendously. None of these were newto me but were presented in a very fresh way that made me (almost) wish for a rainy day.
    • Paul Chatelain on

      Don't wish too much for rain! And thank you for the comment

Cape Cod Open Houses Weekend 3/9-3/10 2019

Check out these open houses on Cape Cod this weekend.  If you are interested in any of these homes or to learn more about any other homes for sale on the Cape, contact us today.  Chatelain Real Estate agents are known for the excellent quality of service and professionalism they offer their clients and we'd love to help you find your dream home on Cape Cod.

 

Saturday 1-3 pm | 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.

Saturday 10-12 | 88 Pleasant Bay Road Harwich

Delightful home centrally located. It features one floor living, warm wood accents, an open floor plan, beamed vaulted ceiling, and sparkling hardwood floors throughout. The master bedroom with private bath has direct access through large slider to the deck. This home is nestled on a private acre of land that is convenient to Pleasant Bay for water recreation and to shopping, restaurants, groceries, post office and all life needs. Truly a joy to own.

Cape Cod Open Houses Weekend 3/2-3/3 2019

Check out these open houses on Cape Cod this weekend.  If you are interested in any of these homes or to learn more about any other homes for sale on the Cape, contact us today.  Chatelain Real Estate agents are known for the excellent quality of service and professionalism they offer their clients and we'd love to help you find your dream home on Cape Cod.

 

Sunday 10-12 | 218 Main St, Dennis | Spectacular Views

This masterpiece home is perfectly situated on a private 4 acre oasis. Every room enjoys stunning views of Chase Garden Creek marsh. Wake up in the sumptuous master suite with its walk-in closet, private office with fireplace, and incredible bath. Brew some coffee in the gourmet kitchen and take it to the soaring cathedral living room to enjoy the view. Wander out onto the expansive deck to enjoy the pool and soak up the tranquility. The architectural kitchen with adjoining formal dining room and fireplaced family room is the perfect venue for any event, and the theater room with projector and screen brings whole new meaning to ''let's stay in.'' Across its entire 4,000+ square feet, no detail has been overlooked, no luxury omitted in this incredible home.

 

 

Saturday 1-3 | 88 Pleasant Bay Road, Harwich | *New to Market*

Delightful home centrally located. It features one floor living, warm wood accents, an open floor plan, beamed vaulted ceiling, and sparkling hardwood floors throughout. The master bedroom with private bath has direct access through large slider to the deck. This home is nestled on a private acre of land that is convenient to Pleasant Bay for water recreation and to shopping, restaurants, groceries, post office and all life needs. Truly a joy to own.

 

Cape Cod Open Houses Weekend 2/16-2/17 2019

Check out these open houses on Cape Cod this weekend.  And if you are interested in any of these homes or to learn more about any other homes for sale on the Cape, contact us today.

 

Saturday 1-3 | 218 Main St, Dennis | *New to Market*

This masterpiece home is perfectly situated on a private 4 acre oasis. Every room enjoys stunning views of Chase Garden Creek marsh. Wake up in the sumptuous master suite with its walk-in closet, private office with fireplace, and incredible bath. Brew some coffee in the gourmet kitchen and take it to the soaring cathedral living room to enjoy the view. Wander out onto the expansive deck to enjoy the pool and soak up the tranquility. The architectural kitchen with adjoining formal dining room and fireplaced family room is the perfect venue for any event, and the theater room with projector and screen brings whole new meaning to ''let's stay in.'' Across its entire 4,000+ square feet, no detail has been overlooked, no luxury omitted in this incredible home.

 

Sunday 1-3 | 13 Beachwood Road South Yarmouth | New Price

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.

 

 

Sunday 1-3 | 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.

Cape Cod Market Update February 2019

January Review: 

  January followed the trend of the last few months of throwing trends out of the window.  The economy recovered much of the ground lost in December but still feels shaky to many investors.  As a result mortgage rates seem to be on uncertain ground as well, though they are still at historic lows hovering in the low 4% range.  The real estate market in Barnstable County is showing some interesting shifts.  Inventory is at 4.8 months, the same as December.  This is atypical for the past three Januarys which all showed a decline in inventory compared to December.  Additionally median sales price is down nearly 3% from this time last year and days on market are up by 7 days.  We are interested to see if increasing inventory and improved affordability will follow.

