Prior to the 20th century, Cape Codders thought direct coastal living was inconvenient and/or absurd. Thus, 16th-19th century houses were mostly concentrated on and around Main Streets, the Old King's Highway and the like. Perhaps they were onto something [see: erosion]. Regardless, here's a rather rare listing, a waterfront property built in 1900 - which just makes the cut for the 19th century. Located on the Bass River, an estuary that conveniently meets up with Nantucket Sound, the 3,135 sq. ft. antique isn't in any immediate danger of being knocked over by a tsunami. There are four bedrooms, four baths, a four bay garage, and
four seven fireplaces. That's right, seven hearths to keep you toasty, including one in every bedroom. Or, you could just turn on the new gas heating system. Other recent upgrades include central air, Viking appliances, a new hardwood kitchen floor, "and so much more." There are also water views from almost every room and a $2,995,000 price tag.
· Listing: 82 River Street, Bass River [Robert Paul Properties]