Just 100 miles north of Havana sits Ballast Key in Florida, an anchor-shaped private island with "numerous beaches, wildlife, and no neighbors for at least 8 miles," or so brags Zillow. Sounds good so far? Well, there's more: the island—named after a 17th-century shipwreck that scattered iron ballast along the beach—had a cameo appearance in the 007 film License to Kill, and the owner, Key West developer David Wolkowsky, once hosted folks like Truman Capote, Tennessee Williams, British Prime Minister Edward Heath, The Bee Gees, and Gloria Estefan here. Anyway, now Ballast Key is listed for $15.8M, and includes a five-bedroom main house, a three-bedroom guest house, a "local caretaker" who will attend to the grounds, and golf carts that putter across the island's trails.
The home looks decent—terra cotta floors, huge windows—and the private island's 26 acres seem incredibly bucolic, but what's truly spectacular is how Realtor.com summoned its inner wordsmith in its description of the property:
"Like a jewel placed upon the sea by Poseidon himself, Ballast Key is an emerald oasis in the heart of the Straits of Florida. With only the sounds of sea breezes and the turquoise waves gently lapping at the edges of your private lagoon to intrude upon your oceanic idyll, you'll finally get the peace and quiet you've always longed for. And with your view of the endlessly rolling sea only occasionally intruded upon by the sails of pleasure boats on the Key West-Dry Tortugas run, you can experience what it just might feel like to be the only person on Earth."
Let's summarize: recluse-approved, fully developed, great views, and priced at nearly $16M. Check it out above.
· Last Stop To Cuba: Ultra Private Ballast Key Lists For $15.8 Million [Realtor.com]
· 1 Ballast Key, Key West, Fla. [Zillow]
· All Private Islands coverage [Curbed National]