New Seabury on Cape Cod offers some of the Massachusetts community’s most desirable new homes.
FOR THOSE IN the market for an upscale second home on Nantucket Sound, Bayswater Development’s New Seabury on Cape Cod has the total getaway package:
• Championship waterfront golf;
• A 42,000-square-foot, ocean-view country club;
• Private oceanside beach and cabana clubs;
• 16-court tennis center and golf training;
• Miles of private beach; and
• Coastal nature preserves.
And that’s not even covering the luxurious homes. Built to exacting standards, Bayswater, which has been building high-end homes for more than 20 years, owns all the developable land at New Seabury – an enviable position in an area where developable acreage is a precious
commodity. Since the purchase in 1998, the company has poured millions of dollars into amenity upgrades and beautiful new neighborhoods: Poppy Place, Sea Quarters, Vineyard Reach and Promontory Point.
New construction is ongoing in three new communities. The Cottages at New Seabury features two- to three-bedroom homes set in white-picket fence perfection. Bayswater also is building homes at the Preserve at Flat Pond and Oceanfront Homes at Seaside. Homes in these neighborhoods offer expansive floor plans ranging from 2,400 to 4,000 square feet, allowing plenty of porch space for enjoying the ocean air. Those homes range from $1.1 million to $5 million.
The cottages are drawing attention from vacation homeowners and couples downsizing for their creative design and advanced green building science, and Joe Colasuonno, president of Bayswater Development, says buyers appreciate the longterm value that comes with environmentally responsible and sustainable homes.
Each of the single-family homes has the timeless Cape Cod look, Colasuonno says.
“On the Cape, everybody likes to see the shingle look, the old Nantucket look,” he says. “There’s no vinyl siding down here, or any of the modern looks. It all adds to sense of place, the sense of community.”
They also flow with the surroundings – peaceful beaches and outdoor wonderlands. Added to the best-in-class amenity spaces Bayswater has created, residents can enjoy the unique character of Cape Cod.
The New Seabury waters of Nantucket Sound are known for offering some of New England’s finest sailing, and the Cape Cod National Seashore – pristine, sandy beaches, marshes, ponds and uplands preserved by the National Park Service – provide a naturalists dream. Martha’s Vineyard is a short ferry ride away – visible from the “Ocean” golf course’s first fairway. With 36 holes and nearly year-round access, New Englanders can enjoy two championship courses.
Aptly named, the 72-par Ocean Course takes golfers directly along the beach for many holes, with others offering breathtaking ocean vistas. The
70-par Dunes Course offers challenges through wetlands and woodlands.
Like the ocean and woodland walks residents can enjoy, the 1,500 acres of land itself has a long, winding and fascinating history, dating back to the 1790s when it was called the “Metropolis of Mashpee” because it was home to so many families – 27 by one count in 1793. Through the industrial revolution, it was snatched up by various investors and in the 1960s, a vision for a unique, sustainable community emerged.
A clubhouse and golf course were opened in that decade, with model homes that landed on the pages of international magazines.
Litigation and zoning regulations eventually slowed some of the progress though, until Icahn Enterprises, a publicly traded company and Bayswater’s parent company, finalized a deal for the majority of amenities and all the developable land. The company also renovated the beach cabana, pool and tennis court.
Through the changes, though, Bayswater has been careful to preserve what residents always have loved about Cape Cod – that Nantucket charm – and they’ve stayed in tune with overall planned community design so new developments fall right in line with existing ones.
That way, when homeowners return from their primary residences in the suburbs of New York City, Boston or Connecticut, they know they are coming back to what they always loved about their getaway. Colasuonno says about 80 percent of buyers at New Seabury are seasonal.
That doesn’t mean the developer isn’t forward-thinking about what those seasonal – and full-time – homeowners want and need. In the works is a top-tier fitness facility, with plans to launch construction this fall and have it ready for homeowners in spring 2017.
The 8,000-square-foot facility will be a combination of fitness and recreation space, Colasuonno says and is being constructed right in the center of
the Cottages at New Seabury.
“A pool outside will abut a tennis court facility,” he said. “A lot of the subdivisions are situated on a golf course or the ocean. This area is in the center of the community, and we felt like we needed to create a destination or new amenity for the people with homes not near the golf course or ocean to use and enjoy.” While offering meticulously built homes in one of the nation’s most coveted vacation destinations is distinction enough, Colasuonno says Bayswater presents the whole package in a way unrivaled even by other Cape Cod developers.
“We’re the only subdivision in the area with 3 1/2 miles of beach, 36 holes of golf, a cabana club, tennis facilities and golf training facilities,” he says.