A shared appreciation for nature, physical activity and great schools helps this diverse community gel. Events like Summer Celebration, Community Campout and Shakespeare in the Park bring a cross-section of island dwellers together.
Home prices range from the mid-six figures for modest abodes to more than $20 million for grand estates with serious acreage and breathtaking water views.
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