3 bedrooms, 2 baths - showers only
Jay & Helga Mahoney
- english, German and French
About Jay & Helga Mahoney
Growing up, and spending Summer vacations on the Cape made it so natural to purchase the house there. We look forward to opening the house in May and regret the task of closing it in November. We find it surprising that so many families opt for the high season in the summer while the off season offers people a chance to enjoy the tranquility and solitude of an uninterrupted beach stroll and the pleasures of autumn. I grew up near Boston, went to college there, and upon earning my degree I found myself reporting to the Boston Army Base for induction. Yes, America used to draft - not a pleasant time to come of age. Luckily I got orders for Europe when many of my countrymen weren't as fortunate. Little did I know how it would change my life forever. Having been taken in by the country I found myself being drawn back a few years later. It was in Heidelberg, the medieval home of Germany's oldest university, and the setting for the Student Prince is where I met my wife. The memories of our first few years play out like a fairy tale. A more romantic setting could not be imagined. It would be hard not to be taken in by its Old World charm. Even today, many years later, we still think fondly of our younger days there. Wanting to keep our ties with Boston we bought the cape house for it was practical at the time and the perfect house for us. Our plan was to change just about everything over the upcoming years and that was accomplished a while ago. The things remaining from the early days are a classic Cape couch from the forties and a dining room set that fits in beautifully. In renovating the bathrooms we elliminated the bath tubs to avoid any future slips. As it turned out it was the right house then and is an even better one now. We hope families driving a 150 miles enjoy our house as much as we do traveling 3500.
Jay & Helga Mahoney purchased this House in 1998
Why Jay & Helga Mahoney chose Eastham
Since it's the dream of every youngster from Boston to one day own a home on Cape Cod it came naturally to seek out one there. This was the third house we looked at and we knew from the get- go it was the one. Sitting up on the knoll with a huge expanse of land, twice as much as any other house on the street (only eight), the cathedral ceiling opening up the whole downstairs - it just seemed right. We love working in the garden in the spring, whipping everything into shape. It seems with each passing year it takes longer and longer. What used to take three days now takes six (I'm down to half days) but it is still fun.If it weren't for Helga I'd still be at it when the first guests arrived. There aren't many places like Cape Cod in the fall. It's breath taking. We would never think of coming in the high season. We'll leave that to families who can not come at any other time and who can brave the crowds and everything that goes with it. My only regret about the house is that we didn't buy it fifteen years earlier.
What makes this House unique
There is much to be said of the Lower Cape. To experience it, it will forever draw you back. It's almost like having all of the wonders of nature to yourself no matter how many others you're sharing it with. .As far as the house goes there is nothing special or unique about it. It's like thousands of other Cape houses built in the late Eighties, except this one belongs to us. The house and what's in it reflect our taste and our lifestyle and we hope that our visitors will feel as comfortable there as we do. It's too bad families today can't find the time to have the experience of that special day of hunting for their perfect summer house. If I had to choose my favorite childhood memory that would top the list, and I thank my parents for making those summers memorable. Maybe we can provide a few for your family.
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Couldn't have asked for anything better- gracious and incredibly organized host, top-tier location with access to Orleans, Nauset, Wellfleet, Chatham, etc. Beautiful home. Would easily stay here again!
Fabulous final week of August!
Our family booked this gem last minute as we were coordinating our schedules! Jay and Helga were patient and helpful through the booking process! We arrived to find a warm welcome letter along with wine and chocolates! The space is perfect for 6 (although we had 5) with a thoughtful layout. We gathered in the main room to enjoy Many meals and conversation and took advantage of the high ceilings, ceiling fan, and breezes through the front and back doors....but appreciated the air conditioning in our private rooms at night. We were lucky enough to borrow a friend's jeep to go 4 wheeling at Nauset Beach in Orleans which was close to get to from the house as was most everywhere we visited! Our farmer's market, the Superette, the National Seashore beaches and shopping were all close by which made everything effortless. We were able to recycle and do our laundry as well as enjoy the outside shower...a treat!
Jay followed up continuously through the stay via email...eager to make sure all was well and was extremely helpful with recommendations and with the return of our security deposit. This is rare and much appreciated.
We hope to rent again here next season! Exceptional!!!!
Much thanks Helga and Jay
Jennifer, Bill and family
The home is well equipped and the owner is very responsive to needs and requests. Quiet neighborhood, near beaches, shopping, etc.
