Chatham Real Estate Information

Home to over 6,000 people in Barnstable County, Chatham is a town that is situated in the Lower Cape portion of the world famous Cape Cod. Home to the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge, Chatham isn?t only a tourist attraction and animal sanctuary, but also a thriving residential community set for both visitors and residents alike. Originally settled by the Nauset Native American tribe, the area was first mapped in 1606 by explorer Samuel de Champlain and settled in 1665. Due to its prominent location at the corner of the cape, Chatham has grew into a hub for shipping, fishing, and whaling. Chatham today still supports shipping and fishing throughout the cape. Due to the lack of commercialization in Chatham, nearby Harwich serves as the primary retail location for most products and services.

Although only 700 students from Chatham are enrolled in public schools, the town operates its own school system for students in grades K through 12. The elementary, middle, and high school campuses are all conveniently located within the boundaries of Chatham. The Cape Cod Regional Technical School is an alternative high school in Harwich. May Institute, a school for special education, is also based in Chatham.

Despite a number of urban initiatives in neighboring communities, Chatham has been able to maintain its own unique charm, thanks in part to the preservation of a quaint and very walkable Main Street. The thoroughfare includes a number of family-owned shops, restaurants, and businesses. A gazebo on Main Street hosts a summer concert series.
Besides the main shopping area, a number of other attractions make living in Chatham fun. The Chatham Anglers baseball team is based in the town and has attracted a loyal local following. A number of historical sites and museums, including Atwood House,
Chatham Railroad Museum, Old Grist Mill, Caleb Nickerson House, and Josiah Mayo House, also adorn the quiet streets of Chatham.

Perhaps the most prominent lighthouse on the cape, Chatham Lighthouse stands guard at the critical “elbow” of the cape. The majority of the community faces either to Sequetucket Harbor to the south or Pleasant Bay and Chatham Harbor to the north.
The southernmost point of the Cape Cod National Seashore protects a large portion o Chatham?s shores from large oceanic swells making its shore some of the calmest and safest relative to the rest of the cape. Because of the many natural inlets and harbors that are spread across the coastline, Chatham is also a popular sailing port.