It's the end of December and thus, time to make up a bunch of awards for the best, worst and most absurd things that happened in Cape & Islands' real estate, architecture and neighborhoods. Here now, your 2015 Curbed Awards.
The first round of Curbed Awards goes to listings that had us swooning all year. From the oldest house for sale on Cape Cod to sleek new construction, these gorgeous Gambrels, cool Contemporaries, classic Capes, and awe-inspiring adaptive reuse are 15 of the most beautiful homes for sale in 2015.
From 1945-66, this Provincetown property was home to the abstract expressionist painter Hans Hofmann's art school and studio. These days, the 1,737-square-foot space is a rather incredible two bedroom, one bath condo. Built in 1820, the unit features original flooring and a ship-timber constructed gallery around the hearth. The West End stunner hit the market in November for $1,750,000 and is now in contract.
One town over, this picture-perfect 1930s beach bungalow in Truro overlooks Cape Cod Bay and sits on an "historically accruing beach." The three bedroom, two bath is asking $1,300,000, knotty pine and farmer's porch included.
Also in Truro, this upside-down Contemporary was designed by architect Maryann Thompson and built in 2007. The Corn Hill 3BR, 3BA in 1,953 square feet an "expansive deck with lovely tree top views with peeks of the bay" and listed in March for $1.4 million.
Back to Provincetown, this historic East End boathouse is, like so many good things, small and expensive. The 418 square-foot listing on Provincetown Harbor features one bedroom, parking for two, lush gardens, and a gorgeous beach for $1,595,000.
This rather lovely 285-year-old was originally the Jonathan Higgins House, but is more recently known as the Margaret Stanger House for the "former owner and author of the well-known book, That Quail Robert." Set on .54 acres, the restored 4BR, 3BA antique is "a perfect blend of old and new" with four fireplaces, a garden room, "renovated kitchen with black honed granite counter tops, gleaming wood floors throughout the house, a blend of original & refurbished from old barn wood, exposed beams believed to be taken from an old ship wreck." Alas, good looks weren't enough to keep the PriceChopper away and after listing in September for $825K, the Orleans abode is now hoping for $779K.
Back to the Outer Cape, this sleek Wellfleet new-build hit the market in September looking for $649K. The three bedroom with a second floor "Cube room" and polished terrazzo countertops in the kitchen with beach sand and stones from Newcomb Hollow Beach is now asking $589K.
Set high on a Provincetown dune, this three-bedroom by the award-winning architects of Hariri & Hariri, sisters Gisue Hariri and Mojgan Hariri, "was designed to reflect the architecture of the Gropius anchor home." The three-bedroom, three-bath with views galore hit the market in November for $3,399,000.
Located on Centerville's historic Main Street, this 4,400 square-foot shingle-style was built in 1995 around a Victorian windmill and has walkability to the library, numerous shops, and "three pristine, sandy ocean beaches on Nantucket Sound." The rather lovely six-bedroom overlooks a "bucolic pond and 100+ year old gardens" designed by the father of American landscape architecture, Frederick Law Olmsted, and also has its own swimming pool. Asking price is $1,595,000.
Built in 2007, this 4,347 square-foot Gambrel overlooks Barnstable Harbor and includes 5BR, 5.5BA, a beautiful kitchen, built-ins all over, multiple porches, two fireplaces, and a tricked-out laundry room. The .58 acre spread offers deeded access to the harbor and walkability to Barnstable Village for $2,500,000.
Also in Barnstable Village, this barn "was originally part of a 300 acre dairy farm built by Captain Daniel Bacon in 1832" and was moved to its current location in the 1970s where it was converted into a 4,312 square-foot single family home. Set on historic Route 6A, the four bedroom post & beam offers views of Cape Cod Bay from a very cool third floor cupola and is asking $850K.
Designed in 1953 by interior designer-turned architect-turned academic Serge Chermayeff, this Truro 3BR, 2BA features soaring ceilings, a new(ish) kitchen, and two screened-in porches. Set on 3.6 "serene acres in the Cape Cod National Seashore with views of the pond and the sea," the midcentury gem is "within easy walking distance to both a gorgeous swimming pond and the Atlantic Ocean."
Finally, to the oldest house for sale on Cape Cod. This Sandwich three-bedroom overlooking Shawme Pond dates to 1639 and features original detail galore such as multiple fireplaces and beamed ceilings. Outside, the .25 acre property includes a private dock and professional landscaping. In addition, the "classic New England village" locale means there is walkability to "shops, restaurants, Sandwich Glass Museum, Sandwich Boardwalk and Heritage Museums." Asking price for the 376-year-old is $575,000.