Private island for sale off coast of Rowayton


NORWALK, Conn. (WTNH) — The three and a half acre Tavern Island is for sale in the Rowayton section of Norwalk for $11 million.

A caretaker’s house on the land dates back to the 1700’s. Over the years it has had some famous visitors.

“When I first came out here I couldn’t believe it,” said Rick Higgins. “It’s got to be the most romantic spot in Connecticut. It’s just magical when you get here. You feel so relaxed and you don’t want to leave it.”

“You have a Japanese tea house at one point. You can see New York City from there.”

“The main structure is the house. It’s got six bedrooms and about five bathrooms. That was built in 1900.”

“At the far end you’ve got the caretaker’s cottage, and that was built around the time of the Civil War.”

“If you look around the island you see all these elaborate stone walls.”

“When the owner was renovating the island and they were doing some dredging, they pulled that cannon up with that anchor that’s next to it too. It looks like it goes back quite a ways. Probably, I would think they wouldn’t have needed a cannon out here since the Revolutionary War.”

“The landscaping here is meticulously maintained and it’s like a botanical garden.”

“I think it got its name from, a lot of the ship captains from the shore, after they docked, would come here and it was almost like an informal club, and they just started calling it Tavern Island.

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