Blog :: 08-2008

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. 


Mid-Cape Real Estate 2008 Part 3: What's going on here?

Beginning around August 1, activity has increased DRAMATICALLY in the Mid-Cape Real Estate market - or at least at the offices of Lomenzo Properties! Phones are ringing, properties are regularly being viewed, offers are being made.  In the past week, we have put 5 properties under contract, including two that have languished in this market for over a year.  Peter has taken to calling it "the jaibreak". So, what's going on?  The beginning of a turn in the down market?  A mere BLIP on the real estate market radar?  A direct result of working our tails off for our customers??  As with most things in life, time will tell the tale.  Stay tuned.............


Becoming Exempt Without Being Extinct!

The Historic Act provides property owners with some legitimate "short cuts" to receive approval to make changes to their properties.  The so-called Exemptions are a mere paper work, administrative request to do a myriad of historically natural additions to a property.  The list is extensive and includes Fences under 4' high (including vinyl), spit rails vertical picket fences, vertical flat board fences with cap rails 4-6 inches wide in white or natural finishes. Hedges under 4' high are also in the category of Exemptions.  Flag poles under 25' high of natural wood, fiberglass or aluminum in white.

 Arbors, Trellises under 9' high can also be applied for under the Act.    Many different roofs using Architectural wood-style shingles in black, gray or weatherwood along with natural wooden cedar my be allowed provided there is no more than 5" of exposure to the weather.  Stone wall not exceeding 30 inches using natural fieldstone can be requested.

 Finally, a Shed of wooden construction less than 120 square feet with a distinct similarity to your main house are eligible for the Exemption.

 In all cases, apply for the Exemption as the law is written that the Committee "may" grant an Exemption for these type additions or improvements.   The Historic Committee may also grant exemptions in cases where the small changes are not visible from any public place.

So take the short cuts when they are available and you'll be exempt!