Search for private islands surges to record clip; rich clients picky about features

Search for private islands surges to record clip; rich clients picky about features
A long way from nowhere. Ascension Island in the South Atlantic (a UK territory), where magnetic fields are weaker. YouTube video

[Ed. – They want isolation, but only from other people.  Keep the amenities of civilization coming.]

Dylan Eckardt, an agent for Nest Seekers International, says he gets a lot of calls in the vein of, “Money is no object, put me wherever my family can’t get sick.” He recently tried to deliver on this for one family by renting them a private island in Maine for $250,000 a week.

But renting is not enough for some wealthy people. The pandemic has fundamentally changed the way they’re thinking — long-term — about being around other humans.

“Before, an island was a toy,” said Marcus Gondolo-Gordon, the chief executive of Incognito Property based in England. Now clients describe dreams of a “a bloody long boat ride” to ensure that no one will cruise up and infringe on their isolation, he said. They also want access to fresh water, solar panels and a house that is ready to sleep in, tomorrow.

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Quickly setting up an island for self-sufficiency is going to be hard, Mr. Gondolo-Gordon has to tell them.

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