If you have been dying to get your hands on a piece of Dubai but simply unable to afford the price tag, you may finally have another opportunity to own your own island paradise. The largest man-made island in the world is up for sale, and it comes with a reasonable (for an island at least) price tag of just 10,000,000 euros. You can pay that for just a modest home on one of the Palm islands in Dubai, and still have to share the island with hundreds of other people.
Middelgrundsfortet, or King’s Island, is not only the largest man-made island that is not connected to land, it is one of the oldest as well. The island was built in 1890 and located just a fifteen minute boat ride from the stretch of coast near Denmark’s capital. It is home to a large fortress as well as a helicopter landing pad. It can also be reached by boat, preferably by yacht.
The fortress has been revamped into a 200 room hotel with 88 beds in 24 bedrooms, all furnished in nautical style. It also has conference facilities, making it just perfect for large gatherings. The fortress is massive and is sturdily constructed from 2.5 million tons of granite. However, while the island is old, it has not fallen into disrepair. Middelgrundsfortet has been privately owned for almost a decade, and it has been restored and refurbished immensely during this time.
Buying and/or renting islands may seem like a pastime for the incredibly wealthy, but it is becoming increasingly popular among people with luxurious tastes. The price may be a little high, but the location cannot be beat. Even if an island is out of your price range, it is always nice to dream. Maybe someday you will have your own little landmass to call home.
When you do get to the island-buying or –renting phase, there are a few things to consider. First, transportation will be very important. You need to know how you will reach the island—helicopter or boat?—and in the case of water transportation, you need to have a dock. Second, although it seems counterintuitive when you are literally surrounded by water, you need to make sure that there is fresh water available on site. Although you are probably vacationing on an island for the seclusion, you should be near civilization so you can buy supplies and also in the case of emergencies.
You will need to think about utilities, such as telephone and electricity, if these are not already part of the island’s amenities. Hooking up electric will not be as simple as calling the electric company. Last, spend time evaluating the island’s infrastructure. Repairs can be costly when every worker and every supply item must be brought in by boat from long distances.
Because buying and renting islands is becoming very popular among modern big spenders, there are now several real estate brokers that specialize in the subject. If you are interested in buying an island, one of these professional should be able to help you navigate the complications.