Market forces are eroding the district’s character. Since the year 2000, 42 houses, representing 20% of the Seashore District properties, were built or enlarged, with 10 in the 4,000-5,000 sq. ft. range. As developable property elsewhere becomes scarce, the small historic houses and cottages in the Seashore District, surrounded by acres of open space, are at risk for teardowns.
Real estate developers are building big vacation rentals, like the 9,570 sq. ft. house pictured above that sleeps 22 and boasts a home theater, outdoor recreation complex, and private beach. This is one of five nearby properties listed for rent in Truro outside the Seashore District. With its numerous 3-acre lots, Truro's Cape Cod National Seashore could easily succumb to the nation-wide trend in destination resorts for developer-owned multiple vacation rentals. This trend is facilitated by internet advertising on websites such as:
Click on the above image of a former cottage tucked in the woods on Great Pond, Truro (and continue to click on each of the following images) to observe the types of changes that are happening in the Cape Cod National Seashore. Cottages are being replaced with much larger houses. Where the beach erosion is taking its toll, replacement houses are much bigger.
A growing concern are the unprotected campgrounds with new out-of-state ownership that are starting to be changed from primitive wooded campsites to RV Parks with water, electric, sewer and cable TV hookups.