Photo of Belden Island (top left) by Dan Milstein, photo of Jepson Island (top right) by Planomatic, and photo of Wheelers Island (bottom) by Dan Milstein
Take social distancing to its full extent by living on a private island (or three). A trio of private islands off the coast of Connecticut has hit the market for a total of $5.3 million. The properties, part of the Thimble Islands and located in the Long Island Sound, was last for sale in 2016 as part of a $78 million eight-island package.
Just 75 miles from New York City, the islands include Wheelers Island, listed for $3 million, Belden Island, listed for $1.5 million, and Jepson Island, listed for $800,000. Each has a home, a private beach, solar power, and generators, making each move-in ready. The islands are most easily accessible via water taxi or boat from Stony Creek village.
The largest home of the bunch is located on Wheelers Island: an eight-bedroom Victorian-style home with two wrap-around porches set on just under an acre of land. Measuring nearly 2,500 square feet, the home is flexible in space and includes an eat-in country kitchen and multiple guest bedrooms.
In addition to the stunning views and outdoor areas, amenities include city water, a laundry room, an outdoor fireplace, and a granite dock.
For $1.5 million, the four-bedroom home on Belden Island comes fully-furnished. Described in the listing as a “summer home,” the property has ample outdoor space, including a beach and a private dock. Inside, the Colonial-style home, which was built in 1912, boasts beautiful wainscotted walls and ceilings, as well as wooden floors. Included in the sale includes two acres of adjacent shellfish beds.
The smallest and least expensive of the three islands is Jepson Island, which includes a cute two-bedroom vacation home. Sold fully furnished, the house features cathedral ceilings, skylights, and exposed beams. A wooden porch provides incredible views from nearly every room.
Two of the eight islands sold in 2016, Rogers Island and Cut-In-Two, with owners Christine and Edmund Stoecklein deciding to keep the remaining properties. Christine, who is the widow of John Svenningsen, the founder of Amscan Holdings, bought most of the islands 20 years ago.
There are about 80 houses across the Thimble Islands, which became a popular summer resort spot in the late 1800s, according to the Wall Street Journal.
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Photos of Wheelers Island and Belden Island courtesy of Dan Milstein, Photos of Jepson Island Courtesy of Planomatic