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Homes for sale in 10 happy seaside towns

Harwich Port, Mass.
Harwich Port, Mass. © Realtor.com

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.

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