For those looking for a private island retreat, Tavern Island is the right place. This property, perhaps the most unique property in the New York Metropolitan area has been listed on sale by Christie’s International Real Estate. In the opinion of many people it is one of the most romantic spots in Connecticut. Both incredible sunrises and sunsets overlooking the charming village/harbor of Rowayton are part of the daily experience. On a clear night, New York City in a stunning display of all its electric glory can be seen on the horizon!
There are three and a half acres, a main house, boat house, caretakers house that dates back to the 1700’s and a Tea House built on the perfect spot to see Manhattan which is only an hour drive. Also included is a building lot with water views on Rowayton Harbor and two boats to carry you to and from.
The Tudor style main house dates back to 1900 and features native stone and other construction materials that were brought to the property by oxcart over frozen waters. Totaling more than 6,100 square feet, the stunning home, surrounding grounds and island infrastructure have been meticulously maintained by its current owners.
The main floor features coffered ceilings in the living room, stone fire place and an updated kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances. The second floor showcases luxurious sleeping quarters: two bedrooms with en-suites and a master bedroom with a large dressing area and two offices, exercise room, changing rooms and steam room—all with direct outdoor access so family and friends can enjoy the pool and beach without tracking sand or dirt through the main house. The third floor showcases an additional three bedrooms and bathroom.
Island life can include windsurfing, kayaking, waterskiing or a dip in the Olympic-length pool that overlooks one of four private beaches. On the mainland, a half-acre property is deeded that includes a large dock for year round access, a small garage/cottage, two enclosed heated launches and parking for over a dozen vehicles.
Tavern Island has a very colorful history from when showman impresario Billy Rose owned it and entertained such legends as Marilyn Monroe and Barbara Streisand at his legendary parties!