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Orleans Real Estate Analysis

March 10th, 2014 at 3:03 pm by David DePasquale

Brief History of Orleans
Originally known as South Parish of Eastham, which was settled in 1644, Orleans became incorporated in 1797 after seeking independence since 1717. The Nauset Indians were the native Map of Orleans, MA.people of the area. The relationship between the settlers and native Americans was peaceful and co-operative. The present Nauset Heights area was the farming site of the Indians. The last of their settlements lived in South Orleans.
The sea has influenced the economy of Orleans from the beginning to the present. Salt works were located on the bay and Town cove shores. There were many domestic needs for salt and the fishing fleet’s requirements were large for fish preservation. Finally with the discovery of salt deposits in the U.S. the salt-making industry became obsolete in the 1850s.
Sea Captains and ordinary seamen of Orleans manned the merchant and whaling vessels during the age of sail.
The fishing industry has waxed and waned through the years according to the supply. Fish weirs and small boat hand lining as well as coastal whaling thrived in the early years. Today there is a large charter boat sports fishing fleet located in Rock Harbor, which has been the Orleans center of maritime commerce and history.
The Indians initially taught the settlers about shell fishing. It has continued to be an excellent source and generally reliable monetary factor in good and bad economic times. Now aquaculture appears to have a successful future.
Packet boats were the mode of transportation of goods and people until the arrival of the railroad in 1865, which opened up other avenues of commerce such as pants manufacturing. The railroad spawned early tourism. The many needs of the town supplied by the railroad were taken over by cars and trucks. Railroad service to the town ceased in the 1950’s.
Shipwrecks were a common occurrence until the Cape Cod Canal was built. The rescue and care of survivors were part of everyday life until the Massachusetts Humane Society composed of volunteers lead to the formation of the U.S. Life Saving Service in the 1870’s. The salvage of shipwrecks and their cargoes became part of the economic structure.
Orleans is no stranger to enemy attack. The war of 1812 created great hardship on the Cape as Britain controlled and blockaded the towns of Cape Cod. An attack on Rock Harbor in December 1814 by the British Marines from H.M.S. Newcastle was swiftly repelled by the local militia with one fatality to the British.
Orleans has the distinction of being the only U.S. site of attack by the Germans in WWI. A German U-boat fired upon the tug Perth Amboy and four barges in the Nauset area in July 1918.
Farming was a constant factor from the beginning of the settlement. The once heavily forested area became decimated fuel to the creation of farming and pasture needs, lumber for housing, heating needs and the ship building requirements of both the English King and the colonists. Commercial agricultural products of the 1920’s and 1930’s was asparagus while cranberry harvesting was prevalent from the late 1800’s to the 1930’s.
The formerly barren landscape is now covered with trees and vegetation and people are very supportive of land conservation. The advent of the National Seashore Park in 1962 created the complete tourist economy of today. The charm and beauty of the town has created a large retirement population with a younger service population.

Orleans Real Estate Listings

Active Listings in Orleans

22 Towhee Lane Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 22 Towhee Lane, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21714824)
4 beds 4 baths 2,034 sqft $999,900
16 Crescent Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 16 Crescent, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21714809)
5 beds 4 baths 2,775 sqft $749,000
18 West Road, Unit 214 Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 18 West Road, Unit 214, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21714803)
2 beds 2 baths 1,198 sqft $389,000
143 Ma-6a Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 143 Ma-6a, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21714685)
0 beds 0 baths 1,206 sqft $399,000
42 Liberty Lane Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 42 Liberty Lane, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21714608)
2 beds 2 baths 1,419 sqft $417,900
16 Archer Lane Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 16 Archer Lane, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21714397)
5 beds 4 baths 4,500 sqft $3,200,000
52 & 54 Gibson Road Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 52 & 54 Gibson Road, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21714345)
5 beds 3 baths 2,061 sqft $1,250,000
68 Patriots Way Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 68 Patriots Way, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21714286)
2 beds 3 baths 1,550 sqft $419,000
24 Gibson Road Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 24 Gibson Road, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21714152)
4 beds 2 baths 1,901 sqft $1,100,000
15 Norsemans Drive Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 15 Norsemans Drive, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21714114)
4 beds 3 baths 2,383 sqft $1,195,000
21 Harveys Lane Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 21 Harveys Lane, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21714135)
3 beds 2 baths 1,222 sqft $599,000
133 Rock Harbor Road Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 133 Rock Harbor Road, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21713893)
3 beds 2 baths 1,344 sqft $525,000
43 Old Duck Hole Road Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 43 Old Duck Hole Road, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21713848)
2 beds 2 baths 960 sqft $1,250,000
10 & 12 Crystal Lake Drive Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 10 & 12 Crystal Lake Drive, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21713844)
5 beds 3 baths 2,798 sqft $1,800,000
26 Forest Way Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 26 Forest Way, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21713785)
4 beds 3 baths 2,984 sqft $825,000

Sold Listings in Orleans

46 Champlain Road Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 46 Champlain Road, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21713454)
0 beds 0 baths $389,000
33 West Road, Unit 5c Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 33 West Road, Unit 5c, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21713169)
2 beds 2 baths 1,116 sqft $319,000
36 Gesner Road Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 36 Gesner Road, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21713033)
5 beds 4 baths 1,461 sqft $1,650,000
179 Tonset Road Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 179 Tonset Road, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21712973)
3 beds 3 baths 1,728 sqft $645,000
45 West Road, Unit 3c Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 45 West Road, Unit 3c, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21712715)
2 beds 2 baths 1,224 sqft $284,900
5 Maple Road Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 5 Maple Road, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21712558)
5 beds 2 baths 1,937 sqft $615,000
4 Seaview Road, Unit D Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 4 Seaview Road, Unit D, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21712392)
2 beds 1 bath 579 sqft $320,000
55 Old Colony Way, Unit F-2 Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 55 Old Colony Way, Unit F-2, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21712324)
2 beds 2 baths 1,152 sqft $272,900
11 Prides Path Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 11 Prides Path, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21712300)
3 beds 3 baths 2,656 sqft $850,000
44 Pond Road Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 44 Pond Road, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21712322)
2 beds 1 bath 936 sqft $387,500
7 Vernon Road Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 7 Vernon Road, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21711976)
0 beds 0 baths $222,000
167 Pochet Road Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 167 Pochet Road, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21711839)
4 beds 5 baths 3,300 sqft $1,788,000
7 Winslow Drive Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 7 Winslow Drive, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21711651)
4 beds 4 baths 2,760 sqft $585,100
165 Route 6a, Unit D Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 165 Route 6a, Unit D, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21711367)
1 bed 1 bath 812 sqft $170,000
37 Heritage Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 37 Heritage, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21711328)
3 beds 3 baths 2,116 sqft $585,000

Walk Score for Orleans



Orleans School Data

Orleans School Districts

Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter (District)
6-8
Brewster School District
PK-5
Eastham School District
PK-5
Nauset School District
6-12
Orleans School District
K-5
Wellfleet School District
PK-5

Orleans Schools

Nauset Regional Middle School
6-8, public
Orleans Elementary School
K-5, public