Originally known as South Parish of Eastham, which was settled in 1644, Orleans became incorporated in 1797 after seeking independence since 1717. The Nauset Indians were the native people of the area. The relationship between the settlers and native Americans was peaceful and co-operative.
The present Nauset Heights area was the farming site of the Indians. The last of their settlements lived in South Orleans. The sea has influenced the economy of Orleans from the beginning to the present. Salt works were located on the bay and Town cove shores. There were many domestic needs for salt and the fishing fleet's requirements were large for fish preservation. Finally with the discovery of salt deposits in the U.S. the salt-making industry became obsolete in the 1850s. Sea captains and ordinary seamen of Orleans manned the merchant and whaling vessels during the age of sail. The fishing industry has waxed and waned through the years according to the supply. Fish weirs and small boat hand lining as well as coastal whaling thrived in the early years.
Today there is a large charter boat sports fishing fleet located in Rock Harbor, which has been the Orleans center of maritime commerce and history. The Indians initially taught the settlers about shell fishing. It has continued to be an excellent source and generally reliable monetary factor in good and bad economic times. Now aquaculture appears to have a successful future. Packet boats were the mode of transportation of goods and people until the arrival of the railroad in 1865, which opened up other avenues of commerce such as pants manufacturing. The railroad spawned early tourism. The many needs of the town supplied by the railroad were taken over by cars and trucks. Railroad service to the town ceased in the 1950's. The formerly barren landscape is now covered with trees and vegetation and people are very supportive of land conservation. The advent of the National Seashore Park in 1962 created the complete tourist economy of today.
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Orleans has only a few public beaches, but when one of them is beautiful Nauset Beach, famous for its wide expanse, big Atlantic Ocean surf, and lovely dunes, and the other is Skaket Beach on Cape Cod Bay, one of the best places to watch a sunset, who could ask for more? Residents get beach stickers for free; renters (who must show proof of renting in Orleans, such as a lease or rent receipt) can get stickers for $35 a week, $60 for two weeks or $85 for the season. People who are renting in nearby towns can get a one-week sticker for $40 or a season sticker for $125. All nonresident stickers are issued at Nauset Beach, (508) 240-3780, where daily parking is available for $10. The same price applies to Skaket Beach, and the one-day permit entitles you to go to either beach--or both--during that day.
Nauset Beach, at the end of Beach Road in East Orleans (just follow Main Street east), has lifeguards, a snack bar, and restrooms. You can rent beach chairs and umbrellas, too. Four-wheel-drive vehicles are permitted on one section of the beach, except when plovers and other birds are nesting, but you must have a permit from the Orleans Parks and Beaches Department, 18 Bay Ridge Lane, (508) 240-3775; the cost for nonresidents is $140 for a year; $70 in the off-season (after mid-October).
Over on the bay side, Skaket Beach, (508) 255-0572, off Skaket Beach Road, is just as popular as Nauset and also has restrooms. Parking is limited, and the lot fills up fast. At low tide, people flock here for the chance to walk a mile or so through the beach grass and onto the flats. At high tide, it's great for frolicking in the calm water.
If you don't want to swim but just want to get your feet wet, stop at the little beach at Rock Harbor, another great place for sunsets. One secret gem is the tiny beach that is reachable by walking down the trail at Paw Wah Point Conservation Area, off Namequoit Road. You'll even find a few picnic tables scattered here and there.
Orleans has a freshwater pond worth visiting: Pilgrim Lake, off Kescayogansett Road, features a lifeguard in season as well as changing rooms, picnic areas, a small beach, and even a dock should you decide to moor your boat while taking a dip.
Elegance reveals all on arrival at this beautiful family compound set back from a private country road in East Orleans. With substantial frontage on Pochet Inlet, Fox Landing offers stunning seaside ambiance throughout the main house, heated guest house(1440 S.F.) and grounds. Yesteryear's Victorian features are wrapped in striking contemporary grace and style. Enter the main home through a grand scale foyer blending understated luxury with comfort. High or coffered ceilings with recessed lighting create a welcome airiness. Appointments are top of the line: chef's dream kitchen with state of the art appliances, 100-year-old random pine floors, marble counter tops, a full sound system, multiple fireplaces, and more! A Har-Tru court, heated in-ground pool, roof decks and bountiful lush gardens are just a few amenities of this gracious home.
