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Dear prospective guests: In all our years of renting this 6-level oceanfront home, one person, July 11, was outraged SandytToes does not sit right on the beach like a Tahiti grass-hut.) Our listing states "On a bluff overlooking the ocean," and "Highest Spot on Cape Cod Bay," and beach access is a "short paved walk down the hill." Her 1-star review said "Not oceanfront, ocean view maybe." Well, any dictionary defines "oceanfront" as land on the ocean. And sadly, her review will skew all our 5-star reviews. "The house is charming" and "the beds are comfortable," she said, and then gave us a 1 star review. Our bluff is 80' high Sagamore Beach Conservation Land. Since we do not own below the edge of the bluff, we naturally can't build beach stairs or otherwise develop conservation land. The 1-star guest was informed April 2014 that, due to extreme winter weather/erosion, we needed to move our deck back 20 short feet and that even WE did not know how it would look when finished -- and she was fine with that. What was mentally processed between April 2014 and July 2015 is beyond us.
Working in a conservation zone, we were dealing with obstructive neighbor, engineers, town inspectors, conservation commission, designers, and builders -- all leading to a $50,000 deck project to give a few years of erosion protection. The project has been completed, the observation deck is beautiful, and the panoramic views are astounding with jaw-dropping sunrises/moonrises over the ocean, great orbs reflected in the always moving sea, like a scene from the movie "Contact" if you've seen it. The walk down the hill to the sugar-sand, private neighborhood beach entrance is 6 houses away. There are huge stretches of pristine sand …but of course, we don't personally control this magnificent natural spectacle of sand, sea, bluff, forest, sky, tides. It changes from season to season. Please use Google earth and the area topography readily available online, if you find these ACTUAL photos are hard to interpret. They are not Photoshopped, they may be cropped, and they are real.
(Now back to my usual listing, thanks for your attention and forbearance…)
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Aug 22-29 SOLD (pnk)
Aug 29-04 SOLD (rss)
Sep 04-08 SOLD (mlb)
Sep 11-15 SOLD (do)
Sep 24-28 SOLD (fed)
Oct, Nov, Dec available
As seen on the Fine Living TV channel, 'SandyToes' is a charming seaside Nantucket Barn-style home on six levels, nestled into the woods overlooking Cape Cod Bay. Its multiple levels and interesting spaces give it a Swiss-Family-Robinson tree house feeling. Situated on an oceanfront high sandy bluff and abutting 15 acres of forested conservation land (the beach is a short, paved walk down the hill) SandyToes is a UNIQUE and very rare destination. THE ROOMS: The great room is an inviting space at the top of the 'barn.' Under its vaulted, barnwood ceiling with beams and loft, you'll find planked floors, inviting well-appointed kitchen (SubZero, Meile convection oven, large sit-around butcher block island, two Bosch dishwashers, granite counter tops, induction cookers, and more). A freestanding fireplace makes the great room a cozy place to curl up with some of the scores of books. Above the kitchen is a ocean-view loft where youngsters (or grown-up kids) love to bunk or look down at the grownups making lunch with fresh seafood from the nearby fish market. The Great Room's dining deck offers shady sanctuary under its cathedral of trees and has room has a charcoal grill built into a n arched opening in the chimney (along with a top quality gas grill.) There are 3 pleasant bedrooms on the bedroom level: a garden view room w antique pine double bed / an ocean view room w queen pine canopy bed / an ocean view room w king size pillow top bed w antique headboard and small antique soaking tub. The rooms have beautiful wood floors, antiques, books, and comfortable beds.
When you step outside through French doors and stroll a few feet up the short sandy path to the bluff to the seaside observation deck, you experience a vast panoramic view of Cape Cod Bay from the highest spot on the bay. At yet another deck, tucked into a private woodsy corner, you can shower outside by moonlight surrounded by forest. This charming 'upside down' barn has elegant touches, but is casual for family fun and entertaining. There are walking paths along the old Indian trail on the oceanside bluff which start right at the SandyToes' side garden. While some cottages do not allow pets, we are dog lovers and invite you to bring your well-behaved best friend to frolic in the surf. Swim, wade, or beachcomb for starfish, sand dollars, and hermit crabs on a white, smooth sandy beach.
