On the market at the moment, for the same price as London’s ‘slimest house’ (just 99 inches wide), is a private island off the west coast of Scotland. After having £100,000 slashed from its asking price, the new £450,000 price tag will get you the island, a modern house, private beaches and breathtaking views.
Only a few miles from Sir Paul McCartney’s Scottish estate, the 19 acre Gigalum Island was put on the market last summer for £550,000 – an absolute steal considering the privacy, stunning surroundings and a celebrity neighbour. However, after having very little interest in the last six months, the property has had a £100,000 price cut.
The island itself is described to have a rustic and charming accommodation with a wonderful encircling seascape and scenic views – what’s not to love? It appears that the main attraction of the property is obviously the surrounding land, as a scenic walk from the main beach at the lagoon takes you around the whole perimeter of the island – with views out to Jura, and even Northern Ireland. The island is being sold as ‘the perfect solution for island hunters on a more modest budget’ and claims to be ‘within reach of everyday island dreamers’ all for a very modest cost.
The house on the island is of a modern design, yet the wooden beams and paneling interior give this home a rustic feel. Each of the three bedrooms have en suites and all have stunning views of the landscape due to the unusual architecture of the property.However, that’s not all. For all you nature lovers, it is said that seals live on the rocks at the south of the island, otters live along the shores and dolphins are often seen accompanying local fishermen potting for lobsters.
If you prefer the city life then this might not be the investment for you. The only way to reach the mainland from the island is via a private boat to Gigha, a island with a populations of just 110, before taking a ferry to the mainland in a trip that can take up to two hours… Unless the buyer owns a helicopter.For the same price as this island, you could get a three bedroom ground floor flat in Edinburgh’s upmarket Merchiston area. Or perhaps a questionable flat in London. However, If rural living is your bag then this property seems to be perfect!
Gigalum Island, pictures sourced from Deadline News