Orleans Real Estate Information

Orleans and its 6,300 residents enjoy rustic living on the bay-side of Cape Cod. First settled in 1693, Orleans was originally founded by Pilgrims from the Plymouth Colony who wanted to start their own town due to the poor agriculture and small parcels of land in their original settlement. Interestingly, Orleans has had a history of wartime attacks despite the utter lack of any military significance in the area. In 1814, Orleans? residents fought off British Marines and during World War I, Nauset Beach was the only place in the nation where foreign munitions made landfall.

Although Orleans?s early life revolved around fishing and whaling, similar to most other seaside towns on the cape, the creation of the Cape Cod National Seashore in 1961 brought an influx of tourism and retirement communities to Orleans. Today, the sandy beaches are still the number one attraction for both Orleans residents and guests alike.
A number of inlets and harbors open up to the Cape Cod Bay, including Town Cove, Nauset Harbor, Pleasant Bay, and Little Pleasant Bay.

Because Orleans lies in close proximity to Brewster to the west and Chatham to the south, a number of large parks are shared between the towns. Nickerson State Park is the largest and includes a large pond in the middle of the park. A number of popular camping grounds and hikes circle through the large park that is almost wide enough to span across the entire cape. Golfers from both communities also frequent a number of the golf courses in between the towns heavily. Additionally, most residents from Orleans drive into Brewster to shop due to the better selection and typically better prices relative to retailers in Orleans itself.

Orleans? students are served by the Nauset Regional School District that is operated in conjunction with Brewster, Eastham, and Wellfleet. A single elementary school serves only the town of Orleans while middle school students are lucky that the regional middle school is also located at home in Orleans. However, high school students must attend Nauset Regional High School that is situated in North Eastham, or the Cape Cod Regional Technical High School located in Harwich.