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Five Summer Getaways on the Shores of Scenic Cape Cod

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Jutting out prominently into the Atlantic Ocean, Cape Cod is an inhospitable place come winter, when the peninsula is lashed by storms and buried in snow. Come summer, however, tourists flood onto the Cape to take advantage of spectacular beaches and the casual attitude of a classic summer resort. Surprisingly, some of that casual attitude made it into the first estate on our list, a $28M shingle-style sprawler set on 100 acres in Cotuit. Usually houses in this price range are lavishly appointed affairs, but not this oceanfront mansion. The wood-paneling, which could have been a stuffy addition to the 8,000-square-foot, has a natural tone and worn look that staves off thoughts of the smoking jacket. The listing is a little misleading though, because the main house sits sandwiched between Main Street and the beach, while the bulk of the property lies across the street.

? Set on Sunset Point in Osterville, this baby blue mansion offers a deep-water dock on protected West Bay, a 6,400-square-foot main house, and 3.26-acres of prime property for $12.5M. The private beach makes enjoying all of summer's virtues even easier, while four fireplaces keep the place cozy on cool nights. As an additional bonus, despite a 1910 build date, the house has central A/C.

? On another promontory with a puffed-up name, Wings Neck in Pocasset, this 19th-century stone-and-shingle cottage offers beautiful views of Buzzards Bay and privacy, despite nearby neighbors, thanks to a densely treed 6.3-acre lot. Currently asking $3.6M, property includes the 5,500-square-foot main house, a guest house, and a barn, along with a set of wooden stairs down to the beach below the house.

? Next, it's over to Yarmouthport to check out Mill Farm. While at one time it might have been home to a functional mill and farm, today it would be most correctly dubbed a "gentleman's farm." Fifteen acres of manicured lawns, quaint wooden fences, and a replica 18th century barn, need we say more? The estate, which also happens to overlook the water, is listed for $6.5M.

? From the street, this waterfront home in Provincetown looks like your average Cape Cod-style house, but NYC-based architect Stephan Jaklitsch and designer Richard McGeehan gutted the place and added a glass wall on the rear facade to capture the water views. Inside, the style is much more modern than we'd expect for the Cape, but not surprising given the price tag: $6M.

· 1524 Main Street [Robert Paul]
· Sunset Point [Robert Paul]
· Wings Neck [Robert Paul]
· Mill Farm [Landvest]
· Provincetown [Sotheby's]