Everything You Need to Know About Moving to Cape Cod

Everything You Need to Know About Moving to Cape Cod

Cape Cod, MA, has been a fixture of the East Coast and one of the most scenic places to own a home in the country for generations. Whether it’s the bracing air, the unblemished Atlantic Ocean views, or the exclusive and warm community of homeowners that call this corner of Massachusetts home — these are all reasons for moving to Cape Cod. 

But there’s so much more to know about Cape Cod before moving here if you’re going to arrive prepared. Come along with us as we cover everything you should know about moving to the paradise that is Cape Cod.

2 reasons to move to Cape Cod

Let’s start our guide to moving to Cape Cod with a brief look at the top two reasons why it’s such a great place to call home.

There are 15 communities to choose from

The communities that call Cape Cod home are all unique, each with their own traditions and lifestyles that they follow to varying degrees throughout the year. Falmouth, Sandwich, Eastham, Orleans, and Provincetown are just a few. Yet all the same, these towns and neighborhoods are all very close to one another and retain strong ties.

Local businesses are thriving

The economy on Cape Cod has always been bustling and active, but in more recent years, it has truly taken off as a success story post-pandemic. Locally run businesses are experiencing a particularly healthy boom, with as many as 86% of all employees on the Cape working in small businesses. Check out nonprofits like EforAll Cape Cod for more information about entrepreneurship and starting local businesses in the area.

Things about Cape Cod you might not know

There’s no lack of Hollywood images and stories that have been attached to Cape Cod living over the years. The scenic ocean views, exclusive beachside homes, and high-end boutiques are certainly part of the lore and history of this exquisite location. But there’s much more to know about Cape Cod than first meets the eye. Here are a few points to remember:

The offseason is real

If every day was the height of summer on Cape Cod, the area would be much more prevalent among visitors. But longtime residents and tourists to the Cape know that January to May is just as important a part of the climate and scenery here as any other. The secret is out that we have the most beautiful Fall weather here in cape cod and enjoy extended summer weather right through till November.  Residents find recreation and outdoor activities all winter long including snow shoeing, cross country skiing, birdwatching, bondfires and lots of scheduled community events.  Looking for peace and quiet - I can help you find that home and space here on the Cape.

There are four parts to the Cape

Newer visitors to Cape Cod might not know that the area is much more densely populated than you might think. Separated into four distinct districts, Cape Cod extends from the Upper Cape and the gateway to Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard to the Mid Cape and Hyannis to the Lower Cape or ‘the elbow,’ all the way to the Outer Cape where you’ll find Provincetown and the Cape Cod National Seashore.

Activism is a big talking point

The Cape Cod of today is governed by a modern sensibility when it comes to speaking out and making changes to residents’ everyday lives. Organizations like WE CAN and the Independence House have been leading lights for women and families seeking support on the Cape. There are so many opportunities to participate in community affairs and serve on boards that share your interest.The environment is cherished and protected and having such a large portion of the Cape in the Cape Cod National Seashore Park keeps us all involved and participating in preserving the beauty.

Cost of living in Cape Cod

It’s no secret that Cape Cod is home to some of the country’s most exclusive homes and luxury properties. The cost of living here is quite a bit higher than the national average as a result. Compared to Massachusetts as a whole, the median cost for a home sits at $643,000 versus $557,000, with the national average at $338,000. Advantages of owning a Cape Cod Property include the opportunity to rent the property seasonally , enjoy the property as a vacation spot and then consider retiring when the time is right.  Great place to invest in real estate.The cost of healthcare and transportation is slightly cheaper than the national median, while the charge for groceries, utilities, and miscellaneous goods are considerably higher.

What is there to do in Cape Cod?

Let’s round out our guide to everything you need to know about moving to Cape Cod with a quick look at some of the most popular things to do here:

  • Check out Truro for some of the finest wine tastings on the Cape.
  • The Woodshed in Brewster is a no-nonsense bar with live music.
  • Bargain shopping is a dream at the Wellfleet Flea Market, held from mid-April to the Fall on Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Visit Race Point Beach for some of the most stunning views of the Atlantic, whale watching and over sand vehicle trails. Permits required. There are 16 individual lighthouses to visit and tour on the Cape.
  • Take the 6A rather than the 6 for a shady and ultimately faster trip around the bay.
  • Thanksgiving lobster is a tradition here, dating back all the way to the first celebration nearly 400 years ago.
  • Enjoy a day watching baseball at a Cape League game during the summer.

Reach out to a local real estate agent today

There you have it: our complete guide to moving to Cape Cod. If you have any questions or comments to share, or you’d like to learn more about buying and selling luxury real estate in the Cape Cod area, get in touch today! Contact Denise Kopasz for more information.

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