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Welcome to our Cape Cod Retreat! Tucked away in the natural environs of the National Seashore in historic North Eastham, Massachusetts, our bright and clean home offers four bedrooms, two bathrooms and an outdoor shower. Our newly renovated common living-dining room is spacious with a long farmers table that can seat up to 12 people comfortably and a comfy sectional sofa that provides a place for the family to sit together to play a board game or to watch a movie. Our large, sunlight-flooded kitchen has been recently updated with under-mounted sink and granite countertops. If you are a foodie you’ll love cooking a meal in this space. With it's comfy arm chairs and early morning sun pouring in, this where we love to sit with a cup of coffee and read of the morning paper. The deck off the kitchen is shaded by oaks and sea pines. It's a wonderful place to cook (on a Webber Gas Grill) and eat, or share a libation on a warm summer day. On cool evenings, we find ourselves drawn to our farmer’s porch that stretches across the front of our house. We’ve discovered recently that night-time mosquitoes are infrequent visitors of homes on the Oceanside of the Cape, unlike the more marshy inlets of the Bayside. We have a large yard with swing set and plenty of room for off-street parking (room for a boat).
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Our home is close to many beautiful and unique Cape Cod sites including the National Seashore (Nauset Light Beach and Coast Guard Beach) and the famous Nauset Lighthouse (one mile from the house). Eastham also has 4 bay beaches and several fresh water kettle ponds (great for young children!), all within minutes of the house. The Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary (under a mile from us) is the perfect place for a gentle nature walk for the young and “young at heart”, as well as the most earnest bird-watchers. For you bicyclers, you can access the Cape Cod Rail Trail at the end of our street. Head north a few hundred yards for mini golf or keep on pedaling into South Wellfeet (3 miles) for a latte and a brioche at the very popular 'P.B. Boulangerie' or the 'Blue Willow'. Head South on the Rail Trail you will quickly encounter old fashioned donut shops, coffee, ice cream, a general store, Deli and a world class gym for those of you who want to work out before heading to the beach. If you're up for a longer bike ride, you can go a little further to get to Orleans center, with it's many shops and restaurants, including The Chocolate Sparrow, whose delicious confections provide a great incentive to keep pedaling down the path. You can also take it easy and drive to downtown Orleans in about 10 minutes. There, you will find stores to help with all the practicalities: Super Stop n Shop, CVS, The Christmas Tree Shop, as well as many charming and interesting local shops, antique shops, and restaurants. The Town of Wellfleet (5 minutes from the house) is a wonderful artist village with a few upscale restaurants and a picturesque pier. This charming and peaceful downtown area with it's art galleries and unique shops, make for great afternoon of window shopping. If you want to venture about 20 minutes farther, check out Provincetown, a Portuguese fishing village that has the feel of Greenwich Village. There is nothing quite like it. P-Town, as we like to call it, is a must see whether you want to poke around in shops, go on a whale watch or simply sit on a bench and “people watch.” As you head toward Wellfleet, you’ll surely notice the Wellfleet Drive-in and cinema, where you can enjoy first-run films in the great outdoors.
Year Purchased: 2011
About the owner: We both grew up and have lived in Massachusetts up until recently, when we moved to Long Island, NY with our 3 young children when John began a new job.
Why the Owner Chose Eastham: We both vacationed in Cape Cod as children and, for the past 15 years, we have spent our summer vacations at a relative's home on the lower Cape. We've loved spending our vacations there as a young couple, hanging at the spectacular beaches of the National Seashore during the day and checking out the great restaurants and night life in Wellfleet and Provincetown. More recently, we started to come with our babies and spent our time at the gentle waters and sea shells of the bay beaches and especially the warm, clear spring waters of the kettle ponds where our little ones could play safely for hours at the water's edge. With little ones we've also become very familiar with the great mini-golf and soft serve ice cream joints, the wonderful children's theatre in Brewster and exploring the beautiful, peaceful trails on the Wellfleet Audubon, although with 3 noisy kids in tow, we don't see as many birds as we used to! The lower Cape feels like home to us; an utterly peaceful home where we can take a deep breath, feel the Cape Cod breeze, and spend wonderful moments with family and friends. So, when we moved to New York, we knew that, even though it was a bit farther for us to drive, we couldn't buy a vacation home anywhere else.
We love the North Eastham area because it has a very rural, quiet feel to it. When we're biking or driving down our street and all the beach roads around us, we feel like we're far away from civilization. Yet, when we do want to venture out and find some civilization for fun or practical reasons, we're on Route 6 in a minute and can head a few minutes in either direction for all of our favorite spots.
We also love having the option of going to the ocean beaches for the big thrilling waves and the dunes or across the road to the bay beaches, where we can watch the sunset on the water. Great Pond is also just a few minutes away, so we can pop over there after the beach for a refreshing swim.
The Unique Benefits at this House: When we found the 'Mucho Gusto Hideaway', which was aptly named by our 6 year old daughter, we knew this was the place for us. The charming farmer's porch grabbed us immediately and it has turned out to be great spot to hang out and grab the morning sun with a cup of coffee and enjoying some margaritas and chips and salsa as the sun is setting. The home has enough room for us to be comfortable, give everyone space for a little privacy, and to welcome family and friends. We also love to cook and entertain, so we loved the newly renovated large kitchen and the open feeling of the dining and living room area.
We were very excited to see the outdoor shower and the deck off the kitchen. The big yard allows our kids to run around and explore for hours and we enjoy the view of the gorgeous hydrangea bushes.
The proximity to the bike path has been a great bonus of our location! We can go for a walk or jog there in the morning and the family can hop on our bikes and ride to many destinations without having to deal with the dangers of the traffic on Route 6.
The 'Hideaway' is a very special place for our family and since we bought it last year, we have been (and are still) lovingly renovating, decorating and appointing our home, to create a clean, comfortable and peaceful space in which we and our guests can spend our precious (and all too rare) vacation time.