Wellfleet Real Estate Information

The 2,700-resident town of Wellfleet is a part of Barnstable County and is situated about midway between the “tip” and “elbow” of Cape Cod. Originally found by French explorer Samuel de Champlain in 1606, the town was originally settled as Billingsgate as a fish market specializing in the area?s famous oysters. While the town?s early history is quite well documented, the area?s name change to Wellfleet is not so known. Some people believe the name came from “whale fleet,” due to the extensive whaling industry that was based in the town. However, others claim that the name is derived from a popular English brand of oyster. Amidst the popular Cape Cod National Seashore, more than two-thirds of the town?s actual area is protected as part of the seashore. This means that the quaint town is surrounded by an unusually large amount of recreational area, quiet beaches, and simple day getaways. The Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary takes up a large portion of the town and is dedicated to maintaining an environment for animals as well as up keeping nature trails and educational programs.

During the popular summer months, the Wellfleet population usually grows to around 14,000 people due to the influx of tourists and part-time residents. But despite the very cyclical nature of the area?s population, Wellfleet is a wonderful place to live throughout the year, regardless of the season. Known around the world for its eponymous oysters, Wellfleet?s largest event is its annual October Wellfleet OysterFest. The multiple day extravaganza is family-friendly and includes a host of different events and activities based around Wellfleet?s most abundant commodity. The annual Strawberry Festival is smaller but equally fun community gathering.

Wellfleet?s students are served by the Nauset Regional School District that is operated in conjunction with Brewster, Eastham, and Orleans. A lone elementary school is located in Wellfleet to serve the immediate community. However, middle school students must travel to Orleans to attend the regional middle school. High school students must also make a brief commute to North Eastham where the Nauset Regional High School is or to Harwich where the Cape Cod Regional Technical High School campus is situated.