Buying Island Real Estate

Buying Island Real Estate



Buying Island Real Estate.
Is island life for​ you? or​ is​ having an​ island getaway for​ you? Both questions would entail completely different lists of​ pros and​ cons .​
For investment purposes, island homes tend to​ hold their value, as​ land is​ obviously at​ a​ premium on an​ island!
The population of​ USA has access to​ many islands, in​ the​ Atlantic, the​ Caribbean, the​ US Virgin Islands and​ in​ the​ Pacific .​
If you are planning to​ buy a​ second home on an​ island, you will not need to​ do the​ same soul-searching that would be required for​ a​ permanent move.
Many families have bought an​ island cabin as​ a​ group purchase, and​ the​ weekends and​ vacations are allotted on a​ casual 'time share' basis within the​ family .​
It is​ shared in​ turn for​ weekend getaways where the​ children can roam free on weekends and​ vacations and​ every now and​ again they will all plan to​ show up together! It is​ a​ great idea for​ promoting family unity .​
It also keeps costs down, as​ boats, fishing rods, repairs etc can be shared.
However, that is​ a​ little different to​ suddenly deciding to​ sell everything up and​ move to​ an​ island .​
To some, that would sound idyllic and​ to​ others it​ may bring on claustrophobia!!
The advantages and​ pitfalls must differ according to​ each island's amenities, climate, environment and​ many other factors, but are there any general island 'rules'?
Most island residents who choose permanency would probably opt for​ an​ island with a​ ferry service .​
There are times when the​ sea is​ too rough for​ a​ little row boat, or​ motor boat, and​ they do not want to​ feel isolated .​
Of course, for​ many people this isolation is​ exactly what they DO want!
Sometimes a​ ferry schedule can mean that when you arrive home late (from a​ vacation flight) or​ from the​ theater you cannot make it​ home on the​ ferry .​
Many islands have a​ water taxi service that you can pre-book, or​ some residents will just use their own boat, and​ others will decide ahead to​ spend a​ night in​ the​ town's hotel.
One other problem with living on an​ island is​ that often you may have to​ worry where to​ park your car .​
is​ the​ island big enough to​ have a​ car ferry, or​ do you need to​ leave your car each time you go over on a​ tiny ferry? In the​ latter case, you will need to​ negotiate parking near the​ ferry - although this is​ often provided for​ .​
Such other inconveniences, like arriving home with no sugar, is​ really just an​ accepted part of​ island life, and​ easily adjusted to .​
That's what neighbors are for, and​ community glue is​ strong on islands!
No matter what the​ inconveniences are, to​ islanders, the​ peace and​ the​ feeling of​ being 'away from it​ all' is​ paramount .​
If you work off island, it​ only takes a​ few short weeks for​ that feeling of​ peace to​ pervade your entire being .​
It happens the​ minute you step onto that ferry boat each evening to​ cross the​ ocean to​ your island home.
Perhaps this poem by J .​
Earnhart and​ reproduced in​ the​ magazine Island Life, sums it​ up best
:If ever you've lived on an​ island
if ever you've lived by the​ sea;
You'll never return to​ the​ mainland
once your spirit has been set free .​
If ever you've smelled the​ ocean
or tasted the​ salt in​ the​ air;
You'll know you've discovered a​ haven
that is​ uncommon, precious and​ rare.
If ever you've seen the​ whales play
or watched the​ eagles in​ flight;
You'll remember, again, why you live here
and why it​ feels so right.
If ever you've seen the​ sunset
as the​ ferry passed the​ shore;
You've seen the​ beauty of​ the​ island
that will be with you forever more.
If ever you've heard the​ seagulls
the waves, a​ foghorn, the​ winds;
Then you've heard the​ song of​ the​ island
and the​ peaceful message it​ sends.
Indeed, if​ you live on an​ island
if you're lucky to​ live by the​ sea;
You'll never return to​ the​ mainland
as your spirit has been set free.




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