Want to own a private island but not sure if you’re ready to commit to homesteading way out in the middle of nowhere?
A little island just a quarter-mile off Marathon, Fla., may be just the thing for you.
It’s sort of a tester private island: It’s very, very small — less than an acre — and its proximity to shore ensures you’re not completely isolated from the rest of humanity. The 2,300-square-foot house has modern amenities including cable TV, yet it’s completely off the grid, with wind- and solar-powered electricity (plus a generator, just in case). For water, there’s a 16,000-gallon cistern.
You reach the house by a three-minute boat ride or by helicopter, landing on the property’s own helipad.
Oh, and there’s an above-ground pool in case the ocean is a little too raucous to wade out into.
The asking price is $11 million — considerably higher than the $8.5 million price tag it had just last month. Maybe there’s some wiggle room, though, considering that the island has been on the market since at least 2012.
And if you just want to get your feet wet, so to speak, you can rent the island for $1,000 a night.
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