Home of the Week: Beach condo on Provincetown thoroughfare for $399,000

Buying Home of the Week Cape Cod
The condo has a Murphy bed. Christine Hochkeppel for the Boston Globe

385 Commercial St., Unit 3, Ground Floor, Provincetown

Style Condo
Year built 2005
Square feet 239
Bedrooms 0
Baths 1 full
Sewer/water Public
Condo fee $241 a month
Pets Allowed (homeowner only)
Taxes $2,670 (2018)

Tiny houses are a thing now, an environmental counterpunch to “McMansions’’ in which the focus is on reducing square footage without sacrificing comfortable space. But years before tiny-house thinking gained traction, this 239-square-foot condo was built in Provincetown, the furthermost community on Cape Cod long known for being ahead of everyone else.

It’s part of a nine-unit condo complex called September Morn, located behind cast-iron gates off the town’s communal heart, Commercial Street — where cars, pedestrians (nearly everyone seems to have at least one dog on a leash), bicycles, and scooters somehow (mostly) safely navigate around one another.

Down a short set of stairs, a slate-gray walkway leads to a shared courtyard beautified by a maple, pink flowers, and the gentle tinkle of a neighbor’s tin wind chimes. The unit featured here has its own wooden deck in the courtyard, which serves as the spot for grilling and as a welcome mat for the home.

One entry is via a muntined white slider. Directly on the left is a living area defined by a couch and a propane-fueled fireplace with a wooden mantel. The flooring is a knot-free hardwood, light blond in tone, that has the appearance of maple.

Straight ahead is the kitchen, a commanding presence in this home with its full-size stainless-steel appliances — a propane-fueled stove, microwave, and refrigerator — and L-shaped counter of sparkling dark granite underneath a tile backsplash. The cabinets are solid wood and have a natural finish. There is no dishwasher.

The full bath has a Romanesque flair, thanks to tiles evocative of an ancient Italian bath that line the walls. There is a single vanity with a Nantucket bead-board cabinet and a tub-shower combo with a Roman tile-like backsplash.

Between the front and bathroom doors, there is what appears to be a floor-to-ceiling set of mahogany-toned cabinets with brass fittings. But a tug on those fittings delivers not empty space, but a Murphy bed.

Completing the tour requires leaving the unit, heading down a the stone walkway, and turning left down a private walkway to the sandy beach along Provincetown Harbor.

Weekly rentals are permitted under condo association rules, and the home is being offered furnished. Flood insurance is required.

Brett E. Holmes of Kinlin Gover Real Estate in Provincetown is the listing agent. As of press time, an offer with contingencies had been accepted on this property.

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