With summer upon us it is wonderful to again see restaurants opening for the season. This time last year restaurants were scrambling to operate under new regulations. This year, however, many of the restrictions have been lifted and restaurants are now accustomed to their adjusted operations.
When it comes to beaches it is hard to top Nantucket's for their beauty and their accessibility. Unlike many New England summer destinations Nantucket's beaches do not have parking fees or the need for permits. It's simple, drive or bike, park, walk, find a spot and enjoy.
Maury People Sotheby's International Realty is once again proud to support Swim Across America by being a Gold sponsor. Not only are we a sponsor but many of our agents participate in the Nantucket Island Open Water Swim as part of the Maury People team. This year's event is scheduled to take place on July 24, 2021.
During the past year, we have understandably seen many Nantucket festivals and events reduce their programs or cancel altogether. Fortunately, one of Nantucket's favorite events, the Nantucket Film Festival is expanding its program while complying with local public safety guidelines. For the first time in its since its inception in 1997, the NFF will expand from six to eleven days and presented in a hybrid format. The different formats will include online screenings, drive-in screenings, and intimate garden screenings and conversations.
As we continue to be diligent and safe during the pandemic many Nantucket events have been canceled, postponed or gone virtual for 2021. Events on Nantucket are an important part of our community and we continue to support them as we stay safe without letting our guard down. We have listed events below with the current status, however, all dates are tentative and we encourage you to visit their websites to confirm information. For a complete list of events visit the Nantucket Chamber of Commerce.
As the first quarter of 2021 draws to a close, real estate inventory remains low. While 40 new listings were added in March 2021 (47% more than March of 2020) inventory is not keeping up with demand as 45 properties were sold. When comparing numbers, it is important to remember that at this time last year the real estate market had all but halted as it adjusted to the effects of the pandemic before drastically coming back.
Widow's walks, also known as a roofwalks, are rooftop platforms surrounded by a railing. While not exclusive to Nantucket they are part of the island's architectural landscape whose original purpose is not as romantic as the widow's walk name suggests. They were built to give homeowners rooftop access to put out chimney fires that were a common occurrence during the 19th century when fireplaces were also used for cooking causing the inner chimney walls to become covered with flammable grease over time.
While Nantucket has always been a popular summer destination, the island's close proximity to major US cities while feeling far away has made it even more desirable in 2021. This increase in popularity along with fewer homeowners renting, renters postponing last year's trip to this year, and new renters booking early has made finding a rental more challenging, but far from impossible.
While 2020 was a record year for Nantucket real estate sales, 2021 is showing no signs of slowing down. Year-to-date numbers show an over 60% increase in the number of solds compared to last year with dollar volume up 41%. With sales at a record pace inventory is low compared to this time last year. At this time last year, there were 269 properties for sale compared to 175 as of 3/3/2021.
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Nantucket has long been a popular destination and real estate demand reflected this. 2020, however, was record breaking. Even after an initial drop in the Spring, sales came back even stronger than before.
Making reservations online with the Steamship Authority can be frustrating, in fact we have often suggested that you mail in your auto reservations or call (when available). Fortunately the Steamship Authority has announced improvements to their online reservation system.
If you're looking to rent a vacation home on Nantucket but no sure where to start, you're not alone.
Explore some of our recent exclusive properties listed below. We have several new listings available with more being added frequently.
The Festival of Wreaths and The Festival of Trees are highly anticipated Nantucket traditions that transform the Whaling Museum into a winter wonderland. To keep visitors safe this year you will need to book a viewing time before visiting.
2020 marks the 19th year that brave souls take the plunge to benefit the Weezie Library for Children.
Congratulations to The Georgantas Family for receiving a 2020 Paul & Niki Tsongas Award for their restoration of 7 Judith Chase Lane on Nantucket! The Tsongas Award is Preservation Massachusetts' highest honor, honoring people and projects that have displayed the highest level of commitment to historic preservation in the Commonwealth.
Nantucket's soaring sales have continued into the Fall of 2020 at record-breaking levels. Compared to Fall of 2019, September through October show a: