High-end Mashpee real estate does not consist solely of New Seabury and Willowbend contemporaries and cookie-cutter golf course condominiums.
Proof sits alongside the Santuit River, on the edge of Popponesset Bay, in the form of a unique Mediterranean villa.
According to its current owner, prominent Cape businessman and property developer Stuart Bornstein, the 3,136-square-foot, five-story home was built into the side of a cliff at the turn of the 20th century by a European count whose wife was homesick for her Spanish homeland.
Mr. Bornstein purchased the home, which sits on the Mashpee-Cotuit line on Quinaquisset Avenue, in 1984 when it was much smaller, and in a state of disrepair. After making extensive interior and exterior renovations, the Bornstein family occupied the home, which has sweeping views of Popponesset Bay, until 2013.
“This is the only one of its kind on Cape Cod,” Bob Sigel, an agent with Kinlin-Grover Real Estate, said during a tour of the property on Wednesday morning. The four-bedroom home and its 0.57-acre landscaped grounds are on the market for $1,595,000.
In addition to its unique—for Cape Cod—architecture, the home offers an abundance of noteworthy accoutrements. There is an elevator in the home, which, in some areas of the house, is the only way to travel from one floor to another. Much of the interior walls of the home are exposed brick, meant to pay homage to the original structure. There is also an electronic security gate at the driveway entrance, an entertainment room with a still fully stocked bar, custom cabinetry, a generator, a veranda off the master bedroom, a working outdoor pizza oven on the patio and guest quarters with a separate entrance.
The property offers a variety of options for recreation outdoors. A kayak or small boat could be launched from the side of the property into the Santuit River, and within minutes could be under the bridge that crosses Quinaquisset Avenue and into Popponesset Bay.
“It’s like a nature reserve with birds, heron, deer, egrets, and ducks. You can even fish the Santuit River by casting off the deck. And the sunsets are magnificent—Patti Page must have been thinking about this property when she was singing ‘Old Cape Cod,’ ” Mr. Bornstein said.
Mr. Sigel acknowledges that it will take a special type of client to eventually purchase the property, which has already been on the market for a year.
“We will be taking more of an international approach to marketing. Europeans would like this type of house. We’ll advertise in The Wall Street Journal international edition and in magazines on flights to and from Europe. This is not a property that you could just put an ad in the Cape Cod Times and expect it to sell,” Mr. Sigel said.
Mashpee director of assessing Jason R. Streebel said the property is assessed for $982,500, and that taxes for the last year were approximately $9,500.