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      What The Historic Committee Had To Say About Christy's on 6A in Dennis

       A recent Historic Committee meeting reviewed the application for a CHRISTY'S MARKET on Route 6A and Old Bass River Road in Dennis Village.  The Committee had several comments for Christy's that would make the proposed renovations much more appropriate for that very historic setting.

      For the main structure, suggested changes included changing the color of the clapboard to a historic grey or white.  Some changes were proposed for the trim and window configuration which included additional grills. THE MOST SIGNIFICANT CHANGES were to the canopy over the gasoline pumps.  Primarily, the length or mass of the canopy needed to be shortened or "broken up" to reduce the appearance of length.  This could be accomplished by dividing the length in thirds and raising the middle section.  The canopy will also be farther from the street than in the current canopy on the vacated property.

      LIGHTING will be done IN ACCORDANCE with the International Dark Sky recommendations to reduce light pollution.  Additionally, the only sign on the property including window signs will be on the curb which may be raised slightly to create an additional barrier.  Some discussion also including additional landscaping to screen the property.

       All in all, a very good discussion.

      Peter

       

      Dennis Village Christmas Stroll 2008

      Anticipation is building for this year's Dennis Village Christmas Stroll!  Called "VISIONS 2008", the Stroll begins at 12 Noon on Sunday, December 14th when the Village will be the scene for this annual event that attracts hundreds of revelers in the Christmas spirit.  Aside from the tree lighting (Rockefeller Center has nothing on us!) and of course, a visit with Santa AND Mrs. Claus, one of the highlights every year is the craft fair at the Dennis Memorial Library - well priced, quality items of all kinds by local artists. (One of my all time favorites are the small, seashell-decorated plexiglass picture frames that are the perfect size for a child's school picture  - I still use them for our  children who are teenagers now!)  Shops and businesses are open all day offering all sorts of wonderful treats, from chili, clam chowder and hot dogs in the food tent on the Village Green to free ornaments and (OUR PERSONAL FAVORITE, since WE give it out!) fresh mistletoe!!  This year a new addition to the Village is the grand opening of Borsari Gallery (formerly The Grose Gallery).  Bob and Kathy Borsari have done a fantastic job renovating the property, the center piece of which is the barn which houses the gallery. It is well worth attending this year's Stroll just to visit this new and fabulous addition to our Village life.  Happy Holidays!

      Elaine

      The Code of Ethics Adds to Our Professionalism

      Real Estate once upon a time was unregulated and a pretty casual business.  Hand shakes and meaning well greased the wheels and properties changed hands with little regard for accurate documentation.  Like everything else all that has changed and we professional Realtors have a CODE OF ETHICS that was first published in 1913. 

       Here is an excerpt from the Preamble to the Code of Ethics:

      "UNDER ALL IS THE LAND.  Upon its wise utilization and widely allocated ownership depend the survival and growth of free institutions and of our civilization.  Realtors should recognize that the interests of the nation and its citizens require the highest and best use of the land and the widest distribution of land ownership.  They require the creation of adequate housing, the building of functioning cities, the development of productive industries and farms, and the preservation of a beautiful environment."

       It makes us proud to be Realtors®

      The National Code of Ethics for Realtors provides many great benefits.  Mainly it encourages full disclosure from the Realtor of any and all important information including defects of the property that are known.  This helps everyone feel comfortable that the person selling the property is telling the person buying the property everything they know.  The Code of Ethics also helps define the roles of real estate agents.  In the first place, the selling agent represents the property owner and has a permanent responsibility to keep confidential information confidential even after the sale of the property.  Likewise, the buyers' agent is responsible for the confidentiality of what is shared by their clients, too.  So, it is a good idea to tell us everything you can that will help us help you!

       Confidentiality is just one of the important aspects of the Code of Ethics.  Other areas include the obligation of Realtors to present a true picture in representations of any property and accuracy and integrity in all communication with our clients and fellow real estate agents.

       We at Lomenzo Properties are dedicated to the principles of the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice established by the National Association of Realtors and to the clients and profession of real estate that it helps protect.

