Wellfleet Contemporary Homes

wellfleet contemporary home

With its unique combination of beaches, pinewoods, and glacial ponds, Wellfleet and the Outer Cape have long been a haven for artists, writers and other free spirits.  Starting in the late 1930s the Outer Cape attracted many of the luminaries in modern architecture, including Serge Chermayeff, Olav Hammarstrom, and Marcel Breuer, who built homes for themselves as well as friends and clients and helped create enclaves of Mid-Century Modern homes in Wellfleet.  Other modernist designers included Jack Phillips, Charlie Zehnder, and Henry Hebbelin. This group of creatives hobnobbed with other architects, writers, artists, and academics over long walks in the woods or while enjoying the view across one of the many kettle ponds. 

True to the mantra of integrating man with nature, many of the homes specifically incorporated salvaged material, including Homasote and even driftwood.  Mid-Century Modern refers to both the time period in which the movement caught fire -- after WW II -- as well as the style of design.  In particular, Mid-Century Modern Homes are designed to have an "open relationship" between the home and the natural setting as well as a simple geometric form and absence of any reference to a particular historical style.

The Colony of Wellfleet, a collection of 10 Bauhaus-style cottages, was built in 1948 by architects Nathaniel Saltonstall and Oliver P. Morton as part of this movement.   The cottages overlook the Wellfleet Harbor and bay along scenic Chequesset Neck Road but were intended as a Mid-century Modern retreat for artists and their patrons, with each cottage furnished with pieces by the leading modernists of the day.   The resort continues to serve as a destination for creatives, attracting famous writers, professors, poets, and scientists.  Most of Wellfleet's Mid-Century Modern houses are scattered between the kettle ponds and ocean at the east edge of town with a small cluster of homes, such as the Kuhn property, located on or near Wellfleet's islands between Wellfleet Harbor and Cape Cod Bay.

Wellfleet Contemporary Homes For Sale

Wellfleet Contemporary Homes For Sale July 5, 2022
4
Listed
31
Avg. DOM
N/A
Avg. $ / Sq.Ft.
$1,647,500
Med. List Price
4 Properties
6
Beds
4F21/2
Baths
2.82
Acres
2010
Year Built
70
Days on Site
22201902
MLS
Savor the sunsets over Wellfleet Harbor from this rare, private waterfront location. Swim or kayak from 200 feet of private beachfront. Where else can you find a 2.8-acre parcel of waterfront...
4
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
0.14
Acres
1955
Year Built
32
Days on Site
22202805
MLS
Welcome to Dune's Edge, your ultimate oceanfront paradise! This very special home within the National Seashore is perfectly located overlooking the Atlantic ocean so as not to not miss a sunrise or...
2
Beds
1F11/2
Baths
0.26
Acres
1945
Year Built
14
Days on Site
22203232
MLS
The iconic Blue Heron Gallery, with an absolute premier location on Wellfleet's Bank Street, is being offered for sale for only the second time in 45 years. Many possibilities for this unique...
3
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
0.22
Acres
1970
Year Built
13
Days on Site
22203278
MLS
Come home to your private sanctuary in Wellfleet at this meticulously renovated home set on a quiet, dead-end, sand road, within walking distance to Wellfleet's harbor and marina, waterfront...