|Minimum Stay||2 - 7 nights|
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 sandy 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. If you pay attention to the tides, you can get married on the beach and have the reception under a tent on the front or either of side yards; all have water views. 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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)
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
$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
Deposit to hold the date is required