Word around Plymouth is there's a new kid on the bluff: Joey McIntyre of New Kids on the Block recently purchased a home overlooking Manomet Beach.
Locals are buzzing about their famous new neighbor.
"We all know about it. Word spreads very fast here," said Cindi Metro, owner of Metro's Café, a breakfast-and-lunch place at 775 State Road not too far from the blue-eyed singer's new digs.
According to the Plymouth County Registry of Deeds, McIntyre and his wife, Barrett, paid $450,000 for the house in November. Town assessing records show that the quaint five-bedroom Cape was built in 1897 and sits on almost an acre.
Like other neighbors, McIntyre must face the realities of erosion. A stone revetment protects the sandy bluff on which McIntyre's house sits. When he bought the place, the coastal bank and revetment were in need of repairs, and he addressed those problems head on.
"He has permits to repair a sea wall," said Lee Hartmann, director of planning and development for the town, in an e-mail. "Work is underway."
Whether McIntyre plans to make further improvements to the property remains to be seen. As of last month, he had not sought any other permits or filed any plans with the town. "He may do work on the house," said Hartmann, "but nothing is filed."
McIntyre recently told the Globe that his family will remain on the West Coast, so this will be a vacation home. "We're firmly in L.A. — kids, school, career, etc. — but we found a little getaway in Plymouth," McIntyre told the Globe. "It's nice to know my kids will have a piece of Boston in their lives."
McIntyre isn't the only celebrity to make a home on the South Shore. Comedian Dick Gregory has long called Plymouth home; Oscar-winning actor Chris Cooper and his wife, Marianne Leone, settled in the neighboring town of Kingston, and several members of Aerosmith can be found in Marshfield. "Marsh Vegas" also boasts funny couple Steve and Nancy Carell, who fell so much in love with the town that they bought and restored the Marshfield Hills General Store.
McIntyre's bandmate Donnie Wahlberg has been seen out and about in Plymouth, and he's no stranger to Metro's Cafe. Wahlberg was friendly and signed autographs graciously when he stopped by a few years ago, according to Metro. The restaurant has a "celebrity wall" and counts former New England Patriot Rick Cash and former US representative William D. Delahunt as customers. Metro thinks McIntyre will fit into this seaside community just fine.
When it comes to local stars, "they go to local places," said Metro, and "pretty much everyone leaves them alone."
Sharon MacKay, a server at Metro Cafe, was working the day Wahlberg stopped by. She remembers the moment he walked through the door. "When he walked in, we were like, 'Really?' It was really cool," she said.
Now she hopes McIntyre will visit in the near future.
"We're hoping they'll make this their new block now," she said.