by Rob Leane
Private islands—they’re the ideal retreat/permanent living arrangement for mega-wealthy, reclusive folk. They’re also good fun for having a nosy poke around online, while fantasizing about that perfect alternate reality where you just happen to win the lottery without ever entering.
Regardless of whether you’re genuinely capable of putting a deposit down or just a hopeless daydreamer, here are some stunning islands on the market right now.
1. BERRIEN SPRINGS ISLAND, MICHIGAN // $125,000
While the phrase “private island” likely conjures up an ocean locale, some lake and river islands are cheaper than the price of an average house in the United States. This three-acre island in the St. Joseph River comes complete with two cabins, one of which is move-in ready and self-sufficient with solar power and generator; the other is about 75 percent complete. Avid fishermen are especially encouraged to apply.
2. CHARLES ISLAND, CANADA // $224,170
If you’ve been considering Canada lately but don’t quite want to make the jump to the mainland itself, Charles Island in Nova Scotia could be your dream property. The wooded island is in a calm portion of the Atlantic, and if you need supplies, there’s a small town about 25 minutes away.
3. TAHIFEHIFA ISLAND, TONGA // $319,885
This pristine retreat in the Vava’u island group of Tonga would be “ideal for an eco-tourism bungalow resort development,” according to its listing. The white sand beaches (popular with nesting turtles) are well-shaded by trees, which helps keep things cool, and the island is encircled by a coral reef that offers excellent diving and snorkeling.
4. KIISKI-SAARI ISLAND GROUP, FINLAND // $365,279
Why buy one island when you could have three? Especially when they’re cheaper than many single-island deals out there. Together, the three islands in the Kiiski-Saari Island Group include 4.9 acres of land, located near Helsinki, Finland. The area is popular with sailors, anglers, and local holiday-makers, and the…