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Soak up summer at this Cape Cod beach house

This ranch-style house in Eastham, Mass. is on the market for $749,000.

Sotheby's International Realty

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With spring here at long last, it might just be time to mentally fast forward to summer. And few places scream summer more than Cape Cod, home to quaint New England beach towns with spectacular dunes, old lighthouses, and all the lobster sandwiches you can stomach. (It also serves as the setting for Summer Catch, a wildly underrated early aughts rom-com starring Freddie Prinze, Jr. and Jessica Biel.) 

The tiny town of Eastham, which has a population of approximately 5,000, is considered the gateway to the Cape Cod National Seashore, a 43,607-acre protected stretch of beachfront and parkland along the Cape's eastern shore. Eastham has a number of historic landmarks, including the Three Sisters Lighthouses and the picturesque Nauset Light, and a bunch of pubs, cafes, and bakeries serving seafood and other local fare. 

If that sounds appealing to you, consider this stately three-bedroom, two-bath ranch house on the Cape Cod National Seashore, on the market for $749,000. The house was remodeled in 2017, and has an open living plan.

The kitchen has a Sub-Zero fridge, a Wolf range, quartz countertops, and since this is the Cape, the tile backsplash features a fish. 

There's also an Ultracraft Breckinridge island that can accommodate seating.

The living areas have beautiful views of the beach.

The bedrooms have ample light, and there's central air-conditioning.

One of the bathrooms has dated pink tile. The other is a green of a similar vintage.

The master bedroom appears to lead out to the back deck.

Here's a view of the deck.

The front yard consists of the dunes overlooking the beach.

Eastham is about a five-hour drive from New York and a two-hour drive from Boston. Without a car, you can take Amtrak to Boston, and from there, there's  frequent bus service from Boston to Eastham.