Chatham, MA —
The story of a local family

How many small towns in America can say they have been the centerfold of National Geographic magazine? Or how about the famous Red Sox legend, Ted Williams throwing out the first pitch on the 4th of July? Or the Discovery TV Channel filming here for Shark Week?
 
Chatham, MA can!

Ever heard the Patti Page hit, “Old Cape Cod?” “If you’re fond of sand dunes and salty air, church bells ringing on a Sunday morn, you sure to fall in love with old Cape Cod..” First penned as a poem by a Boston housewife on a Cape Cod beach during her summer vacation, it soon became part of Patti Page’s famous song. Not long after in 1962, Ted Williams, the famous Red Sox player, was the guest of honor at our 250th anniversary, throwing out the first pitch at Chatham’s 4th of July baseball league game.
 
It doesn’t get much better than what we have to offer in Chatham. Family BBQs, friends visiting to make memories for life, digging clams, winter sunsets at the town landings, boating, fishing, or just walking the beach in the morning with coffee collecting shells. I know the feeling exactly.

"When I cross the Bridges at the Cape Cod Canal and feel my blood pressure drop, I take a big deep breath of salt air and say…yes I have arrived!"

Life is good, Cape Cod is a world unto itself…and YES, that is good!
 
As a Chatham native and 12th- generation direct descendent from 1600’s Nickerson founder of Chatham, this song is in my bones and salt water runs in my blood. I grew up in North Chatham running through the fields and salt marshes, swimming, fishing and sailing around Chatham harbor and Pleasant Bay. When I hear Patti Page’s ‘Old Cape Cod,’ I think of my “great-grand-grammas” stories of sailing with her father, Captain Taylor on his China Clipper in the 1800’s. Grampa Edwards digging in his specially-deeded quahog bed or riding his bike to Boston on dirt roads. Gramma and Grampa Nick running the old Harbor Inn, a summer hotel with timeless family recipes being served in the dining room, probably by me or one of my cousins. My Dad played saxophone in the Chatham Bank for 60 years. Chatham is “(Norman) Rockwellian” to it’s core.
 
As for my 12th-generation family history, I am the building chairperson for our Nickerson Family genealogical Society building. We have a nonprofit Nickerson Family Association, with reunions every year where they come from all over the country. Our library of genealogical records was in a private home of an elderly member and we had to find a permanent building to house it all. So as a realtor, I did a search and back in the early 1990's we bought a piece of land in Chatham Port, near the original cabin of William and Anne Nickerson. We built a house which is now a working library and another antique home houses the working museum and garden, both on this property. We have recently been part of an archeological dig that has gleamed clay pipes and blacksmith artifacts and Indian pieces, so we realize we are now actually housed on the original land of the founder. Quite amazing! It is very exciting. They were the progenitors of over 50,000 Nickersons now because they had 10 children that lived, 8 of them boys.

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251 Green Dunes Drive, Barnstable (Hyannis Port), MA

$18,500,000
This is the ultimate Cape Cod luxurious private gated compound. Vibrant rolling lawns contrast with rare Cape Cod heathlands. An unprecedented 2600ft of sandy beach frontage on Nantucket sound and tidal pools of Halls Creek. This Bertman designed home with porte-cochere, rotunda and four-story tower portend exceptional construction, attention to detail and opulent interior. The focal point is the great room with 20' wall of windows, southern exposure and unending views. Adjacent is the dining room and chefs kitchen with glistening water views, blue granite & impressive oval waterfront breakfast area. Off the kitchen is the secluded family room. The west wing has two large ensuite bedrooms with walls of glass. Next is your Private Luxury Waterfront Spa with three walls of glass, huge pool, sauna, full bath and private gym. Up the grand staircase are two more ensuite bedrooms with private balconies. The primary bedroom wing has open sitting area and office. A pair of doors access the private inner sanctuary with opulent mesmerizing Waterfront View's from an oval wall of glass. Huge closets, built-ins and a lavish bath.

251 Green Dunes, Barnstable (West Hyannisport), MA

$18,500,000
The is the ultimate Cape Cod luxurious private gated compound. Vibrant Rolling lawns contrast with rare Cape Cod heathlands. An unprecedented 2600ft of sandy beach frontage on Nantucket Sound and tidal pools of Halls Creek. This Bertman designed home w porte-cochere, rotunda and 4 story tower portend exceptional construction, attention to detail and opulent interior. The focal point is the great room w 20 wall of windows, southern exposure and unending views. Adjacent is the dining room & chefs kitchen with glistening water views, blue granite & dramatic oval waterfront breakfast area. Off the kitchen is the secluded family room. The west wing has 2 large ensuite bedrooms each with walls of glass.

268 Cedar St, Chatham (Chatham (village)), MA

$8,995,000
This private family home has been making memories for five generations. Largest residential property in Chatham with 20 acres of protected waterfront land on the Oyster Pond improved by a charming Antique four bedroom Cape. Magnificent views of Oyster Pond plus the steeples in downtown Chatham. It has been meticulously maintained although invites updating. Property will accommodate a significant primary home, guesthouse, pool and tennis court. Create a family compound on this extremely private location. A two car garage plus workshop and dog run are adjacent to the house. The property affords total privacy and to ensure it a conservation easement has been placed on 15 acres and the remaining 5 acres is unrestricted and would allow significant improvements and amenities. There are walking paths throughout the property and an active Osprey nest on "Long Point", Truly a "one of a kind property".

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