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Wellfleet, Massachusetts
Wellfleet, Massachusetts |

Wellfleet, Massachusetts


This Cape Cod shaker-shingle home with a classic pitched roof was built in 1997.

Old-fashioned on the outside, the interior boasts a contemporary design -- featuring an open living area with a vaulted ceiling and clerestory window, fireplace with brick hearth and oak floors, says Lynn McDermott, owner/broker of V.I.P. Real Estate in Wellfleet.

The dining area opens to the wraparound deck, and a large screened porch sits off the kitchen.

This 1,980-square-foot house has five bedrooms and two bathrooms, plus an outside shower.

A little about Wellfleet

Wellfleet "is the old Cape Cod," McDermott says.

The town has a gem of a location, with Cape Cod Bay on one side and the Atlantic Ocean with the nationally protected seashore on the other. "There is water everywhere," A 15- to 20-minute walk leads to the Cape Cod National Seashore, she says.

The flourishing downtown is marked by Wellfleet's historic town hall and clock tower, along with "rows of stores and restaurants," says Claire Carroll, owner/broker of Claire Carroll Properties in Wellfleet.

The town's average home sale is $707,790, according to

And many of the people who grew up here return to Wellfleet, says Carroll. "It stays in your heart."


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