For Sale/Rent

On the Market: A Bright Golden Girls-esque Provincetown Penthouse

To the past owners we say: Thank you for being a friend and preserving the vintage details.


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501 Commercial St #23, Provincetown
Price: $869,000
Size: 1,150 square feet
Bedrooms: 3
Baths: 2

Here’s a very important question: What if the Golden Girls lived in Provincetown? This East End penthouse condo—a sliver of sunny Florida wrapped in sea views and served with just the right amount of vintage kitsch—is the answer.

Picture it: Provincetown, 2021. You and your friends travel down Commercial Street and back again, then head to a condo awash in vibrant colors. You all slip into your finest evening kaftans and head to the deck—it’s one of the largest exclusive-use decks in town, so who needs a lanai—to gab over cheesecake. And with waterfront views in just about every spot in the house, you won’t even miss Miami.

But let’s take a cue from no-nonsense Dorothy Zbornak and not mince words: A gleaming temple to modern design, this place isn’t. In fact, drawn to the vintage vibe, the current owners changed little when they bought the condo in 2005. But,  captivated by the punchy palette, they did ask the former owners about the wall colors so they could add another layer of paint to boost the brightness.

From the vintage Formica countertops in the bright kitchen to the time-capsule chic bathrooms, this is the kind of well-loved and lived-in spot where you’ll want to show off mementos you’ve saved from growing up back home in St. Olaf. The terra-cotta colored dining room by a bank of windows that overlooks town practically asks for morning catch-ups over pots of coffee. The already expansive and entertaining-ready living room with its built-in TV surround flows right out onto the deck, thanks to the massive sliding door. As an added perk—and perhaps how Blanche might sneak in a gentleman caller, away from the prying eyes of her roommates—an elevator leads right from your private parking space and into the living room.

The bedrooms boast architectural quirks and an energetic color palette, with built-in storage and ample closets to stow sequined, shoulder-padded attire. In the main bedroom, you can spy the sea right from the minute you open your eyes in the morning. There, it’s the perfect mix of social and sanctuary, thanks to the private bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub and the sliding door that invites out to that wonder of a deck. As you gaze at the sunset over the water, you’re sure to wonder, “When did things get so golden, girl?”

For information, contact The Beach Buoys – Devin Coutu and Rick Tourgee, Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty, gibsonsothebysrealty.com.

Photo by Aerial Advantage

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