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Orleans Real Estate Analysis

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

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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

55 Old Colony Way, Unit D2 Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 55 Old Colony Way, Unit D2, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21713323)
3 beds 2 baths 1,440 sqft $285,000
55 Old Colony Way, Unit F1 Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 55 Old Colony Way, Unit F1, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21713281)
2 beds 2 baths 1,152 sqft $249,900
169 Tonset Road Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 169 Tonset Road, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21713188)
4 beds 4 baths 3,232 sqft $8,500
11 Towhee Lane Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 11 Towhee Lane, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21713184)
4 beds 4 baths 3,066 sqft $1,379,000
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 $329,900
16 Seaview Road Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 16 Seaview Road, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21713042)
4 beds 2 baths 1,666 sqft $1,185,000
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
55 Old Colony Way, Unit C1 Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 55 Old Colony Way, Unit C1, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21713004)
2 beds 2 baths 1,440 sqft $389,000
94 Bakers Pond Road Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 94 Bakers Pond Road, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21712697)
3 beds 3 baths 1,512 sqft $529,000
33 Ridgewood Road Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 33 Ridgewood Road, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21712657)
4 beds 3 baths 2,255 sqft $539,000
4 Cullum Road Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 4 Cullum Road, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21712552)
2 beds 1 bath 1,278 sqft $995,000
6 Great Oak Road Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 6 Great Oak Road, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21712531)
4 beds 4 baths 4,564 sqft $1,500,000
48 Namequoit Road Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 48 Namequoit Road, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21712522)
4 beds 4 baths 3,076 sqft $1,695,000
16 Seavers Road Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 16 Seavers Road, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21712515)
3 beds 2 baths 1,856 sqft $665,000
18 West Road, Unit 106 Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 18 West Road, Unit 106, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21712495)
2 beds 2 baths 1,176 sqft $399,000

Sold Listings in Orleans

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
44 Pond Road Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 44 Pond Road, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21712322)
2 beds 1 bath 936 sqft $387,500
41 Nickerson Road Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 41 Nickerson Road, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21711132)
3 beds 3 baths 1,733 sqft $399,000
170 Beach Road, Unit 10 Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 170 Beach Road, Unit 10, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21711127)
2 beds 2 baths 1,148 sqft $450,000
24 Mill Pond Road Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 24 Mill Pond Road, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21710895)
3 beds 2 baths 1,170 sqft $489,000
115 Orleans Road Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 115 Orleans Road, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21710832)
3 beds 4 baths 3,194 sqft $440,000
45 West Road, Unit 3f Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 45 West Road, Unit 3f, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21710802)
2 beds 2 baths 1,224 sqft $294,500
13 S Orleans Road, Unit 43 Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 13 S Orleans Road, Unit 43, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21710530)
1 bed 1 bath 235 sqft $32,000
2 Harbor Hill Drive Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 2 Harbor Hill Drive, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21710436)
2 beds 1 bath 1,232 sqft $320,000
170 Beach Road, Unit 1 & 2 Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 170 Beach Road, Unit 1 & 2, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21710333)
2 beds 2 baths 2,144 sqft $300,000
5 Windsor Lane Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 5 Windsor Lane, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21710238)
4 beds 3 baths 2,566 sqft $660,000
58 Old Colony Way, Unit 1 A Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 58 Old Colony Way, Unit 1 A, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21710017)
2 beds 2 baths 1,300 sqft $308,500
5 Old Timers Lane Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 5 Old Timers Lane, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21710071)
3 beds 2 baths 1,542 sqft $360,000
22 Chickadee Lane Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 22 Chickadee Lane, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21701448)
4 beds 2 baths 1,665 sqft $460,000
24 Old Colony Way, Unit 20 Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 24 Old Colony Way, Unit 20, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21701301)
2 beds 2 baths 1,169 sqft $225,000

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