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A view of Outer Great Island in West Yarmouth.
A view of Outer Great Island in West Yarmouth. Courtesy of Chris Vietor

Drive down Great Island Road, which is surrounded by water, and you’ll find yourself on Outer Great Island in West Yarmouth. But don’t just expect to be let in. To pass the gate, you need permission from one of the roughly 40 families that own properties there.

Once in, you’ll probably see summertime festivities: people drinking the island’s signature cocktail, which includes rum and grapefruit juice; kids participating in summer programs; and people sailing, biking, or walking.

“It’s like a block party that just keeps going,” said Chris Vietor, a real estate agent for Keller Williams who has a listing on the island for sale.

1129 Great Island Road is on the market for $5,550,000. It’s land waiting for a buyer to build his or her new vacation home.

A map of the island. The green highlight is where the land for sale is located. —Courtesy of CONTINUUM Landscape Architects

The oceanfront property offers 2.72 acres of wooded land, along with some 200 feet of water frontage, providing the opportunity to build one single-family home and a guest cottage.

Although the landowner can build a custom home, there are restrictions, Vietor said. The homeowners association mandates that homes be built with a roof and siding of natural cedar shingles (no paint) and white trim. The owner is also not allowed to build a pool.

Vietor described the vibe as “rustic elegance.”

Oh, and don’t plan to build your new home in the summer. All construction must happen in the off-season.

The island’s lighthouse, which is also a place parties are often held. —Courtesy of Chris Vietor

Other island features include a 10-hole golf course, tennis courts, a shared marina (only a couple of lots have private docks), summer programs for kids, sailing lessons, a walking path that goes around the island, and a beach club where everyone eats lunch all summer.

According to Vietor, the people who live on the island become extended family; many are related.

“The culture of the place is really cool,” Vietor added. “Everybody is connected regardless of age.”

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