Listed: A N.H. home that was auctioned for $25 and moved to the Chatham shore

Buying Luxury Cape Cod
The home has six bedrooms, four full baths, and a private beach. Gibson Sotheby's International Realty

It may have sold at auction for $25 in the late 1930s, but this Chatham property with its own beach costs a bit more these days. One look at the private beach, however, and it’s not hard to understand why.

Set on 1 acre in the desirable Chathamport neighborhood, the six-bedroom, four-bath home, which measures 3,367 square feet, is an early American-style stunner with sprawling oceanfront access. Listed at $5,995,000, 811 Fox Hill Road features a private beach and a mooring looking out on Pleasant Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.

“You basically have 290-degree ocean views,” said Will Montero of Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty, who represents the listing along with Amy Mizner and Paul McCormick.

But despite its prime oceanfront location, the home originated nearly 150 miles north in Exeter, N.H. Built in 1787, the antique portion of the home, which includes the center and entrance, was sold at auction for just $25. It was purchased by the owner of Chatham Woodworking, who disassembled the house using a process known as “flaking.” He moved it to Chatham and rebuilt it on the current oceanfront site in 1940, according to documents from the Exeter Historical Society.

While the home is historic in origin, it has undergone tremendous renovations throughout the years to blend classic Colonial style seamlessly with modern-day amenities. The sunroom, which features the original beamed ceiling, offers floor-to-ceiling windows with the best waterfront views of the home. The updated kitchen has an eat-in dining area in front of a bay window, but there’s also a formal dining room with stunning wood wainscoting. The owner’s suite features an office nook and sitting area, perfect for working remotely. There are four working fireplaces throughout the home, taking the space from the ideal summer escape to a cozy spot during the fall and winter months.

In addition to the private beach and mooring, the outdoor area is ideal for entertaining guests. A flat, grassy front and side yard are great for kids, while flowering shrubs, trees, and perennial gardens overlook the waterside. There’s an outdoor shower, as well as multiple bluestone patios perfect for embracing the outstanding views of the water below.

After having the home in the family for 70 years, the current owners are sad to let it go. But with the outstanding demand for real estate on Cape Cod, it’s likely to be snapped up soon.

“Right now, the Cape is in such high demand. It has been for the past year. People want to get out of the city, but not on a plane to travel to Miami or Palm Beach or Scottsdale,” Montero said. “You can get in the car and be there in an hour and 15 minutes from Boston, and be oceanfront.”

All the features of Chatham’s lively downtown area are just another bonus that increases the home’s worth.

“People that are living in the city want easy access to a destination, and Chatham, Cape Cod is a worldwide destination nowadays,” Montero said. “ ‘We always loved the Cape, but now more than ever.’ We are hearing that quite a bit.”

As of press time, an offer had been accepted on this property.

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