Hunt, who lives next door to one of Corcoran’s properties
- October 19, 2019
- By Admin: Lindsay
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New neighbors arrive each week, throwing parties, blaring music, and disrupting your otherwise tranquil neighborhood by the sea.
Some Cape Cod residents say they’re living that reality as real estate companies and private investors capitalize on the booming market for short-term rentals.
The NBC10 Boston Investigators explored the changing dynamics of the rental market on the Cape after hearing from several concerned residents during the station’s Talk to Ten phone-a-thon.
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Barnstable homeowner Heather Hunt says she can no longer enjoy the view out her window after an investor bought the house next door and turned it into a year-round Airbnb. Some days, Boom Beach Hack she says she shuts the doors and windows and stays in her kitchen to avoid the ruckus next door.
“Unless this happens to you, you really can’t appreciate how fundamentally it changes what it means to be home,” she said.
On one occasion, firefighters had to come after a group moved a fire pit onto the wooden deck of her neighbor’s house, Hunt said. And it hasn’t been much better during the day, she said; Hunt awoke one morning to see a 3-foot inflatable penis getting tossed around her neighbor’s property.
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“I shouldn’t have everybody’s bachelorette party next to me all summer long,” she said.
The house is in a district zoned for residential single-family use in Osterville, a quaint village in Barnstable. Bob Corcoran, a local resident, bought it to rent it out for vacations, birthdays and bachelorette parties.
Corcoran said he can’t control what his guests do, but thinks the concern from neighbors about discourteous behavior is overstated.
“I understand that it may upset them, but a lot of it’s been exaggerated,” he said.
Hunt, who lives next door to one of Corcoran’s properties, says the town has been slow to address her complaints.