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Isolation is all the rage nowadays. Life on a private island just might be the antidote.
For $13 million, you could buy not one but two islands just off New Rochelle, NY, in Long Island Sound.
One of the islands comes complete with a house with a fascinating backstory. Measuring in at 2 acres, Columbia Island is the smaller of the two islands, and its neighbor, Pea Island, is about 5 acres.
The two-story brick home sits on Columbia Island and has four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a sleek kitchen, and a huge amount of living space. It is 5,625 square feet, with views of the New York City skyline from the roof.
“There are giant windows in the living room, kitchen, and dining areas,” says the listing agent, Patti Anderson. “Every bedroom has a door to the outside, and everywhere you look, from whatever side of the house, there are water views.”
Al Sutton, a human rights activist, retired physician, and charter member of the African Freedom Coalition, is the current owner. He’s in his mid-80s and bought the island in 2007.
He resuscitated the structure and turned it into a showpiece. When he bought it, the seawall was crumbling and the building was in disrepair.
“The owner lives in Manhattan, and this has become just a labor of love for him,” Anderson says. “He feels like he’s done a lot of work, and he’s put in a lot of money, probably over $9 million. He has created this amazing, spectacular property, but he just feels like it’s time for someone else to take over.”
The home is completely self-sustaining, with two independent solar panels to provide power and batteries to store it, diesel generators, as well as a reverse osmosis desalination system to turn water from the Sound into potable water. The island is close enough to the coast to receive Wi-Fi and cellular signals.