Fixer-Upper Friday: A Preservation Project on the Cape

This 1850s Victorian is nestled in Sandwich's historic district.


Photo via Kinlin Grover Real Estate

5 Water Street, Sandwich
Price: $399,900
Size: 1,982 square feet
Bedrooms: 3
Baths: 2

Cape Cod isn’t exactly known for its Victorians—rather, it’s a place where Cape-style homes abound, with picture-perfect shutters and weathered shingles. That’s what makes this 1865 Victorian in Sandwich so special. Nestled in the town’s historic district, the three-bedroom abode is in need of some TLC, but has the potential to become a repolished architectural gem.

First, though, let’s appreciate its location. Not only is the house in a historic district, but it’s steps from Sandwich’s town center and the Sandwich Glass Museum. The property boasts views of Shawme Lake, as well as a sizable backyard with a shed to store kayaks for said lake.

Now, the house. There’s quite a bit of work to be done. The foundation needs to be repaired, in coordination with several other major improvements. “Work is needed—more than just cosmetics—so be prepared to invest here,” reads the listing. Yet for all its peeling wallpaper and dingy carpets, the house does offer a replaced roof, a new gas boiler, new water heater, new septic system, a generator, and recently installed stainless steel appliances. You’ll also find original details around every turn—crown moldings, millwork, and curving staircases are waiting to be preserved.

For information, contact Beverly Comeau, Kinlin Grover Real Estate, kinlingrover.com.

Photo via Kinlin Grover Real Estate

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Photo via Kinlin Grover Real Estate

Photo via Kinlin Grover Real Estate

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Photo via Kinlin Grover Real Estate

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