On Island Time
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There's the waiting with the hordes to be seated for dinner, getting a faceful of sand from unleashed dogs on the beach and competing for prime lounge chairs at the pool.
If you're tired of the routine at the same old crowded getaways, there is another option.
Join the ranks of Marlon Brando, Ted Turner and the Du Pont family and vacation on your own private island.
Island ownership offers an unparalleled experience: "One feels a sense of independence and the ability to create
Since 1990, Private Islands Online has catered to both those looking for exclusive retreats and others seeking to fulfill the dream of island ownership. The three hundred islands the company currently has available range from just $25,000 in Nova Scotia to $45 million in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
For the most part, private islands are used either as a deluxe haven for family and close friends, or developed into resorts. In either case, they offer potentially good investment returns.
While those who sell islands offer no guarantees on long-term returns, Redmond notes that natural islands are a limited, finite resource.According to Cheyenne Morrison of Offshore Real Estate and Investments Quarterly, prices on some Caribbean islands increased by 300% between 1990 and 2000.
Before You BuyWhile some islands are sold with homes -- and amenities like electricity and running water already in place -- be prepared to work to make your personal kingdom habitable. Redmond notes that an average home will cost $150,000 to build (offshore construction costs are higher than those on the mainland); securing a septic system, water and electricity will be at least another $100,000. Expect to shell out about $10,000 for yearly maintenance, Redmond cautions the potential island buyer. Though the exclusive $39.7 million Ilsa de sa Ferradura (listed with
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