For $13 million, you could buy not one but two islands just off the coast of New Rochelle, NY, in Long Island Sound.
Columbia Island (2 acres; features 5,600 square foot house) and Pea Island (5 acres) are only 0.2 nautical miles away from each other.
The 2-story brick home sits on Columbia Island and has 4 bedrooms, two bathrooms, a sleek kitchen, and a huge amount of living space. It is 5,625 square feet, with views of the New York City skyline from the roof.
“The owner lives in Manhattan, and this has become just a labor of love for him,” Anderson says.
“He feels like he’s done a lot of work, and he’s put in a lot of money, probably over $9 million. He has created this amazing, spectacular property, but he just feels like it’s time for someone else to take over.”
The boat ride between the island and New Rochelle takes only about 7 minutes, and from there, it’s just a few minutes to the train station, then only about another 30 minutes into Manhattan.
Some history of the property:
Columbia Island was once known as Little Pea Island, but was renamed in 1941 when the Columbia Broadcasting Studios, aka CBS, bought it as a location for a radio tower for CBS and ABC.
The networks moved their radio tower off the island in 1963. After they vacated the premises, Mary Healy and her husband, Peter Lind Hayes, a Vaudeville duo who often performed together, bought the island, converted the structure into a private home, and broadcast their weekly radio show from there.
In 1966, they donated the island to the College of New Rochelle, and it eventually came into the current owners possession.
The current owner purchased neighboring Pea Island from the Huguenot Yacht Club. It has not been developed, and has many indigenous plants and birds, as well as sandy beaches.
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1 Columbia Island, New Rochelle, NY