Ask anybody whose family has owned a Cape house and you’ll get 100 different answers for their favorite neighborhood on Cape Cod, and it’s almost always the neighborhood they grew up in or grew up visiting. Sure, the Cape has it’s famous neighborhoods but it also has countless hidden or underrated villages, and neighborhoods, some as small as a couple of streets, but all with their own distinct character. Many of these are overlooked because the homes rarely change hands – the same families have been living in many modest homes for 50, sometimes 60 years. When one of these properties comes on the market, it represents a rare chance to join a community the likes of which are only seen in Norman Rockwell paintings and magazine covers. With our intimate knowledge of the Upper Cape market, we’ve put together a list of what we feel are the best hidden neighborhoods on the Upper Cape.
Popponesset – Little old Poppy has gotten its fair share of notice in recent years, largely thanks to the monster lobster rolls at the Raw Bar and people slowly discovering the never-ending beauty of “The Spit,” but it still often overshadowed by its more well-known and well-heeled neighbor New Seabury. Born as an Army encampment in the 1940s, Popponesset has its roots as a working-class escape for many middle-class families from Boston. As generations have aged out and time has passed, many children (and grandchildren) of the original inhabitants have expanded, rebuilt and preserved the homes and character of Popponesset. A village in which neighbors are likely to show up unannounced with a bucket of clams and a six pack of beer, ready to sit on the back porch and enjoy a long lazy evening, Popponesset is a popular family destination. Throw in over a mile of private association beaches, a well-maintained community center, baseball field, basketball court and a short walk to the rum punches and lobster rolls of the Raw Bar and Popponesset Marketplace, and this is a place you’d be more than happy to bike around for days on end. Homes don’t go up for sale often here, and there’s no land left for new construction, lending to its “underrated” status; if you can find a home available here, you’ll find entry to one of the hidden gems on the Upper Cape.
Nye’s Neck – Tucked away just north of the famous and fabulous Old Silver Beach is the Nye’s Neck neighborhood of North Falmouth. Straddling a peninsula of land between Wild Harbor and Fiddler’s Cove, Nye’s Neck is as picturesque as it gets, with water views all around and beautiful gentle rolling hills. One of the older neighborhoods on the Upper Cape, Nye’s Neck has a long history as a retreat from the suburbs and recent growth as a year-round neighborhood. It’s easy to get to but a world away from the bustle of Routes 151, 28 and 28A, all a short 5 minute drive away. With ample association beaches, an association boat ramp and more, Nye’s Neck has obvious strong ties to the water and easy access to the open ocean via Buzzards Bay. People here are friendly, serving together on association boards and ensuring that the neighborhood is taken care of year-round. An unpretentious neighborhood with some spectacular homes, Nye’s Neck is similar to other neighborhoods on this list in that multiple generations of family members and neighborhoods have made this area their treasured retreat and if they’ve left, always working to find their way back to the white sandy beaches and sweeping panoramas of Nye’s Neck. Homes here range from the modest along Downer and Loren Roads, to the spectacular on Waterside Drive, Point Road and Westwood Road.
Scraggy Neck – Never heard of Scraggy Neck? You’re not alone. Located a few minutes north of Nye’s Neck in the Bourne village of Cataumet, Scraggy Neck is the true definition of a hidden gem – spectacular ocean views, antique homes, private beaches, deep-water docks, and honest-to-goodness oceanfront estates. If you didn’t see the heading, you’d probably think we were talking about Osterville or Hyannisport, or any number of little neighborhoods further up the Cape, but, no, Scraggy Neck is right here in Bourne. Residents here can live the true life of understated Yankee luxury mere minutes from the Bourne Bridge. Like the other neighborhoods on this list, families have treasured this neighborhood as a retreat for years, though Scraggy Neck has a sizable year-round population for an area of its size. Boating and sailing enthusiasts love this neighborhood; with deep water dockages and easy access to Buzzards Bay, you really can’t do much better! Ample woodlands, much of which is preserved, ensure that Scraggy Neck will remain a quiet retreat well into the future. Unique to the area, homes on all four side of the neck have vastly different characteristics when it comes to ocean views and sunrise/sunsets, some enjoying the glory early in the morning while others get the most spectacular sunsets you will ever lay eyes on.
Thinking about making one of these neighborhoods your treasured retreat, or new home? Visit CapeCodHouses.com to see our listings available in the area, or give us a call and arrange a tour. But be careful – you’re going to fall in love and never want to leave!