This project faced the ultimate challenge: Local zoning laws disallowed small seasonal cottage communities, requiring homes to be built on larger lots. Robert L. Brennan, president of CapeBuilt Development, in Amesbury, Mass., worked with the town of Dennisport to write a new zoning law for this type of development, which harks back to a time when there were “small seasonal neighborhoods by the water,” says Douglas Kallfelz, principal at Union Studio | Architecture & Community Design, in Providence, RI.
BARNSTABLE, Mass. - Many New Englanders head to Cape Cod looking for a relaxing vacation. That can be hard to achieve if they’re stuck waiting in lines because there aren’t enough workers to handle the crowds.
But to have a sufficient number of workers on the Cape, those people need a place to live.
Reasonably priced housing can often be hard to find in a place where the focus has been on building luxury housing.
Boston - President of CapeBuilt Development Robert Brennan discusses resilient coastal building techniques on Fox 25 Boston.
With one storm after another, this has been a tough winter for the New England shoreline. Many coastal homes are paying the price, getting closer to harm’s way as beaches suffer from severe erosion.
One potential solution under consideration at the Massachusetts State House would create a program to buy back endangered properties from their owners.
Cape Cod Cottage Neighborhood Takes Home Three "Best in American Living" Awards at the 2017 International Builders Show
ORLANDO (Jan. 13, 2017) – Heritage Sands received three top honors on Wednesday from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) at the Best in American Living Awards (BALA) – including the industry’s top award for "Community of the Year” among all single-family and multi-family communities.
AMESBURY, Mass. (Oct. 11, 2016) — CapeBuilt Development, LLC, an award-winning residential
real estate development firm specializing in innovative modular construction, was recognized
yet again for professional excellence by the Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater
Boston (BRAGB) with two coveted PRISM Awards at the annual awards gala on Oct. 6. After
winning four PRISM awards last year, this year’s wins bring the total honors for CapeBuilt’s
Heritage Sands project – Cape Cod’s first new oceanfront cottage community in more than 50
years – to six
DENNIS PORT, Mass. (Nov. 28, 2016) — Heritage Sands, Cape Cod’s first new oceanfront
cottage community in more than 50 years, has been named a winner in the 2016 Building &
Remodeling Industry of Cape Cod’s (BRICC) Awards contest. At an awards banquet on Nov. 10,
the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Cape Cod (HBRACC) presented Heritage Sands
with a gold award for Outstanding & Most Clever Use of Small Space.
CapeBuilt Development, LLC Welcomes New Director of
AMESBURY, Mass. (Sept. 29, 2016) — CapeBuilt Development, LLC, an award-winning residential real
estate development firm specializing in innovative modular construction, today announced the addition
of Craig Sexton to the CapeBuilt executive team as director of business development.
How one designer made a brand new Cape Cod beach home look eternally chic.
Your home’s decor should be a reflection of its natural surroundings, so it’s no wonder that some of the most beloved design comes from seaside homes.
Taking cues from the natural beauty of the iconic Cape Cod seascape, designer Irina MacPhee of Pastiche of Cape Cod recently designed the interior for a cottage at the new Heritage Sands, the first new oceanfront cottage community to be built in Cape Cod in 50 years.
Heritage Sands Wins 2016 Professional Builder Design Awards
The Cape Cod Oceanfront Cottage Community Takes Home Two Gold Honors
DENNIS PORT, Mass. (Sept. 20, 2016) — Heritage Sands, Cape Cod’s first new oceanfront cottage
community in more than 50 years, has been named a winner in the 2016 Professional Builder Design
Awards contest, which recognizes the nation’s top home building projects for their design excellence,
sales and marketing success, and construction quality. Heritage Sands won gold awards in the SingleFamily
Production (2,000 sq. ft. or below) and Systems-Built Modular categories.
The owner of this home, a Manhattan resident, craved a calm, seaside retreat. She found what she was looking for at Heritage Sands, a new cottage community in Dennis Port. Homes are clustered around verdant greens, and crushed shell paths wind toward the 600-foot private beach.
“It’s like a little village,” says interior designer Marc Hampton. “Very serene. The sea breeze rustles all around — it’s lovely.”
Dennis Port, MA Heritage Sands, Cape Cod’s first new oceanfront cottage community in more than 50 years, was named “Best Residential Development in the Americas” at the final International Property Awards Summit in London Dec. 7. Judged against a strict set of criteria, Heritage Sands competed against thousands of the best properties in the world to win the title of “Best in the Americas.”
“After World War I the first paved roads were constructed down-Cape,” author Robert Finch wrote in his book, Cape Cod: Its Natural and Cultural History. “With the arrival of the automobile, the second wave of the Cape’s transformation began. The weekender appeared. Cottage colonies began to spring up in the towns and on the beaches.”
It's the end of December and thus, time to make up a bunch of awards for the best, worst and most absurd things that happened in Cape & Islands' real estate, architecture and neighborhoods. Here now, your 2015 Curbed Awards.
For Immediate Release
Heritage Sands Named Best Residen8al Development in the
Americas by Interna8onal Property Awards
The Cape Cod Oceanfront Co0age Community receives property’s highest accolade
For Immediate Release
Heritage Sands Honored With Mul:ple 2015 PRISM Awards
The Cape Cod Oceanfront Co0age Community Takes Home Four Awards for Excellence in
Building and Design at Annual Gala
Pathways made of crushed seashells ribbon between cottages scattered across eight acres that once hosted hulking recreational vehicles.
Welcome to Heritage Sands, a cottage community on Cape Cod.
“We wanted to capture that neighborhood spirit ... to rekindle the community fabric that has defined ‘cottage living’ on Cape Cod for generations,’’ Rob Brennan, codeveloper with property owner Mark DeWitt, said about the decision to build 63 cottages instead of seven “trophy homes’’ at the former site of Grindell’s Ocean View Park. “It’s a way of life that is the epitome of a Cape Cod summer.’’
During the 1930s, New England families fled to Cape Cod in the summer to seek relief from the heat. Campgrounds with tents evolved into clusters of beach cottages that over the years were passed down from generation to generation. No new cottages have been built on the Cape—until now.
CapeBuilt Development, Newburyport, Mass., and Dennis, Mass., town planner Dan Fortier spearheaded the adoption of new zoning that paved the way for Heritage Sands. Located on the site of a former RV park in Dennisport, Mass., Heritage Sands is “the first time in 50 years that a parcel like this, on the ocean, has been developed as cottages in pocket neighborhoods,” CapeBuilt’s Rob Brennan says.
An elegant new beachside community reflects the Cape’s cottage colony legacy.
One of Cape Cod’s most striking cultural markers—the beachside cottage colony—was born a century ago. The quirky little communities started as tent sites and slowly evolved over decades, as tents set on platforms before finally becoming simple wood-frame summer cottages. The lifestyle was predictable and breezy, with the same families returning every summer, leaving their winter homes and worries behind.