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For sale: 5 of the best private islands available to buy now

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Private island in the Berry Islands, Bahamas

Image courtesy of 7th Heaven Properties

Whether it’s a private island owned by a celebrity trying to escape the paparazzi or the retreat of a superyacht owner prized for its deserted anchorages, owning a private island represents the ultimate home-from-home vacation. Click through our edit of the best private islands available to buy now to find your own piece of paradise.

Private island in the Berry Islands, Bahamas

Spanning a huge 711 acres, this private island is located in the Berry Islands in the Bahamas and is prime for development by its new owner. Lying just 30 miles from Florida, the island was bought in 1934 by female speed boat champion and oil heiress Marion Barbara 'Joe' Carstairs and used to entertain guests including the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and Marlene Dietrich. A number of buildings from Carstairs ownership, including the Great House, guest cottage, music room, staff quarters, lighthouse and sea plane hangar, are included in the offering but many of these have fallen into disrepair.

Already equipped with a 4,000 foot paved airstrip, the island is also accessible by boat or seaplane with the opportunity to dredge a natural waterway for access by larger vessels. Offered in two phases, the island was divided into multiple residential lots of around an acre each in the mid-1970s and the listing includes 75 lots on the southern coast and 60 lots in the northern section of the island. 80 lots were sold or retained by a former owner, and some of these have already been developed into single family homes, but there is still plenty of scope for a future owner to build a highly private retreat or develop with a view to sales or rentals.

The private island in the Berry Islands is listed for sale with 7th Heaven Properties for $20 million.

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