Saturday, September 13, 2014

Photo (Album) Of The Day - Sand Sculptures

Windmill Weekend always has a wonderful sand sculpture contest at First Encounter Beach. These photos were taken late Saturday afternoon. Click on the photo below to go to an album of photos showing lots of 'sand' creativity.

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Affordable Oceanside Ranch

EASTHAM - New Listing - This is a cute cottage with a great location - just a short distance to the Seashore and the bike path. Nice and bright 2 bedroom cottage, awaiting your special touch. Lovingly used as a summer get-away, to be sold mostly furnished, with just a few exclusions. New roof and Title V septic.

For more photos and a map, go to If you'd like to see a Virtual Tour, go ... Here.

Thursday, September 04, 2014

2015 Eastham Assessment Information

I met with Gail McAleer, the Town Deputy Assessor, today. Eastham's 2015 assessment data is available now. She gave me the 'highlights'. A few data points...
  • The assessment is intended to represent home values as of 1/1/2014
  • The median single family residential home assessment for 2014 is $382,500, up 0.1% from the 2014 median assessment
  • The average assessed value is $445,695 (up 0.4%)
  • There were 5,103 single family homes in Eastham as of 1/1/2014  (up 12 from 2013)
  • The total assessed value for Eastham's single family residences is $2.275 Billion (up 0.7%)
The 2015 real estate tax rate for Eastham is $7.10/thousand (up 1.1%). The tax on the median-valued home will be $2,715.75.

The 2015 assessments for individual homes should be available soon on the Town of Eastham website...Here. You can also pick up a newspaper-like copy of the town assessments at Town Hall and at quite a few of Eastham's commercial establishments (e.g. the Eastham Superette).

Monday, September 01, 2014

2014 Eastham Windmill Weekend - September 5th - 7th

The biggest and best weekend in Eastham is the weekend after Labor Day, known here as Windmill Weekend. The town puts on a party with lots of events and it's always fun for the whole family.  The 37nd annual Windmill Weekend includes an art show, a craft show, a car show, sand 'art' at First Encounter Beach (my favorite), concerts, a photo contest, a tennis tournament, a parade, 5 mile and 2 mile runs, and much more. 

Go to the Windmill Weekend website for more information.  This year's theme is "Winds of Change". Come - join the fun! .

August Eastham Sales - Better Than Average!

Eastham's August 2014 sales were slightly higher than average for August. We continue to be on a pace for a pretty good year. There were 11 single family home sales in August, bringing the year-to-date sales to 77.  The details.....
  • There were 11 homes sold in Eastham in August. 
  • Total July sales were $5.2M - with an average sale price of $477K and a median sale price of $397K. Back to normal after a month with several large sales.  
  • There are currently 128 (down 4) active single family listings in Eastham, with an average list price of $621K and a medium price of $480K. 
  • The average days-on-market is currently 218 days. 
For more details, graphs, and commentary, download my latest monthly Eastham newsletter -- here. I've been publishing this newsletter for over 11 years with the goal of providing market information to my clients, so they may approach the market from a more informed position. Check it out!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

New Library Coming Soon (Sorta!)

LibrbaryA project begun in 2005 is finally going to break ground and move forward in a BIG way. The Eastham Public Library will be demolished and rebuilt over the next 18-ish months, starting with a ground-breaking scheduled for September 13th. The Library will be relocating to 3 trailers that will be installed in the parking lot of Town Hall, staying there until the opening of the new Library in early 2016.

The new Library will be state of the art in many ways. Firstly, it'll be LEEDS certified for high energy efficiency, it'll have advanced technology meeting rooms and a small auditorium, there will be climate controlled rooms to store archived historical documents, and it'll have backup power so it can be a gathering location if we lose power for an extensive period of time. I particularly appreciate that the new design incorporates the front section of the current library, which dates way back to the structure prior to it. 

The project is way too extensive to do it justice in my newsletter, but artist renderings, floor plans, ZBA presentations and video (I'm in it as the chair of the ZBA - ugh!), schedules, etc. can be found on the following sites... 1) Eastham Library Building Fund website, 2) Eastham Library,  and 3) Eastham Library - New Library. When it's done it'll be a great new addition to the easy living here in Eastham. 

The Drama Continues On Nauset Spit!

The drama continues between Eastham and Orleans over the Nauset Spit. Over the years the spit has grown north, from Nauset Beach in Orleans, into Eastham. The rules for driving on the beach differ by town (watch the video), so conflict was bound to happen.

Monday, August 18, 2014

My September Newsletter Is Available now!

My Mid-Year 2014 market report (Part 2) is available now!  This issue has my Eastham market update through July, my mid-year report for Eastham's neighbors, an update on the new Eastham Public Library, and the 2014 Windmill Weekend.  There is also 2 new listings.  

This newsletter has been published every month for over 11 years. My aim, with this newsletter, is to provide accurate sales and market information about the Eastham housing marketplace, to add commentary and opinion (as appropriate), and to keep it interesting. Download your copy of my September newsletter now.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Updated 3 Bedroom Bayside Ranch - Perfect!

EASTHAM - New Listing - This is a 3 bedroom year-round home with open floorplan and a huge screened porch. We have newer windows, new roof, updated bathrooms and kitchen, outdoor shower, first-floor laundry, on a quiet sand road very near the bike path and just a short walk to Great Pond. Somewhat secluded and a joy to be at. Come see!  Listed at $349,000.

For more photos and a map, go to If you'd like to see a Virtual Tour, go ... Here.

Sunday, August 03, 2014

2014 Oldtimers Longboard Classic - Next Sunday Afternoon

It's early again this year. The 2014 Cape Cod Oldtimers Longboard Classic will be held at 5 PM on Sunday, August 10th, at Wellfleet's White Crest Beach.

This year there will be a few new rules (see below). Since vintage longboards are getting valuable and harder to come by, any longboard over 9 foot may be used in the contest (without a leash). Collector boards and vintage items should still be available for everyone to drool over. This is intended to be a fun event - not to be taken too seriously. 

The rules...
  • Any longboard (9 feet or longer) regardless of age or condition will be allowed this year.
  • Contestants must be 21 and over. (Lifeguards under 21 accepted) 
  • All boards must be nine (9) feet in length or longer.
  • No leashes / No wetsuits - (If it’s too cold – tough!!!)
  • Tow-ins by Great White sharks will result in immediate disqualification
  • No whining!
This should be a lot of fun, and a good excuse to watch an old art form (and a few old-timers) in action.  If you'd like to compete in this competition, go to the Old Timers website for complete rules and an entry form. 

Check out this video of last year's Classic.