This magnificent home is reminiscent of the turn-of-the-century shingle style mansions that dotted the New England coast. Some say, this is the best available ocean side estate on Cape Cod. Most of the rooms were designed to take advantage of the breathtaking harbor & ocean views. Incredible layered millwork, extensive moldings, wainscoting & bead board throughout the home create a high degree of originality yet achieve a casual elegance. Each interior & exterior room is located to receive natural light at the most appropriate time of the day. The gardens & pool to the rear of the home are exquisite, creating your own private paradise by the sea. This home was artistically designed by the Boston architect firm of Meyer & Meyer, constructed by master builder Lee Savery of Polhemus & Savery Architects & Builders. Click on Visual Tour.
Now reduced from an original asking price of $5, 300, 000! Come see this bucolic 2.78 acre setting on the shores of The River in East Orleans. Truly a one of a kind parcel with 430'+/- on the water allowing for easy access to Meetinghouse Pond, Pleasant Bay and the Atlantic beyond. A perfect compound as the property includes a 5-bedroom, 3.5 bathroom main house with room for entertaining or multi-generational living; a wonderful studio apartment above the garage with views over the pool, hot tub to gorgeous water views of the river and Little Pleasant Bay; and for additional overflow or a caretakers quarters there is a separate 1 bedroom cottage with kitchen and bath. Includes private dock. You will enjoy a private location with outstanding sunsets just minutes from shopping and Nauset Beach.
Enjoy sweeping panoramic views of Nauset Harbor with access to Nauset Beach from this Colonial style 9 room, 4 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath farmhouse. Sitting on 1.86 acres with approximately 294 ft. of saltwater frontage, this incredible property gradually unfolds upon entering the driveway. Greeting you are glimpses of the water, well manicured grounds and a lovely screened porch. Once inside, one is mesmerized by the magnificent views and handsome grounds. This special property is a rare opportunity to enjoy a exceptional part of East Orleans.
This Private Waterfront Estate on Pleasant Bay has a soft sand beach, a beach front guest house made for large gatherings, and an elevated main house with expansive views from Nauset Beach to Chatham. Located at the end of the lane where the land meets the water famous for swimming, traditional sailboats, and Orvis Fishing Adventures with Atlantic Ocean access.Between the villages of Orleans and Chatham, you are close to Wequassett Inn, Cape Cod National Golf Club, and Eastward Ho! Country Club.
East Orleans waterview estate. This singularly splendid compound features two complete properties: a gracious and completely rebuilt 4500 sq ft main residence plus a nearly new 3 br guest house, both flawless in condition and aesthetic. The residence offers perfectly proportioned spaces, elaborate detail, a spacious chef's kitchen, formal and casual dining and a master suite with fireplace, sauna, steam shower and glorious views. The two lots comprise 1.4 acres of picturesque gardens, lush lawns and specimen trees, outdoor spaces joined by lighted paths and defined by stone walls and hedgerows. The area bordering the saltwater pebble-tech pool has the tranquil ambiance of a quiet resort. Views abound, beauty and peace pervade. Painstakingly designed and well loved, this home is among Orlean's finest. See attached virtual media & floorplan.
