Upper Cape Living: What's on the Market on the Upper Cape
By: Lynette Helms, March 13, 2014
In terms of Real Estate, the Upper Cape is a diverse market. Between areas like Megansett, Nye's Neck, Scraggy Neck and Popponesset Island, the region has its fair share of multimillion dollar waterfront estates, but large areas with reasonably priced family homes dot the area as well, meaning there's something for everybody.
While sites like Zillow and Trulia are great, they don't capture the true feel of the neighborhoods and the market condition in a particular community. We've assembled a group of homes at the main price points in the market to give you a snapshot of what's on the market on the Upper Cape. As always, all homes shown are currently listed with Real Estate Associates.
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56 Bryant Point Road, Megansett - $1,295,000
This contemporary is in line with what's hitting the market in Megansett these days. Like many other homes in the neighborhood, it was built in the 1960s and has been updated and renovated extensively since then. Unlike other homes in the village, it is located out of the flood zone but still has spectacular ocean views and is walking distance to the beach. The current owners have put a ton of work into the house in recent years, including a gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances, hardwoods throughout the home and modern touches like recessed lighting, surround sound and TV mount wiring. This home is a great example of keeping the essence of the original home while bringing it up to 2014's standards.
80 Waterway, Mashpee - $1,149,500
Million dollar homes in Mashpee are usually located in one of three places - Willowbend, New Seabury and Popponesset Island. This home is located in the Bright Coves village of New Seabury, with a dock right on Spinnaker Cove. It was built in 1968, right in the heady early years of the development, and has seen a fair share of updates through the years. Like many other New Seabury homes of that era, it has distinct architecture and was built with large groups and the outdoors in mind. Within the New Seabury and Popponesset Island neighborhoods, the housing mix is a blend of homes built between 1960 and 1981, and new homes built from 2005 onward, often right next to each other. 80 Waterway is priced in the middle of the market - higher than the non-waterfront homes of the same age, but lower than the new waterfront retreats.
16 River Haven, East Falmouth - $649,000
Located in a private association development in the East Falmouth village of Waquiot, 16 River Haven Road is not the usual listing we encounter in East Falmouth. First off, at five bedrooms, it's one of the larger homes in the village and is located on a quiet cul-de-sac close to the water. Given the price point, it's a great year-round home, and Waquoit definitely has a year-round tilt not found in other parts of town. It also has a two car garage - a creature comfort not found in a lot of older homes in the village.
12 Woodside Drive, East Falmouth - $549,000
At $549,000, 12 Woodside Drive is right in the sweet spot for price and size in the East Falmouth village. Located in the Seacoast Shores neighborhood, the home has water views from the front and rear porches, making it one of the most affordable ocean view homes on the Upper Cape. Unusual to most places on the Cape, it has 3 full bathrooms and since it is relatively new construction (2003), the septic system is already compliant. The home has an open floor plan, well-maintained hardwood flooring, and multiple decks off the back of the house. It was definitely built with the ocean in mind, making it an enviable year-round resident or a prime second home literally a stones throw from the ocean. As an added bonus, the home is located in an amenity-laden community, with the option to buy into a clubhouse, pool and tennis courts.
2 Metacom Road, Mashpee - $299,000
2 Metacom Road is a reminder that there is indeed value to be had on the Upper Cape. A classically styled Cape, this home is at the high end of the starter home price range but the low end for a family looking to grow with kids, or that has a lot of relatives that visit in the summer months. One of the few true two story houses in the Johns Pond Estates neighborhood, the home has all of the typical amenities found in the neighborhood with the benefit of extra bedrooms, bathrooms and good old-fashioned space. Buyers looking these have the benefit of buying homes that have already had a lot of updates done to them - this house already has hardwood floors in the kitchen, living room and dining room, and tile in the master bathroom. This minimizes the amount of expenses that a new homeowner will incur when moving into a new property.