HYANNIS (CBS) – Working from home has become the norm for many people during the pandemic, but it may be here to stay. This could have a major impact on coastal Massachusetts communities.
On Cape Cod, builders are busy. Rob Brennan, president of CapeBuilt, has new developments in Hyannis and on Martha’s Vineyard, creating specific spaces in both to cater for remote working.
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â€œThe opportunity to turn your vacation life. Living, working and playing in the place you love the most has also attracted a lot of buyers and renters, â€said Brennan.
Brennan says that with this option coastal life is not just for the summer anymore and many take their jobs to the shores of Massachusetts on a permanent basis.
â€œEssentially, being told by their employers that they can work anywhere. I think it’s compelling to go anywhere on Cape Cod or where you could only go where you were on vacation, â€said Brennan.
Carolin Walters is a sports marketing consultant from Connecticut. She and her husband moved into their second home east of Orleans at the start of the pandemic and have no plans to leave.
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“You have allowed yourself to be in this natural beauty only a few times a year and a lot of people have realized that. Why? Why not be here all the time and enjoy life and love a really high standard of living.” , Walters said.
According to the latest Barnstable census data, the population has grown by more than 8% over the past decade and that comes on top of a New York Times report which found Barnstable to be number four on a list of major cities displaced during the pandemic.
Brennan bases much of her real estate development on this movement and doesn’t see the change to Cape Town and the Islands changing any time soon.
â€œThis tendency of people to move to a house that may just be an area they were vacationing in, but who live there, work there and are looking even further into retirement is a trend that I think everyone in the industry expects to continue, â€says Brennan.
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As Cape Town’s population grows and becomes less of a seasonal community, developer Rob Brennan says the need for workforce in the retail and restaurant business will increase year round, which means more more workers and more housing. Something Brennan says needs to be dealt with accordingly.