Blog :: 04-2019

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. 

Ask Agnes: Best Freshwater Beaches on Cape Cod

Princess Beach on Scargo Lake in DennisWell we are back with more bits of wisdom from Agnes.  In this edition she regales us with suggestions on some of her favorite freshwater beaches on Cape Cod.  Plus we get a tip on a secret pond in Wellfleet.

"Hi Agnes.  Thanks for letting us pick your brain on this fun topic."

"My pleasure as always."

"Let's start on the upper Cape.  Where do you recommend for some nice freshwater swimming?"

"I really like Johns Pond Park in Mashpee.  This beach is surrounded by conservation area yet is easily accessible from Route 151.  The beach itself doesn't get too busy and has restrooms, a picnic area, lifeguards and a lot of space.  Mashpee-Wakeby Pond in Sandwich/Mashpee is another gem.  It is accessible from several access points including off S. Sandwich Road through the Ryder Conservation Lands.  In addition to the beach this area has extensive trails for walking and is close to the Lowell Holly Reservation (also great for walking trails) which has been largely untouched since the early 19th century leaving a more natural look at Cape Cod's original forest communities."

"Those are both great tips...what about that secret pond in Wellfleet?"

"How about we do the Mid-Cape first? In Barnstable I love Lake Wequaquet.  Over the years I have been lucky enough to sell a number of homes on this Lake in Centerville and cherish the time I get to spend there.  The easiest access is on Shootflying Hill Road and the beach there has a boat ramp, lifeguards, restrooms and doesn't require a long slog from the parking lot. I especially like the guards and a roped swim area for little ones.  Be aware the road is close though.  Also Princess Beach on Scargo Lake in Dennis is a great place to go.  There is a little town sailing program that operates through the Dennis Recreation Department in the summer and the beach also has a nice covered picnic area on the bluff.  Bathrooms and lifeguards again are a plus but you should be aware that this one has stairs to get down to the beach.  If this is an issue just go around the corner to Scargo Beach which is at Pond Level.   Don't miss Long Pond Beach off Crowell's Bog Road in Brewster.  With only minimal facilities it is rarely crowded and has a very nice floating swim dock which the grandkids enjoy."

"And now the Lower Cape?"

"Yes OK.  So there is a little known Pond in Wellfleet called Spectacle Pond.  Here's what I'll say about it.  It is off of Gross Hill Road but you will need a good 4-wheel-drive vehicle to access the parking in all but the best of conditions.  Otherwise it can be walked to on old Fire Roads and 2-tracks that noodle in the National Seashore Land.  The pond is actually two bodies of water that communicate (hence 'spectacle') and the larger of the two is deep, secluded and gorgeous.  Not for the feint of heart or those who are timid about changing tires."

"Cool!  Can you tell us how to get there?"

"Well, a secret swimming hole needs to be found with a little more adventure than putting the address into google maps and running your A/C the whole drive.  Ask around, it's worth it."

 

Thank you Agnes, we'll get out our treasure maps and start searching for that big "X".  For more local knowledge or to share a secret pond of your own give Agnes and Chatelain Real Estate a call today.

 

Cape Cod Open Houses Weekend 4/20-4/21 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.

 

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.

 

 

 

Saturday 1-3 | 15 Ocean Ave Harwich Port

This is an unbeatable sought-after sweet location that features charming cottages, which share a love for summer fun. Nantucket Sound is merely 140 paces away and Harwich Port village center is less than a quarter mile for fine dining, shopping, art galleries, and more. This home an arts and crafts style bungalow renovated in 2013 , combines historic features, such as built-ins, charming decorative arched fireplace, carved brick mantle and dark wooden beams with modern bathrooms, kitchen, and infrastructure upgrades. The ocean is viewable from both up and downstairs porches and the master bedroom. It is a larger home with adequate room for large gatherings. Long standing solid rental history is available. Septic is being upgraded.

