Extreme Real Estate: Private Islands


Each week MainStreet takes a look at what we call Extreme Real Estate. This week we bring you: Islands in the Stream.

Privacy freaks and buyers of vacation homes are often looking for the same thing: A hideaway where they can get away from the stress, bother and madness of day-to-day life. Nowhere, perhaps, is more “away” than a private island where pesky problems, annoying coworkers and nosy neighbors are nearly non-existent.

An Island for Manhattanites

Just 90 minutes by car from New York City or, for really rich traffic avoiders, 20 minutes by helicopter, Middle Sedge Island is located smack in the center of scenic Barnegat Bay just off the coast of Chadwick Beach, N.J. The (very) private property (see image, top below) encompasses 14.4 acres of an otherwise uninhabited 25-acre island. It is currently available for purchase with an asking price of $2,500,000.

The main house includes four bedrooms, each with their own private bathroom and deck, living and dining rooms, a fully equipped kitchen, and a large den/family room. There is also a guest house, swimming pool, regulation sized bocce court and a small private beach. An illuminated boardwalk rings the small island, perfect for evening strolls and late night stargazing.

The property has two separate docks, full utilities (water, electric, sewage, etc.), an emergency generator and is being offered with two small launches for ferrying back and forth to the mainland.

Privacy on a Budget

Seclusion seekers who prefer a rustic (and much less expensive) option can head up the Eastern Seaboard to Maine to Duck Ledges Island. Located approximately four miles off the coast of the historic fishing village of Jonesport, it's listed for sale at $289,000 (see the bottom picture, left). The two-acre pink granite island includes an itty-bitty cottage that was built in 2007, measures just 320 square feet and comfortably sleeps six.

Luxuries are few, but basic facilities include a propane stove for cooking, a generator for electricity, a barrel to catch rainwater for cooking and washing and an (under construction) outhouse for obvious purposes. The island does not have a dock, but deep water anchorage is accessible on the protected side of the island.

For more information about either island, please visit Private Islands Online.

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