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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

50 Freedom Trail Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 50 Freedom Trail, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21716461)
3 beds 4 baths 1,583 sqft $419,900
54 Gibson Road Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 54 Gibson Road, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21716433)
2 beds 1 bath 713 sqft $325,000
86 Namequoit Road Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 86 Namequoit Road, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21716430)
3 beds 3 baths 1,994 sqft $1,499,000
18 Natural Drive Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 18 Natural Drive, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21716402)
0 beds 0 baths $385,000
7 Lake Farm Lane Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 7 Lake Farm Lane, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21716400)
4 beds 3 baths 3,117 sqft $689,900
99 Skaket Beach Road Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 99 Skaket Beach Road, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21716372)
0 beds 0 baths $349,000
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 $660,000
222 Main Street Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 222 Main Street, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21716111)
0 beds 0 baths 1,693 sqft $599,000
120 Beach Road Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 120 Beach Road, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21716118)
4 beds 1 bath 1,224 sqft $539,000
100 Portanimicut Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 100 Portanimicut, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21716098)
5 beds 5 baths 3,058 sqft $815,000
65 Pershing Lane Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 65 Pershing Lane, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21716154)
5 beds 3 baths 2,448 sqft $879,000
24 Woodsneck Road Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 24 Woodsneck Road, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21716037)
4 beds 4 baths 3,596 sqft $2,895,000
24 Woodsneck Road Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 24 Woodsneck Road, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21716002)
4 beds 2 baths 1,869 sqft $1,149,000
62 Barley Neck Road Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 62 Barley Neck Road, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21715780)
2 beds 2 baths 1,412 sqft $569,000
11 Tanglewood Terrace Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 11 Tanglewood Terrace, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21715633)
4 beds 3 baths 2,605 sqft $849,000

Sold Listings in Orleans

6 Apple Way Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 6 Apple Way, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21715011)
2 beds 2 baths 1,414 sqft $480,000
10 Westwood Drive Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 10 Westwood Drive, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21715028)
3 beds 2 baths 1,512 sqft $438,000
78 Old Colony Way Way, Unit B Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 78 Old Colony Way Way, Unit B, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21714886)
2 beds 2 baths 1,082 sqft $239,900
12 Grist Road Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 12 Grist Road, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21714609)
2 beds 2 baths 1,477 sqft $550,000
6 Snow Shore Road Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 6 Snow Shore Road, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21714403)
3 beds 3 baths 1,814 sqft $860,000
11 Old Tote Road Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 11 Old Tote Road, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21714201)
3 beds 1 bath 1,395 sqft $381,250
36 Old Colony Way, Unit 5 Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 36 Old Colony Way, Unit 5, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21714157)
2 beds 2 baths 1,127 sqft $220,000
15 Preservation Path Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 15 Preservation Path, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21713927)
3 beds 2 baths 1,754 sqft $549,000
170 Beach Road Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 170 Beach Road, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21713510)
1 bed 1 bath 504 sqft $225,000
46 Champlain Road Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 46 Champlain Road, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21713454)
0 beds 0 baths $389,000
55 Old Colony Way, Unit B4 Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 55 Old Colony Way, Unit B4, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21713447)
2 beds 2 baths 1,152 sqft $244,000
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 $234,250
55 Old Colony Way, Unit D2 Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 55 Old Colony Way, Unit D2, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21713323)
2 beds 2 baths 1,440 sqft $275,000
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
16 Seaview Road Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 16 Seaview Road, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21713042)
4 beds 2 baths 1,666 sqft $1,160,000

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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