The Masthead on the Waterfront in Provincetown: Unique in History and Unique in Development Opportunity
The Pilgrims were the first tourists to appreciate the charms of Provincetown when they landed on November 1, 1620 at a point halfway across the harbor from Long Point and the Masthead at low tide. Surrounded by water on three sides and 70 miles out to sea, Provincetown is a world apart. From the Masthead deck one can see 3 of the 7 existing Cape Cod lighthouses. Long Point Light, built in 1826 sits at the very tip of Cape Cod due east from the Masthead. Wood End Light, built in 1872, is located to the south southwest and stands on the beach connected to Long Point. Highland Light, built in 1797 is located in Truro also to the east. This is the first light to be seen by transatlantic liners approaching the U.S.
Provincetown was a major whaling port in the 1800s and today is the whale watching capital of the U.S. with 7 boats making numerous daily trips. (Visit http://ptownchamber.com/ for more info on events and activities)
The harbor and Cape Cod Bay are ideal for sailing and the West End Racing Club, 3 blocks east of the Masthead, provides instruction and programs for all ages. Golf and tennis are nearby as is bottom and deep sea charter fishing, National Seashore dune rides, horseback riding, and kayaking.
Drawn by the special light reflected from the ocean, sand dunes, and sky, Provincetown has been a mecca for artists for more than 100 years. Charles Hawthorne, who is considered the founding father of art in Provincetown, established the Cape Cod School of Art in 1899. Since that time outstanding painters, writers, and scholars such as Motherwell, Hoffman, Kline, Mailer, Kunitz and others have created a vibrant community.
The history of the Masthead dates back to 1818 when a colony of homes was built on Long Point. Dismantled due to lack of fresh water and exposure to the elements, the houses were floated to Provincetown and one of the houses became part of the Masthead at 37 Commercial Street. Edith Hendricks acquired part of the property in the early 1920s and operated a well known antiques shop, The Old Furniture Shop. She willed the property to Arthur Anderson, a Swedish carpenter who came to this country to work for her as an apprentice. Mr. Anderson acquired and renovated neighboring buildings and created the Masthead which he operated along with the antique shop from 1932 to 1959 when it was purchased by John Ciluzzi, an executive with the international sales division of Ford Motor Company.
Formally known as the Masthead Resort, this unique property is one of the largest waterfront properties in Provincetown.
Currently operated as a motel (visit: www.themasthead.com for rental info) by the Ciluzzi family since 1959, the Masthead has entertained kings, queens, royalty, ambassadors, and notables from all walks of life. Many of the rooms are named for their famous guests. For example, the Isabella Rossellini cottage overlooks Provincetown Harbor and was her home for two months while shooting a film on location. Other famous guests include Christie Brinkley, Enrico Caruso, Prince Dijambani of Iran, Dolores Hope, Billy Joel, and Helena Rubenstein,
After 52 years of operating the Masthead, the Ciluzzi family has decided to sell. The property consists of 7 buildings with 8,980 square feet of living space on 7 waterfront lots. Unlike typical waterfront properties along Commercial Street, which have little or no yard between the house and the seawall, the Masthead has a substantial lawn with gardens and a 450 foot sun deck and a pier. This offering represents a once in a lifetime opportunity to acquire one of the most significant residential waterfront properties in Provincetown with the potential for significant development and appreciation.
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