There are some areas of the Cape that are often overlooked, perhaps because they are located in neighborhoods that were once considered undesirable. But what many new homebuyers don’t know is that these pockets of the Cape, near beaches and ponds, have experienced a recent revitalization.
“Ten years ago, there were about 8,000 homes for sale on Cape, today there are a little over 2,000 homes for sale,” says Nik Atsalis of William Raveis Real Estate, speaking to the Cape’s growing popularity. Often overlooked and undervalued, the neighborhoods mentioned in this feature have everything the Cape has to offer: they are on or close to the water, surrounded by natural beauty, near cultural activities and offer a variety of dining options. If owning a home on the Cape is a dream, then it is worth looking in these five up-and-coming areas.
Dennisport has gone from neglected to revitalized in the last several years, says Ned Chatelain of The Chatelains, a real estate office that spans two generations and covers the Mid-Cape area. Chatelain grew up in Dennisport and has a true love for the village. His parents, Agnes and Ed, owned an ice cream shop in Dennisport for many years until they transitioned into real estate. Chatelain has been on the Dennisport Revitalization Committee since January 2016. “The Dennisport renaissance is in full swing,” he says. “Last year saw 100 percent occupancy on both sides of Main Street for the first time in many years.” Three new year-round restaurants have recently opened in Dennisport, including Viera, The Red Nun, and the latest, Cleat & Anchor. The village also has a spacious library with activities for all ages, art galleries, shops and a myriad of cultural events.
Homes that have been dilapidated for years are being purchased and remodeled. “The area between Route 28 and Lower County Road, between Depot Street and Division Street will be seeing the greatest impact on market value, in my opinion, since it is walkable to both the beach and the village,” says Chatelain.
58 Depot St., Dennisport
Square footage: 1,904
Lot acreage: 0.19
The three-bedroom colonial located on Depot Street is a short walk to beaches on Nantucket Sound and Main Street. The homeowner, Helen Blanchard, raves about the village. “I love my morning walks, which take in the beach and salty air; it’s so serene,” says Blanchard. “We have really seen some developments in Dennisport in the last couple of years, some great local retail and gift stores and wonderful restaurants. It is increasing housing demand in this area. It’s a great place to live.”
Brewster and Harwich cover large swaths of the Cape, but the neighborhoods close to the lakes and ponds are often missed. According to Chatelain, the real estate market steers toward ocean beaches and coastal views, but lakes and ponds have great value as well as swimming, fishing and boating—without the summer crowds. There is an area of Brewster and part of Harwich that boasts four ponds in close proximity: Sheep Pond, Seymour Pond, Hinckleys Pond and Long Pond—one of only three all-sport ponds on the Cape. This location is also a thoroughfare for the Cape Cod Rail Trail and a short drive or bike ride to Nickerson State Park.
591 Pleasant Lake Ave., Harwich
Square footage: 1,885
Lot acreage: 0.97
Listing agent: Patrick Moore
Leighton Realty 508-896-1222
This waterfront property, located in both Harwich and Brewster, sits on the edge of Black Pond, looks out over Long Pond, and is across the street from Seymour Pond. The home offers bright, open living spaces with views from most rooms and a wraparound deck for entertaining.
South Chatham is Chatham, but without the steep price tag. There isn’t a lot of waterfront, but the more modest neighborhoods have access to beaches, ponds and parks. Even when properties are not on the water, they are not far, and a short bike or car ride is all that is required. A car ride away is Chatham’s Main Street, a bustling hub, especially in the summer, where you’ll find a variety of shops and restaurants as well as summer concerts and activities. Although it may seem like a draw to be close to the center of town, being a little further away means avoiding the heavy traffic in the warmer months.
2 Uncle Deane’s Rd., South Chatham
Square footage: 1,690
Lot acreage: 0.5
Listing Agent: Penny Keith
John C. Ricotta & Associates, Inc.
This bright and cheery Cape, located south of Route 28, has access to Forest Beach and Nantucket Sound and has deeded access to Taylor’s Pond. There is a short path to the pond for fishing, boating and kayaking. The home is also about a mile from Cockle Cove Beach and Forest Beach.
“The town of Bourne and its four Cape villages, Bourne Village, Monument Beach, Pocasset and Cataumet—each special in their own way—all share beautiful western perspectives and incredible sunsets,” says Monique Ward of Kinlin Grover Real Estate. Ward has lived in the area for more than 40 years. “We swim in the warmer waters of Buzzards Bay and enjoy easy boating access and quicker trips to Martha’s Vineyard and the unspoiled Elizabeth Islands stretching beyond Woods Hole,” she says.
Pocasset is located in the southwestern part of Bourne. It isn’t far down on the Cape, so for this reason it tends to be overlooked. Since it’s only a 10-minute drive to the Bourne Bridge and a 20-minute drive to the Sagamore Bridge, Pocasset is a commuter’s summer haven. Properties with ocean views and close proximity to the beach in this area are much less expensive than the rest of the Cape. If a home is purchased as a summer oasis for a weekender, it’s an easy drive and it beats fighting traffic to and from the Lower Cape.
354 Circuit Ave., Pocasset
Square footage: 1,244
Lot acreage: 0.26
Kinlin Grover Real Estate
This charming, seasonal home located on Patuisset Island has direct waterfront access, which means a SUP board, canoe or Zodiac can be launched from the front lawn. It’s a summer cottage with two bedrooms and an enclosed wraparound sun porch offers views of Pocasset Harbor, Bassetts Island and Buzzards Bay.
In Teaticket, a village in Falmouth, and a majority of East Falmouth, you’ll find homes with water views on salt water ponds that lead to Nantucket Sound. If homes do not have water views, the beach is nearby. Most neighborhoods are lined with sidewalks-a rarity on the Cape. These neighborhoods are also affordable. In addition, the homes have access to downtown Falmouth, where there are restaurants, bakeries, ice cream parlors and shops. Mashpee Commons is not a far drive for more shopping and dining, and Woods Hole is a short trip for a stroll or a trip to the Woods Hole Science Aquarium.
40 Rivers End Rd., Teaticket
Square footage: 1,702
Lot acreage: 0.35
Alice Donisi Feehan
Kinlin Grover Real Estate
This contemporary three-bedroom Cape is located in Dexter Mill Estates, an upscale waterside community of single-family homes. There’s a boat launch with access to Vineyard Sound, a dinghy dock, tennis courts and also views of Great Pond. The home has three bedrooms, including a first-floor master as well as a two-car garage. It is only 1.5 miles to downtown Falmouth and close to both beaches and golf courses.