I have been coming to this area since 1960 when Mayflower Beach didn't have a name. The beaches were known as Bayview, named after a group of cottages on the beach and Chapin Memorial Beach with a parking lot & bath house. Both were wiped out by nor'easters and hurricanes with Hurricane Bob, August 19, 1991 delivering the final blow.
The naming of Mayflower Beach resulted from a failed attempt by a developer to build condos on the beach in the mid 1960s. The project failed thanks to the concentrated, diligent, never-ending battle put forth by the Town of Dennis and the residence of this neighborhood, many of whom still reside here today. Some say it was a stroke of LUCK that the project failed. Talking to my neighbors it became clear that the harder the neighborhood worked the luckier they got in shutting down the development of the Mayflower Condominiums. The name, Mayflower, remains today as a constant reminder of that hard-fought battle to preserve the beauty of Mayflower Beach which has become a destination beach for people across the USA. Please treat her with respect as a visitor and guest to this once- hidden gem.
What is special about this property?
It was July of 1991 (1 month before Hurricane Bob) that my family purchased 7 Wades Way as our vacation home. As our kids grew up and our family dynamic changed, my wife and I decided to jump into the rental business. The year was 2002 and we met terrific renters who, to this day, some remain our friends. In fact, one of our renters bought the 7 Wades Way house in 2013. In 2003 we purchased 33 Horsefoot Path, a small 2 BR/1BA ranch which was 1 of those ''on the beach'' Bayview cottages. We sold it for $1.00 and it was moved 11 miles to West Yarmouth on January 27, 2010. 1 month later on February 27, 2010 we broke ground on our future 2,600 sq ft residence-to-be. We moved to the Cape permanently from Framingham on September 3, 2013 where we reside today at 33 Horsefoot Path, Dennis, our kids and grand kids spending the entire summer with us. It was my older daughter who suggested we buy 37 Black Flats Rd at the corner of Angelo Rd., the former site of Rosa's Restaurant. Easily bored and of Type A personality, my daughter and I purchased this split-ranch on, ironically, September 3, 2015, 2 years to the day that we moved down here . So, the next generation of my family is now vested in the rental business.
We can assure you that you will vacation in a beach house that is super clean, no, mega-clean, meticulously maintained, yet fairly priced for its size and location. The rest is up to you . . . email me or call me about renting this magnificent beach house!
What is special about your town?
Mayflower/Bayview Beach is essentially only 1 beach with separate parking lots. Combined with Chapin Beach your family will be vacationing on perhaps the best stretch of child-safe swimming anywhere while playing safely in the tidal flat pools created as the tide slacks. In fact, all the north side beaches of Rte 6A offer the same coastline of sandy tidal-flats with ample parking for a fee, of course!
The quaint Dennis village, about a 1 mile drive, is the home of the oldest American theatre, the Dennis Playhouse. If you haven't attended a theater production here you are truly missing the ferry! The almost century-old theatre is quaint without a bad seat in the house. Be sure to look up at the painted ceiling mural . . . just incredible!
The village offers something for all ages: ice cream shop, gelatto shop, donut shop, antique shop, pizza shop, barber shop , package store, candy store, convenient store, gas station, fire station, wine gallery, cafes, real estate office, post office, library and a gazebo with summer concerts on the green and many more family-friendly places to visit.
One of our best kept secrets is Scargo Tower. A 2 minute drive from the village off Scargo Hill Dr., you will arrive at a small parking lot. I encourage you to climb the spiral hand-railed staircase to the top. There you will be rewarded with one of the most breath-taking views of a bay coastline anywhere in the USA. Be sure to take advantage of this photogenic panoramic view.