Part of what keeps Massachusetts' Elizabeth Islands so sparsely trafficked is the fact that all but two isles in the archipelago, which extends in a line southwest of Cape Cod's shoulder, are owned by the Forbes family, and have been since the 1840s. That has kept modern development down on Cuttyhunk, the last in the island chain. According to a recent visit from the Times, there are few cars on the island, no nightlife, and, gasp, painfully unreliable internet, but that's just how Cuttyhunk residents like it. This hillside summer cottage, with sweeping views of the harbor and Buzzard's Bay beyond, looks more like a modest collection of shacks. The modest interiors would fit right in on the island, but the price, at $1.5M, is a bit more that one might expect for such a far flung summer home.
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