Nothing says home quite like a classic, all-American, Cape Cod cottage.
Originating in 17th century New England, they became popular again in the 1930s. It’s during this time period when architects began to take a bit of license with the look, increasing the size, adding a full second story, and using stone as an embellishment, which made them even more appealing.
Our Saturday Six Hundred is an adorable Cape Cod cottage, at 6119 McCommas Boulevard in the heart of Wilshire Heights. At 2,232 square feet with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and one powder bath, this one is absolutely perfect for a growing family. And at only $659,000, it’s not going to be around long.
Built in 1938, it retains all the charm of that era but has the modern updates and amenities you expect. One of the defining features of a Cape Cod is their large number of windows. Remember, in the 17th century there was no electricity, so window light was crucial. Natural light floods this home on both levels, with a wall of French doors opening onto the sunny patio and backyard.
You’re going to have a hard time deciding which room is your favorite in this house. We keep going back and forth, and so does listing agent Susan Matusewicz with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s.
“It’s a tie between the living room and the sunroom,” Matusewicz said. “The sunroom wallpaper is delightful and I love that beadboard ceiling!”
We’re pretty enamored of the dining room. Another asset of having all those windows in a Cape Cod is the ability to use a bold, dark color and have a room still feel light and bright.
The kitchen is a vision in white. Classic subway tile, white marble countertops, and great open shelving will bring out your inner Julia Child.
The master bedroom is on the first floor, which is what everyone wants today. The master bathroom is a lesson in exactly the right way to remodel a bathroom. White subway tile, Carrara marble countertops, and basket weave tile floors are always a recipe for success. These elements never go out of style.
Now a bit about the neighborhood because you have to love the house and the ‘hood.
Wilshire Park has about 700 homes tucked into just 12 streets. It’s bounded by Mockingbird to the north, Skillman to the west, Abrams to the east, and Mercedes to the south. Sometime around 1846, the McCommas family purchased the land that now comprises the neighborhood for 12 ponies. Yep, 12 ponies.
We’ll leave you with a story from the Wilshire Heights home owners association website, courtesy of Shirley Crow.
“Another tidbit of information is that Bonnie and Clyde were in the area during their robbery spree. They were reported as saying that they hid some of their money in a hole they dug in the ground off the “Old Road to Greenville” which became “Abrams Road”. So, dig a little deeper in your garden and you never know what you might find!”
Want to experience this classic Cape Cod in person? There’s an open house tomorrow, Sunday, Feb. 19 from noon to 1:30 p.m.
Karen is the owner of Eubank Staging and Design. She has been an award-winning professional home stager for more than 25 years. She’s been a professional writer for 20 years. Karen is the mother of a son who’s studying music at The University of Miami. An ardent animal lover, she doesn’t mind one bit if your fur baby jumps right into her lap. Find Karen at www.eubankstaging.com