In the inter-tidal zone, you can sometimes find blue mussels and sea clams for dinner. The water gets warmer as summer progresses, so September and October are surprisingly good times to visit. We've been told that from our deck you can see when the bluefish come to shore in case you would like to try surf casting. (Yes, we did have a guest who actually brought in a bluefish from our beach.) Across the water, you can see Provincetown & Truro, or watch ships on their way to the nearby Cape Cod Canal, along which there is a fabulous seven-mile level bike path and easy parking for your car. If you ever want to leave, Plymouth Rock, the Mayflower, and the fascinating Plimoth Plantation (which is like a trip in a time machine) are only eight miles north, and Cape Cod proper is a short two miles away. Charming Sandwich is also two miles away and has a Glass Museum and Heritage Plantation and a fine antiques auction on alternate Saturdays.
You can see the entire curve of the beach north and also south all the way around the "arm" of the cape which wraps around the CapeCodBay, with Provincetown visible due East/Northeast on a clear day....moreless
SandyToes is oceanfront land on a high sandy bluff at the edge of an oceanfront forest. While it is oceanfront, you need to walk down the private neighborhood street, beach entrance at bottom of hill....moreless
Fireplace is freestanding, 'Cape Cod' onion-shaped pottery fireplace (yes, really) made from crucible-grade ceramic from the Bay State Crucible Company (smelting ceramic) - way more charming than it sounds....moreless
Island kitchen has 2 refrigerators, Sub Zero w 2 freezer drawers, + a new Kitchen Aid 'french door' refrigerator for extra space, a smallish German Miele convection oven (euro-sized, not for 25 pound turkeys), two 18-inch diswashers, granite countertops with two undermount sinks, garbage disposal, kitchen island with oak top, antique spice cabinet, long storage cabinet from 'Dillon and Co' English antiques...moreless
Cleaning fee is refundable if house is left 'as it was found.' If SandyToes is booked, please check our other listings: House by the Sea our turn of the century oceanfront summer home Tamarack Lake Estate a wonderful lakefront estate near the ocean Light House Cottage an exquisite oceanfront timberframe cottage with amazing light house views Cushman Place a luxurious turn of the century townhouse residential suite w 2 bedrooms, fireplace, gourmet kitchen Lakehouse a beautiful lakefront 4 bedroom home with sandy beach by the ocean (one month stays) -------------- email us for links to these extraordinary properties.
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Sandy Toes abuts Sagamore Beach Highlands Conservation acreage at the ocean. This stretch of oceanfront land is high bluffs, with beach entrances dotted here and there along the low areas between bluffs. It is just two miles north of Sandwich, (probably the prettiest town on the Cape.) It is 15 miles south of Plymouth which is not only historic, but has whale watching and Plymouth Plantation the 1600s village of living history (like a trip in a time machine). Many vacationers know that this is an excellent and increasingly preferred location at the top of Cape Cod, as it gives easy access to exploring without the disadvantage of getting mired in the infamous Cape traffic. Just south is Sandwich. Hyannis is 20 minutes away (ferries transport you to Nantucket), as is Falmouth (ferries to Martha's Vineyard) and Wood's Hole. Buzzards Bay, with it's water-slide park and mini-golf and kayak rentals, is only 5 miles away. Less than 2 miles from SandyToes is the CapeCod Canal Bikeway: 8 miles of flat, paved waterfront biking w rest stations w water fountains, bike rental, food and antiques.
Other Activities: One guest landed a bluefish on the beach
Golf: The area has many fine golf courses, antique shops, and historic homes -- some of which date to the 1600s and can be toured. And there's nothing quite like being oceanfront when the July 4th fireworks can be viewed across the water --you can see fireworks all around you as Cape Cod towns have displays that are visible right from 'SandyToes' oceanfront deck. Campfires (current rules permitting) and clambakes on the beach complete idyllic summertime memories. If you want a taste of the big city, you can drive or take a train an easy 48 miles into Boston, where there are concerts, plays, shopping, and sites to satisfy all ages and interests. The commuter rail can take your teens into Boston's South Station, just a quick subway ride from the popular Back Bay, interesting and varied boutiques. Or go to Harvard Square in Cambridge, a lively fusion of culture, education, and exciting shops and bookstores. A short drive to New Bedford's whaling museum and Newport's grand mansions make fascinating day trips.
