Cape Cod is internationally famous as a summer resort area and is increasingly popular for retirement living. It features miles of beaches, natural attractions, historic sites, art galleries, and four star restaurants and hotels. Outdoor activities include world class yachting, coastal and deep-sea fishing, numerous public and private golf courses, and a wide variety of other informal summer sports. The Cape is just 75 miles from international air service at Logan Airport in Boston, Massachusetts and T.F. Green Airport in Providence, Rhode Island. Executive jet services are available at the Hyannis airport and there are several other smaller airports.
Cape Cod is divided into four regions: Upper Cape, Mid Cape, Lower Cape, and Outer Cape, each including several towns and villages and each with their own unique charms. Upper Cape towns include Bourne, Sandwich, Falmouth, and Mashpee. Mid Cape towns include Barnstable, Dennis, and Yarmouth. Lower Cape towns include Harwich, Brewster, Chatham, and Orleans. Outer Cape towns include Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro, and Provincetown.
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Active Listings and Sales, $2,000,000+, Year End, 2000-2011
On Cape Cod, Massachusetts, the inventory of high-end listings shrank 30% from a record high of 271 listings at the end of June to 191 listings at the end of 2011. Typically the listing inventory grows through the first three quarters and then declines in the fourth quarter as sales are closed and properties are taken off the market. This unusually strong contraction is likely a combination of properties being repriced below our high-end cut-off of $2,000,000 as well as sellers taking properties off the market. High-end sales lagged throughout 2011 compared to 2010, which had shown significant improvement compared to 2009. At year end 2011 there were 50 sales compared to 55 at year end 2010 and 41 sales in 2009, the lowest since 2002. The peak level of sales at year end was 88 in 2007.
Overall, the Cape Cod market continues to underperform compared to the peak years of the real estate bubble, but better than performance before 2003. Anecdotal information from leading Cape Cod brokers and LandVest’s own recent experience suggests that there was a modest, but noticeable increase in buyer inquiries during the fourth quarter of 2010. Across New England LandVest brokers continued to report an upsurge in activity in our markets and sporadic signature sales throughout the fall and winter. The bad news is sales are down compared to recent highs. The good news is that sales are as good or better than longer term historical trends and bloated inventories seem to be settling out.
Highest and Median Sale, $2,000,000+, Year End, 2000-2011
In 2011 the very high-end on Cape Cod came alive with twelve sales above $5 million. The top sale was $11.6 million for an 11,500 square foot residence with waterfront in the Seapuit neighborhood of Osterville, approaching the all-time record of $12,500,000. There were two additional top sales in Osterville in 2011: 120 North Bay Road for $6,200,000 and 395 Eel River Road for $6,500,000. In Chatham, 74 Sears Point Road sold for $6,500,000.
The median value for high-end sales in 2011 was $2.8 million, about on par with median sale prices over the past decade. The high-end market on Cape Cod is predominately in the $2-$3 million range. During 2011, there were 50 sales above $2.0 million. Of these sales 29 of 50 (58%) were between $2 and $3 million and 39 of 50 (78%) were below $4 million. There were 5 sales above $6,000,000.
Days on Market, Sales, $2,000,000+, Year End, 2000-2011
Days on market for high-end properties sold during 2011 increased slightly to a record level of 473 days compared to 461 days in 2010. For 2000-2010, the average days on market ranged from 90 to 461 days, generally increasing over time with a significant jump in 2010. Hopefully the decreasing inventory and stable or growing demand will result in improving turnover in 2012.
Sales by Town, $2,000,000+, Year End, 2000-2011
Starting around 2002 the high-end market on Cape Cod broadened as the perennial top markets were perceived as being too expensive and as buyers bid up the prices of special properties in other towns. By 2006, 13 of the 15 towns on Cape Cod were recording sales above $2 million. In 2010 and the first half of 2011, however, there was a substantial contraction in the market with only 5 towns recording high-end sales. In the second half of 2011, the market broadened again with an additional 8 towns recording single high-end sales. Cape Cod towns with high-end sales in 2011 include Chatham (17 sales and the leader for the second time, last in 2009), Barnstable (14, all Osterville except Marstons Mills, 1), Orleans (5), Falmouth (3), Dennis (2), Harwich Port (2), Bourne (1), Brewster (1), Eastham (1), Mashpee (1), Provincetown (1), Sandwich (1), and Truro (1).
Calves Pasture Waterfront in Barnstable, MA is currently for sale
Cohasset Waterfront Estate in Cohasset, MA is currently for sale
Fairview Waterfront Compound in Woods Hole, MA is currently for sale
Viking Point in Orleans, MA is currrently for sale
Wychmere Waterfront Estate in Harwich Port, MA is currently for sale
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For information about buying or selling real estate on Cape Cod, please contact Stewart Young at email@example.com or 617-357-8930
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