Plan Your Escape to These 5 Dreamy Private Islands, All for Sale Right Now – News

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OK, so you didn’t win the Powerball jackpot, but thoughts of your own private island are still swimming in your head. We don’t blame you. In these dog days of summer, we’re suffering from our own case of island fever as well.
Who wouldn’t want to live in gorgeous yet comfy accommodations, accompanied by the rhythmic sound of water lapping the nearby shore? Or enjoy pristine beaches right out your back door?
We found five fabulous islands that are all on the market right now. And this time, we didn’t limit ourselves to a budget.
While one island has a $22 million price tag, looking and dreaming are free. Indulge!
Price: $16,499,999
Sister supreme:
East Sister Rock is more than just a private getaway in the Florida Keys. It’s a beautiful world unto itself, surrounded by clear turquoise waters for windsurfing and other water sports, plus a coral reef that provides extraordinary snorkeling, fishing, and diving. And don’t overlook those white, sandy beaches for more relaxing pursuits.
The main residence has three bedrooms and two baths in 2,304 square feet of space, but who you are you kidding? You’re going to spend most of your time on that massive, wraparound veranda. There’s also a nice guesthouse on the island. Both dwellings come artfully decorated. You’ll also enjoy a pool and a helipad right outside your door.
But what has us really longing for this slice of paradise is that the entire island is 100% off grid. It is equipped with its own wind and solar power, backup generator, and even a desalinization plan and a large water cistern. It’s hard to fathom that it’s only a quarter-mile boat ride from Marathon.
Price: $2,500,000
Weekend in New England:
Whether you call it Gray Rock or the curious-sounding East Stooping Bush Island (either is correct), this 0.69-acre isle is distinctive for many reasons. One selling point is that it’s the only seasonal residence in the Thimble Islands archipelago, near Stony Creek in Branford.
This charming stone-and-shingle-style home was built in 1900. It’s perched atop a granite outcropping, allowing those inside the house to enjoy 360-degree views of the surrounding islands, the Connecticut coast, and Long Island.
The island is accessible by boat or the seasonal passenger ferry from the mainland. It’s also about 2.5 hours from either New York City or Boston.
The 2,298-square-foot home has five bedrooms and two baths, plus a number of walkways, decks, and patios, plus covered and open porches with stone pillars. Unique features include turn-of-the-century woodwork, a statement granite fireplace, hardwood floors, ceilings, and detailing. It’s truly one of a kind.
Price: $22,000,000
The lap of luxury:
This 4.5-acre private island with two docks, sandy beaches, architecturally stunning residences, and palm-tree studded grounds is less than 30 minutes from Uptown Charlotte. Who knew?
Known as the crown jewel of Lake Norman (which spans 520 miles of shimmering shoreline), Merancas Island was developed in 2000 and has had only one owner since then. It features five bedrooms and eight bathrooms in 14,346 square feet of living space, shared between an elegant main residence and a guesthouse.
Architectural details like hardwood floors, stone pillars, high ceilings, plus plenty of built-ins merge with modern luxe features like a sauna, wine room, and gym. This property could well be called Nirvana.
Price: $2,750,000
All-you-can-eat oysters:
Bet you’ve never seen this before: Belden Island off the Connecticut coast comes with 2 adjacent acres of shellfish beds. How cool is that?
The 1-acre isle is also distinguished by a lovely, rustic-style cottage, originally built in 1912. It features four bedrooms and two baths in 2,038 square feet of living space. There are vintage hardwood floors, wainscotting on walls and ceilings, and a number of fireplaces to keep things cozy. The space is expanded by elegant porches and an outdoor kitchen.
Located between Boston and New York, but only 10 miles from New Haven, the island is accessible by boat or the Thimble Island water taxi.
Once you’ve arrived, you’ll enjoy a private dock, a sandy beach, a rolling green lawn with irrigation (it’s connected to local water lines), and perfectly placed shade trees.
Only 14 miles from the Hamptons, this island is livable year-round.
Price: $995,000
Absolute best buy:
Your own private island for under a million bucks? Is this even possible in the real world? It sure is, in the very real world of Lake Roland, one of the Twin Lakes, located in Michigan’s woodsy Western Upper Peninsula.
This 2.72-acre property includes 367 feet of lakefront land where you park your cars, then walk across the bridge from the mainland to the island.
The island itself includes approximately 900 feet of lakefront. The updated cottage has three bedrooms and two baths, a living room with a massive stone fireplace, a family room with a fun pub, and multiple porches, patios, and composite decks. You can fish for bass, pike, and panfish from the shore.
Bonus: Most of the stylish furniture and accessories are included in the price. You might want to ask if the popcorn machine, pinball game, and candy dispensers are, too. This place was definitely meant for fun and family, and it looks like it might be able to double as a short-term vacation rental.
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