Cape Cod Market Update April 2019

March Review:

We'll go ahead and say it now, "this was a decent winter for weather."  Why does this matter for the real estate market on Cape Cod? With the seasonality of sales here an easy winter sets up sellers to get their properties on the market earlier in the year: i.e. February and March instead of March and April.  Last month inventory was up 10% from 2018 and this month it is up 15%.  This leaves us with 5.3 months of inventory in Barnstable County which, while still slightly seller favored, is more sustainable and healthy than the 4.7 months of inventory we saw at this time last year.  We do notice that the percent of original asking price received is down from last year, but up from February.  Finally, average days on market is 120 which brings up an important consideration.  Imagine paying two extra months of your mortgage, utilities, taxes and insurance. Now weigh that against a lower list price that will more quickly attract a buyer and result in a sale.  If you are considering selling we recommend working with professional Realtors so that you can devise a pricing and marketing strategy that accounts for your needs as a seller. 

Recent Market Summary

  Jan Feb Mar
    Closed Sales   229   201   291 
   Inventory    1,626   1,693   1,837 
   Median Sales Price   $395K     $408K     $421.5K  
   Avg Days on Market   112   130   120 
    Avg % of Original Price   92%   91%   93% 

 

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Cape Cod Open Houses Weekend 4/13-4/14 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.

 

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.

 

 

Saturday 10-12 | 560 Millstone Road, Brewster

 This light and bright ranch checks all the boxes - 3 good sized bedrooms, en-suite master bath, 2 car garage, full basement, gas generator, fireplace, irrigation, gleaming hardwood throughout. Walk-up attic offers many possibilities. Perfectly located less than 2 miles to Brewster's fantastic beaches and across the street from Nickerson State Park with trails, camping, fishing and more. Nicely situated far off the road on an attractive 1.4 acre wooded lot. Exceptionally well maintained and very lightly used since it was built in 2002. Nothing to do but move in and enjoy.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Sunday 1-3 | 13 Beachwood Road, South Yarmouth

A sophisticated cottage for the discerning homeowner this is a true pleasure to own. 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.

Spring Cleaning Tips

With Spring finally here we are ready to shake off our winter coats and enjoy longer days and better weather (soon).  But take a rainy day this April (like today!) and make your home clean and tidy with these easy and fun spring cleaning tips.

Dust and clean horizontal surfaces

This often gets overlooked but now is the perfect time to take care of it.  Here is a quick trick too: use a reusable microfiber cloth or rag on a Swiffer handle to wash and reuse without wasting a lot of single use cloths - it also keeps you from having to bend over for shoe-molding!  We also like using a dilute vinegar mixture (50:50 water vinegar) after the quick dusting to truly clean and refresh all of those surfaces.  Even consider putting in a few drops of your favorite essential oil to add a pleasant fragrance.

Wash and put away winter goodies

Spend a little time going through coat racks, car trunks and chair backs to collect heavy coats, scarves, sweaters etc....  Wash what you can and put it away.  If your house is small, consider packing these items away in plastic tubs in the attic or basement with a dryer sheet to keep them fresh until the fall.  This is also a great opportunity to go through those winter items that never got used and consider donating them.  There are a lot of Red Cross donation drop boxes around Cape Cod that accept clothing donations.  Also Goodwill and municipal transfer stations are collection points for these goods as well.

Clean your refrigerator and freezer

Nobody likes doing it but now is your chance.  The best thing to do here is to completely empty the contents.  It doesn't take too long and allows you to take a look at the expiration dates on jars and condiments (mustard from 2015! Shame on you).  Wipe the shelves and drawers and, once you put everything back, you are left with a better organized, emptier and cleaner fridge!  Here is a fun tip for smaller families that will save you energy as well: if you find that you don't use up all of your fridge's space, put gallons of water inside to fill up the empty area.  These will help retain the coldness when you open the door and your fridge won't have to work as hard getting things back to temperature once it is closed, saving electricity.

Make a plan and chip away at it

Don't mark off one whole day to do all of this at once.  Write down a checklist of what you want done and choose 15-30 minute projects to tackle over the next few weeks.  Remember the result is a nice clean home that you will love spending time in!