Ski: There is even a water slide park in nearby Buzzard's Bay. If you've ever worried that your summer rental would be shabby or tacky, crowded with cast-off furniture and depressing decor, or stripped down to the meanest minimum (we've seen so many like that), put your mind at rest. This pleasant home has been designed to please discriminating visitors with first-rate amenities in an inspiring private woodsy oceanside location. You may wish to review just a few of the compliments bestowed on SandyToes from our valued previous guests, by following the calendar/guestbook link. Then you can evaluate this delightful woodsy ocean hideaway we call 'SandyToes.'
SandyToes may be fully booked by the time you read this. If so, please consider our similarly-wonderful alternatives: -- Storybook 'House by the Sea' an incomparable historic house on direct oceanfront, reigning over one of New England's most beautiful views, has beach stairs to a private beach.
Year Purchased: 2001
About: Dear prospective SandyToes guests: SandyToes became my 2nd home more than 20 years ago while I was doing illustration and design for well known publications, high-tech companies and businesses. Being a bit weary of of the 2-D translation of manuscripts to printed page, and discovered this exciting oceanfront house, at the edge of 15 acres of protected forest, I fell in love with it. I freelanced from there and was there when the Twin Towers fell, obliquely signaling the end of the high flying high tech investing boom, and a long sad artless decade to follow. Back then we didn't upload files, we drove real paintings to Fedex at Boston Logan airpor SandyToes was perfect - the Cape, but not inconvenient like the Cape. Just over the Bridge. Cape Traffic - new to you? ask around. That is why SandyToes is so popular with those who know the traffic choke points and realize this romantic, private tree-house on forest edge, overlooking an expanse of ocean -- is a secret weapon for vacation enjoyment. I've edited out a lot of blah blah about me. My goal is to create a setting that exceeds your expectations, is worthy of your choosing SandyToes, and makes you blissfully happy with your choice...
Why Sagamore Beach:
SandyToes has a super location: You never find an oceanfront home abutting conservation forest. Just how amazing is that? And it is just 2 miles north of the Cape Cod Canal, so you are very close to everything without getting stuck in the frustratingly bad Cape Cod traffic. We sit right on the Sagamore Beach/Plymouth town line tucked into the woods at the ocean. It was a hidden treasure, and I feel so lucky to have found it!
The Unique Benefits at this House:
The house reminds me of the Swiss Family Robinson Tree House (Disney movie) it's all these different levels, interesting spaces and perspectives, the privacy of having conservation forest on the back side but the jaw-dropping expanse of ocean next to it. Sits on a very slowly eroding bluff, so we don't go onto the bluff, it's easy to walk down the hill to the beach opening. 2014 is probably the last year the deck will sit perched on its spot at the edge of the bluff. We are moving it back a bit (Plymouth Conservation Comm is making us move it back 25 feet rather than the 8 feet we wanted!) So it'll still be astonishingly great, but watch for new photos for 2015, this is our last year with that amazing bluff-edge photo!
NEW DECK, 20' back from edge of 80' high sandy bluff, beach below
80'sandy bluff with protected forest w trails on our south property line
Down at the beach, some spectacular scenery, starfish, tide pools, star fish
Looking up toward the loft over kitchen, ship-style stairs, railing on two sides
The kitchen at night
Master bedroom w ocean view
Another shower bathroom between levels
Oceanfront canopy bed bedroom (queen)
We've even turned a hall closet into another powder room, for your comfort
ground floor bedroom
2014 This deck has been moved back 20' back due to beach erosion
Nov 2014 erosion forced 20' move-back of deck
iPhone's panorama feature catches a bit more of the dramatic view
Vaulted, beams Great Room with wide pine floors and freestanding fireplace, loft
large beamed great room (this is a bad photo! will replace!)
Island kitchen, forest 2 sides, ocean views open to dining, Great Room, SubZero
Shower bathroom on bottom floor, laundry next to it, 2 twin beds bedroom, too
Oceanview dining room, dining deck, open to kitchen and Great Room
Long granite vanity, large tile shower, forest on two sides
Nestled in the trees and woods
ocean views from the loft at the top of the house
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