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Seashore Bonus

Extending some forty miles from Chatham to Provincetown, the Cape Cod National Seashore comprises more than 43,000 acres. If you’re a relative newcomer to Cape Cod, perhaps you’re not aware of the Seashore’s positive effect on Lower Cape real estate values. Surveys of the Atlantic coast by the National Park Service, in 1939 and in 1953, prompted attempts to protect this land from the danger of widespread development.

Historically, resulting proposals incited tremendous controversy among local residents who feared the Government’s taking of the land. Ultimately however, the wisdom of the Seashore’s farsighted proponents prevailed with the 1961 creation of the Cape Cod National Seashore.

Its primary purpose: “to preserve henceforth for public enjoyment the scenic, scientific and historic features and the landscape of settlement that existed here. To the people of Cape Cod, whose livelihood depends on an economy springing from the Cape’s natural recreation sources, this means insurance for the future.” Well, the future is now.

Consider that some of the five million people hosted annually by the Seashore become more than visitors to Cape Cod by purchasing property. What attracts them to this area are the aesthetics of pollution-free waters; expansive, sandy beaches; conscientiously preserved ecosystems; and stretches of undeveloped land. Yes, the National Seashore does add a bonus to real estate values. But the greater bonus is the preservation of these lands for all who visit Cape Cod’s shores.