Recent Market Summary

  Nov Dec Jan
Closed Sales 308 290 229
Inventory 1,968 1,614 1,626
Median Sales Price $435K $385K $395K
Avg Days on Market 100 95 112
Avg % of Original Price 94% 93% 92%

 

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December Review (in case you missed it)

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We are proud to announce that Cape Cod's newest independent real estate firm is here with 57 combined years of experience and two generations of tradition in real estate on Cape Cod. As Chatelain Real Estate we are pleased to offer a full suite of real estate services from buyer and seller representation to rental marketing and property management. We look forward to continuing to provide a client experience second to none and working for you and your friends and family soon. For more information about us and the services we offer, please check out our website at www.ChatelainRealEstate.com, follow us on facebook, or drop by the office at 708 Route 134, Suite 9, South Dennis. If you aren't already receiving our monthly e-newsletter, click here to subscribe.

 

January Market Update 2019

Hello to all and Happy New Year!  We wish you health and happiness for 2019

December Review: 

   If we had to choose a word for December it would be: schizophrenic.  Between large swings in the stock market, concomitant swings in the mortgage market and an uncertain future of rate hikes, frankly we feel a little addled.  The local housing market however continues to show strength despite these causes for concern.  While inventory was down from November, it is up 4% from this time last year and we are at 4.8 months of inventory, which is 11.6% higher than last year.  In other words we are seeing the trend continue where inventory of homes for sale is being built back up, though slowly.  Otherwise December continued the normal seasonal slump as people spent time with family over the holidays.  We still need a bit of time to finish crunching the numbers from all of 2018 but expect to see a full year analysis in the coming weeks.

 

Recent Market Summary

  Oct Nov Dec
Closed Sales 378 308 290
Inventory 2,252 1,968 1,614
Median Sales Price $480K $435K $385K
Avg Days on Market 98 100 95
Avg % of Original Price 94% 94% 93%

 

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Stay up to date on the MA short term rental Tax

MA Short Term Rental Tax

Massachusetts Governor Baker recently signed into law a change to the taxable nature of short term rentals.  This affects many of the property owners on Cape Cod who rent for less than 31 days in the summer months.  Some relevant information can be found on the Massachusetts Association of Realtors website here but a quick synopsis is as follows:

Highlights:

New Tax Changes:

  1. State: 5.7%
  2. Local: up to 6% (6.5 for Boston)
  3. Cape Cod & Islands: includes additional 2.75% to fund Cape Cod and Islands Water Protection Fund 
  4. A community impact fee of up to 3% may be assessed locally on professionally managed properties (Owners of two or more units in one town)
  5. Takes effect July 1, 2019.  Bookings made before January 1st, 2019 are exempt.
  6. Realtors who manage the rental bookings and collect the rent will likely be responsible for collecting the tax.
  7. Guidance and more details will follow from the IRS and state authorities.

We'll be keeping a sharp eye on this matter and updating you when we learn more information.  As always feel free to contact us with questions about how this will impact your rentals or your property management needs.

December Market Update

November Review: 

   After a busier than usual late fall we are starting to see the seasonal cooling off around the holidays.  Closed sales, inventory and median sales price were all down in November as both sellers and buyers tend to back off this time of year.  We also note that with 5.8 months supply of inventory the market is healthier compared to November last year (5.3 months).  The strong economy and hints from the Fed that rate hikes may be slowing down is good news for a healthy local market.  However the low affordability index (meaning the median house price costs more than the median income can afford) continues to be a point of concern.

 

Recent Market Summary

  Sept Oct Nov
Closed Sales 370 378 308
Inventory 2,291 2,252 1,968
Median Sales Price $437K $480K $435K
Avg Days on Market 89 98 100
Avg % of Original Price 95% 94% 94%

 

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