December 2014

There are 9 blog entries for December 2014.



If you’ve ever wondered what life was like in the early to mid 1700’s, you can get a taste of it right here in Orleans.  Although primarily known for its prime boating and nature, Orleans has much more to offer its residents.  Whether you’re a historian, or just curious about life centuries ago, the Jonathan Young Windmill in Orleans is sure to offer a taste of historical perspective for residents and visitors alike.  

It’s believed the Jonathan Young Windmill dates all the way back to 1720 in South Orleans, although it’s not currently in its original location.  The mill was moved in the 1800’s to a hill overlooking Town Cove.  Later in the same century, the windmill was moved to Hyannis Port where it stayed until the 1980’s.  After a careful

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How would you like to live in a place that offers stunning views of Chatham Harbor and Nauset Beach, deep-water access to the open waters of the Atlantic and Nantucket Sound and within a short walk to town.  That’s possible when you set your sites upon the Chatham Loop.

So, what exactly is Chatham Loop?  The answer to that goes back decades, and even centuries.  The Loop dates back to the time when settler William Nickerson first purchased the area of Stage Neck from the Monomoyick Indians. This set the stage for settlement of one of the first areas of Chatham.  

The Chatham Loop of today offers exclusive properties, circling Little Mill Pond and Mill Pond.  It includes Bridge Street, Stage Harbor Road and Main Street.  It also passes by the elite

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Have you ever wondered what it was like to stumble upon some of America’s oldest towns and villages?  What about exploring Cape Cod as it once was, long before the tourists moved in.  Embarking upon your own personal journey of Route 6A, or Old King’s Highway, offers up a virtual history lesson that you can’t experience fully by simply opening up a book.

Lined partially by white picket fences on one side, Old King’s Highway winds through communities like Brewster with its traditional Cape Cod-style homes and waterfront estates, the boater’s paradise of Orleans, and the charming five villages and renowned beaches of Dennis.  These communities are so rich in history that it’s not unusual to spot a home, or even a church, that’s on the National Register

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As homeowners, most of us probably want it all when it comes to the home of our dreams: a home matched to our taste and lifestyle, a location that fits where we want to live and explore, and obviously a home that fits into our budget.  What if you could find all of those things wrapped up into one ideal area.  Sounds pretty great, doesn’t it?

That’s where the location of Red River Beach comes into play.  It’s no secret that living in Chatham requires a certain home budget that not every homeowner can afford.  After all, this resort town offers up upscale real estate with incredible ocean and harbor views.  From the renovated captains’ homes to the modern new construction to the six saltwater beaches, the area is a virtual paradise for those looking

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To really experience a taste of life in New England, there is nothing like exploring the harbors of Harwich Port.  Located on the lower Cape, or rather the elbow of Cape Cod, this quaint Massachusetts community is one of seven villages in the town of Harwich. Harwich Port offers some of the best opportunities for outdoor recreation in the area.  Lounge along some of the warmest beaches of Cape Cod, cast a line or take to the water from one of the area’s three harbors.  All three offer their own unique and distinctive opportunities for residents to explore time and time again.

Saquatucket Harbor

By size alone, Saquatucket offers the most diverse opportunities.  This is the location of the Cape’s largest municipal marina.  It’s also the place where

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There is no better place to celebrate Christmas and the holidays then on the Cape.   Each of the different towns celebrate the magic of the season in a distinctive manner with parades, harbor lights, and festive open houses.  Many communities orchestrate several weeks' worth of happenings with a special event just about every night.  This post focuses on events in Orleans and Chatham with more town festivities highlighted in future blogs.

The "Seaside Christmas in Orleans" is a town-wide celebration that kicks off with Santa's arrival by boat the weekend after Thanksgiving.  Santa's better half, Mrs. Claus, hosts a pancake breakfast at the Orleans Yacht Club for residents and families eagerly awaiting Santa's appearance.  All that sugar and carbs only

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While the Cape Cod ocean beaches receive top billing, the Cape is also blessed with a 200+ freshwater "kettle" ponds scattered throughout the various communities.  A dip in the cool, clear waters of a cherished pond is a favorite Cape Cod memory for residents and visitors alike.  Henry David Thoreau famously visited the Wellfleet ponds in the mid-1800s, later remarking on them in "Cape Cod."   

While the National Seashore identifies 20 official ponds scattered throughout the beach forests of Wellfleet and Truro, ponds are also an appealing part of the landscape in communities such as Brewster, Harwich, and Eastham.  These unique kettles were formed as a product of the Ice Age some 15,000 years ago.  As the glacier ice melted, it left behind massive

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While most of us have pulled our kayaks off the beaches and landings of Cape Cod, I did see a lone kayaker navigating out in Wellfleet Harbor last Friday.  Watching this solo paddler get in an early December workout was truly inspirational to say the least!

One of the best ways to experience the raw, natural beauty of the Cape is by kayak.  Kayaking not only gives you access to areas that may be difficult to reach on foot but also provides a great workout while beating the heat.  Wellfleet has an abundance of options whether you're looking for a relaxing paddle or a grand exploration.  Here are a few local favorites: 

Gull Pond

Gull Pond is the only Wellfleet pond with boat rentals and as Wellfleet's largest pond, provides lots of room for

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I am pleased to announce the arrival of Cape Cod’s newest real estate website, Cape Cod Neighborhoods.  The site went live on December 5, 2014 at 7:56 PM EST.  It was a relatively brief and uneventful period of propagation after the domain name servers were updated at 7:48 PM EST.

Cape Cod Neighborhoods is a hefty entrant into the Cape Cod real estate cyberspace, weighing in at 625 pages and 623 snippets.  The proud dad has a bit of a sore wrist, tired eyes and some worn keys on his MacBook Pro as a result of the fast and furious pace of development.

Now that we are here, it is our mission to provide Cape Cod with a fresh, new way to shop for real estate.  Initially, we are featuring neighborhoods in eight Cape Cod communities including:

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