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Live a 50s Mad Men dream in this period modernist architectural gem, set on 3+ very private acres deep in National Seashore woods. Hilltop views, newly refurbished kitchen, new appliances, new washer/dryer, three outdoor mahogany decks, upstairs screened porch with mahogany deck, 2 fireplaces, three bedrooms and 2 baths at main house. Secluded guest house with another deck, fridge, outdoor shower and 1/2 bath, sleeps four easily. Walking distance to ocean and pond beaches. Charcoal grills and picnic area. DSL wifi (available but not guaranteed) and free long distance US calling plan.
Upon request, we'll arrange for someone to meet and greet you on the Sunday morning after your arrival, to make sure you are OK, point out the routes to the beaches and ponds, and generally make sure everything is working....moreless
There is a restored row boat suitable for use in the ponds - but a word of warning: it's heavy and not easy to move!...moreless
Deck / Patio:
3 outdoor decks (2 mahogany wood) plus upstairs screened porch at main house, ideal for lunchtime, cocktails facing the sunset and evening drinks. Another deck at guest house....moreless
Chequesset Neck Golf and Boat Club is 10 mins away in Wellfleet....moreless
Kayak / Canoe:
Exquisite kayaking on the Wellfleet ponds - easy walking distance - or on Truro's Pamet River....moreless
Charcoal grill (not propane gas). Grilling area with picnic table....moreless
Oliver's on Route 6 (5 minutes drive from the house) rents beautiful clay courts, some floodlit. The town has many courts. There are usually tennis balls at the house, just bring your rackets!...moreless
Water Sports Gear:
Beach chairs, boogie boards and inflatables....moreless
Refunds upon cancellation (less $100 fee) only if home can be re-rented for the same rate.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Located on a totally private hilltop in the National Seashore woods, this period 50s architect-designed home is just 5-10 minutes walk on sandy trails from the ocean beach and both Higgins and Gull Ponds.
Year Purchased: 1980
About: We bought this family retreat from the heirs of Edwin O'Connor, the author of 'The Last Harrah' who built the house when his book became a bestseller and a movie with Spencer Tracy. We are from London, England and have come to Wellfleet every summer since then. We now share the house and rent it when none of us are able to use it.
Why Wellfleet: We loved the house and the incredible privacy of its woods. Plus we knew the architect, Serge Chermayeff, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serge_Chermayeff, a contemporary of Walter Gropius and Eero Saarinen and a professor of architecture at Yale and Harvard. Like other well known architects, Chermayeff was a Wellfleet resident for decades. www.ccmht.org
The Unique Benefits at this Estate: The house is 'upside down,' with the kitchen, dining and living areas upstairs, and bedrooms and bathrooms downstairs. The upstairs screen porch looking west downhill to the ponds and the woods is our favorite spot. Swimming and kayaking in Higgins or Gull Ponds at the Sluice where they meet is a wonderful experience, and just a 5 minute walk through the woods from the bottom of the drive.
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