The tiny isolated island off Cape Cod, Massachusetts, is a summer destination for travelers looking for some R&R amidst dune-backed beaches, cedar-shingled houses, scenic lighthouses, and cobblestone streets. You can only reach the island by ferry, boat or airplane – there is no bridge – but the island’s quaint seaside cottages, coastal restaurants, and boutique shops are well worth the trip.It’s also the site of America’s most swoon-worthy hotel! TripAdvisor recently announced the winners of its Travelers’ Choice Awards and for the second year in a row the Nantucket Hotel & Resort was ranked No. 1 in the country, No. 7 among hotels around the globe. Think of it as a fabulous home away from home, when hunting for that perfect Nantucket retreat.

Fun Fact: According to Hunter Reed & Co Real Estate, Nantucket’s nickname, “The Little Grey Lady of the Sea,”refers to the island as it appears from the ocean when it is fog-bound. For those in the market for ultra-luxury Nantucket estates, they are a great resource, featuring homes ranging from the $10 million-plus category, but today we are answering the age old question – “What can I get for a million in Nantucket?”

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Splurge vs. Steal: Two Gorgeous Cape Cod Houses in Chatham, Massachusetts

All of Cape Cod is beautiful, but the seaside town of Chatham, Massachusetts, is particularly charmed. With storybook houses and the landmark 19th-century Chatham Lighthouse, it’s a destination for many vacationers looking for peaceful relaxation and gorgeous surroundings.

Located on the southeastern tip of Cape Cod, Chatham was first settled in 1664 by the English. Its population of 6,125 swells in the summer months with tourists, many of whom have bought a home in this picturesque, tony town. It’s rumored Harry Connick, Jr., has been one of them.

We’ve found two homes in Chatham, one a splurge and one a steal. See how you can get a taste of Cape Cod living over on SecondShelters.com!

 

Cape Cod

In Provincetown, Cape Cod.

Every June, my family and I rent a cottage in Orleans, Mass., for a week, which is in the heart of Cape Cod. Our place is right on the bay, and we watch the tide ebb and flow from our large front porch. We just returned last week and the temperature was never above 80°. Last summer, it was so chilly, we rarely swam. The air smells clean and briny, and the architecture everywhere is like a storybook. If this sounds like paradise, you’re not far off.

Life is pretty sweet in Cape Cod—I’ve had the opportunity to spend many hours driving and exploring the 15 towns that make up its 339 square miles. Cape Cod stretches from Woods Hole in the southwest (where you catch ferries to Martha’s Vineyard) to Provincetown in the northeast (where we go whale watching and fishing).

The year-round population of 220,000 swells during summer months, when many thousands like us flock to Cape Cod for a holiday. I can’t help but wonder what it would cost us to buy a place up there—it’s easy to afford something if your budget is massive, but what about more reasonably priced Cape Cod real estate?

I found three places that I think just might fit the bill.

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Cedar shake shingles for siding is a classic look for cottages all over Cape Cod. They are left unpainted and turn from light tan to a weathered gray over time. Clapboard siding is also commonly seen on Cape Cod cottages. Photo: Leah Shafer

Cedar shake shingles for siding is a classic look for cottages all over Cape Cod. They are left unpainted and turn from light tan to a weathered gray over time. Clapboard siding is also commonly seen on Cape Cod cottages. Photo: Leah Shafer

Cape Cod has historic roots in American history, one of the earliest places the Pilgrims settled, later becoming a thriving fishing, whaling, and trading area.

But the romantic mythos of the Cape took off during John F. Kennedy’s presidential campaign, much of which was based out of the Kennedy Compound in Hyannis Port. JFK gave his acceptance speech there after winning the 1960 election, and returned frequently during his presidency. The Kennedy’s Camelot and Cape Cod are inextricably linked in the American imagination.

But contrary to popular belief, Cape Cod is not just a haven for the rich and famous. There’s a range of housing available, with many beauties available for under $400,000.

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