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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

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
133 Rock Harbor Road Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 133 Rock Harbor Road, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21713893)
3 beds 2 baths 1,344 sqft $525,000
43 Old Duck Hole Road Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 43 Old Duck Hole Road, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21713848)
2 beds 2 baths 960 sqft $1,250,000
10 & 12 Crystal Lake Drive Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 10 & 12 Crystal Lake Drive, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21713844)
5 beds 3 baths 2,798 sqft $1,800,000
170 Beach Road, Unit 1&2 Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 170 Beach Road, Unit 1&2, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21713790)
2 beds 2 baths 1,016 sqft $425,000
26 Forest Way Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 26 Forest Way, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21713785)
4 beds 3 baths 2,984 sqft $825,000
46 Keziahs Lane Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 46 Keziahs Lane, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21713731)
3 beds 3 baths 2,000 sqft $699,000
196 Tonset Road Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 196 Tonset Road, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21713698)
2 beds 3 baths 1,692 sqft $695,000
103 Tar Kiln Road Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 103 Tar Kiln Road, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21713636)
3 beds 3 baths 2,470 sqft $925,000
170 Beach Road Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 170 Beach Road, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21713510)
1 bed 1 bath 504 sqft $235,000
51 Hopkins Lane Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 51 Hopkins Lane, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21713473)
3 beds 2 baths 1,668 sqft $549,000
20 Freeman Lane Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 20 Freeman Lane, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21713453)
4 beds 3 baths 3,402 sqft $1,295,000
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 $252,000
3 Packet Landing Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 3 Packet Landing, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21713404)
3 beds 2 baths 1,864 sqft $685,000
11 Cove Road Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 11 Cove Road, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21713386)
0 beds 0 baths 1,656 sqft $775,000

Sold Listings in Orleans

179 Tonset Road Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 179 Tonset Road, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21712973)
3 beds 3 baths 1,728 sqft $645,000
5 Maple Road Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 5 Maple Road, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21712558)
5 beds 2 baths 1,937 sqft $615,000
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
167 Pochet Road Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 167 Pochet Road, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21711839)
4 beds 5 baths 3,300 sqft $1,788,000
165 Route 6a, Unit D Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 165 Route 6a, Unit D, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21711367)
1 bed 1 bath 812 sqft $170,000
37 Heritage Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 37 Heritage, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21711328)
3 beds 3 baths 2,116 sqft $585,000
222 South Orleans Road, Unit 6 Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 222 South Orleans Road, Unit 6, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21711311)
4 beds 2 baths 1,792 sqft $349,000
18 Blue Heron Way Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 18 Blue Heron Way, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21711274)
4 beds 3 baths 2,520 sqft $676,000
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
12 Old Farm Road Orleans, MA 02653
Photo of 12 Old Farm Road, Orleans, MA 02653 (MLS # 21711006)
4 beds 4 baths 2,394 sqft $762,500
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

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