Delft Haven II Condominium (Unit 17).
Cottage 17 has the — dubious? — distinction of being the first of the Delft Haven units to sell for seven figures; though just by a matter of months. Robert C. Duffy, the co-founding partner of Marc Jacobs International in New York, purchased it early in 2005 for $1.18 million. (Later that year, Unit 6 went for $1.1 million.) At the time, Duffy was building a home, gargantuan by Provincetown standards, at 27 Commercial Street, so this was presumably a useful pied-à-terre from which to keep tabs on the construction. By the way, you could fit 11½ of these cottages into 27 Commercial, if you were so inclined.
The L-shaped, 781-square-foot cottage stands north of the original campus, appearing to be more attached to 9-11 Commercial Street than to Delft Haven. The odd jump in designation — from Unit 8 to Unit 17 — can be explained by the fact that the Delft Haven I Condominium at 10 Commercial Street has claim on the units numbered 8 through 16.
When Peter L. Boyle and John J. Boyle made Delft Haven a condo in 1977, they sold Unit 17 for $42,500 to a couple from North Scituate. They flipped it the next year for $68,000. The purchaser, a Boston resident, owned it for 11 years before selling it to a New Yorker for $225,000 in 1989. The New Yorker and his wife, by now settled in Phoenix, sold it in 1992 to a Boston resident for $247,500. The Bostonian was the owner who managed to hit the million-plus mark with Duffy, who owned the cottage for seven years. He sold it in 2012 to the present owners for $835,000.
Delft Haven’s first million-dollar cottage, Unit 17, in a 2013 picture taken for the Town Assessor.
Interior photography by Bill Barr.
¶ Last updated on 12 September 2020.
7 Commercial Street on the Town Map.
Also at 7 Commercial Street:
Delft Haven II Condominium overview
Delft Haven II Condominium (Unit 1)
Delft Haven II Condominium (Unit 2)
Delft Haven II Condominium (Unit 3)
Delft Haven II Condominium (Unit 4)
Delft Haven II Condominium (Unit 5)
Delft Haven II Condominium (Unit 6)
Delft Haven II Condominium (Unit 7 and 8)
Delft Haven office (Demolished)
Thumbnail image: Photo, 2010, by David W. Dunlap.