Paddle on Over to Your Own Private Island in Vermont—It’s Just $185K – News

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Calling all kayakers and canoers!
A private island in Fletcher, VT, accessible only by nonmotorized boat, has just hit the market for $185,000.
The exclusive retreat features a furnished, one-bedroom cabin. Just a few caveats: The property doesn’t have electricity, plumbing, cell service, or water. And, there’s no indoor toilet.
“There is a composting toilet available on the property,” says listing agent Grant Wieler, of Element Real Estate. “There is also a shower stall for privacy, if you wanted to install a heated solar shower. What makes this property so unique is that you can keep all of the necessities at the cabin to enjoy your stay, and just bring food and water.”
As might be apparent, the off-grid getaway was designed for short visits.
“It’s a seasonal property, so people paddle in for a night or weekend, bring their own food, and enjoy nature,” Wieler says. “It’s an opportunity to be disconnected and free from distractions.”
He notes that the island is filled with “a significant amount of loons, blue herons, and beavers that you can see in their natural habitat.”
Located in Northern Vermont, about 40 minutes northwest of Stowe, the 1.7-acre island is on Metcalf Pond.
“About 10 years ago, the state of Vermont passed the Shoreland Protection Act that restricts development along the shoreline in Vermont,” Weiler explains. “This property has been grandfathered in. Furthermore, the town of Fletcher shut down the public boat launch for trailered, motorized boats. So you won’t have to deal with loud motorboats in the pond. It’s very quiet here.”
Built in 1990, the turnkey home has received some updates over the last several years and is outfitted with all of the basic necessities.
“It’s quite chic inside,” Wieler notes. “The camping structure has a Murphy bed and a futon, and there is a lofted space as well. It could accommodate up to six people; and the island itself is almost 2 acres, so you could put up tents outside as well, if you were traveling with a group.”
Designed to accommodate a simpler lifestyle, the off-grid, recreational property is a true retreat.
“The next buyer will be someone who is looking for a pure weekend escape and loves paddle sports,” Weiler predicts. “This is the opportunity to own an island outright for your exclusive use. You don’t have to load the boat up every time you want to go away for a night. There is also no restriction on any type of renting, as it is really a recreation-based property.”
Despite its remote location, the island is just 20 minutes from Smugglers’ Notch Resort and within an hour of Burlington, VT.
“This property is really something unique, and there is a huge market for this type of experience in Vermont,” Wieler says. “The price reflects some of the logistical challenges, but it is a pretty special place once you get here.”
Kellie Speed has more written for a variety of publications, including Haute Living, U.S. Veterans magazine, DiverseAbility, and JustLuxe. She can be reached at







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