A Cape Cod Classic
"Almost a half-century ago, a new development on Cape Cod won kudos for an unusual concept. It blended residential and recreational features, regional design traditions, and a master plan that deferred to the environment and fostered a sense of community.
If that sounds familiar, it's because countless real estate ads now make the same claims. Given how widespread this approach has become, it's hard to appreciate how novel it once seemed. The assembly-line model (of Levitt town homes) ruled in those days, producing nearly-identical houses and lots. Ecologically, the result was uninspiring, like a vast suburban lawn. But New Seabury was envisioned as a garden at the shore. And the garden flourishes to this day.
It all began with what was, even then in the 1960s, a rarity–thousands of acres of largely untouched land. Original residences cost (are you sitting down?) $15,000 to $35,000.
"Featured in Life Magazine in 1962, second home residents flocked to New Seabury. The community has grown up with the baby boomers and, like them, has adapted well to changing times.
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"In 2005, current owner Bayswater Development received permission to build more housing in new neighborhoods. Drawing on Cape Cod style, the new residences range from well-appointed, shingle-clad condos starting at $450,000 to houses for more than $2 million. At final build out, the community should total just 1,500 units on 1,500 acres.