Need a Vacation? Buy an Island

Posted 2010-06-15 in RealEstate

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Are you looking for an oasis of calm in a world of turmoil? It's true that you could snag a farm, a winery, even an African nature reserve on JamesList if you're looking for a respite from the world. Real estate is just one of our specialities. But what if you have very specific tastes? What if you want to withdraw from the world and declare yourself a sovereign nation, replete with your very own monarchy, currency, and culture? If you buy an island, well, maybe you can.

There are sites–such as this one–where you can find an island anywhere in the world to call your own. True, you can't plant your flag and declare it the nation of Youtopia, but you can still get unparalleled privacy and autonomy. Your very own island would provide you a welcome change of pace.

Some islands come undeveloped but most provide swank digs where luxury-minded individuals can kick back with a level of isolation unknown to most. True, you might have to go milk-less at breakfast when you run out as the nearest corner store is miles away, but it would be a small price to pay for the ultimate escape.

Is a private island right for you? You cannot actually declare yourself a sovereign nation, of course, without recognition of a significant portion of the world's countries. But aside from annual property taxes, you'd be living like a king of your own small domain.