Good Things in Truro – Some New, Some Not So New

There’re a couple of new businesses in North Truro on Highland Road: Salty Market now occupies the former Dutra’s Market. The space and has been renewed and they offer a variety of excellent sandwiches, wines and small-batch production items, along with a good selection of groceries. A few doors down, past the ever-popular Village Café, you’ll find Chequessett Chocolate. They feature beans-to-bars chocolate, sourced organically, roasted on-site and blended into delicious chocolate items.

At Truro Vineyards, you can visit their brand-new distillery (only the second to open in the Commonwealth since Prohibition) where they are producing a delicious spiced rum called Twenty Boat Rum, dedicated to rum-runners on the Cape during Prohibition. The spice blend for the rum, incidentally, was made at Atlantic Spice Company, just down the road from the Vineyards, and always a great place to shop for spices, kitchen items and cookbooks.

f you haven’t been in a while, have dinner at Montano’s Restaurant on Route 6. They feature home-made pasta in a variety of delicious preparations and a very nice selection of wines by the glass. You can also get Truro-raised chickens at Hillside Farms, along with their great selection of produce, for a great stay-at-home meal.

Busy Times for 3Harbors

It’s been a tough winter for everyone on the eastern seaboard and we at 3Harbors have a few horror stories to tell about the gruesome conditions over the last few months.  But we kept busy and now we are entering an extremely busy time.  We have lots of new listings and a slew of properties under contract.  Here are few snapshots of what we’ve been up to:

20 Holsbery

We sold this house at 20 Holsbery Road in Truro for $950,000. We represented the buyer and the seller represented herself. The buyer’s family were previous owners of the house so this was truly a “coming home” story that we were very happy yo be a part of.

2 Sturdy Way

We listed this wonderful four bedroom Cape that is just steps to Ryder Beach. We put the house under contract almost right away after the very first showing, (the buyers had been looking for years and fell in love the moment they saw it). Asking was $799,000.

31 Tom's Hill

We listed this wonderful house on very desireable Tom’s Hill Road. It features a large open plan layout with high ceilings, wood floors and terrific views of the Pamet River, harbor and Bay. Asking price is $1,125,000.

2 Stick Bridge

We put this wonderful antique Cape home under contract. By the way, the home came through the inspection process with flying colors! Asking was $795,000.

2Pond Road

We put this house on Lt. Island in Wellfleet under contract. It will be hard to say goodbye to this house – we all had a real estate “crush” on it. Asking was $1,995,000.

1000 Old County Rd

We listed this wonderfully private home overlooking the Herring River right on the Truro/Wellfleet line. The house has complete privacy. The asking is $1,050,000.

774 Commercial

We listed this amazing home in Provincetown’s far east end. The views are truly amazing and the house has been built with an eye for casual elegance. Asking is $1,999,000.

51 Fisherman's Road

We listed this waterfront contemporary home in Truro. It has great views and rare privacy. The asking price is only $1,699,000.

70 Commercial #3

We listed this wonderful condo in down town Wellfleet. It’s a one bedroom on the top floor with terrific marsh views. The asking is $299,000.

361 Commercial

We listed three condos at 361 Commercial Street in Provincetown. Two of the units are already under contract!

2 Eric's Road

We just listed this wonderful three bedroom Cape in Truro. You better hurry on this one as the asking price is only $585,000!

We told you we were busy!

Living in the National Seashore

ccnsWe live in a very special place within the Cape Cod National Seashore, a place people like to keep to themselves.  We had already lived in Truro (two-thirds of which lies protected within the Seashore) for five years and had never even heard of these special woods which straddle  Truro and Wellfleet.  One gorgeous September Sunday, we were returning from an emergency visit to the vet and saw signs for an “open house.”  We decided to have a look, especially as the signs reminded us that our dear friend (and now 3Harbors colleague) Nick Norman, was hosting the “open house.”  Driving into the woods, we were instantly captivated by the quiet beauty all around.  Though it was the weekend just after Labor Day, it felt as if we had the whole of the Outer Cape to ourselves.  We saw the house, made an offer and, long story short, are now relishing over eight years of “living in the Seashore.”

