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The Cape Cod market right now

What is going on in the market now? Cape Cod is a seller’s market at the moment with no end sight. It is common to see properties going under agreement with multiple offers. COVID has forced many people to work from home. And if you are working from home, it seems that many have decided […]

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Sailor’s Valentine

There’s more than just salt in the air on Cape Cod this month. It’s sweeter, makes your heart flutter, and has bewitched us since the dawn of time. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when we decided to express our love by giving our sweethearts Valentines every February 14th. Some speculate that the first official Valentine […]

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Insulating Your Old Home

As the Cape and the rest of the northeast wades knee deep through winter, homeowners, and in particular historic home owners, are making sure their homes are prepared for the cold weather too. Old houses, despite their beauty, have the tendency to be drafty. If your house hasn’t been completely remodeled to contemporary standards, your windows are […]

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Thanksgiving on Cape Cod

When the last surviving leaves bid us farewell in a torrent of color, and the frost greets us on bare meadows and frigid windshields, we retreat back to Home. The world around us grows quiet save for the squawk of a lone seagull or the soft pedal of leaves scraping the ground. It’s toasty by […]

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Haunted History at the Dillingham House

It’s October and New England has once again blossomed into its most flattering form. Here on the Cape where summer reigns supreme, autumn is our “best kept secret.” The crowds of tourists are long gone, the streets are quiet, the salty air has a crispness to it, and the plump red sight of cranberries begin […]

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Dating your Historic Home

You know your house is old, but are you certain how old? For many owners of historic homes, obtaining a copy of the original deed or a complete title is not so easy. Records were not kept as diligently as they are now, if there even was an original record to begin with, so historic home owners […]

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The Count Rumford Fireplace

When we first viewed the c. 1827 home that we would ultimately purchase, we were thrilled with the four fireplaces.  The home had once been a double dwelling house for the workers at the Boston and Sandwich Glass Company.  Each side of the house has a kitchen fireplace, with a beehive oven, and a parlor […]

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7 Things to Consider when Buying Your Historic Home on Cape Cod

1.  How tall are you?  Do you clamor for an early period home with an enormous hearth complete with beehive oven?  These early gems have wide pine floors, multi paned wavy glass windows, iron thumb latches and built in cupboards.  But what they usually don’t have, is high ceilings.  Many late 17th century or early […]

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Christmas on Nantucket

David and I escaped to Nantucket for a couple of days and it was wonderful!  I’m thinking this may need to be an annual tradition.  Nantucket had their Christmas stroll the previous weekend but this past weekend, most of the shops were still open and had steep discounts (in the 50% to 75% off range). […]

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Using the Bee Hive Oven in your Historic Home

I admit it, I’m cold.  With temperatures below freezing day after day, I’m dreaming of lighting a fire in our cozy early 19th c. cape.  Oh wait, I can’t. Because a previous owner took the chimney down below the roof line on one chimney and the furnace is vented through the other.  Sound familiar?  Opening […]

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