The tiny isolated island off Cape Cod, Massachusetts, is a summer destination for travelers looking for some R&R amidst dune-backed beaches, cedar-shingled houses, scenic lighthouses, and cobblestone streets. You can only reach the island by ferry, boat or airplane – there is no bridge – but the island’s quaint seaside cottages, coastal restaurants, and boutique shops are well worth the trip.
It’s also the site of America’s most swoon-worthy hotel! TripAdvisor recently announced the winners of its Travelers’ Choice Awards and for the second year in a row the Nantucket Hotel & Resort was ranked No. 1 in the country, No. 7 among hotels around the globe. Think of it as a fabulous home away from home, when hunting for that perfect Nantucket retreat.
Fun Fact: According to Hunter Reed & Co Real Estate, Nantucket’s nickname, “The Little Grey Lady of the Sea,” refers to the island as it appears from the ocean when it is fog-bound. For those in the market for ultra-luxury Nantucket estates, they are a great resource, featuring homes ranging from the $10 million-plus category, but today we are answering the age old question – “What can I get for a million in Nantucket?” Here is what we found.
Charming Surfside Condo on Daffodil Lane for $980,000
Located at the end of Daffodil Lane sits this lovingly maintained and fully furnished three-bedroom, three-bathroom condo, tucked inside one of the island’s charming Cape Cod style homes. Affording 1,560 square feet, it is the largest of the three homes we will feature today.
“This home would be a great fit for year-round or summer living, and does have a rental history,” the description reveals. That’s good news for those looking for a place with income potential. Amenities include central A/C, motorized window treatments, and a darling front porch and side deck that leads to a lushly landscaped lawn. Just look at those blooming hydrangeas and massive yard!
The home is located in Surfside, a community which is in close proximity to town as well as to one of the most admired beaches on Nantucket. IslandPropertiesRe.com is a great place to dig up Nantucket neighborhood info. They describe the area saying, “During the summer, there is regular shuttle service that drops you off right at the edge of the beach. There is also a nice bike path along Surfside Road that ends at the beach where you can find vast parking, bathrooms, snack bar, and a beautiful wide beach with lifeguards and great waves. About 3 miles away from downtown, Surfside is incredibly popular among families and young visitors. Regardless of if you are surfing, playing sports at the beach or just having fun with a group of friends, this is a breathtaking destination!”
26A Daffodil Lane #A, Nantucket, MA is currently listed for $980,000 by Dawn Hill Holdgate of Great Point Properties.
Seaside Cottage in Historic Codfish Park for $935,000
Just a stone’s throw from Sconset Beach in Historic Codfish Park rests this adorably cozy cottage by the sea, fondly known as “Gone Native.” IslandPropertiesRe.com describes the Sconset area saying, “Situated on the eastern coast and 8 miles from downtown, this authentic community will make you feel like you have traveled back in time, where traditional summer living has remained intact. Beautiful rose-covered cottages are seasonal homes for summer residents. Walking around Codfish Park you will find more real estate that is right on the ocean. The Sankaty Golf Club, Siasconset Golf Course and the Nantucket Golf Club are all in close proximity. If you like to play tennis, see a play or a movie, you can do it all at the Sconset Casino. For an evening out, The Chanticleer, Summer House, Claudettes, and Sconeset Café are just some of the main restaurant attractions. There is also a convenience store known as The Sconset Market where you can also get your morning coffee and grab a newspaper. The well-known Sankaty Lighthouse and the beautiful Sconset Chapel are a must see as well.”
We can’t get over the home’s classic shingled exterior and crisp white picture windows. Here you can listen to the ocean, splash around in the outdoor shower after a day on the beach, or host a small dinner party on the secluded and private brick patio.
The home is listed with two-bedrooms, one-full-bathroom, and 478-square-feet, made doable by its light and bright interior and functional design. We love the open living room and kitchen with cathedral ceiling, queen-sized bedroom with bath and shower, plus second bedroom with trundle bed, washer and dryer. It comes furnished and is said to have a “fantastic rental history.”
11 Beach Street, Nantucket, MA is currently listed for $935,000 by Sconset Real Estate.
Centrally Located Shingle-Clad Ranch for $999,900
An open floorplan, hardwood floors, and updated kitchen make this centrally located Nantucket home a place with tons of potential. The four-bedroom, two-bathroom home sits at the end of a quiet street, and features a welcoming interior with sliding glass doors looking out to the private deck for entertaining.
The 1,374-square-foot home offers lots of natural light and space to unwind, plus a backyard that gives buyers room to grow – it can be expanded per plot plan. Described as “ideal for year-round living or employee housing” we can see this home serving as a great summer vacation home, just 1 to 2 miles to the beach!
“A place of peace, the island is a year-round home to a population of around 10,000, which increases to 50,000 in the summer months,” per the folks at IslandPropertiesre.com. “Virgin beaches, blue skies, fine dining restaurants, shopping, art, museums, countless options for entertainment, outdoor activities, as well as wide spectrum of events is what makes Nantucket the lively place it is. With its unique community, Nantucket is an adventure worth experiencing.”
14 Lewis Ct, Nantucket, MA is currently listed for $999,900 by Windwalker William Raveis Real Estate.
Have you ever visited Nantucket? Interested in getting a second home there? Let us know what you think in the comments.
Amy Puchaty is founder and principal writer of Amy Puchaty Communications, a copywriting firm specializing in luxury real estate marketing. Amy’s work has appeared in numerous print and digital publications including The Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, Inman News, The Denver Post, and Dallas Business Journal. Follow Amy at www.amypuchaty.com