Orleans is a town on the mid Cape about 88 miles from Boston located on route 6A. There is also weekend MBTA commuter rail service to Hyannis during the summer, where you can catch a connecting bus to Orleans.
The average price for a single-family home in Orleans is $1,119,100 and the average price for a condo is $209,550.
The population of Orleans is 5,890.
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What Makes Orleans a Great Town to Live In?
The town of Orleans is a seaside community on Cape Cod a favorite for visitors and year round residents.
One of the main attractions in Orleans is beautiful Nauset Beach which has miles of white sand and big waves. During the summer season the beach offers lifeguards, restrooms, outdoor showers, changing rooms, bike racks, benches, picnic tables, and beach equipment rentals. Visitors also enjoy going to freshwater beaches like Pilgrim Lake, which offers handicapped accessibility, restrooms, benches, and picnic tables.
One landmark people love to visit is the Jonathan Young Windmill, originally built in the 1700s and fully restored in 1990 with all of its early parts and machinery intact. Located at the Town Cove Park, you can take pictures, enjoy the views, have a picnic, and read about its history.
Blue Claw Boat Tours in Orleans offers sightseeing seal cruises, history river tours relaxing evening and oyster farm tours.
On a rainy day Orleans residents enjoy going to the Orleans Bowling Center, which in addition to candlepin bowling offers beer on tap and traditional Texas Barbeque.
Orleans is also known for its specialty shops along Main Street such as Yak Arts, which offers eclectic collection of curiosities, fine art, jewelry, and furniture and has been in business over 20 years. For clothing there’s Vintage Vogue, which sells fine vintage bridal, special occasion, and sophisticated dresses, skirts, hats, and blouses from the 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s. Book lovers go to Main Street Books, an independent book store located in the center of town.
Orleans is home to the Addison Art Gallery, which represents artists from across the United States, Mexico and France, and is home to many of the most sought-after Cape Cod artists.
No trip to the Orleans is complete without trying some of the fresh seafood the local restaurants have to offer. One local favorite is Land Ho, which offers something for everyone, from fish and chips to hamburgers. For more upscale dining residents enjoy Mahoney’s in downtown Orleans, which has been featured in The Best of Cape Cod magazine multiple times.
Orleans is served by the Nauset Public School System, which is comprised of 5 elementary schools, middle school and 1 high school.
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