For Your Real Estate Consideration Today: An Entire Island Off The Coast Of Manhattan
Expensive real estate and space aren't two words that normally go together when you're talking about the city of New York. Broad City did more than enough to paint a picture of the pitfalls of living in the Big Apple if you're not making Gossip Girl levels of money, and as it turns out, some residents have even taken to the water to get themselves a little breathing room.
This is, we imagine, partly the reason for the existence of 1 Columbia Island – a private island property rather inconspicuously plonked in the middle of Long Island Sound, just a short boat ride away from Manhattan. Now, if you're rich enough, the island (and the neighbouring Pea Island, which is larger but uninhabited) can be yours.
Columbia Island actually lies a little further north of Manhattan itself, and sits off the coast of the city of New Rochelle, just a few minutes down the road from The Bronx. It's only accessible via boat, even though it has a certain amount of exposed beachhead at low tide.
On the island lies a large, industrial-inspired house with modern decor, 4 bedrooms and 2 baths, and an upper level with almost 360 degree views for entertaining. We can't help but think it also looks like somewhere a Spider-Man villain would end up locked-up after losing a battle with the web-slinger.
"The lower level space has exposed brick walls and can be used for a media/game room, art studio or anything one is inspired to create," writes real estate agents William Pitt, who have the property listed on their site for a cool $13 million.
"Head up to the roof and enjoy views of NYC and the City of New Rochelle from your own perch atop this self-sustaining private island in Long Island Sound. Be inspired by nature, enjoy the solitude or enjoy the most distinctive entertainment space in the area."
"Pea Island is a brief paddleboard or dinghy ride just .2 nautical miles from Columbia Island with almost 5 acres of land including open beach with lush indigenous plants."
As the listing details, the island is apparently completely self-sustaining. Power comes from a solar system set up on the roof, while the island also has its own built-in desalination plant to provide fresh running water.
"What will you do with your private islands just minutes from NYC?" A question we've all asked ourselves before, for sure.