The Marie Souza Team - Top Selling on Cape Cod
Having owned multiple properties in multiple towns on the Cape, I would suggest retirees live in West Yarmouth or Dennis for a few reasons. The real estate taxes in these two towns are lower than other Cape towns by significant amounts. So, retirees get to keep more of their retirement income for other uses. Next, both areas are relatively close to the commerce center in Hyannis (stock brokers, car repair places, department store shopping, etc) and Cape Cod Hospital (short ride) and other doctor offices. Both towns also have inexpensive golf courses and indepth cultural programs for seniors. Last, but not least, these areas avoid the tourist and city-like traffic congestion found in Hyannis and in the summer, traffic snaking all the way out on Route 6 from Eastham to Provincetown. Hope this helps, and congrats on your retirement!
Since you're not too far away, my suggestion is for you to plan a weekend on the Cape (or longer) checking out some of the towns to see what feels most like where you would want to live. A lot of your answer really will be personal preference. Also, what do you like to do in your spare time, that will be a large factor. Do you want to be near a golf course, shopping, fishing, beaches, the bike path or nature trails? It sounds like you should stay away from the large towns, as there IS a lot of traffic and congestion all summer (and longer). Some of the very quaint towns will have congestion during the summer months, but this is mostly downtown or along the coast. You can enjoy living in these towns, but just don't live right in the heavy-traffic areas. For example, you can live 10 minutes outside downtown Chatham in a peaceful neighborhood like Riverbay Estates. You learn the short-cuts and back roads. I'm sure each community is like this; there are streets to avoid and those to take during rush-hour. I'm happy to help further if you would like, I work in the Lower Cape towns (Chatham, Brewster, Harwich, and Orleans). My parents are on the other end of the Cape and I have lived there as well, so I can give both views on this. Good luck in your decision, and Happy Spring!
You're surrounded by many bodies of water, close to Martha's Vinyard and the island lifestyle, but only
an hour away from Boston.
Each area of the Cape has something different to offer. Many people like the upper cape Sandwich, others Hyannis, Yarmouth and Barnstable, then there is Falmouth, Maspee, Osterville, others Harwich and Dennis, I like the lower Cape(the real cape and the National seashore) , Brewster, Orleans (best of all worlds) and Chatham , then there is the lower Cape, Eastham, Turo, Welfleet and lastly there is P-Town (which we all love)
There are many great areas on the Cape to live. The Cape does have a lot of retirees as it is a wonderful place for outdoor activities, arts, and great restaurants to enjoy with your family and friends. I work in the Mid and Lower Cape (including Chatham, Harwich, Brewster, Orleans, Dennis, and Yarmouth) and I am a certified SRES, specializing in assisting people in the transition into their retirement homes. Each Cape town has a different appeal for buyers and there are certain areas in each of these towns that are great for walking and will be less crowded in the busy summer months.
Your best approach is to visit the Cape for a day, weekend, or longer, and explore each of the different towns to get a feel for where you would feel most at home. It is very helpful to have someone who knows the area helping you along the way so if you have friends or family in the area ask them to help, or if you are interested looking at some houses while you are here you can have your Realtor show you around. There can also be a big difference in the price of homes from one town to the next so you will need to take that into account if you have a certain investment range that you would like to stay within.
You asked where I would want my grandparents to live...well my grandparents live in South Chatham! South Chatham is a great area of Chatham; a little less expensive than areas closer to town and definitely less congested in the summer months, great beaches, walking areas, and close the bike trail as well. There is so much to discover here on the Cape and I would be delighted to show you around when you are ready. Please feel free to call or email me with any questions. Good luck in your plans for retirement and let me know if I can be of service to you.
-Sunny Fellman, SRES
April 04, 2011
Three months, four shootings.
Jan. 6: John Lopes, 23, on Center Street, Hyannis.
Man survives multiple gunshots in HyannisFresh Holes freshened up in HyannisHyannis residents vent anger at forumMan shot and killed in HyannisFeb. 27: Todd Lampley, 31, at 42 Fresh Holes Road, Hyannis.
March 16: A Rottweiler, at 475 Willow St., West Barnstable. The dog's owner, Daniel Henson, was also shot at, he told police.
March 26: Randy Newell, 23, at the intersection of Spring and Stuart streets, Hyannis.
Violent crime is not isolated to Barnstable or Hyannis, but according to Times records and police officials, there have been no other shootings reported on Cape Cod since the beginning of the year.
In an interview with the Times last week, Barnstable officials said they are actively investigating all the violent incidents but do not have enough evidence to make any arrests.
"There's knowing and proving," Barnstable police Detective Sgt. John Murphy said. "I know a lot of stuff. Can I prove it?"
Another problem for police is witnesses who are too frightened to talk.
"I've seen a remarkable increase in the level of witness intimidation," Murphy said.
I am an agent on Cape Cod and having grown up on the Cape, there are a few areas you may want to consider.
In general, Cape Cod has pretty low crime rates. You can call the police department of each town you want to look in for crime statistics, but we consider it a safe area compared to the rest of the world. Our 'big city' is Hyannis, and it has the highest crime rates as far as I know, but take that with a grain of salt given the actual rate.
There are a few things you may want to consider that could help you tailor your search.
First would be price range and what you want to get for that price. Some areas of the Cape are very affordable, and others, most notably those by the beaches, are more expensive. If you only need a small property then you may consider all of Cape Cod affordable.
Another consideration would be how far from 'off cape' you want to be. As you know, there are benefits to being near the bridge in towns like Sandwich, Falmouth, Bourne, etc. There are also benefits to being further down cape with the more quaint towns and big Cape beaches.
Think about what you want in the property. Are you looking to be walking distance to the beach? Walking distance to a down town area? Close to area hospitals?
I noticed you posted under home buying in Brewster - one of my favorite towns on the Cape. If you are targeting that area, you may have already decided, but think about the above items and maybe expand your search to nearby towns.
The Cape knows no bounds when it comes to age...... on the other hand July through August is a time when there is no such place as a "less crouded" area at the Cape. With this said, the best time to enjoy the offerings of the Cape are from Labor Day to Memorial Day....the balance of the time is alotted to the visitors.