      Peter

       

      Good economic news - At least for Cape Cod Scallops!

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      Good local news arrived this morning in the form of an article in the Cape Cod Times pertaining to the  lowly scallop.  Yes, that's right.  In a time of dire economic news, we were pleased to hear that a recent survey has found a high number of seed scallops off our coastal waters, which bodes well for better harvests in the years to come.  (Not very newsworthy you may say?  We will take our good news where we can get it!)

      And who knew that small-seed scallops are actually known as "recruits"?!  And their younger versions, as "pre-recruits"!  The number of scallop recruits, says the article, is up for the first time in about ten years and is the highest it's been since 2000.  The reason is being attributed to environmental  factors (what, no global warming??) and is also a cyclical phenomenon.  It is predicted that it will take 3-5 years for the young scallops to grown to harvesting size.  So 2011- 2015 look to be boon years for scallop lovers!

      While we are on the topic, do you pronounce it "Scallop" as in "gallop" or "Scallop" as in "trollop"?  Weigh in on that subject, please!

      Elaine

      Historically Speaking: Energy Conservation

      Winter reared its proverbial head this morning with the first frost of the season.  We knew it was coming but we are never quite ready.  Now the concerns of high oil prices and energy costs becomes a vital concern for homes in the Historic District.  Many are asking about solar panels as a major cost reduction and they can be provided they meet the requirements of historic appropriateness and not appear on the front roof of the house.  If they can only be mounted on the front elevation, there are some unique ways to camouflage the design with solar panels imbedded in the shingles or with a shed dormer that is hollowed to make room for the solar panels. 

      The Historic Act also encourages the use of vinyl and replacement windows.  Windows are a major source of heat loss and provide a huge opportunity for cost savings. The thermal pane/double glass type windows in wood or vinyl are encouraged and in many cases can be approved as an Exemption.

      Weather-stripping and other forms of storm windows are used throughout the Historic District, as well.

      The Historic Act encourages conservation of all resources and the use of modern materials that help conserve energy and protect our environment. Stay warm.
       
       

       

       

      Peter

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        Autumn on Cape Cod: Things to Do!

        I know for sure that the Summer 2009 season on Cape Cod has now officially ended.  You may think it ends on Labor Day, but you would be wrong in that assumption.   Not until The Ice Cream Smuggler in Dennis Village closes for the season is Summer REALLY over for those of us who live here.  That happened last night, as "Smuggs" as we call it, served its last pint of ice cream and closed its doors, not to re-open until April 2009. 

        But does that mean that the Cape itself rolls up the carpet?  Not at all!!! Autumn on Cape Cod is one of the most glorious seasons here!  What is there to do once the temperature dips below 70 degrees?  Plenty!

        1.  VISIT YOUR FAVORITE BEACH now that the crowds are gone, you can get a parking space and you have the place pretty much to yourself.  Beaches off season are a whole new experience!

        2.  All those ANTIQUE STORES you didn't have time to stop at all summer await you!  Route 6A offers hundreds of antique shops with treasures beyond measure!

        3. Check out our fine cache of MUSEUMS, most notably the Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis which the New York Times has called a "jewel" among our country's small museums.  Not to be missed!

        4.  This is the time of year to visit all those RESTAURANTS that were too crowded in July and August!  The Brewster Fish House, Buca's in Harwich, Gina's by the Sea in Dennis - all well worth the trip and you might actually be able to get in with less than an hour wait!

        Autumn on Cape Cod is fabulous!  Come and visit and discover your own reasons to enjoy October on the Cape!

        Elaine

        Mid-Cape Real Estate 2008 Part 4: Holding our Own!

        Back in August, I posted a blog commenting on the dramatic increase in sales activity in the Mid-Cape real estate market, pondering what was going on?  Well, here we are exactly 2 months later, and I'm here to tell you that in comparison to the rest of the country, we are more than holding our own!

