Dreaming of the sweet life? Forget the mansion – nothing says extravagance more than owning your own island. A private beach, perfectly appointed homestead, tennis courts, an aircraft hanger – whatever your heart desires, there seems to be an island out there for you (if the budget is right).
Ranging in price from surprisingly affordable, to available only to a select few, here is a sample of some properties currently on the market in North America, and found on Vladi Private Islands and Private Islands Online.
Lake Winter Island
In Sawyer County, Wisconsin, you’ll find this island for just $849,000 USD. Complete with all the modern conveniences including electricity, water, phone, and sewerage, Lake Winter Island is modest (5 acres) and very charming, and comes with two boat docks, a pontoon boat, and a fully furnished chalet home, with deck.
Little Rocky Island
If you’d rather design your own dream home on your dream island then look no further than this little gem in Halifax County, Nova Scotia, which is up for grabs at just $98,000 CAD. 7.7 acres of pure privacy in the Atlantic Ocean, Little Rocky Island boasts a natural beach and is sheltered from most of the harsher conditions by two larger sister islands. This “little” island packs a big punch.
The name says it all with this $39,999 USD island in Wohoa Bay, Maine – at low tide the island is just 1 acre, which means that at high tide it’s substantially smaller. You wouldn’t look to build a property here, but if you’re searching for a budget-buy just for boasting, snap this one up. And the gazebo looks like it would be a pretty nifty picnic spot.
Ile De La Baie Bertrand
For $1,290,000 CAD you can be the proud owner of this charming 4.10 acre island and its accompanying properties (residence, guest house, boathouse) located in the Gatineau, Quebec, Canada. Here, rustic charm meets all the conveniences of modern living – telephone line, satellite internet and wi-fi, water heaters, and insulation to keep you warm in the winter – in addition to a private beach and bay.
What’s an island without the ultimate island accessory – the lighthouse? That’s right – the property on Round Island, located in St Mary’s River in Michigan, and available for a pretty reasonable (for millionaires) $1,995,000 USD, has it’s very own attached lighthouse. Shine on!
Want to live like a rockstar? Where better than your own Rockstar Island? Found in Pointe au Baril in Georgian Bay, Ontario, Canada, this island, selling for $1,195,000 CAD, comes with a three-bedroom cottage and a separate sleeping cabin for guests. The protected harbor and natural rock formations give this island a unique beauty – perfect for any rockstar!
This $7,600,000 USD island in Portsmouth, New Hampshire doesn’t just come with 11.86 acres of picturesque beauty and perfectly-designed accommodations, it also comes with plenty of history. Onced owned by the original founders of Portsmouth, the island was also once under the governance of the Catholic Church, where it housed a private school for over 50 years. Complete with a renovated manor house, one that was constructed in 1900 – it allows for modern conveniences while maintaining its historical charm. Also included are other outbuildings (garage, barns, bait shack), as well as stables, a fenced paddock, and riding trails – making it a horse aficionados’ private paradise.
No list of islands is complete without Treasure Island! A 1.25 acre island found in Lake Manitou, Northern Indiana, and on the market for only $529,000 USD, Treasure Island is home to a restored turn of the century cottage (with electricity, central heat, and air conditioning), jetty, deck, and stunning local wildlife.
If you’re not just looking for a new place to live but also a new business opportunity, then for a relatively-affordable $2,400,000 USD, you could be the owner of Cheery Island, situated in Thousands Islands, in the St Lawrence River, in upstate New York. The main attraction on this 3.30 acre island is the stunning, grand property, which can accommodate 28 guests in 13 bedrooms (including 4 master suites), making it ideal for parties, business event, and a variety of celebrations including weddings.
Continuing with the food-themed names is the $7,350,000 USD Potato Island in Branford, Connecticut. There is nothing stout about this property. Its 1.1 acres of stunningly designed paradise, in Long Island Sound’s Thimble Islands, includes a New England seaside cottage with wrap around deck, as well as a heated pool, landscaped gardens, jacuzzi, and a white picket fence that greets you as you arrive at your private dock.
Have a spare $110,000,000 USD? Head to Florida, and you could snap up this 26 acre island located in Card Sound Bay in the Florida Keys, near to Key Largo. There is plenty of room for expansion and development on this huge private island, through it already features a main home, two caretaker’s cottages, a dock master’s apartment and office, a 20-slip marina, golf cart paths, and tennis courts (that also double as a helipad – making it the perfect headquarters for the burgeoning evil mastermind).
Do any of these islands take your fancy? Tell us about them in the comments below, or share your ideal dream home!