Spray Island sits amidst the sparking blue waters of Lake Minnetonka. For dreamers who might be pondering a private island getaway, this small spit of land proved utterly irresistible: The 21-acre isle sailed to the top of this week’s most popular homes on realtor.com®.
With social distancing now ingrained in our brains, we’ve seen a serious uptick in interest in private islands.
On the market for $2.2 million, Spray Island comes equipped with a main house and a host of guest accommodations for a crowd of visitors. We’re sure friends and family will clamor to enjoy the island’s privacy, tranquility, and natural beauty.
Besides the private island, you also clicked on the renovated Keeper’s Cottage in Pennsylvania, the cantilevered Cedar Bridge House in Connecticut, and a self-sustaining “survival property” in Idaho designed for preppers going off the grid.
We won’t ask you to get your bug-out bag ready, but we will ask you to scroll on down for a full look at this week’s most popular homes…
Why it’s here: For a buyer really looking to get away from it all. While it’s no private island, this 20-acre spread is touted in the listing details as a place to “flee the city and safeguard your family from the coming storm after the election.”
Yikes. If you can overlook the ominous listing description, this self-sustainable survival property might be an ideal retreat.
It has spring water, solar power, a garden, small orchard and a greenhouse. The two-bedroom home was built in 2005 and comes with a propane cook stove, remodeled kitchen, and other amenities to ride out whatever the world tosses your way.
Why it’s here: The Cedar Bridge House is a local landmark beloved for its incredible design. It’s suspended 50 feet in the air and built right into the hillside.
The result is a dramatic, cantilevered piece of livable art. The three-bedroom home sits on a wooded 3-acre lot and has jaw-dropping views. It also has all the upgrades a buyer might require to live in harmony with nature in refined style.
Why it’s here: Built in 1845 and beautifully restored, this three-bedroom Cape Cod Colonial is a beauty.
The home sits on more than 3 acres, with a pond, fire pit, wildlife, trees, and plenty of room to run.
Highlights of the house include the inviting porch, ornate staircase, and original wood floors. Updates within make it the ideal blend of vintage charm and modern convenience.
Why it’s here: Built in 1928, this adorable time capsule has had the same owner for the past six decades. He happened to be a cabinetmaker and built all the home’s cabinetry himself.
The three-bedroom house comes with two garages—and the one out back is being sold as is.
Why it’s here: This massive mansion on 6 acres is reportedly being sold by Tampa Bay Buccaneers co-owner Darcie Glazer Kassewitz.
Built in 2004, the custom house in a gated community has 10 bedrooms, 11-plus bathrooms, and a whopping 28,295 square feet of living space.
Luxe features include a ballroom, huge pool, and a yoga room. According to the Tampa Business Journal, Kassewitz is decamping to a waterfront property on Davis Islands.
Why it’s here: Sitting on a half-acre, this four-bedroom home has a pool, RV parking, and guesthouse.
Highlights include the family-friendly farmhouse kitchen, updated floors, a brick fireplace, and high ceilings throughout.
The guesthouse also has its own kitchen, living room, updated floors, and granite countertops.
Why it’s here: Arched windows and a roomy corner lot give this brick bungalow from the 1930s additional charm.
Professionally refinished hardwood floors, a remodeled kitchen, and new landscaping have brought this property into the 21st century in style.
There’s even a finished basement, currently being used as a man cave and play room.
Why it’s here: Storybook sensation! Just steps from the waterfront, this three-bedroom home was built in 1938 and recently underwent a spectacular renovation.
Updates include a new shingle roof, new kitchen, and fresh paint. The turret even boasts a small room, ideal for use as a cool office or playroom.
Why it’s here: According to the listing details, the current owner of this cottage is a New York designer who took this humble home to new heights with an impeccable renovation.
Built in the 1880s, the two-bedroom home is known as Keeper’s Cottage, and the fresh design makes the 873 square feet of living space feel much larger. The 2-acre property also includes a patio space, open areas, and a secret path leading to a large public park.
Why it’s here: This 21-acre private island in Lake Minnetonka is a rare opportunity to create a family compound, business retreat, or whatever a deep-pocketed buyer desires. Just don’t invite us over in the winter!
The isle comes with a whopping 4,000 feet of lakeshore and multiple docks. For accommodations, there’s a five-bedroom home built in 1972, plus a guesthouse, bunkhouse, and beach house.
In total, there are eight bedrooms, three bathrooms, and 3,273 square feet of living space. What the buyers choose to do next with this secluded isle is entirely at their discretion.