One of the earliest known bungalows in the US listed on Cape for $2.3 million

Buying Cape Cod
In the late 1880s, Boston architect William Gibbons Preston designed this Stick-style bungalow in Bourne. Taylor Michaud

It’s considered the earliest known bungalow in America — even the history books say so.

And the historic property at 96 Rocky Point Road in Bourne has hit the market for $2,395,000.

In the late 1880s, Boston architect William Gibbons Preston designed the Stick-style bungalow, which was built by Alpheus H. Hardy, a commissioner of the Cape Cod Canal who went on to live in the home.

In a March 27, 1880, issue of American Architect and Building News, Hardy’s home was labeled, “Bungalow, Monument Beach.” In his 1985 book, “The American Bungalow, “architectural historian Clay Lancaster said that was the first time the term “bungalow” was used to describe an American home.

More than 130 years have passed since the bungalow was built, yet its history lives on, according to the the listing agent, Matina Heisler of North Falmouth Kinlin Grover.

The “Holiday House,” the name the current owners have given the home, sits on 1.04 acres. One side of the property overlooks its private white-sand beach on Buzzards Bay; the other side is the mouth of Back River, where the home’s private dock is located.

The original two-story home was converted into a three-story when the attic was remodeled. With seven bedrooms, three full baths, and four half baths, the home offers “lots of space for everyone,” according to the online listing.

The interior space is a mix of modern and vintage details.

Highlights of the 3,684-square-foot home include a grand foyer, a living room, a dining room with French doors, an updated kitchen that retains period details, a laundry room, a two-bedroom suite, and three brick chimneys.

Upon walking into the home, the large windows and views of the water will draw a prospective buyer right into the space, according to Heisler.

Reflecting its past, the exterior features gabled dormer windows, rooflines with low overhangings, and enclosed and open wraparound porches that offer spectacular views of the water, especially at sunset.

“A huge portion of the value of the property is the land,” Heisler said.

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