Massachusetts’s Oldest House Just Sold – and it’s adorable.

This adorable house in Sandwich, Massachusetts on Cape Cod sold in 2016 and was considered the oldest house currently on the market. From the real estate listing:  Meticulously maintained 1600’s English style cottage on Shawme Pond. Launch your kayak or fish from your private dock. Perfect for a second home, weekend getaway, or year-round living in a vibrant and active community. Quality workmanship, attention to detail and beautiful antique finishes. Gleaming hardwood floors, beamed ceilings, , private dock and professional landscaping. Large open rooms on the main floors and three bedrooms and full bath on the upper floor. Stroll to shops, restaurants, Sandwich Glass Museum, Sandwich Boardwalk and Heritage Museums. Easy commute to Boston or Providence and just one hour to Logan Airport.

Minutes from the Cape Cod Canal and Sagamore Bridge. A great opportunity to invest in one of the finest streets in Sandwich. Perfect home to enjoy all the holiday parades and celebrations in a classic New England Village on Cape Cod! Sale price was $549,000.00

Can’t you just imagine walking into this front hall? the diamond floors and vivid wall color – so sweet!

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This seems like the quintessential TARDIS (*) house – it’s bigger on the inside. (*bonus points to those who get the reference)


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Look at those floors!

17 Grove St sandwich ma massachusetts oldest house kitchen dining area

This kitchen is in need of a major update – but it’s just got so much potential – love the push out window behind the sink.

17 Grove St sandwich ma massachusetts oldest house kitchen

I will say that the previous owners have a gorgeous collection of carpets and antiques.


Look at those views out back. This house is on the most adorable picturesque pond right in the heart of Sandwich. I’ve been by here a million times as my parent’s lived right around the corner for 30 years.

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A pretty bedroom.

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More pictures here.

I’d love to decorate this house. Just throwing it out there into the universe!

Edited to add in 2021 – the new owners of this house have been updating their renovating progress on a very popular Instagram and it’s now an Airbnb. So, I “threw out into the universe” that I’d love to have decorated this house. Clearly, they didn’t need me. But in the mysterious ways of the universe,  one of their neighbors did. More here too.

10 thoughts on “Massachusetts’s Oldest House Just Sold – and it’s adorable.”

  1. Was this home originally owned by Edmund Freeman, one of the founders of Sandwich? I am just curious as I am a descendant of him.

  2. Found this blog post so randomly but wanted you to know that you can follow along to see the interior update of this home at @houseonthecape on Instagram! A couple from Utah (Chase and Stephenie Watts) bought it and it’s available for rent on AirBnB now. They did a beautiful job bringing the interior up to date.

  3. Oh my gosh this is fantastic. To me the kitchen does not need major overhaul. Tweeks yes but nothing major. It’s cozy, super charming and everything fits. One can remodel too much, losing that charm. I love love love the lower ceilings. Never could figure out the demand for tall cold, energy using tall ceilings. Keeping with the original charm, this is how they lived…. Probably for heat efficiency. So again changing that would change its original charm. I think our need for cottage living is our need for quieter, simpler times in a time where everything has gone haywire. When I bought my home I specified no tall ceilings and no front facing garage. I wanted my home to stand alone without a storage unit (garage) ruining its design. I found it and thank goodness with an agent who listened. No high ceilings, only in a stair well. Thank you Linda, it was a treat!
    Tea time… Now where did I put my Jane Austen book??

  4. ok, you can decorate it when i move in. omg. it is beyond fabulous. that backyard!!!
    the only thing – the ceilings look so low, i wonder if you can open them but there is a second story? good thing ben is only 5/7


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