Nothing defines the ultimate getaway experience quite like a private island. Serving as idyllic worlds unto themselves, private islands offer a unique style of living for those seeking a retreat from the fast pace of daily life. When one of these treasured paradises becomes available, it presents a one-of-a-kind opportunity for the right buyer. William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty is pleased to announce that we are currently offering just such an opportunity, right off the coast of southern Connecticut. Known as Belden Island, this Branford, Connecticut, property resides among the Long Island Sound archipelago of the Thimble Islands. Only a very few of these islands are habitable, and a property like this one doesn’t often come to the market.
With more than an acre of land and a shingled Colonial-style farmhouse built in 1912, Belden Island is offered at $3,950,000. Entered through a classic wraparound porch, the vintage 2,038 square-foot home includes four bedrooms plus a den, two baths and a large living/dining room. The two-story magical summer cottage boasts recently finished wood floors, original wainscoted walls and ceilings, gas lights, two fireplaces and outdoor terrace space. Adorned with windswept pine trees, granite walls, gardens, a manicured putting green lawn, beach and new dock, the property also comes with two acres of oyster and clam beds. The views are extraordinary, extending over the open blue waters of the Sound and back to the mainland, which is nearby yet far enough away so that the island feels private and secluded.
Named for a type of wild black raspberry known as the thimbleberry, the Thimble Islands have served as both residences and destinations for celebrities and historic figures alike. President William Howard Taft summered on one of the Thimbles, and stories passed down through the years suggest that the islands served as a site for Captain Kidd’s buried treasure. Part of the Stony Creek-Thimble Islands Historic District, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the islands became an increasingly sought-after summer destination in the late 19th century, with many of the few that are habitable still owned by the same families who have passed them down over the generations. For those seeking the island lifestyle, with its wildlife, water and relaxed living atmosphere, Belden Island is the kind of offering that only comes about once in a lifetime.
To schedule a private viewing, please contact Margaret Muir at +1 203 415-9187.