One of the last remarkable landmark properties left on the Cape. Envision your loved ones on this magnificent compound on Pleasant Bay; with more natural beauty and tranquility than you ever imagined possible. Perfect for the lifestyle you have been longing for, now is finally at your fingertips. Create a signature residence on this landmark estate that you, your loved ones and friends will enjoy for generations. 2 distinctive homes located on this property, with endless possibilities for an additional waterfront master piece . This is a truly unique and distinctive offering for the most discerning buyer. Property can also be divided into separate buildable lots as a tremendous investment. Privacy, tranquility, unparalleled views and unsurpassed natural beauty just begin to describe this proper
Revel in this majestic newly completed custom home in the Grand View Association. Five en-suite bedrooms and 4, 227 sf of gloriously appointed living space affording saltwater views of Mill Pond and Nauset Harbor. Delight in the meticulous attention to detail and high end amenities of this newly constructed masterpiece. Wide open living with gas fireplace and a mantel reclaimed from a Baltimore mansion, dining room, library, grand foyer. The kitchen features Liebherr and KitchenAid professional grade appliances, custom cabinetry and an eat-in island. Restoration Hardware vanities and light fixtures throughout, 5-inch white oak floors, recessed lighting, hydro-air HVAC and premium HTC HW system. Got plovers? No problem. Enjoy access to Nauset's Outer Beach from your association landing and mooring in Mill Pond. Easy walk to Nauset public.
Marvelously private salt-waterfront executive home in one of East Orleans finest locations on the western shoreline of Barley Neck. Magnificent southern exposure and a multitude of windows deliver abundant light into the open floor plan. Virtually every room affords relaxing water views and the 1.38 acre lot enjoys 220 feet of saltwater frontage with deep water access. Custom-built in 2004 this 5381 sq. ft. home with 5 en-suite bedrooms shows like new. Entertaining is a breeze in your gourmet kitchen with Viking and Sub-Zero appliances and new quartz counter tops. The kitchen, dining and living areas flow nicely out to a screened portico and extended porch. The finished walk-out lower level features a media room, wine closet, game area and guest suite. Alarm, a/c and central vac. Life is good at this turnkey waterfront escape!
To Be Built-This custom Cape with 4 bedrooms 4 baths, over 3400 feet of living space will feature wide plank hardwood floor throughout, tile floors in all baths, a first floor master en suite, and three additional bedrooms located on the second floor, attached 2 car garage, screen porch and decks with fabulous views. The main living area features a gourmet kitchen with Viking professional appliances and granite counters. The kitchen opens onto a dining room and living room complete floor to ceiling fieldstone fireplace, cathedral ceilings and expansive glass to take advantage of the ever changing water views. Enjoy spectacular views looking outward to Meetinghouse pond with your own private deep-water dock with access to Pleasant Bay and the Atlantic beyond
Stunning panoramic Ocean views from this four bedroom, three bath multi-level contemporary Cape ideally located BEACHFRONT in the prestigious Nauset Heights. Privately situated just 200 yards from the Ocean and a short stroll directly to a secluded portion of Nauset Ocean Beach. A true once-in-a-lifetime location for anyone looking to enjoy the natural amenities and luxury of living beachfront abutting the National Seashore! Incredible proven rental history, $100, 000+ of annual rental income potential! Please click on property Visual Tour for additional view of this lovely home.
A glorious Ocean/Marsh front estate located at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac facing evening sunsets, that includes a 25 year old organic fruit orchard with a multitude of many different fruit trees and grapes. This estate is a environmental oasis, yet only a quick stroll to town center and many fine restaurants. Some of the best bird and wild animal viewing on the Cape over the 60 foot deck looking to the sea with acres of infinitely protected ocean marsh. Every main room in the house faces the ocean.
Enjoy breathtaking views from this impressive contemporary 3BR, 2.5BA home. Located on The River in exclusive Mayflower Point where Namequoit River meets Little Pleasant bay. Access the open waters of Pleasant Bay to the Outer Beaches from the private 110Ft dock. Relax and enjoy the spectacular water views from both the extensive deck and 800Sq.Ft Great room, which displays six oversized sliders and massive windows . Awake to the sounds of nature and glistening sun rising above the water from the master suite's floor to ceiling windows. The bonus of a separate 2BED, 1BA guest house with delightful views will be convenient for any guests. House also features a 2 car garage, full tennis court, deeded rights to beach on Pilgrim lake, wood deck walkways and mature professional landscaping.(see attachment for more, go to virtual media see video
Prized East Orleans Waterfront. Escape down a private lane to an exclusive peninsula that surrounds you with saltwater views of Meetinghouse Pond, The River and Pleasant Bay. The exquisite 3, 519 sq. ft. custom-built home is sure to delight. A wide-open floor plan and abundant glass invite views and light to infuse the home from every direction. Entertain in style in the well-appointed kitchen. Relax in the living room with cathedral ceiling and soaring stone fireplace. Curl up with a book in the year-round sunroom. First-floor master suite, 3 guest beds/1.5 baths upstairs, powder room, two-car garage, alarm, irrigation. Unwind on the mahogany decks and soak in the summer breezes or frolic in the saltwater wonderland at your doorstep. Welcome home to River Knoll' where your family's legacy will endure for generations.
