A private island with NYC views could be yours for $11M

Tavern Island
(Image Credit : Christie’s International Real Estate)

Island life and New York City life are not traditionally two things that go hand in hand. But Barrie Zesiger and her husband, Al, have managed to pair the two successfully.

The couple are the lone inhabitants of Connecticut’s Tavern Island, which is on the market for $10.95 million.

Tavern Island
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The island – which originally hit the market in 2012, one month before Hurricane Sandy – is a five minute boat ride to the town Rowayton, which is just a little more than an hour’s drive from the city (and that’s with traffic.)

The Zesigers did the commute for more than 35 years, after buying up the island in 1981 for about $1 million. According to Bloomberg the island had previously belonged to theater legend Billy Rose. “He’d put up all sorts of sandstone goddesses,” Zesiger said to Bloomberg. “There were peacocks; it was a mess.”  

Tavern Island
(Image Credit : Christie’s International Real Estate)

For your money you get the six-bedroom Tudor Revival-style main house, the caretaker’s cottage, the teahouse, two boathouses, and a plot of land on the mainland with a three-car garage, a pool, and even city views. [Bloomberg]

Tavern Island
(Image Credit : Christie’s International Real Estate)
Tavern Island
(Image Credit : Christie’s International Real Estate)
Tavern Island
(Image Credit : Christie’s International Real Estate)
Tavern Island
(Image Credit : Christie’s International Real Estate)