Leben in NantucketIyna Bort Caruso
Some second-home communities mirror real life. They serve up a familiar lifestyle. The only difference is the surroundings. But off the Massachusetts coast, Nantucket is a second-home luxury real estate community transplanted in time.
Nantucket is small and quiet, though every bit as Polo posh. In the National Geographic book, “The 10 Best of Everything,” Nantucket tops the list of best islands in the world. Once upon a time, it was the whaling capital of the world. Today, cobblestone streets, lighthouses that date back as early as the 18th century and one of America’s largest concentrations of pre-Civil War houses contribute to the island’s status as a National Historic District. It does not go unnoticed. Owners of period homes know they are stewards of Nantucket history.
Grand summer estates are clad in the ubiquitous cedar shingles--the signature Nantucket facade. Communities here are as much settlements as towns. There’s not a traffic light to be found. Brant Point is a quintessential Nantucket town, a prestigious address with lofty-priced homes. Pocomo, on the south shore, has some of the most expensive homes on the island. Polpis is known for its large acreage and easy access to Nantucket Harbor. In Monomoy, estates enjoy siting that’s hidden from view.
The largest landowner? The Nantucket Conservation Foundation. More than a third of the island is protected land that will never be built upon.