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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

76 Old Duck Hole Road Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 76 Old Duck Hole Road, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21807351)
4 beds 4 baths 3,258 sqft $1,495,000
24 Old Colony Way, Unit 1 Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 24 Old Colony Way, Unit 1, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21807339)
2 beds 2 baths 1,173 sqft $262,500
5 Penny Lane Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 5 Penny Lane, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21807283)
4 beds 4 baths 3,187 sqft $925,000
55 Old Colony Way, Unit F3 Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 55 Old Colony Way, Unit F3, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21807161)
2 beds 2 baths 1,152 sqft $320,000
22 Blake Lane Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 22 Blake Lane, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21807139)
3 beds 5 baths 3,016 sqft $2,995,000
17 Nell Way Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 17 Nell Way, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21807183)
0 beds 0 baths 27,119 sqft $2,290,000
31 Gibson Road Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 31 Gibson Road, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21807104)
4 beds 2 baths 1,809 sqft $749,000
16 Old Timers Lane Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 16 Old Timers Lane, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21807087)
0 beds 0 baths $240,000
26 Captain Doanes Way Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 26 Captain Doanes Way, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21806982)
4 beds 3 baths 2,232 sqft $895,000
9 Capt Doanes Way Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 9 Capt Doanes Way, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21806919)
2 beds 1 bath 1,300 sqft $435,000
5 White Cedar Lane Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 5 White Cedar Lane, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21806823)
4 beds 4 baths 3,521 sqft $1,349,000
303 Tonset Road Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 303 Tonset Road, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21806810)
4 beds 4 baths 3,728 sqft $1,629,000
33 West Road, Unit 6a Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 33 West Road, Unit 6a, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21806783)
2 beds 2 baths 1,116 sqft $359,000
42 Route 6a Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 42 Route 6a, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21806855)
0 beds 0 baths 6,695 sqft $2,500,000
81 Old Colony Way, Unit A Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 81 Old Colony Way, Unit A, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21806766)
0 beds 0 baths 2,043 sqft $3,500

Sold Listings in Orleans

18 Heritage Drive Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 18 Heritage Drive, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21805069)
3 beds 3 baths 1,642 sqft $595,000
57 Nickerson Road Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 57 Nickerson Road, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21804842)
3 beds 1 bath 1,040 sqft $365,000
205 Tonset Road Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 205 Tonset Road, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21804527)
2 beds 1 bath 836 sqft $340,000
10 & 12 Crystal Lake Dr Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 10 & 12 Crystal Lake Dr, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21804403)
5 beds 3 baths 2,798 sqft $1,500,000
33 West Road, Unit 1a Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 33 West Road, Unit 1a, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21803870)
2 beds 2 baths 1,116 sqft $338,500
32 Keziahs Lane Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 32 Keziahs Lane, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21803617)
3 beds 2 baths 1,509 sqft $521,000
45 West Road, Unit 3e Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 45 West Road, Unit 3e, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21803622)
2 beds 2 baths 988 sqft $302,000
190 Route 6a, Unit 7a Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 190 Route 6a, Unit 7a, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21803608)
2 beds 1 bath 750 sqft $200,000
40 Namequoit Road Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 40 Namequoit Road, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21803556)
3 beds 4 baths 2,032 sqft $1,520,000
15 Skymeadow Drive Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 15 Skymeadow Drive, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21803463)
4 beds 4 baths 2,748 sqft $975,000
13 Priscilla Road Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 13 Priscilla Road, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21803383)
3 beds 3 baths 2,024 sqft $1,050,000
33 West Road, Unit 3b Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 33 West Road, Unit 3b, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21803126)
2 beds 2 baths 1,331 sqft $324,000
374 Tonset Road Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 374 Tonset Road, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21803057)
5 beds 3 baths 3,510 sqft $3,200,000
51 Hopkins Lane Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 51 Hopkins Lane, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21802899)
2 beds 2 baths 1,668 sqft $549,000
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

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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