On the Market: A Beachside Antique in Cape Cod
History lovers, rejoice! This Cape with coastline vistas has a story to tell.
Size: 1,820 square feet
If stargazing to the tune of crashing waves sounds like your thing, this Chatham cape might just be your dream house. Nestled in the southeastern crook of Cape Cod, this quaint home sits right at the shores of the Atlantic. Almost as striking as the surrounding marsh and ocean is this property’s singular history. The “Spindrift” house—so-called because of the sea spray views you can catch to the east—was originally constructed in 1803, when it was built by members of the Nickerson family, descendants of Chatham founder William Nickerson. Though the dwelling has passed through different hands since, it has been in the family of the current owners since a mid-war purchase in 1942.
The inside of this sea captain’s stead continues to tell stories of its past, where original hardwood floors and a central chimney anchor its antiquity. Though the fireplaces were the house’s source of warmth in the 1800s, the unit now enjoys electric heating, and the brick hearths offer a cozy callback. That’s not the only modernization, though: Several interior walls were knocked down in the 1940s to create an open space where family and friends can mingle.
In the upper floor’s bedrooms, relatively low and semi-angled ceilings affect an intimate atmosphere, while wide planks of hardwood preserve a rustic aspect. Though the single-family home is encircled by majestic outlooks, one of its best sights is right at the kitchen table: striped wallpaper frames a bay window that looks directly out onto Chatham’s 66 miles of pristine shoreline. Savor your orange juice and eggs—and the vista—then head out to enjoy the beach town’s perks. Take a tour of the Chatham lighthouse (once manned by Simon Nickerson), dip your toes in the Atlantic, and wash the salt off in Spindrift’s own outdoor shower.
For information, contact Martha Knapp, Kinlin Grover Real Estate, kinlingrover.com
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