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September & October weeks and weekends-watch the Fall blue bay

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 2,500 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

6 bedrooms, plus spectacular finished attic space, 2 1/2 baths, sleeps 12

Every room of this renovated North Chatham 1915 Cape bungalow has a water view, either of Chatham Harbor, the new ocean break or a salt pond. The house sits on two secluded acres and has 250 feet of private beach, which is a short wooden walkway away from your living room, deck and screened in porch. The 'Point House' is ideal for extended families.

Comfortably furnished, adults naturally gravitate to the double and queen beds in the bedrooms on the main level, while children love the bunk beds and play area in the airy, spacious attic. A basement rec room with washer drier alcove provides another private place. Activities abound for all age groups. You can swim off the sandy beach, launch a kayak or sunfish at the nearby town landing, play family volleyball or capture the flag games on the expansive lawns, and/or cast for bass off Ministers' Point, a well known Cape fishing venue. The shops of Chatham are 3 minutes away and the Cape Cod bike trails are within a short ride.

Weddings/special events: The Point House, with its broad, flat lawns and water views, is ideal for weddings and special events. A wedding held there was featured in 'Cape Cod Life' in the May 2007 issue. For wedding set up we require that you rent a week and that all wedding and special event activities be held outside and be over by 10:30 p.m. There is the potential to park cars on the property, but weddings can be no larger than 140 people due to parking issues. Weddings dates are May, June, September and October. We book only one wedding per year, so check with us before your make plans.

More Details

Julie Howell
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 17, 2018

About Julie Howell

History of the House

The great grandparents of the current owners bought four acres with a farmhouse and barn on Allen’s Point with three other Ministers in 1898. (The area was subsequently called Ministers’ Point.) Because he was a minister and always lived in the parish house, his family wanted to own a home of their own. He came to the Cape to allow the local ministers to go on vacation so it worked out well for all concerned. Initially, they would come down by train and be brought to the property by horse and buggy with all their supplies for the summer.

The house turned out to have rotten sills, so in 1913 the patriarch and his children built the current house. We have no idea where the plans came from or how he acquired the skills to build it, but it had all the modern conveniences, including a bathroom with tub. A windmill pumped water from the well to supply the needs of the house. The house contains much of the original mission furniture and squirky Victorian pieces. The restoration left some of the unique features.

Initially, the house was on stilts because great grandfather did not trust the sea, but after a few years he felt safe enough to put his children to work moving earth. Using wheelbarrows and shovels they built up the land on two sides of the house and filled in the foundations with brick and cement. The house acquired electricity in 1929 and a refrigerator to replace its ice box in the early 1950s.

The current owners and our spouses are middling sorts; in education, business, construction and medicine who are connected not only by blood and marriage but by a love of this place where we have spent so many happy summers. We have worked very hard to maintain the house and to bring it gently into the 21st century. We love to share our summer home with others who value family and friends and enjoy the serenity of waves breaking on a gently sloping beach, magnificent sunsets, and star filled skies.

Julie Howell purchased this house in 1898

Why Julie Howell chose North Chatham

With its large public spaces, water views from every room and expansive lawns and beaches, the Point House is ideal for gatherings of extended families or old friends. Located at the end of a street, in a quiet neighborhood, walkers find miles of roads with limited traffic and great views to explore and bikers can easily get to Cape bike trail which is found within a mile. Minister's Point is a well known place for bass fishing. Peak seasons are late May and early June and September. The quaint town of Chatham, which is a rigorous, up hill two mile walk distant, has some of the best shopping on the Cape. Chatham is also centrally located on the Cape, so it is perfect jumping off place for exploring the entire peninsula.

