Sleeps up to 24, 13 bedrooms, spectacular ocean views, private beach, 3.2 acres
About Catherine Steindler
My parents bought this house in 1976 from dear friends whose family had owned it since the 1920s. My mother was a flutist and ran music seminars in the summer (for flutists, opera singers, and clarinetists). She also was artistic director of a July chamber music ensemble in Chatham. The students and musicians lived in our house and there were often flute trios rehearsing in the gazebo, long tones wafting up from the beach, and chamber music being rehearsed in the music room. I feel very lucky to have grown up spending my summers in this musical and natural paradise. I live in Brooklyn now, spend as much time as possible in Chatham, and work at Columbia University. My odd little profile picture is just to demonstrate what a great place this is to work from home!
Catherine Steindler purchased this Estate in 1976
Why Catherine Steindler chose North Chatham
It is beautiful. The essence of summer: sun, sand, ocean, gardens. Our property is secluded with its own beach, and 3.2 acres of land around it, yet it is only a mile from town. While there's little reason to leave other than to grocery shop, and frankly, the best thing to do in Chatham is to lie around our house, grounds, and beach, most everything Chatham has to offer (other beaches, town, shops, baseball, tennis, theater, golf etc.) is within 2 miles of our house. There is nothing generic about this property, which we've lovingly cared for for decades. We've done everything we can to preserve the original details and character of the house: most windows are original to the house, as are the wooden shutters, many of the bathroom fixtures, the old phone nook designed for when a telephone was a new-fangled luxury, the stone kitchen sink, etc. The man who expanded the house into a summer estate in the 1920s was a historical house buff and salvaged much of the house's paneling from 18th century captain's houses in Newbury Port. We've carefully decorated both houses over the years with many family antiques, and the feel is eclectic, relaxed, beautiful, but thoroughly unstuffy. You will feel how much this house is loved when you are in it, and come to treasure it yourself. Ultimately, it's all about the outdoors. Our house is on an especially beautiful and dynamic part of Pleasant Bay: an outer sand bar protects us from the open ocean (but you can reach that easily by boat), Tern Island (easily reached by kayak) sits just to the right of our house, and extensive sandflats emerge from the bay at low tide. If you're looking for a property in which to host a significant gathering (a family reunion, a shared vacation with multiple families, a rehearsal dinner): there are few houses on the cape that can sleep this many people. There's plenty of space to read quietly alone while 20 of your housemates are grilling in the main garden.
What makes this Estate unique
This property is an utterly unique treasure. The location could not be more beautiful. There are few places in the Cape with this many bedrooms. There are also few places that so fully preserve the unique architectural character of the old Cape. If you're looking for a subzero fridge and central air, this place is definitely not for you: there's a nice functional kitchen, the mattresses are firm and comfortable, but the emphasis here is on beauty, simplicity, and the outdoors, not on luxury. If you're looking for history, peace, fresh air, space, conviviality, taste, and pure joy--you've found the right house.
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The house itself was very “run down” and not what we expected.
The grounds were beautiful and beach lovely.
The house itself and the furniture was run down. The screen doors and wood steps were tattered and broken. The refrigerator was not adequate for that size house and had a broken freezer door. Locks and doorknobs fell off when trying to use them. The kitchen windows had mold. The drawers in kitchen were dirty where silverware and utensils were kept. This house could be exceptional if it was given some attention.
Fantastic time for our group of 18!
Great time was had by all! Close to town, private beach access and a great yard with views and plenty of space for yard games!!
Location location location
Great views. If you like to walk town is walkable. My son and daughter-in-law walked to Chatham bars inn along the beach. Will definitely return.
Fun time, lovely place
Four generations stayed in this lovely, quirky home. We loved exploring the house with all its nooks and crannies. Lovely views and wonderful beach. Catherine was helpful and very responsive to our questions and requests.
Charming Stay in Chatham
We had such a wonderful stay in this beautiful historic home! We loved the grounds, the garden, the beach, alllllll of it! Would love to stay again sometime!
We truly enjoyed the property and location. The area is beautiful and the home is so much fun to explore. Our family had an amazing time and are still talking about it weeks later!
Our house is close to everything, but on a quiet street, overlooking the bay and ocean with a private beach and more than 3 acres of land, so it's quiet and you feel completely secluded. In terms of activities, swimming, walking and lying on the beach, and hanging out in the gardens and on the lawn are the big activities! But, the main street of town is a mile away with tons of little shops, a lovely library for adults and kids, restaurants, a movie theater, a live theater etc. You can rent kayaks and paddle boards nearby; there are harbor tours and seal watching tours (they use small motor boats so people staying in the house could easily have a private tour) that leave from very close by. There are golf and tennis options within a mile.