A Rare Gem Comes to Market: Scallop Path


It’s not every day that a nearly 7.5-acre property on a private island is put up for sale.  Just two weeks ago, however, a spectacular site with exceptional potential was listed for the first time in nearly 50 years.  Scallop Path, as it is known, is perched high on a bluff on the southern edge of Grand Island off the coast of Cape Cod, and is part of Oyster Harbors, a gated community accessible by a single steel drawbridge and closely monitored by 24-hour security detail.

Originally purchased by heiress Rachel “Bunny” Mellon in the 1970s, the property benefitted from Mrs. Mellon’s passion for horticulture.  It was Mrs. Mellon, after all, who designed the White House Rose Garden for long-time friend Jackie Kennedy.  At Scallop Path, intricate gardens and native trees abound, and Mrs. Mellon’s favorite plants, including Italian white sunflowers, sage, and jasmine decorate the landscape.

The current property features a 17th-century main house, a separate garage, a 2-bedroom guest cottage, garden buildings, a boathouse and dock.  The careful development of multiple outbuildings over time represents a true Cape Cod family homestead property and multi-generational gathering location.  The potential with such a rare site, however, lies in how the next owner may reinterpret the past within an heirloom property for future generations.  Patrick speaks to the opportunity in the video below.

Should you wish to learn more about Scallop Path’s history and homestead, do so via their website, scalloppath.com.  If an exploration of Mrs. Mellon’s family homestead has you considering one of your own, feel free to contact us and find inspiration in our portfolio.


(Hero Image Credit: MainStay Landscape Inc)