NEW ROCHELLE, NY — If you ever wish that you could live on your own private island but still be close to NYC, we have some good news for you.
A unique, 5-acre, private island in Westchester County, just minutes away from NYC, is set to go up for auction through Concierge Auctions on Thursday at 5 p.m., in cooperation with Patricia Anderson of Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty.
Just minutes away by boat from New Rochelle’s coastline, 1 Columbia Island is currently listed for $4.99 million and will sell with “no reserve,” meaning that it will be sold to the highest bidder regardless of the price. Starting bids are expected between $1 million and $2 million.
Transformed from a historic radio tower into a self-sustaining island, Columbia Island’s four-bedroom, 2-bathroom, 5,625-square-foot home truly offers an “off-the-grid” lifestyle. According to the listing, the island’s customized renovation includes solar electricity and the same type of water filtration system used in surgical settings. The modern kitchen and dining room frame the surrounding waters of the Long Island Sound. The upstairs has gorgeous views of both NYC and New Rochelle. Downstairs, high ceilings and exposed brick walls offer flexible space, which can be turned into a media room, a private bar, or a fine arts studio.
The incredible home was designed to highlight, but not disturb the rare sea life that also enjoy visiting the isolated, yet surprisingly convenient island. The one-of-a-kind property has the feel of a wildlife sanctuary that has stunning views of the Manhattan skyline.
With “a panorama of beauty in every direction,” the area is famous for boating, fishing and swimming. New Rochelle has 9.3 miles of shoreline and 231 acres of public parks, along with a downtown area just beyond the municipal marina, with restaurants and boutique shopping. Travel from New Rochelle to New York City in under an hour.
There obviously isn’t easy access to all the service you might find on the mainland, but the designers of the uniquely self-sustaining property really have thought of everything.
The island offers enough space to store a year’s worth of fuel oil. The property is also powered by solar electricity with a diesel generator for backups. The island has triple-redundant floor and storm protection along with in-floor radiant heat in the home. For safety, Columbia Island has multiple on-site fire suppression systems.
1 Columbia Island is available for private showings by appointment, both in person and virtually.
As part of Concierge Auctions’ Key for Key giving program in collaboration with Giveback Homes, the closing will fund a new home built for a family in need.
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