SOUTH DENNIS —  An intriguing antique home is on the market on Main Street in the splendid South Dennis Historic District . Sure, it needs some tender loving care, but the upside could be huge, especially considering the unusually large, level lot (1. 67 acres) that abuts conservation land. That’s a big piece  of property on Cape Cod, very rarely seen at the $649, 000 price point.

“It’s got a ton of potential, ” said listing agent Ron Nelson of Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty . “It just needs the right person. ”

The home, built in 1880, features  three bedrooms and one full bathroom. And there’s more: two sizable and quaint outbuildings offer all sorts of opportunities for an art studio, workspace or extra storage. There’s even a former two-seater outhouse in one of the buildings, according to Nelson. The historic appearance and setting of the home “reminds me of old Cape Cod, ” he said.

Dennis house includes outbuildings

When asked if someone could live in the home in its current condition, Nelson said, “you could, but it would be a little rough. A step above camping. But everything works. inch

The roofs on the home and outbuildings are relatively new and the boiler was replaced in 2009. So it would be possible for someone with home rehab experience to move in and get to work.

And that’s the crux of the matter with this very interesting home. The upside is huge, but it’s going to take some work. But it’s easy to imagine an updated version of this little gem, nestled into its idyllic setting, sailing into a bright new future. Plus, the outbuildings are wicked cool!

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Nelson described his first visit to the home, walking into the yard under the canopy of mature trees, seeing the outbuildings and thinking, “this could be interesting. inches Although it’s called Primary Street, it’s a bit more like a country road, sort of tucked in between the Bass River and big hunks of conservation land,   along with historic buildings up and down the neighborhood.

“This is how the Shawl used to be, ” said Nelson.

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The home is near a string of awesome Nantucket Sound beaches, including West Dennis Beach , which is about two miles away. And it’s a couple of miles to Ring Bros. Marketplace , an amazing spot to get gourmet groceries. Plus, there’s a ton of dining and shopping options just a hoot and a holler down the road.

So if you’re a roll-up-your-sleeves kind of home buyer and you love the idea of a big piece of land in a historic setting, this home is really worth checking out.


Address: 194 Main St ., South Dennis

Price: $649, 000

Rooms: three bedrooms, one full bathroom

Square feet: 1, 164

Lot size: 1 . 67 acres

Year built: 1880

MLS#: 73008534

Additional features: outbuildings, lot abuts conservation land

Contact: Ron Nelson, Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty , 508-667-4769

Email Eric Williams at  [email protected] com . Follow him on Twitter: @capecast

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