This classic 3 bedroom, 2 bath heated summer cottage at Nauset Heights offers a sweeping view of Nauset Harbor, the Outer Beach and the Atlantic. And it has private stairs to its own beach. Side-to-side living room with fireplace, a formal dining room and an enclosed porch with walls of windows to capture the summer breeze. Off of the living room is a wonderful open porch where one can sit with their favorite book or simply gaze at a view that is beyond description. Exposed ceiling beams and a detached 2 car garage. Nice open yard with flower gardens and a stone patio. A perfect reflection of days gone by and a quieter time where one can truly slow down and simply relax. It is most unusual for a property such as this to come on the market in this location and this is one of the best - an absolute pleasure to show.
Extraordinary setting and a most gracious house. 200' of waterfront on the eastern shore of Town Cove. Built in 1984 by Geiger Phillips and completely renovated within the last 5 years: New Kitchen, 3 completely rebuilt full bathrooms, new roof, new Anderson AI windows throughout and new shingle siding. A new stone stairway to a new stone patio. There is a private stairway to the Cove, along with rights to the association dock. Stunning sunsets and wide panoramic views of Town Cove. The interior spaces are well proportioned. Open floor plan with master suite on the main floor. 3 bedrooms and a study in the walkout lower level. All rooms but one have full views of the Cove. Renovations designed and completed by Geiger Phillips also. Please call to see this most exquisite house.
This exceptional waterfront property consisting of 2 lots, perfectly situated on Town Cove with easy boating access to the Atlantic Ocean is waiting for you! This large, casual contemporary Cape with open floor plan and waterviews has a spacious great room with gas fireplace, custom chef's kitchen with center island, granite countertops, sub-zero refrigerator, dining area, large finished bonus/game room above the garage. These are just a few amenities this exquisite home has to offer! This 4 bedroom home has a generously sized master bedroom suite with a spa-like bath & it's own exercise room including a heated Swimex current pool. There is a 3-season sunroom & private deck to entertain all night long with stunning sunset water views! Don't miss this rare opportunity on beautiful Cape Cod!
Luxury & privacy with a gentle path to a private sandy beach in the heart of East Orleans. Set on Town Cove w/ boating access to the Atlantic, this luxe home has a graceful open floor plan that invites leisurely living, effortless entertaining & wonderful water views from nearly all rooms. An impressive chef's kitchen w/ gleaming black granite island, fine cabinetry & dining area anchors the west end; a sophisticated master suite anchors the east. Linking both is a beautiful living room overlooking the cove, accented by walls of glass, gleaming wood floors & woodburning fireplace; a formal DR adjoins. Extensive decking spans the rear, facilitating indoor-outdoor living & entertaining. The 2nd level offers 3 generous BRs ensuite & flexible family room, all opening to 2nd story deck for spectacular sunsets; 2-car garage & glorious grounds.
Outdoor enthusiasts rejoice! This East Orleans salt waterfront escape boasts a private dock on Meetinghouse Pond and deep water access to some of the best bass fishing in New England. The 4-bedroom and 2.5-bath main home affords 2122 sq. ft. of air-conditioned living space. The light bright living room with built-ins and wood floors flows into a formal dining room equipped with a wet bar and further to the kitchen and a breakfast nook, all with waterviews. Relax on the south-facing sunny patio, let the summer breezes restore your spirit and watch the world float by. Your overflow guests will love the 640 sq. ft. detached studio apartment and enjoy their morning coffee on the balcony deck overlooking the marina. A delightful East Orleans family compound tucked away off Main Street in the Village and around the corner from Nauset Beach.
