The aptly-named Great Island estate in Connecticut is poised to become the most expensive residential property sold in the US.
If it lives up to its $175 million price tag, the 63-acre island could outdo the current record held by a $147 million holiday home in the Hamptons, which sold in 2014.
The property’s main residence, Villa Juliette, was built in 1902 and used as a summer home by American tycoon William Ziegler. Placed next to a hidden cove where visitors can moor their boats, the six-bedroom stone house looks directly onto the water.
Located an hour away from New York and connected to the mainland by a series of manmade land bridges, the island has plenty of opportunities for birdwatching in its 14 acres of conservation land, which is home to hummingbirds and other local wildlife.
Horses can stay overnight in style. The stables are topped with a vaulted, tiled ceiling similar to that of Grand Central Terminal. Meanwhile, beach cottages dotted about the island provide space for guests of the human variety.
The estate, which is being sold by Ziegler’s descendants, also includes docks, a cow barn, and an additional house dating back to the 1860s.
Great Island is listed with David Ogilvy & Associates