Bayberry Avenue

The original extent of the Meadowview Heights subdivision, established in 1983 and shown on Land Court plan No. 35780-C, is imposed on a contemporary aerial photo of the district. [Google]

Bayberry Avenue, almost a half mile long, is the central corridor through and the spine of the enormous Meadowview Heights subdivision — a sprawling 74-lot development project initiated in 1983 by Matthew J. Costa on lands between Bradford Street Extension and Shank Painter Pond, reaching to the edge of the Cape Cod National Seashore and the crown of Blueberry Hill. Bayberry connects to Pilgrim Heights Road, Blueberry Avenue and, through Kimberly’s Lane, to Brown Street.

Bayberry Avenue opens Peter Manso’s much-discussed 2002 book Ptown: Art, Sex, and Money on the Outer Cape, though lightly disguised as Cranberry Avenue — No. 10, to be specific: “The house was located in the elite Meadowview Heights subdivision, a newly developed area high above the dunes and beaches, which lay in the farthest West End. Once no one would have thought of building so far out of town. … In the early 1970s, a few locals had built small homes in the area just below Meadowview, and in the early ’90s, these unassuming houses had been bought up, renovated, and enlarged. The expansion, driven by dot.comers and the beneficiaries of private money, spread to … Meadowview, producing the high-end equivalent of suburban sprawl.

“The closest home [to 10 Cranberry Avenue] was 300 to 400 yards away. In Provincetown, this was the equivalent of owning a small, private park. Meadowview Heights, one of the last areas to be developed as well as the most exclusive, is a community with its own bylaws and regulations written into the deeds.”

¶ Last updated on 29 January 2022.

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