My husband and I bought our North Falmouth house in in 1990 as our vacation house and also a rental property. We vacation there except for the 5 weeks in midsummer when we rent it. We also own another smaller Cape house on Little Pond in East Falmouth which we offer for rent for the entire summer. Our year-round house in the Boston area is only about an hour and 20 minutes drive from either house so we always come down and check out the condition of each house between rentals to be sure that there are no problems, and that the cleaners have not missed anything. Our policy is to keep the rental costs reasonable to encourage repeat renters. It has obviously worked, since a number of of our tenants have been coming back summer after summer, some for over 10 years.
What is special about this property?
n the modern North Falmouth house, spaciousness and being able to walk 5 just minutes to a lovely association beach on the warm waters of Buzzards Bay are what we--and our tenants appreciate. We love the inlet and pond along the road to the beach, where we can see all kind of birds, from kingfishers to herons and egrets, to nesting ospreys. Charm and location are the assets of the East Falmouth house, which was built in 1954. We love the knotty pine walls in the living room and bedrooms, and the Old Cape Cod cottage feeling of the house. The living room is spacious, with views of the saltwater pond that leads out to Vineyard Sound. The kitchen and dining room, though small, are open plan, and share water views. .
What is special about your town?
Our house on Little Pond is only a short walk to the Bristol Beach on Vineyard Sound, and only about a mile from downtown Falmouth, which has one of the most appealing main streets on the Cape. When we first bought this house, the downtown area was quaint but had a number of vacancies and just a small number of shops and restaurants. Over the years, downtown sidewalks have been widened and beautified with attractive plantings, making the street more walkable, and attracting more and more merchants and eateries. The main street is now lively and thriving, with crafts fairs, concerts on the green, a weekly farmers market, etc. A short distance away, the Falmouth Harbor offers fishing trips, a ferry to Oak Bluffs on the Vineyard, a bandstand for weekly concerts, and a spacious walkway past restaurants and yachts at anchor. Falmouth also boasts a fabulous summer theatre, the College Light Opera Company, and proximity to Woods Hole, home of the National Oceanographic & Atmospheric Administration as well as the departure point for Vineyard and Nantucket ferries.
Our North Falmouth house has easy access to the Shining Sea Bikeway, which winds past marshes to the main street of Falmouth for some of the downtown attractions listed above , or you can continue onward to Woods Hole, where you can visit the Aquarium and the Oceanographic Institute--and even cool down with a swim on the way back.