Harwich Port, Mass.
Call it a small town that just happens to be on the beach.
Unlike a lot of seaside villages that empty out after Labor Day, "A third of the people live here year-round," says Bill Silver, Realtor with Cape Cod Associates and longtime resident. It's a working town set up to accommodate everyday life -- and everything is within walking distance, he says.
"Harwich (Mass.) has a nice little town center," Silver says. "It has a couple of really nice restaurants, a couple of really nice pizza places, a couple of really nice breakfast places and a couple of really nice bakeries."
Residents "can walk to 10 different beaches," but Harwich also boasts an active horse community, great fishing, golf, and a new high school, library and community center, he says. "It's a happy combination of things."
The house: $375,000
This 1930s wood-shingled Cape Cod-style house has two bedrooms, one bathroom, a sunroom and 1,242 square feet situated on just less than one-fifth of an acre. It has hardwood floors and a brick fireplace.
One feature you might not expect: Its original 1930s wall phone still works. "It's the funkiest phone on Cape Cod," Silver says.
Listed by: Cape Cod Associates.