The painting “Cape Cod Sunset” by Edward Hopper. 

From the scenic cycling, endless kayaking, plentiful golfing, wondrous whale watching to the ubiquitous lobster rolls served at favorite joints like Arnold’s, life is good on Cape Cod.

Of course, the nation’s largest barrier island is not called “Cape Cod,”  just “The Cape.”

But don’t worry about fussy etiquette. One of the best things about the Cape is its low-key cool.

Compared to the high-falutin’ Hamptons of Long Island, where stars and bankers gather, or the rowdier Jersey Shore, the Cape caters to those who appreciate the natural wonder of the place, including the hundreds of acres of preserved dunes and marshland of the sprawling Cape Cod National Seashore.

For those lured into considering a home on the Cape, we’ve scoured the for-sale listings on Zillow and came up a smattering of offerings that might appeal as second homes, vacation rentals or — for those who might like a roaring fire and a good book during Cape Cod winters — a retirement spot.


Over the Bridge and to the Beach

40 Cromwell Rd. Sagamore Beach, MA 02562
For sale:  $589,900

Save yourself the hassle of summer weekend traffic that clogs Rt. 6. Park yourself here at this piece of perfection. Six years old, this 3,200-square-foot Contemporary Colonial has 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and a first-floor office — if you can bring yourself to working from this ocean-view setting.


The Price Is Right












8 Nauset Lane, West Yarmouth, MA 02673
For sale: $289,000

Sharp-looking exterior is quintessential Cape-style, but inside, the open floor plan shows tender, loving care. Best of all, in addition to the sub-$300K price tag, there is the quick access to Seagull Beach and the view of the Atlantic Ocean.

A Home for all Seasons

65 1st Ave. Osterville, MA 02655
For sale: $695,000

This 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom Mid-Cape home was built in 1910 and is perfect for any time of the year, thanks to its custom features, including an open floor plan and gourmet cook’s kitchen. Located in Osterville, the home also has access to plenty of water, including Parker and Neck ponds, West Bay and Centerville Harbor. No wonder this home was recreated with a nautical theme.

Beach Bungalow











30 Longstreet Lane, Eastham MA 02642
For sale: $599,000

Forget glitz. Forget glamour. This is Cape Cod au naturel. This 3-bedroom, 1-bath sun-baked shake house sits on Kingsbury Beach, just one block off Cape Cod Bay and includes a gas fireplace, 3-year-old roof, deck and rocking-chair front porch. When they say real estate is all about location, this place proves the old adage true — especially for those who’d like to take advantage of high tide in the sandy bay outside your door. And with this Mid-Cape locale, there’s easy access to Provincetown and Boston — if you ever grow tired of the swimming and sunsets.

Chatham Time












56 Monomoit Ln, Chatham, MA 02633
For sale: $599,000

Nothing beats a home that’s as neat as a pin, especially one that could serve any family in any season. This 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom 2-story house is within striking distance of two popular beaches and it’s move-in ready.


Simple Livin’ on The Vineyard

70 Goah Way, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568
For sale: $559,000

Besides style and charm, this cozy Cape has central air conditioning, a screened porch, full basement and cheery, cherry wood floors throughout. A brick woodburning fireplace in the living room and an upscale kitchen that is open to the dining room is evidence of the fine craftsmanship you find. Beautifully landscaped yard with irrigation has room to expand with a garage or guest house. Close to tennis, boat landing and town beaches.



Elegant Simplicity












14.5 Clarendon St. Nantucket, MA 02554
For sale: $699,000

Nantucket is a quaint island about 30 miles south of Cape Cod, but quaint comes with a price tag. According to 2010 Census Bureau figures, the median home price for the island — from whence Captain Ahab of Moby Dick came — is around $1 million. That makes Nantucket one of the most expensive places in the nation to buy property. At $699,000, this 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom architect-designed home is a relative bargain!


Lofty Living











535 Commercial St. Provincetown, MA 02657
For sale: $899,000

At the tip of Provincetown, not far from where the Pilgrims first landed, rises a condo that seems wildly juxtaposed to the historic clapboard buildings that line Commercial Street, the main road in the summertime carnival that is P-town. This 1,400-square-foot condo has 2 bedrooms and an open floor plan that makes good on its 9-foot ceilings. The hardwood floors glisten in this ultra-modern take on beachside living. This waterfront townhouse comes with beach access and sits at the heart of P-town’s lively arts scene.



About the Author

Laura Vecsey is a former sports columnist, news reporter and politics writer and has worked for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Baltimore Sun, Albany (N.Y.) Times-Union and Harrisburg Patriot-News. She was also a regional editor with She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College.

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