Bayside Beauty

Michael Lee

Seclusion and privacy at the end of a long wooded road in a famous Cape Cod location. Panoramic views of Buzzards Bay. There were a lot of positive things to be said for the Upper Cape property purchased by an active family several years ago for their new seaside summer home.

But then there were the challenges of the sprawling site. A large, rather unattractive contemporary home was stuck on the depressed side of the property towards the bay, creating serious drainage issues all around the house and surrounding lawn. The landscape plantings were marginal at best. The peripheral landscape had not been properly maintained and was full of rotting stumps, decayed native plant material, and rampant invasives. There was little screening from neighboring houses.

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Susan Dewey is the associate publisher and editor of Cape Cod LIFE, Cape Cod HOME, and Cape Cod ART. She lives in Centerville on Cape Cod and enjoys gardening, sailing, walking on the beach, gallery hopping, cooking with fresh seafood, and exploring Cape Cod and the Islands from shore to shore.

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