Orleans Real Estate

Orleans is located on the “inner elbow” of the Cape and features a number of bogs and ponds as well as inlets and harbors along its eastern side, including Town Cove, Nauset Harbor and Pleasant Bay. Rock Harbor, shared with the town of Eastham, provides easy boating access to Cape Cod Bay. A boater’s paradise, Orleans is also popular with nature enthusiasts offering bird sanctuaries and access to the Cape Cod Rail Trail (paved 22-mile bike path).

Real Estate Statistics

Total Listings: 95
Average Price: $1,327,996
Highest Listing Price: $11,950,000
Lowest Listing Price: $319,900

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Orleans Homes For Sale

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18 Properties Found.
Photo of Listing #21607146
  • MLS® #: 21607146
  • 10 Sipson Island
  • Orleans, MA 02653
  • $12,500,000
  • 1058944 SqFt, 24.31 Acres
  • Lots and Land
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Photo of Listing #21605651
  • MLS® #: 21605651
  • 30 Payson Land Lane
  • Orleans, MA 02653
  • $1,895,000
  • 70131 SqFt, 1.61 Acres
  • Lots and Land
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Photo of Listing #21607095
  • MLS® #: 21607095
  • 117 Lake Drive
  • Orleans, MA 02653
  • $1,500,000
  • 50965 SqFt, 1.17 Acres
  • Lots and Land
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Photo of Listing #21609401
  • MLS® #: 21609401
  • 18 West Road 107
  • Orleans, MA 02653
  • $599,000
  • 2 Bed, 2 Bath, 1496 SqFt, 3.6 Acres
  • Single Family
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Photo of Listing #21608781
  • MLS® #: 21608781
  • 18 West Road 207
  • Orleans, MA 02653
  • $595,000
  • 2 Bed, 2 Bath, 1634 SqFt, 3.6 Acres
  • Single Family
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Photo of Listing #21700464
  • MLS® #: 21700464
  • 36 Sea Mist Drive
  • Orleans, MA 02653
  • $579,000
  • 52272 SqFt, 1.2 Acres
  • Lots and Land
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Orleans Community Summary

Unlike some of its more remote neighbors, Orleans is considered a year-round community.  Residents range from vacationers with second homes to young families and retirees, all of whom enjoy the diverse mix of shops, restaurants, and other conveniences.  Orleans is also home to Nauset Beach, distinguished by big waves and long stretches of white sand as well as spectacular sunsets.

Orleans was first settled in the late 1600s by Pilgrims from the Plymouth Colony who were dissatisfied with the poor soil condition further north.  Captured twice by the British during the Revolutionary War, Orleans was named in honor of Louis Philippe II, Duke of Orleans in recognition of France’s support for the Thirteen Colonies during the War.  Early town organizers specifically avoided selecting a British or “English” name and Orleans lives on as the town name to this day.  Windmills dotting the landscape are a testament to the area’s early reliance on salt-making as a major industry – the windmills were used to pump salt water into shallow vaults for evaporation.  The Jonathan Young Windmill on Route 28 is a popular icon of this earlier time.

Housing stock includes both year-round homes ranging from Cape Cod-style properties to ranches and stately colonials.  Orleans also features a number of waterfront estates and oversize “cottages” that provide magnificent views of the harbor as well as deeded pond rights.  Along with Brewster, Eastham, and Wellfleet, Orleans belongs to the Nauset Regional School District set against the backdrop of the National Seashore and Nauset Light house.  Each town operates an elementary school for their own students and then combines middle and high school students in the regional school.

Orleans is bordered by Eastham to the west,  Brewster to the east and Harwich to the southeast.  It is located 36 miles east of the Sagamore Bridge and 90 miles southeast of Boston.


Blog Posts About Orleans

Renourishing Nauset Beach

Orleans town leaders are attempting to work against time, with plans to demolish some buildings in an effort to try and shore up and nourish Nauset Beach. That’s in response to a recent beach management study that came up with a list of recommendations to combat the increasing beach erosion of an estimated 12-feet per year.The study points out that the speed of erosion is being fueled by a rise in the sea level and climate change, threatening the town’s beach facilities at Nauset Beach. T... Read More

Orleans Academy Playhouse Entertains the Cape

A staple in the Orleans community for generations, the Academy Playhouse continues to entertain locals and visitors to this day, the same as it has for the past several decades on Cape Cod. What originally began as the Arena Theater, started in 1950 by a couple that had recently settled on the Cape, has grown substantially over the years, now offering performances, classes and workshops.The theater began with the vision of bringing live theater to the community, making it an attractive de... Read More

Orleans Facts and Figures

With a remarkable history dating back centuries, the Town of Orleans now entertains with its small town charm and its impressive, natural surroundings. Before one moves to or visits Orleans, however, its important to take a closer look at all that makes the town so unique.With only about 14 square miles of land to call its own, the town is located to the south of Eastham and to the north of Chatham. It also enjoys miles of water access with Cape Cod Bay to the northwest and the Atlantic O... Read More

The Orleans French Connection

While it may be thousands of miles from Cape Cod to France, Orleans celebrates a noted connection to the European country, from its name to its annual celebrations. While the town was named by area resident Isaac Snow he gained his inspiration from a French duke named Louis Philippe Joseph d’Orleans, respected for being a “friend of the common man”, breaking with tradition as the rest of the Cape used English locations when naming the remaining towns in the area. It’s hardly the only conn... Read More

Finest Hours Lifeboat on Display in Orleans

CG 36500 (photo courtesy of the Orleans Historical Society)  On display in Orleans, the lifeboat that spurred the real-life drama “The Finest Hours” offers up a true lesson in Cape Cod history. First constructed in the mid 1940s, the 36-foot CG36500 lifeboat earned its spot in history with a rescue off the coast of Chatham in the early 50s. Widely considered one of the U.S. Coast Guard’s most daring rescues, the boat was used to save the lives of 32 crewmen stranded during a storm on board... Read More

The data relating to real estate for sale on this site comes from the Broker Reciprocity (BR) of the Cape Cod & Islands Multiple Listing Service, Inc. Summary or thumbnail real estate listings held by brokerage firms other than Old Cape Sotheby's International Realty are marked with the BR Logo and detailed information about them includes the name of the listing broker. Neither the listing broker nor Old Cape Sotheby's International Realty shall be responsible for any typographical errors, misinformation or misprints and shall be held totally harmless. This site was last updated 06/25/2017. All properties are subject to prior sale, changes or withdrawal.