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 May 26, 2024
8
Listed
86
Avg. DOM
N/A
Avg. $ / Sq.Ft.
$2,112,500
Med. List Price
8 Properties
5
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
3
Acres
2006
Year Built
73
Days on Site
22400986
MLS
5
Beds
5F11/2
Baths
0.7
Acres
2018
Year Built
168
Days on Site
22305233
MLS
4
Beds
4
Baths
1.43
Acres
1970
Year Built
92
Days on Site
22400657
MLS
3
Beds
2
Baths
0.59
Acres
1977
Year Built
56
Days on Site
22401188
MLS
3
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
0.35
Acres
1960
Year Built
242
Days on Site
22304143
MLS
4
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
0.52
Acres
1993
Year Built
56
Days on Site
22303607
MLS
2
Beds
1F11/2
Baths
0.26
Acres
1945
Year Built
4
Days on Site
22402377
MLS
5
Beds
2
Baths
0.69
Acres
1971
Year Built
5
Days on Site
22402366
MLS