This Potato Island Mansion is as Private as it Gets

by Jamey MortonJune 28, 2018

Own a Private Island With a 90-Minute Commute to NYC

These days, it’s totally possible to have your own Gatsby-style mansion somewhere on a private island off the coast of Connecticut in the Long Island Sound. Part of an archipelago referred to as the Thimble Islands, Potato Island is a 1.1 acre isle with a 3,871 square foot home perched right on top. Now, Potato Island may not be the cutest name (or depending on who is reading this, maybe it is), but the name is surely an apt one due to the potato-shaped rocks that frame the island and serve as a natural barrier to the sea.

More importantly, the whole thing can be yours for just a couple million dollars! The estate is a two-minute boat ride from the town of Stony Creek and about an hour and a half from Manhattan. The home was built in 1912 and has since been extensively renovated to transform it into a modern beachy haven – and currently, it’s up for sale.

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Forget About Rush Hour Traffic—Just Take a Boat to Work

While the island is about a two-minute boat ride to Stony Creek, you can also easily get to some of New England’s most exciting cities, like Manhattan and Boston. The island comes equipped with a deep water-water dock in addition to a mooring for sailboats about 50 yards from the island.

As an added bonus, the current owners of the island are conveying a boat and working on long-term slip and parking space arrangements in Stony Creek. Talk about perks!

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A Unique Waterfront Haven Off the Coast of Connecticut

Living on an island, you’ll be able to enjoy waterfront sunsets and sunrises every day of the year. You can take in spectacular sunrises from the heated gunite pool looking east, then follow the sun to the west side of the island to watch gorgeous sunsets from the comfort of the custom granite jacuzzi.

A wrap-around porch allows 360 degrees views of the ocean and the quaint Stony Creek shoreline, too. The massive yard and healthy trees dotted throughout the island make this property perfect for nature lovers who crave privacy, while still being in close proximity to the city.

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The Potato Island Estate Is a Pot of Gold

The home itself features three and a half renovated bathrooms and four modern bedrooms inside. The home was designed so that each room has a spectacular view of the sea. Hardwood floors and light beadboard walls and ceilings give the home an unmistakable New England feel.

With updated kitchen and bathroom appliances, the home still manages to maintain its old-time charm and classic New England elegance. Plenty of built-in storage makes it perfect for hosting family and friends for long weekends or the occasional escape from the city.

Whether this home becomes your permanent residence or just a vacation getaway location, you’ll never get tired of the amazing sunsets from the comfort of your wrap-around porch. A fieldstone fireplace in the living room and breezy breakfast nook give the expansive home a cozy vibe that’s perfect for enjoying a New England clam chowder or a buttery lobster, depending on the season.

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No Really, There May Be a Pot of Gold

Legend has it that Captain Kidd buried his treasure throughout the Thimble Islands back in 1614. The Thimble Islands are part of a historic district that was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.

While we can’t promise that you’ll find this treasure if you decide to make the $4.9M investment in the island, we can promise that you’ll find treasure in the form of gorgeous sunsets and an amazing private island home.

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About The Author
Jamey Morton
Jamey has been a writer since he discovered science fiction and fantasy in the fourth grade. His early love for all things strange and mysterious has translated into a passion for writing about haunted mansions and other intriguing topics related to real estate and homeownership. Jamey loves nothing more than finding a medieval castle in the middle of New Jersey or a chalet on the coast of Florida. When not researching otherworldly real estate, Jamey can be found writing his series of outer space horror novels in his home in Seattle.