Beachy Bungalows

Here we are in August - the time of year we always vacationed when I was a kiddo. Which got me thinking about a summer long ago - my folks rented a lovely little shingled bungalow with a private beach for a few weeks in Dennisport, MA - which started me on this piece. Let’s take a look at some of these lovely gems.

Cape Cod, MA

Cape Cod, MA

Ocean City, NJ

Ocean City, NJ

shingle: a small thin piece of building material often with one end thicker than the other for laying in overlapping rows as a covering for the roof or sides of a building
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Sacred Heart Church, Bay Head NJ

Sacred Heart Church, Bay Head NJ

This is my Grandparents church Sacred Heart in Bay Head NJ, so pretty.

Patrick Ahearn Architect, Chatham, MA

Patrick Ahearn Architect, Chatham, MA

There are two vastly different beach towns that my family love. Ocean City, NJ with its Board Walk- filled with rides and yummy treats from Shrivers Candy Store and Manco & Manco Pizza and the beatific Chatham, MA located on the elbow of Cape Cod with it’s pretty shoreline and delightful downtown filled with shops and eateries.

Downtown Chatham, MA

Downtown Chatham, MA

Chatham Bars Inn

Chatham Bars Inn

Steven and I celebrated our 10th Wedding Anniversary with a stay at Chatham Bars Inn.

Riptide, Chatham, MA

Riptide, Chatham, MA

Chatham, MA

Chatham, MA

Chatham Pier Fish Market

Chatham Pier Fish Market

Chatham, MA

Chatham, MA

This sweet cottage above once belonged to my Mother-In-Law Marge and her husband Jack. The home below we rented with good friends on Main Street, Chatham in 2006.

Chatham, MA

Chatham, MA

Is there are style of architecture that really speaks to you? Let me know what it is!

Til next time!

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Celebrating 16 years of Chalet Life!

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Today marks the Anniversary of the day we took ownership of the Chalet! 16 years ago today … we signed the papers on this quirky little beauty. The Chalet was the first home built on property subdivided in 1924 from the Leaycraft Estate. Our street bears the name of that Estate.

July 24, 2003

July 24, 2003

Chalet: a wooden house or cottage with overhanging eaves typically found in the Swiss Alps.

While driving with a friend we stumbled upon a For Sale by Owner sign that soon turned into our destiny. A home for sale in my old neighborhood! My dream location full of quiet streets, unique architecture and close to the park. I knew the house - while growing up a few block away I trick or treated here and rode my bike by what we called “The Red Schoolhouse” because it was painted red and the center chimney looks like a bell tower. You can see it here in the 1968 watercolor by artist Nat Lewis. This painting was gifted to us by a former owners daughter. We are so very blessed to have this hanging on our wall.

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We started calling it “The Chalet” soon after moving in. Built as a vacation home by Austrian craftsmen brought in specifically by Dr. Morgan the original owner. At roughly 1400 square feet it’s not overly large - it has three-bedroom and although we were originally moving to gain space we have forgiven the Chalet for only offering us one small bath. It has wonderful unique features such the hand cut railings and multiple sets of French doors throughout - there’s so much to love.

Our Pink Upstairs Hall

Our Pink Upstairs Hall

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We’ve so fortunate to enjoy open-concept living in a home which is almost 100 years old. We’ve jokingly coined the phrase Step-Saver to describe our Kitchen because if you stand in the middle of the room you can reach out and touch everything without taking a step!

Diningroom looking into Livingroom

Diningroom looking into Livingroom

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Adding to the homey feel, is the fireplace with it’s beautiful carvings in the center of the house.

Porch

Porch

One major change we’ve made to the Chalet was enclosing our porch. It was an open air galerie - you can read more about it here. Hands down the best thing we’ve done. Both the Master bedroom and our son’s bedroom are above this space. The Chalet is weather tight and quieter!

We love sleeping in the tree tops!

Hallway from The Master Bedroom

Hallway from The Master Bedroom

I love these images - the middle is when we still had the humongous American Beech out front. We loved that tree but, it started loosing limbs. You can see it in the image that was published in a local history book in 1976.

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Steven, Liam and I have filled the Chalet with many treasures but, the best part of the Chalet is sharing it with others!

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We feel so very blessed every day to be able to call this jewel home.

Til next time!

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