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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

205 Tonset Road Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 205 Tonset Road, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21804527)
2 beds 1 bath 836 sqft $345,000
135 Portanimicut Road Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 135 Portanimicut Road, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21804464)
3 beds 4 baths 1,656 sqft $1,000,000
13 Archer Lane Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 13 Archer Lane, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21804386)
4 beds 2 baths 2,072 sqft $2,200,000
9 Dale Ann Drive Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 9 Dale Ann Drive, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21804390)
3 beds 3 baths 2,368 sqft $799,000
80 Rock Harbor Road Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 80 Rock Harbor Road, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21804167)
0 beds 0 baths $398,000
4 Nauset Heights Road Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 4 Nauset Heights Road, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21804128)
4 beds 3 baths 2,224 sqft $1,150,000
335 S Orleans Road Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 335 S Orleans Road, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21804071)
3 beds 2 baths 2,056 sqft $619,000
14 Hilltop Lane Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 14 Hilltop Lane, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21804060)
3 beds 4 baths 2,310 sqft $1,495,000
44 Sturbridge Drive Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 44 Sturbridge Drive, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21803975)
4 beds 2 baths 2,401 sqft $525,000
3 Shore View Drive Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 3 Shore View Drive, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21804011)
4 beds 3 baths 2,569 sqft $1,949,000
36 Old Field Road Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 36 Old Field Road, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21803600)
5 beds 4 baths 3,446 sqft $3,150,000
7 Songbird Circle, Lot 4 Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 7 Songbird Circle, Lot 4, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21803911)
0 beds 0 baths $249,000
41 Nickerson Road Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 41 Nickerson Road, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21803801)
3 beds 3 baths 1,733 sqft $429,000
30 Gull Lane Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 30 Gull Lane, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21803776)
4 beds 2 baths 1,529 sqft $1,199,000
32 Keziahs Lane Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 32 Keziahs Lane, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21803617)
3 beds 2 baths 1,509 sqft $545,000

Sold Listings in Orleans

595 So. Orleans Road Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 595 So. Orleans Road, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21802847)
0 beds 0 baths $1,200,000
106 Quanset Road Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 106 Quanset Road, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21802551)
3 beds 3 baths 3,196 sqft $995,000
156 Rock Harbor Road Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 156 Rock Harbor Road, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21802388)
2 beds 2 baths 1,235 sqft $500,000
73 Old Colony Way, Unit 1-D Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 73 Old Colony Way, Unit 1-D, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21802363)
2 beds 1 bath 792 sqft $185,000
170 Beach Road, Unit 6 Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 170 Beach Road, Unit 6, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21802337)
1 bed 1 bath 504 sqft $239,000
46 Lots Hollow Road Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 46 Lots Hollow Road, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21802128)
0 beds 0 baths 11,040 sqft $725,000
64 Namequoit Road Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 64 Namequoit Road, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21801792)
3 beds 4 baths 3,600 sqft $1,415,000
137-7 Rock Harbor Road, Unit 7 Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 137-7 Rock Harbor Road, Unit 7, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21801704)
1 bed 1 bath 708 sqft $299,000
42 Old Colony Way, Unit 19 Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 42 Old Colony Way, Unit 19, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21801612)
1 bed 2 baths 868 sqft $160,000
24 Old Colony Way, Unit 24 Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 24 Old Colony Way, Unit 24, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21801478)
1 bed 1 bath 812 sqft $182,000
18 West Road, Unit 302 Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 18 West Road, Unit 302, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21801446)
2 beds 2 baths 1,075 sqft $144,600
190 Route 6a, Unit 3c Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 190 Route 6a, Unit 3c, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21801353)
2 beds 1 bath 750 sqft $195,000
36 Old Colony Way, Unit 25 Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 36 Old Colony Way, Unit 25, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21801054)
2 beds 2 baths 1,040 sqft $235,000
18 West Road, Unit 107 Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 18 West Road, Unit 107, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21800716)
2 beds 2 baths 1,496 sqft $475,000
169 Tonset Road Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 169 Tonset Road, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21800621)
4 beds 4 baths 3,232 sqft $1,435,000

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