Every now and then an island comes up for sale on eBay, and we get all excited here at eBay stories, dreaming of owning a private Caribbean island or even this island off the coast of the Bahamas. But, in general, all we can do is dream and write stories, as the price tag (the former for a quarter of a million, the other for $6 million) puts them out of our more modest range.
Until today. We ran across this remarkable listing, a Private Island For Sale with 116 Acres, Old-growth Forest, White Sandy Beaches:
This island, which is currently being bid at around $93K, costs less than it would take for me to remodel the kitchen in my house! What a bargain. So, what is the catch, there must be a catch. The listing sets our minds at ease by revealing the following:
“A 116 acre pristine island is now available on the Tennessee River near historic Savannah Tennessee. A magnificent forest of hardwoods covers the island’s interior, while part of the island is fringed by a sandy beach. The island consists of over two miles of waterfront shoreline, the size of the island is evident when circumnavigating it in the deep waters of the surrounding river. A leisurely hike through the islands interior can take hours.”
It is uninhabited, and there are no structures on the island, so this is not a turnkey sale if you are thinking of packing up to live there (unless you like camping). The place is more Robinson Crusoe than Fantasy Island. But the listing does provide an interesting idea, given that “most or all of the island lies within the 100-year or 500-year floodplains.” The seller shares this food for thought:
“I was actually going to develop some beautiful treehouse cabins. They are practical for the island, fun, and beautiful. There are now several treehouse resorts in the world and several books out on designing and building them. The best book is ‘Treehouses of The World’ by Pete Nelson.”
We did a quick search, and there are certainly many treehouse resorts the world over, so this idea might just have legs. Take a look at this site with the Top 5 Most Inspiring Tree House hotels for a little inspiration. And, of course, the island listing contains some beautiful photos of inspired treehouses too.
Whether you dream big, or whether you just want an island to call your own, this may just be the thing to float your boat, palm tree keychain not included.
If you like this kind of listing, take a look at this fun article (full of great photos) entitled So what would it cost to buy an island paradise of your very own?. We can’t wait to see if they decide to list one of those island paradises on eBay!