Isle take it: 6 private islands on the market now
Escape the race rush with these remote islands for sale, ranging from secluded but turnkey vacation homes to totally uninhabited islands where you can leave your mark.
Hog Island, Florida
$7.9 million direct; 224 acres
Considered the largest private island for sale in Florida, Hog Island has 224 private acres on Lake George, plus three cabins, a helicopter pad and an “Island Keepers” house on the mainland – plus a restored school from 1899. The island (formerly known as Belle Island) is connected to the grid via undersea cables and is accessible by boat, helicopter or seaplane from the mainland, along with Orlando, Ocala, Daytona, St. Augustine and Jacksonville nearby.
In addition to the main house, three log cabins offer eight bedrooms and are currently rented for hiking, fishing, hunting and boating. Outside is a dock with moorings for up to nine boats, and there are docks outside the mainland house to shuttle from.
Pladda Rock, Scotland
£350,000 through Knight Frank; 28 acres
Remote living is on offer at Pladda Rock, off the west coast of Scotland, which counts the Isle of Arran as its nearest neighbour. The 28-acre uninhabited island now has a fully automated lighthouse, although the group of ancillary buildings surrounding the structure date from when it was operated by a lighthouse keeper.
These dilapidated buildings need a head-to-toe renovation by their new owner but offer a guide for future interventions on the island, including how to power the dwelling off-grid (solar panels power the lighthouse). The renovation project is asking for £350,000.
Table Rock Island – Georgian Bay, Canada
2.65 million Canadian dollars via George Webster of Royal LePage Meadowtowne Realty; 3 acres
Canadian architect William Grierson designed this striking circular home on Table Rock Island in Ontario’s Georgian Bay as his family retreat. Grierson was a partner at Brook Carruthers Grierson Shaw Architects and a lecturer at the University of Toronto, and over a 50-year career he designed some of the most innovative site-specific residences in the country. “Grierson’s architecture was particularly interesting because its qualities resulted from both looking forward and looking back”, says David Sisam, FRAIC.
Table Rock exemplifies its timeless approach, built from a gray granite and wood palette that translates to the three-acre island itself. Georgian Bay is the northern arm of Lake Huron – a harsh but unique climate, and the home meets these demands head-on with its innovative design. A central open-air courtyard radiates outward like spokes on a wheel to the eight bedrooms and four bathrooms, as well as the 1,600-square-foot great room, housing the kitchen, living room, and dining room. . Floor-to-ceiling glass provides a 360-degree panoramic view of the off-grid island home, which is completely solar powered.
Trinidad Island, Greece
POA via Vladi Private Islands; 12 acres
Since 1958, Trinity in the southern Gulf of Euboea has been owned by the former keeper of the private royal purse of the three kings of Greece – his family entertained Winston Churchill and the Beatles. The mostly flat land is covered with dense pistachio trees, forests of cypress, pomegranate, apricot, peach and 350 olive trees. Athens is 1.5 hours by car or 10 minutes by helicopter.