Who hasn’t daydreamed about leaving it all behind for an island escape? With the soft sea breeze and the rippling water at your toes, you’d never have to bother with your cramped apartment again.
That dream is very real in the Hudson Valley. Okay, so it may not be a Caribbean getaway, but the estate at 1 Petre Island in Carmel is nothing less than jaw-dropping. With a main home, a guesthouse, and a helipad hidden on the private Lake Mahopac island, the abode is a veritable paradise in Putnam County.
Location: 1 Petre Island, Carmel
Description: Located on an honest-to-goodness private island, the Carmel property includes not one, but two edifices designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The first is the original 1950s guest house. The second, the main 4-bedroom residence, is a masterful display of Lloyd Wright’s architectural prowess. A true masterpiece, the contemporary abode is cantilevered over Lake Mahopac, the 593-acre waterfront in Putnam County.
Inside the home, rough-cut rocks integrate seamlessly into the floorplan, while unconventional windows shine light from the kitchen ceiling and through wide-paneled scenic glass.
Nearby, a second guest house and tea house, plus a beach, dock, and helipad round out the creature comforts on the island. The connection to the mainland, meanwhile, is only a five-minute boat ride away. In total, the estate sits on 10.37 acres and totals 8,415 square feet.
Asking price: $12.9 million; yearly real estate tax: $145,268
Selling points: Besides the fact that it’s on a private island, the dreamy property boasts magnificent views of Lake Mahopac, not to mention a convenient location to both Manhattan and Westchester. There’s also the island beach, because why go to the Hamptons when you can just go to your backyard?
Listing agent: Margaret Harrington, Douglas Elliman