Despite the quiet (a half dozen cars a day down our road during the summer is practically grid lock!), we discovered what a lively and interesting history had our woods.  During an impromptu visit our first summer, a former resident regaled us with stories about boozy clothing-optional parties back in the 60s and 70s.  We also heard from new neighbors about the illustrious writers and thinkers who’d been denizens of the woods over the decades.  The modern chapter of life in what we now know as the National Seashore began in the late 1920s, when Jack Phillips inherited 800 acres on the Wellfleet-Truro line from his uncle.

Phillips, a direct descendent of Boston’s first mayor and  the family which founded Phillips Exeter and Andover, moved year-round to a cabin on Horseleech pond in the early 30s. He had spent time in Paris studying painting under Leger and became friendly with artists and proponents of European Modern Architecture. With the onset of World War II, many of these intellectuals fled the Nazis and landed in Cambridge.  Some also found their way to Cape Cod and purchased land from Jack Phillips.  Emigré architects Serge Chermayeff and Marcel Breuer built Modernist dwellings.  Activist publisher and economist Dwight MacDonald, historian Arthur Schlesinger, the critic Charles Jencks and artist Paul Resika also had simple cottages in the woods.  They were all part of a summer colony which was a veritable who’s who of post-war “creatives”.

In the summer, the ghosts of these amazing people mix and mingle with a sprinkling of latter-day journalists, painters, and academics.  Brainy conversation still thrives at lively but very low-key parties, where chatter is just as likely to center on history, art and geopolitics, as it is on food, fashion or fishing.  We treasure the sounds of splashing water and laughter from the kettle ponds which punctuate the sunny languid days.  In the winter, the shorn trees exhibit every shade of gray, and the days alternate between quiet snow and endless howling wind.  Even so, the underlying effect of the long winters is not of loneliness but of a profound, almost enchanting solitude.  You always know the loveliness of summer and summer visitors will return.  But in the winter, the whole of this special world is yours alone.  In any season, though, we are grateful beneficiaries of those responsible for creating the National Seashore in 1961.  We do our best to protect these woods as they nurture us—just as they nurtured those who came before.

~John Guerra

(For more information on the modernist tradition in the Wellfleet woods, please visit the website of Cape Cod Modern Home Trust at  www.ccmht.org.)

2013 Provincetown Real Estate Market Review

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-  Single Family Homes: 51 Sales with an average sale price of $1,045,000 (compared to 53 sales in 2012/average sale price of $902,000)

-       –   Condominiums: 135 Sales with an average sales price of $454,000 (compared with 166 sales in 2012/average sale price of $420,000)

- Land: : 8 lots with an average sale price of $340,000 (compared with 3 sales in 2012/average sale price of $248,000)

The analysis from 3Harbors: The Provincetown real estate market continues to go from strength to strength with prices increasing in all sectors, particularly single family homes.  The decreases in the number of condo sales, while minor, is attributed to a lack of inventory. 

What’s the Outlook for 2014? The Provincetown market has already more than made up for the losses that followed the recession and 2013 saw new landmark prices for properties in virtually every category.  The demand for single family homes is particularly strong, witnessed by the 15% jump in average sale price.  We have every reason to expect this trend to continue into 2014.

2013 Truro Real Estate Market Review

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Single Family Homes: 52 Sales with an average sale price of $620,000 (compared to 54 sales in 2012/average sale price of $698,000)

-        Condominiums: 22 Sales with an average sales price of $254,193 (compared with 29 sales in 2012/average sale price of $231,000)

 Land: 11 lots with an average sale price of $474,000 (compared with 13 sales in 2012/average sale price of $215,000)

The analysis from 3Harbors: The Truro real estate market continues to improve, with prices only adjusting slightly for condos and single family homes over the past two years.  The big uptick in land sale averages is attributed to a number of higher end sales which were absent in prior years.  Note that there were only 33 home sales in Truro in 2011. 

What’s the Outlook for 2014? The inventory of homes for sale in Truro is tight, with only 52 homes on the market.  This, coupled with a robust and, some would say, fervent, Provincetown real estate market points to the potential for price increases in the months to come.