The desire for beautiful places and properties in private locations has further increased as a result of the global coronavirus pandemic. More than ever now, buyers are keen to ensconce themselves in refined and comfortable surroundings, as an alternative to social distancing in public spaces. “Home life on an island has a very special quality indeed. Waterfront living offers a sense of adventure and freedom, combined with absolute privacy,” says Scott Piercy, Real Estate Advisor at Engel & Völkers Victoria. Engel & Völkers is currently brokering two private islands off the coast of Canada for 18.9 million US dollars (approx. 16 million euros).
The Subtle Islands, near Desolation Sound, are two islands joined by an isthmus at the northern end of the Straits of Georgia, off of the northern tip of Cortes Island in British Columbia. The 13,000 square foot home, with ancillary buildings, is located on the North Island, a 45-acre woodland park. The main house comprises two master suites and two, two-bedroom self-sufficient apartments in addition to the great room, library, billiard room, six fireplaces, chef’s kitchen, farm-style dining and home theatre. With a wrap-around stone deck facing the ocean and inner courtyard for the morning sun, the main house compound is warm, welcoming, tastefully appointed and private.
The South Island, 30-acres of farm-like setting is the site of the 6,100 square foot equestrian barn, boathouse and float plane hanger, as well as the dock and other support structures. Three self-sufficient cabins and a separate apartment, each with two-bedrooms, sit near the east and west shorelines of the South Island. The unique estate is two-and-a-half hours from Seattle by float plane and affords absolute privacy. Thanks to the excellent infrastructure and wide array of water sports and recreational activities, the owners have used this secluded idyll as a family resort for 25 years.