        As relates to the general real estate market in the US, Cape Cod being a resort community makes us a bit of anomaly to start with. Then you have the appeal of the Mid-Cape area in particular.  A snapshot of activity at Lomenzo Properties in the past few weeks:  Received four new listings the week of September 10 in the $400K to $700K price range - three of the four are currently under agreement.  What's going on, you might ask?  How can that be in THIS market?  We, of course, would attribute it to what we call THE LOMENZO EDGE, that certain proprietary strength that we bring to every transaction.  Beyond that, the Mid-Cape market remains strong with Buyers continuing to show up and Sellers continuing to make deals.  Since August 1, 2008, there have been 156 single family homes SOLD in the Mid-Cape towns of Dennis, Yarmouth and Brewster ranging from $145,000 to $2,375,000.  Not bad for a DOWN market!

        The moral of this story is:  Don't believe everything you read or hear via the mainstream media!  We are living this real estate market every day and we can tell you that the Cape Cod Real Estate market continues to hold its own, despite the dire economic news.

        The Fun in Fenestration!

        The dictionary definition is an important start to understanding the importance of windows in the historic district:

         

        Fen-es-tra-tion - Noun

        The design and disposition of windows and other exterior openings of a building.

         

         

        Windows, doors, entrances, sliders, French doors, bay windows, box bays, bump-outs, eyebrows, palladian, half-round, elliptical, transom, true divided lights, casements, double hung. Wow!  Talk about options.

         

        Windows are a wonderful part of the décor and design of an historic home.  In order to meet the concerns of the Historic District, the fenestration can take many forms, as long as it maintains the historic appearance that is part of the Cape.  Windows in most cases will need to have a grill configuration or pattern which the divides the window into smaller panes-hence the divided light.  The grill pattern can be as simple on a double hung window as 2 over 1 or as unique and antique as the romantic 12 over 12.

         

        The shape and relative size of the window plus the use of either double hung or casements can have a significant impact on the design.  In most cases, the ability to preserve the view or to maximize the natural light will be a key factor in what type of window design works best for your home.

         

        With the current energy crisis and high costs of heating homes the use of modern thermal pane windows is increasing in popularity within the Historic District.  Since Cape Codders are a frugal bunch, the Act has always encouraged the vinyl "replacement" windows which can often be approved through an Exemption application.

         

        So have fun when you fenestrate!

         

         

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        The Party's Over! Labor Day on Cape Cod 2008

        It literally seems like last week that I posted our Memorial Day blog - it was, in fact, over three months ago! Living and working in a resort community offers a bit of a twist on the age old question - where did the time go?  While visitors are cavorting on our exqusite beaches, we continue living our "work-a-day" lives, oblivious some days to the passing of summer.  And before we know it, here we are - Labor Day 2008!

        The cool air comes in almost overnight, the beaches are all but deserted (as are the restaurants!) and we can once again get out of our Route 6A parking lot without the endless stream of cars.  By the way, we would gladly give  it all up for just one more sunny, warm weekend at Corporation Beach!

        Did I mention how exquisite FALL is on Cape Cod??  Stay tuned........

        Protecting the "Place and Setting" is What Makes the Cape, The Cape!

        Promoting the general welfare of the inhabitants of the Cape Cod towns governed by the Historic Act through preservation and protection of buildings, settings and places is the true purpose of the Historic Act of 1973.  Throughout this historic region, the idea is to preserve and maintain the cultural landmarks of Barnstable County with its traditions of history that existed in the early days of Cape Cod.

         Guiding the decisions of Historic Committees is an acute awareness of the individual places and settings in which our properties exist.  Each neighborhood is unique and special in its own way.  Therefore, it is important to determine if a design for a home or renovation is in keeping with a specific group of homes in that local setting or address.  The best way to determine that answer is to stand in the front yard of your property and slowly turn 360 degrees to see what your "setting" is all about.  The types of home designs, materials, colors and landscaping will give you a good idea of what will fit in naturally to your particular place and setting. 

        Of course, the reason we all love Cape Cod so much is because of the way it looks.  Our ancestors knew how to build a vacation community whose architectural features soothe the soul and eyes of visitors and home owners for generations. 

        Peter