It is amazing how many antique homes we show that were moved to the Cape from Nantucket in olden days! One of my favorite programs on WCAI radio is A Cape Cod Notebook. Last week, commentator Mary Bergman talked about how antique homes get moved quite often on Nantucket. You can listen to her segment here.
“When you live 30 miles out to sea, many things get reused, redistributed and shifted around. I once heard an antique dealer on Nantucket say he’d sold the same scrimshawed whale’s tooth three separate times. The buyers kept departing, one way or another, but the antiques remained.
Houses here are sometimes sold completely furnished–it’s easier than trying to take everything with you when you move off-island. I’ve benefited immensely from countless estate sales, or even the occasional end table left waiting for me on the side of the road. I don’t think there is a single thing in my house that didn’t come from somebody else. Even my cat was salvaged, after being returned to the animal shelter…twice.
But the most ambitious thing Nantucketers reuse are houses. You’ll see houses advertised for sale–for $1– in the paper. All you have to do is move it. These are houses that are often in good shape, but don’t suit the tastes of the new owners. I wonder how many of these houses in motion began their lives as somebody’s dream house. All you have to do is watch the real estate market and the demolition requests to know that one man’s treasure is another’s trash.
Now that fall is here and the traffic, such that it is, has died down, it’s not unusual to turn down Milestone or Madaket Road and find yourself stuck behind one half of a house, slowly chugging along. It’d be inconvenient if it wasn’t so impressive. It doesn’t matter how many times I see a house move, I still find it fantastic. Something out of a dream.
So many of the houses look the same out here, the same weathered grey shingles, the same white trim. There are stories of summer renters who, coming home in the fog, can’t tell the difference between this house or that house and end up in the wrong one. When a house is moved, sliced in half or thirds and jacked up in the air, curtains still billowing in the windows, it’s finally set apart from all the other earth-bound dwellings, elevated.
We have more house moves than any town in the state. If you are late to work, it’s a perfectly acceptable excuse to say you were stuck behind a house. They always seem to be on the move when you have somewhere you have to be.
It’s not just the houses that are moving–the very sand under our feet is, too. You can look at time-lapse photos of the sand as it moves around the coastline like a conveyor belt, watch Esther Island as it detaches and reattaches to the western shore. There are some parts of the island growing larger–where the sand is deposited–and other places where the sand is only being taken. The dream houses built along those unlucky stretches of coastline will have to be moved sooner or later, too. Those house movings are less novel. They’re more like a solemn march made in desperation, retreating away from the receding shore.
Sometimes I forget there are places other than here, places where you build a house and it stays put. “
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Ice-fishing season is open!
And so is the real estate market! You might not think there are “fish” swimming around the pond looking for properties, but au contraire! There are lots of buyers out there fishing for their dream homes this time of year! Open houses were quite busy this past weekend & showing requests are coming in. With inventory very low, now is a great time to list your property!
The new tax reform legislation proposes changes that could have serious impacts on homeowners! This article from the Washington Report outlines the changes proposed by the Senate.
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Buying a home with knotty pine?
Knotty pine and wood paneling, as most everybody knows, was very popular in the mid-20th century. There doesn’t seem to be too much history on the reason it was such a hit, other than it was inexpensive, easy to DIY, and durable. Even though earthy, wood-tones seem to be making a comeback, we see it in the form of darker stained kitchen cabinets or counter tops, or thanks to the popular HGTV show Fixer Upper, sometimes unfinished, horizontally arranged ship lap.
These designs remind us of visiting our grandparents, where there homes were compartmentalized and seemingly small for our open-floor-plan, modern taste. Wide-width plank knotty pine flooring is also a sought after feature in homes, but wood paneling and kitchen cabinets are usually the first to go! While there are a few homeowners out there, like this knotty-pine-fan blogger, there are many more blog’s that give advice, tips, and how-to’s on getting rid of that mid-century look. Here are a couple options if you are looking to bring your knotty pine into the 21st century:
Painting is usually a first choice for lightening the dark tones of knotty pine. This method can be tedious if there are a lot of knots, but the results are gorgeous!
Whitewashing or Pickling
If you like the look and texture of knots, this method is for you! It will give your walls more of a Cape Cod cottage-like feel instead of a woodsy cabin.
One of the best times of the summertime is 4th of July. But getting to watch the many fireworks displays and having some hometown fun at a patriotic parade on Cape Cod is a real treat! What’s better than getting together with friends and family for some 4th of July fun with a gorgeous beach view? Here are this years’ Independence Day celebrations:
7:00am – 11:00am
Fireworks at Dusk
9:30am Antique Car Show
9:00pm Boat ParadeFireworks at Dusk:
Falmouth Heights Beach
Lewis Bay, Hyannis
MacMillan Wharf, Provincetown
Stage Harbor – Oyster Pond Beach
The summer has finally started to show itself and that means farmers’ markets season! As Cape Cod starts to bustle with visitors and seasonal businesses start to open, our friends at all the local farmers markets gear up for a busy couple of months.
Did you know there are farmers markets open every day all over Cape Cod? You can get farm fresh, local produce from Bourne all the way to Provincetown. And if you’re in the mood for a little more fun, you can check out Farmers’ Market Meets Happy Hour over at Cape Cod Beer in Hyannis.
Local real estate is also ripe for the picking… it’s time to buy or sell before interest rates climb higher! Please call or write to explore your options! Enjoy the harvest!
The dreaded news of a failed septic can paralyze Cape Cod property sellers just when they think they are ready to list. Some say, “I’ll just let the buyers take care of it,” but very few buyers are willing to consider a property that needs a new septic. Buyers worry that even with an estimate of the cost, they could be surprised with additional costs–like finding a huge boulder right where the new leaching field is suppose to go! But a seller has options! Even if strapped for cash, Barnstable County has a special loan program that can cover the cost until closing. If the property is already under contract, some engineers and septic installers will do the work and get paid at closing. The first step is to have the engineering done right away, since that can be the slowest part of the process, and then put the plan out for bid with installers. Instead of an obstacle, the new septic becomes a very desirable feature for eager buyers! Feel free to call for more tips and guidance!
NO, LIST NOW! Cold winds are blowing over the beaches, snack shacks are closed, and the boats are shrink-wrapped at the marinas, but the buyers are here–whether in person or on line! You would think real estate would be dead this time of year, but I had several showings this week and I put a condo under contract after multiple offers! Buyers are eager to buy before interest rates rise further, but there are very few listings to pick from right now. Some buyers would also rather buy a vacation home now instead of book another rental for this summer. It’s a sellers’ market! So if you are thinking about listing your Cape Cod real estate, call or write now. Now is the time!