On the Block

Escape the Cape

There's more than one way to get sand between your toes.

By Vanessa Parks
July 17, 2011

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1017 Ocean Street, Marshfield

Square footage 873

Lot size 5,227 square feet

Bedrooms 1

Baths 1 full

2011 taxes $2,804

Last sold for $104,000 in 2009

PROS Fieldston Beach is about a third of a mile down the road from this newly renovated cottage, which could be an easy, low-maintenance weekend getaway. The kitchen has stainless appliances and a slider to a small deck. There’s a bedroom on the first floor; upstairs, one room goes off to the left and another goes to the right from the stairwell. With the addition of closets, the upstairs rooms could be converted into bedrooms. There’s a small patio, an outdoor shower, a one-car garage, and a big flower box out front. CONS It’s located on a somewhat busy road. CONTACT Dave Previti, ZipRealty Inc., Raynham, 508-330-4380,

106 Indian Point Road, Tiverton, Rhode Island

Square footage 1,494

Association fee $250 yearly

Lot size 27,000 square feet

Bedrooms 2

Baths 1 full, 1 three-quarter

2011 taxes $6,067

Last sold for $17,000 (estimated)

PROS Situated on an old farm, this house feels like a retreat. A private, rocky beach, maintained through the homeowners association, is less than a quarter mile down the road, and mooring rights are included in the fee. Public Grinnell’s Beach is 2 miles away. The charming and open main level makes it hard to believe the home was built in 1785. A staircase in the living room leads up to two bedrooms, while a long, narrow door in the floor provides access to a 396-square-foot area in the walkout basement used as a third bedroom. CONS The staircases might be tough for the very young and old. The bedrooms could use makeovers. CONTACT Joy Gilkeson, East Shore Properties, Portsmouth, Rhode Island, 401-525-1714,

27 Waterview Drive, Westford

Square footage 800

Association fee $225 per month

Bedrooms 1

Baths 1

2011 taxes $4,494

Last sold for $299,000 in 2008

PROS Summer Village at the Pond, open six months of the year, offers pond access, a pool, a fitness center, and a host of planned activities. This cottage sits on the banks of Long-Sought-For Pond. With Berber carpet and white walls, it feels fun and beachy. Downstairs, there’s a bedroom and a study. The sunroom overlooking the pond is lovely. A ladder provides access to the loft, where the current owners have four twin beds. CONS Every home is painted the same brown, with variation only in trim colors. CONTACT Eileen Fitzpatrick, RE/Max Traditions, Bolton, 978-779-5234,

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