Great Cape home - close to National Seashore
We enjoyed our week at Jay and Helga's house. The location is close to Coast Guard Beach (our favorite), the bike path and the restaurants and shops in Orleans. There is beach gear for use in case you forget something. And we loved that they are serious about recycling!
The neighborhood is very quiet, the house comes fully equipped and was perfect for the two of us. We would recommend staying here.
Feels like home without the responsibility!
This was our 4th year staying at Jay & Helga’s house in Eastham. It feels like returning to our own summer place without all of the responsibility! The house is always clean and ready for us to move in. The pictures on the site are exactly what you will find. It is close to everything but far enough away. It fit 5 of us perfectly with plenty of space. The grocery store (Stop & Shop) is less than 2 miles away, which is extremely convenient. All of the beds are comfortable and are in air-conditioned bedrooms. We normally prepare our meals at the house and having access to a gas grill makes for easy dinners and with minimal clean up.
We spent most of the week at the beach. The Cape beaches are always great. We normally go to Nauset Beach in Orleans and up to Race Point. Nauset Beach looked very different this year without Liam’s Restaurant which was damaged after the winter storms. The restrooms and showers were still there and now food trucks have replaced Liam’s. The rest of the week, we went to Race Point where we drove out on the dunes and spent the day by the water. We saw seals swimming by every day.
Many evenings we took a drive to First Encounter Beach to watch the sunset. It is an experience to witness the beauty of the sunset there. There are always groups of people there to celebrate the end of the day. Go there and you will not be disappointed. We have gone over the years and when the sun sets – the people start to applaud. It happens every year without fail.
The weather was fabulous for the majority of the time we were there. We had a quick moving thunderstorm one morning where approximately 5 inches of rain fell in one hour. The road filled up fast but receded in a few hours. A large branch fell in the street from the front yard. I contacted Jay to let him know. He has arrangements with every kind of service needed for those unexpected situations, so a phone call was made and it was going to be taken care of.
We went out to dinner twice this vacation. We normally go to Arnold’s where we get fried lobster. If going there – be sure to bring cash or a check. We also went to Land Ho! in Orleans. We all had different things on the menu and everyone was very pleased with their choice. We will definitely go back next year.
We have already booked for next year with Jay & Helga - thank you for another great year.
Spacious 3 bedroom with a great location and very neat ,clean and well-appointed
The house was perfect for our family of 6 . The kitchen is well stocked. Location to what we feel is the best beach, First Encounter and to Orleans rotary was excellent . Jay was very responsive to questions before and during our stay. The indoor bathrooms have all been remodeled very nicely and the outdoor shower which we used everyday was the largest and cleanest we have experienced. The living room furniture was very comfortable for us. Pride of ownership is greatly evidenced. We will definitely stay here again. Jim and Deb from Connecticut.
The town of Eastham is perfectly located on the Lower Cape for you to enjoy both the bayside and National Seashore beaches. Cape Cod is attractive throughout the year because of its uniqueness. However, if you are in search of tranquillity and solitude September and October are ideal months to visit. Whether it 's the cosmopolitan atmosphere of Provincetown, the raw beauty of Truro, the art galleries of Wellfleet, the beach walks of Orleans and Eastham or the exquisite charm of Chatham the Lower Cape is something to be experienced more than once in your lifetime.
Other Activities: bird watching, beach combing
Golf: The area is rich with golfing opportunities and, with the exception of weekends, Tee-Times are easily available. For a unique golf experience we recommend the links course in Truro, the oldest of its kind in the USA.
Those who wish to obtain an Eastham beach pass can save money. Normally, day parking is $20.00. A weekly pass is $75.00. You can check with the Town Hall (508-240 5974). It's certainly worth a call. They send the pass out to you. It can all be done online. As far as the National Seashore goes I think they also start charging on June 28th through Labor Day. That you're going to have to look into. The Eastham beach passes only apply to the bayside beaches.It's worthwhile to look into Nauset Beach in Orleans as well.
Those interested enquiries will be asked when would be a good time for me to telephone.This serves a dual purpose : one,it gives you a chance to asked any questions you may have beyond the website. Secondly, it gives us the opportunity to get to know one another on a more personal basis. Everything said, wouldn't you want to know the people renting your house?