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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

180 Main Street Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 180 Main Street, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21801025)
5 beds 4 baths 3,400 sqft $1,095,000
36 Old Colony Way, Unit 15 Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 36 Old Colony Way, Unit 15, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21800945)
2 beds 2 baths 1,173 sqft $257,900
15 Seaview Road Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 15 Seaview Road, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21800870)
0 beds 0 baths $565,000
100 Freeman Lane Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 100 Freeman Lane, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21800820)
6 beds 5 baths 5,000 sqft $2,895,000
168 Route 6a Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 168 Route 6a, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21800842)
2 beds 2 baths 1,210 sqft $424,900
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 $495,000
169 Tonset Road Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 169 Tonset Road, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21800621)
4 beds 4 baths 3,232 sqft $1,475,000
96 Liberty Lane Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 96 Liberty Lane, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21800536)
2 beds 3 baths 1,545 sqft $412,000
33 Ridgewood Road Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 33 Ridgewood Road, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21800471)
4 beds 3 baths 2,255 sqft $497,900
4 N Cottage Street Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 4 N Cottage Street, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21800289)
4 beds 2 baths 1,618 sqft $699,000
42 Old Colony Way, Unit 16 Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 42 Old Colony Way, Unit 16, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21800082)
2 beds 2 baths 1,127 sqft $259,000
22 Freedom Trail Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 22 Freedom Trail, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21800077)
2 beds 3 baths 1,825 sqft $415,000
43 Old Duck Hole Road Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 43 Old Duck Hole Road, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21717638)
2 beds 2 baths 1,152 sqft $1,175,000
85 Bakers Pond Road Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 85 Bakers Pond Road, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21717563)
0 beds 0 baths $199,000
14&18 Cove Road Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 14&18 Cove Road, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21717399)
0 beds 0 baths 7,391 sqft $725,000

Sold Listings in Orleans

41 Main St Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 41 Main St, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21717569)
0 beds 0 baths 1,200 sqft $1,400
53 Pochet Road Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 53 Pochet Road, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21717524)
3 beds 3 baths 2,830 sqft $710,000
49 S Orleans Road Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 49 S Orleans Road, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21717412)
1 bed 1 bath 699 sqft $266,200
351 Tonset Road Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 351 Tonset Road, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21717058)
5 beds 5 baths 2,954 sqft $1,212,000
36 Old Colony Way, Unit 20 Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 36 Old Colony Way, Unit 20, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21716678)
2 beds 2 baths 1,169 sqft $254,500
18 Uncle Vicks Way Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 18 Uncle Vicks Way, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21716611)
3 beds 2 baths 1,515 sqft $486,000
54 Gibson Road Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 54 Gibson Road, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21716433)
2 beds 1 bath 713 sqft $325,000
97 Skaket Beach Road Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 97 Skaket Beach Road, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21716372)
0 beds 0 baths $275,000
29 Hinkle Lane Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 29 Hinkle Lane, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21716362)
3 beds 2 baths 1,462 sqft $430,000
46 Captain Curtis Way Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 46 Captain Curtis Way, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21716310)
4 beds 2 baths 2,000 sqft $640,000
120 Beach Road Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 120 Beach Road, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21716118)
4 beds 1 bath 1,224 sqft $528,000
33 Gesner Road Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 33 Gesner Road, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21715622)
3 beds 4 baths 3,040 sqft $1,535,000
4 Center Place, Unit 6 Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 4 Center Place, Unit 6, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21715584)
2 beds 3 baths 1,498 sqft $380,000
135 Pochet Road Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 135 Pochet Road, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21715460)
4 beds 2 baths 1,817 sqft $929,000
33 West Road, Unit 7a Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 33 West Road, Unit 7a, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21715410)
2 beds 2 baths 1,116 sqft $315,000

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