Exceptional waterfront estate with numerous buildings and panoramic views over Pleasant Bay to the Atlantic! This incredible property has a Sandy Beach, a Boat House & a 150' Registered DOCK + a 25' Float! It includes 3 individual parcels of waterfront land in Orleans, Brewster & Harwich. Please see the attached field cards for each of the buildings. Houses need work, but this beautiful estate property is a fantastic opportunity for a waterfront compound! Deep water boating to the Ocean! Sail out to the break to watch the seals or to The Wequassett Inn for lunch or dinner!this incredible property had had the same ownership for generations!
Fabulous waterfront estate property with numerous buildings, incredible views out to the Atlantic, sandy beach & registered DOCK! This includes 4 parcels of waterfront land in Orleans, Brewster & Harwich. Please see the attached field cards for each of the buildings.
This exquisite new 4, 000 sq. ft. waterfront Cape has fabulous unobstructed views of the Namequoit River, an estuary of Pleasant Bay! You will love how beautifully appointed the rooms are, the wonderful open floor plan, sweeping water views, abundant natural light, generous moldings & high ceilings! The living room is stunning w/ its incredible coffered ceiling, fireplace wall & extended water views! The gourmet kitchen is spacious & adj. to the pretty dining room. There is a fantastic 1st floor master bedroom en suite & a WIC. The second level has a huge entertainment room, another master bedroom en suite, 2 large guest bedrooms, a guest bathroom & a bonus room! There is plenty of room & approval for a swimming pool! Safe swimming, fishing & kayaking to the meandering inlets of Pleasant Bay & boating from your mooring to the Outer Beach!
Magnificent water views is all you see as you walk into this spectacular 5 BR, 5 BA home. High ceilings, plantation shutters, exceptional design to maximize light and views of the wildlife and water activity of Orleans Town Cove. Each bedroom has its own en-suite bath and beautiful water views. A Large deck to relax with book, soak up the sun, listen to the abundance of birdsong are just a few joys this location provides. Follow the stone path down to the water for kayaking or boating. Prepare meals in the gourmet kitchen with all the amenities one expects in a luxury home. Nothing was spared in building this home, gorgeous hardwood floors, two HVAC units with five zones, an irrigation system, central vac, central air, alarm system, attached 2 car garage and for peace of mind a large generator. Come see this gem.
A very rare opportunity in the Pochet Assoc. with views of Nauset beach and sounds of the ocean. This 5 bedroom home(6th BR now a 2nd floor laundry; 7 BR septic in ground) sits majestically on a .8 acre lot. Home renovated and keeping the authenticity of 56 Gosnold Rd. This home is the Exhibition House of the 1925 purchase of the Pochet Development of a 125 acres for $20, 000. Easy flow from large gourmet kitchen to Library, sunroom and large living room to dining room. Four fireplaces, irrigation system, antique wide pine floors and built-ins are just some of the charm that warms any visitor to this treasure of a home. Rich with history being designed by Joseph Everett Chandler. Home being sold AS IS and some information still being researched with Orleans Town departments. Easy to show.
ONCE IN A LIFETIME opportunity to secure a Beachfront property ( with DOCK ).3 Bedroom, 2 1/2 Bathroom Contempory Cape with Dock on Big Pleasant Bay.Private Sandy Beachfront.Amazing water views from every room. Unique, private setting, large deck overlooking Pleasant Bay and Strong island.Shared Dock provides boating access directly from your own private beach.Open living, dining and kitchen area with sliders onto deck.First floor master.Outdoor shower.Gorgeous home with excellent rental history $3300/week in summer(could be more).ONCE IN A LIFETIME opportunity!!!!!!!!!!!Don't miss this one.
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