The end of the month brought those closings again, as I mentioned before, but yesterday had a phenomenal 44 closings reflected in the Cape and Islands MLS! More pendings and pendings with contingencies, too, that outpaced new listings. Translation: More properties leaving the market than coming in, shrinking inventory. Were that to translate market-wide my Smith College Economics degree tells me that means increasing prices. Let’s watch for a trend.
Shingle/shake: Wood shingles are sawn by machine and are relatively thin. Wood shakes are larger and thicker than shingles, and are split from a solid block of wood rather than sawn. So when you are driving around the Cape, are those silvery houses covered with shakes or shingles?
It has settled down from the glorious Memorial Day crowd. I can’t remember better weather. This new listing abuts the previously blogged-about horse farm listing. It’s a terrific four bedroom, three bath home on a quiet street 1.1 miles from West Dennis beach. See it at my website http://www.LisaMorales.com. There’s just tons of space in this house, a large deck, newer water heater, not-the-original boiler. It certainly needs cosmetic updates, but that’s the fun part, right? Priced well below the assessed value to sell quickly.
The big news here, of course, is Senator Kennedy. He came to the Cape to recover after his recent diagnosis. He has been “my” Senator my whole life (even when I moved out of Massachusetts I still considered him my Senator) and it is unsettling to think that he may be forced to retire. I refuse to think anything worse. It was fantastic that he raced in the weekend’s Figawi race from Nantucket, coming in second on his boat, Mya. I of course think of his brother racing the same waters alongside him. That tradition runs deeply here on the Cape. My grandmother was a real Kennedy fanatic, and three years ago when my mother passed we came across all of the newspapers collected up that had JFK headlines, collected by Grandma. It’s a real Massachusetts passion, even today. I wish Senator Ted the best on his tough road ahead.
The property, located in West Dennis South of Route 28, is spectacular. The home is clad in red cedar, newly stained, and is rooted to the Earth with stone and wood and copper. Spacious but not pretentious, it is welcoming and warm. Situated on seven acres only 1.2 miles from the beach, it is professionally landscaped with wonderful stonework. Tri-leveled, the lower level has a bedroom, full bath, and demi-kitchen with stainless appliances.The middle level has the kitchen with tile counters and pro-stainless appliances which opens to the living/dining area, including has a woodstove. Also the laundry and another full bath are on this level. The upper level is the master suite, encompassing the dressing room and en suite bath with views of the property. The barn has four stalls, and currently has an art studio on the first floor. The second level is fully finished with three heated rooms. Currently a yoga studio and a computer room.
The separate storage shed and woodshop is heated and sits on an easement that conveys with the property. Various exotic and domestic fowl populate the chickenyard. The permit exists for a one bedroom Bed and Breakfast. The pagoda-like outdoor shower is heavenly. A country setting, near the beach, with income possibility. Call me!
I have never thought of myself as a creature of habit. I am more freespirited, and do things in a random matter except if it relates to work. Even then I am known for a creative flair in matching people with properties, and of course in my staging. I take different routes when driving or walking, I sit in different spots on the beach each day. So when the local market, the Dennis Public Market or “DPM” recently made some changes, I don’t know why I was so thrown off. The Market is on Route 6A, the Old King’s Highway, that runs along the northern spine of the Cape. It is at the end of the street that leads down to the beach, and my house. I have to pass it to get home. There are photos on the walls that look pretty ancient, with DPM wagons pulled by horses. There used to be a thrift shop on one side, but that moved out last year. The changes were gradual. New roofing, shingles and paint. All good. Then they moved the newspapers. Hmmm. They carry newspapers from all around New England and even New York (!) since folks from those places show up here. Then came the new door a few weeks ago. Two ramps lead up to the door, from the front and side parking lots. At the juncture are the community bulletin boards and stands for the real estate books and tourist books. In the Summer the corn on the cob goes out there so shoppers don’t make a mess in the store testing the ears. If you wanted to push a grocery cart or a baby carriage up those ramps you then had to encounter the “old” doors, one for each direction, stalwart and difficult to push so that one employed elbows and shoulders in the process. And the newspapers were right there, so you had to work around them next. The new doors were automatic with a magic eye! New fangled things! Cold air blew in behind you and carried across the magazine rack into the produce section. Magnificent. The first time I pushed the stroller in it was a treat. So this progress was indeed good. Prices at the DPM, unless the weekly special, are a bit higher than the big box store but I like to support local business. And I can get wine to go with dinner in one stop. So I made my nightly stop to see Phil and the crew. And then I came in this week and the magazines were gone, replaced by shiny and bright new check out counters. This was too much. There was no more gradual entry, no separation between the street and the inner sanctum. Once a day I had indulged in scanning the headlines for the latest carryings-on in Hollywood and beyond. I looked at the various Cape Cod local journals for small town news. Gone, stacked vertically on a turning rack where I would have to publicly peruse them. No way.
So my visits are all business now. A few doomed lobsters have appeared in the tank. Soon suntan lotion and styrofoam coolers will line the aisles. And the new doors will whoosh open to mix the hot breeze with the air conditioning blowing out from where the magazines used to be.
*I know the Dylan line isn’t exact-I don’t wan’t the music industry after me!
I’ve been busy today, finishing preparations for the Dennis Arts and Culture Council 2nd Annual Photography Contest. Whew. Putting this event together has been quite a project, and the results have been worthwhile. I co-chair the Council, and wanted to continue to self-generate a project and not wait for a grant applicant to come to us with a request. I appreciate good photography. So I put it together with the blessing of Tish Murphy, Librarian, who gave us the space to hang the exhibit. I wrote the rules, made and distributed the flyers. Nicole Muller of “The Register” community newspaper gave us a blurb and helped judge the entries. I solicited donations and Treats Catering provided a beautiful fruit and cheese platter and Stop and Shop provided drinks. Council members joined me to hang the photos yesterday, and my goodness it looks like a real exhibit! There are youth and adult divisions. Lizzie Murphy won the youth contest with her photo of a Charleston, South Carolina landscape. The adult division was topped by John Shilcusky, who captured an artist’s easel attached to a photo and a painting of vivid hydrangeas. So I’m proud to have participated in bringing art to town, my first such endeavor. If you’re in Dennis before June 2, stop by the library on Hall Street to see it.
Real Estate tidbit:
UP UP UP-67 Cranberry Lane in South Yarmouth sold for 101.57% of the last listing price. It went from $409,000 to $324,900 to $330,000.
DOWN DOWN DOWN – 27 Old Hills Road in Dennis sold for 90.66% of the last listing price. It started at $ 949,000 to $899,000 and sold for $815,000.
Pricing is everything!