Wellfleet: For a personal touch

Cape Cod Home  /  Early Summer 2018 / , ,

Writer: Allyson Plessner

Wellfleet rental

For the full Cape Cod experience, a rental property is the way to go

One of the great benefits of staying in a rental home is the opportunity to step into the shoes of a real Cape Cod family. At 110 Commercial Street in Wellfleet, Matt and Natalie Fabian have lovingly renovated their summer home and are excited to be able to offer eager vacationers a chance to live as locals during the off-season. “Big old houses like this are to be lived in,” says Matt.

Matt and Natalie’s home makeover started simply with a new dishwasher, and quickly turned into a full remodel. “We got in over our heads,” says Natalie, laughing, but the results would suggest otherwise. The characteristically welcoming nature of village life in Wellfleet extends to this couples’ home, and visitors can expect a serene vacation enhanced by light-filled rooms, an open floor plan, privacy and, above all, personality.

This Wellfleet home offers four bedrooms, three bathrooms and a loft, all vibrantly decorated in exciting colors and patterns, from bright pink painted flowers snaking up the walls  to abstract blue waves, reminiscent of a roiling Atlantic ocean, splashed across the living room to multicolored carpets and vividly patterned pillows. Interested renters can find striking photos of the space through VACASA, a full-service, tech-enabled vacation rental and property management company providing vacationers with a stress-free way to discover their ideal temporary home. “VACASA does such a wonderful job of keeping the place clean and tidy and making sure everyone’s happy,” praises Matt.

The goal in renovating was to maintain as much of the original character of the home as possible, while opening it up and giving the entire space a fresh, airy feel. “We wanted living space and then a separate place to watch TV so that our kids wouldn’t want to watch all day,” jokes Natalie. “We didn’t want to do too much to make it look too modern,” adds Matt, explaining that it was important to them to preserve the historic character of the space.

One of the features of the home that most appropriately captures Matt and Natalie’s carefree nature is the painted blue floors throughout. Matt explains that as a potter, his wife loves color, so it was important to them to incorporate that in the house. “We tried to preserve the history, but it’s a summer house for us, so we wanted it to be kind of lighthearted,” says Natalie. “We needed a sense of humor,” adds Matt.

Renting their home has given this pair a sense of security, both in knowing that it’s taken care of during the off-season and in doing their part to support the town of Wellfleet. “Wellfleet and a lot of Lower Cape towns struggle to keep a year-round economy, and we felt that to buy a house and only use it in the summer would make things worse. We wanted to try to keep the lights on,” says Matt. Those who rent the home become a part of the Wellfleet community, whether they stay for a week or for months, and have the opportunity to appreciate the type of life that devoted Cape Cod lovers like Matt and Natalie have created for themselves.

110 Commercial Street sits just a short walk from the village and in close proximity to the local beaches. A large front porch offers visitors a place for a cup of coffee or glass of wine to relax and take in the charms of Wellfleet. “It’s nice because you can walk to town or to the pier or Mayo Beach,” says Natalie. “Even in the winter, it’s one of the busiest areas,” Matt adds.

So why not pretend to be a local for a bit? This home is ready and waiting to help you do just that. “Wellfleet is such a beautiful town that we hope that the house lets people enjoy that,” says Matt. “It’s not hard to live in the house, so if you’re there for a vacation, you can really focus on your vacation and the people you’re with instead of the challenges of renting.”

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Allyson Plessner

Allyson Plessner is a former editorial intern for Cape Cod Life and now works for the publication as a staff writer and digital media coordinator. Born in Florida, Allyson has been a lifelong summer resident of the Cape. She is a recent alumna of the College of Charleston, located in Charleston, South Carolina, where she completed bachelor’s degrees in both English and Spanish. In her free time, Allyson is an avid sailor, beach-goer, and—like her fellow Cape Cod Life colleagues—a dog-lover.