What makes this house unique

Top Ten

1. 250 linear feet of private sandy beach 50 feet from your door

2. Water views from every window

3. Extensive level lawns surrounded by shrubbery for privacy.

4. Outdoor games: bocci, crochet, volley ball, badminton, wiffle ball, sand toys, bogey boards...

5. Indoor games: monopoly, trivial pursuit, apples to apples... and puzzles galore

6. A giant attic bunk room/play room with toys and art supplies for younger children.

7. Great beach fishing 50 yards away with supplies for cleaning your catch.

8. A great climbing tree - although you climb at your own risk

9. Seal watching from the beach steps

10. A screened porch that offers front row seats to magnificent sunsets and a swinging bed on which to snooze.


North Chatham House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Village ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom - toilet , tub , pedestal tub
    Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Bathroom - toilet
    Outdoor - outdoor shower
  • Built in 1915, for decades the Point House had only one bathroom, which was located on the main floor off the south hall. When we renovated we wanted to keep the same old Cape feel so we left the pedestal tub in that bathroom and added a full bath to the basement area and a half bath in the attic. In warm weather most people choose to use the spacious outdoor shower located near the kitchen door and protected from the cold north wind.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • SW corner - 1 double
    yellow South - 2 twin/ single
    middle - 1 twin/ single
    yellow North - 1 double
    NW corner - 1 queen
    Attic space - 4 twin/ single
  • Three of the five bedrooms on the main floor are relatively small. The attic space is expansive and doubles as a children's play area. All bedrooms have period Victorian furniture and ample bureau space.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Child's Swing
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • 12 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
The Point House belongs to a family who reads so there are hundreds of books - from summer reads to Milton and Shakespeare. Generally the kitchen is stocked with flour, sugar, teas, powdered lemonade/ice tea and spices. There is a second, full size refrigerator in the basement. We only ask that you replace something if you finish it. One owner's daughter is very allergic to cats, so please leave yours at home. ( She had to sleep on the sun porch for most of the summer due to residual cat dander from one thoughtless tenant!)


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September & October weeks and weekends-watch the Fall blue bay
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews
New York, NY

An Unbelievable and Picturesque Cape Cod Escape

  • 5 of 5

I wish there were more words in the english language to describe how wonderful this house is. It fulfilled our dreams of what a "Weekend at the Cape" should be, and then some. First of all, it is literally right on the beach. The stairs from the backyard lead directly to a quiet beach where, besides the occasionally fly fisher, you feel like the only person on Cape Cod. We even saw a few seals swimming by! Here, relaxation takes you immediately.

But there is more to this incredible property than the proximity to the beach. It has 2 secluded acres, so you can play lawn games in relative privacy. The deck is a great place to eat breakfast in the sun while gazing out over the water. The grill helped us cook quick meals for 12 adults. But the inside of the house was the biggest surprise at all. The pictures do not do it justice. This is a clean, charming and spacious house gem. With 12 people, we never once felt crowded. All of us could munch on chips in the kitchen, or gather around the couches, or eat a family dinner around the table, or lounge on the porch late into the night without ever feeling like we didn't have enough space. More than that, the historic feel to the house really helps you get the sense that you're totally disconnected from your normal life. Trips to the grocery store or to get lunch and ice cream on Main Street, Chatham were less than a 10 minute drive away. We had the most wonderful, relaxing time and if I was ever organizing another Cape vacation, I would check the availability of this house first.

P.S. The beds were super comfortable and the showers were warm! It was perfect!

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the beautiful capture of your weekend at our house. We are glad you found the beauty that our home brings. The 'shoulder' months are the most fun, because you have more freedom to escape. Hope you and your friends will return again!
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Awesome Location, Great House

  • 5 of 5

We loved the house. It had plenty of room for 12 adults and we loved the house. It was very warm and welcoming and you could just feel the family history. The house is just steps to the water. A great view. The pictures don't do it justice.

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Bolton, MA

Wonderful vacation spot

  • 5 of 5

The description as listed was too modest for the Point House. It was far more than we expected. We even found an old meat grinder with which we turned our New England boiled dinner into hash for breakfast! As for activities, restaurants, etc. we never wanted to leave our "vacation home". We did bring in steamers one night which were great but we were content to enjoy simple meals either in the kitchen, dining room or on the deck. The spacious grounds gave us the feeling that we were the only family on the Cape. One slight complaint would be that the lawn needed mowing so lawn games were not an option. However, we spent many hours walking or enjoying the beach, sitting on the quaint, comfortable porch and just looking out at the ocean from the deck. The house swallowed up our family and gave us lots of space to quietly visit with a few or the entire group. Being able to rent from Tuesday to Tuesday was a blessing as we didn't experience much traffic. Is that an option for another June rental? All in all, I couldn't have been more pleased and I truly enjoyed my eightieth birthday celebration. Perhaps we'll do it again next year? (the grandmother)

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2013
  • Stayed: June 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Hyannis Airport
Nearest Train
100 Miles
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Exit 11 on Rte 6
Nearest Beach
30 Metres
250 feet of private beach in front of residence
Car: necessary

The town of Chatham is one of the shopping meccas of the Cape. Outdoor activities such as fishing, biking, birding, sunbathing, walking and tennis are readily accessible. You are 10 minutes from a fresh water lake (School House Pond), 25 minutes from the National Seashore with its many nature trails and an hour from the artist community of Provincetown. Ferries to Nantucket and the Vineyard depart regularly from Hyannis and whale watching boats take off from Provincetown. You can ride your bike from Chatham to Provincetown along the 'rails to trails' bike path or simply sit on the deck and enjoy one of the best views of the new ocean break in the Outer Beach.

Other Activities: kayaking


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $185

$2000- 4000/week out of season - $6000 week in season--last two weeks of August.
$6000 for wedding--min stay 6 nights
Special rates for monthly rentals.
Weddings and Events: available in May-June and September - October

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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