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On the Market: A Provincetown Home with an Artsy History

This shingled charmer offers abundant character and waterfront views to boot.


Photo by JFW Photography

505 Commercial St., Provincetown
Price: $3,100,000
Size: 3,572 square feet
Bedrooms: 2
Baths: 4

If you’ve ever dreamed of escaping to the seaside and living an easy-breezy bohemian lifestyle, there might not be a more perfect home out there than this inviting shingled dwelling built in 1962 by painters Pat and Nanno de Groot. Pat de Groot, an artist, hobbyist conga drum player, second-degree black belt in karate, and friend of filmmaker John Waters (who often came to stay), lived in the home for over 50 years. During that time, she continually painted Cape Cod Bay as she observed it from her waterfront home. Not long after de Groot’s death in 2018, Anne Packard—another local painter known for her seascapes—bought the home, thus continuing on its creative legacy.

It doesn’t take an artist to appreciate the beauty of this setting, though. Even if you’ve never so much as picked up a paint brush, it’s not hard to find inspiration and a sense of calm in the gorgeous views of Long Point and the Bay that you can see from the home’s abundant stretches of windows and three exterior decks. In addition to its prime location steps from the beach, the property also offers a large yard, which de Groot once filled with tall grasses, trees, wildflowers, and buddha sculptures, but that now provides plenty of real estate for avid gardeners to work their own magic.

The inside of the home doesn’t skimp on the old-world character either, with original pine floors, wood-paneled walls, and wood ceiling beams throughout. Likewise, the sun-filled kitchen boasts original raw wood cabinets, but with the added benefit of recently updated appliances and countertops. Plus, a brick wood-burning fireplace situated to the side of the cooking area makes the home feel just that much cozier. The final unexpected perk of the home? Its two-family accommodation. Translation: It might just be the place to move if you’re looking to keep your pandemic pod intact.

For more information, contact Shelby Zawaduk, Kinlin Grover Real Estate, kinlingrover.com.

Photo by JFW Photography

Photo by JFW Photography

Photo by JFW Photography

Photo by JFW Photography

Photo by JFW Photography

Photo by JFW Photography

Photo by JFW Photography

Photo by JFW Photography

Photo by JFW Photography

Photo by JFW Photography

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