Live Out Your Emerald Fantasies on This Private Island for Sale in Ireland for $1.4 Million
If you’re looking for total seclusion from civilized society, look no further than this private island in Ireland.
While this island isn’t full of crisp, blue water and sandy beaches, it can offer you a chance to lord over your domain without the bother of other people. And it’s for sale for a cool $1.4 million, according to CNN.
High Island, also known as Ardoileán, is an uninhabited, 80-acre island two miles off the Connemara coast. It’s the perfect place for catching breathtaking cliffside views and amazing wildlife, and it's being sold off by Spencer Auctioneers, CNN reported.
According to The Guardian, the island was once home to monks, ancient settlers, and “a poet in search of inspiration.” In addition to the ruined 7th-century monastery on the island, the cottage is what you’d definitely call a fixer-upper with no running water or electricity, CNN reported.
However, according to Irish Central, there is a more modern building on the southern part of the island that has rain-water collection areas, a galvanized roof, and a septic tank. The current owner is acquiring planning permits to build it up further.
Luke Spencer of Spencer Auctioneers told CNN that whoever buys the island will be able to renovate the cottage or build a new property as long as planning permission is approved.
But aside from not really having solid shelter, Spencer says that the island is a very good buy. “It’s lovely, a beautiful place. A lot of birds and grasses and ferns. You’ve got Atlantic views all the way around,” Spencer told The Guardian. There are two freshwater lakes and all kinds of bird species, such as gulls, barnacle geese, oystercatchers and peregrine falcons.
Since the island is home to so many kinds of bird life, it is designated as a Special Protection Area under the EU Bird Directive, according to the listing.
The island was listed on the property site MyHome.ie last Friday, and Spencer predicts some wealthy person like a foreign diplomat or “someone from Google, or [Mark] Zuckerberg” will snatch it up, reported The Guardian. Perhaps Elon Musk would want to get into the bidding war?
People inhabited the island about 3,000 years ago, according to The Guardian, and it was once owned by a prominent Irish family in the 18th century. The poet Richard Murphy owned it from 1969 to 1998 and sold it to current owner Féichin Mulkerrin.
Certain parts of the island, such as the monastery, grave sites, and beehive huts (one of which is still in tact), will still belong to the Irish Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government after the sale.
Quite a few uninhabited islands have gone up for sale in the last few years, including Linga island, located off the coast of Scotland, for $325,000, and Pebble Island, which is home to five species of penguins and located in the Falkland Islands.
While it may not be home sweet home yet, High Island seems like it has quite a bit of potential for a new owner. More information on the listing can be found on MyHome.ie.