Dec. 11, 2012 -- intro: If you've ever dreamed of owning your own private island, dream no more. Private Islands Inc. has compiled a list of its "most attractive" listings for under $350,000.
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Private Island Online's most expensive listings range in the tens of millions of dollars, but the following islands in the U.S., Canada, the South Pacific and Europe may be an alternative to those saving for their dream home.
quicklist: category: CAD $339,357 title: Lyons Island, Ontario media: 17929256 text: This 1.5 acre island is about two hours away from Toronto and has a three-bedroom cottage. Situated in Prince Edward County, it is "mere minutes" from Sandbanks National Park. In US dollars, the home is about $343,721, based on current exchange rates.
quicklist: category: $309,536 title: Hästholmen, Sweden media: 17933463 text: Private Islands Online says Hästholmen has two cottages, a sauna by the waterside, a boathouse and several sundecks. The island is said to offer "seclusion in the unique setting of the Swedish wilderness, with access to wide forest areas, fishing and much more nearby."
quicklist: category: CAD $315,000 title: Smith's Island, Nova Scotia media: 17929231 text:
In American dollars, this property costs about $319,148. Private Islands Online states: "Smith's Island is a beautiful 75-acre island located in the town of Marie Joseph would make an ideal private summer retreat or nature preserve for someone who likes to sail or a family with a view to the future."
quicklist: category: $295,000 title: Underwood Island, Connecticut media: 17929191 text: Everyone needs some fresh air outside the city once in a while. Just two and a half hours from New York City, Underwood Island is in Coventry Lake in northeastern, Conn. It is only 100 yards off shore and has a charming small cottage.
quicklist: category: $250,000 title: Bird Island, Florida media: 17929138 text: A 50-acre island, Bird Island is on the Harris Chain of lakes where ESPN and Bassmasters conducts fishing tournaments each year. With power and telephone from the mainland, Bird Island is mostly wet but has a stilt home. The closest marina is about 10 minutes away.
quicklist: category: $250,000 title: Pine Island, Maine media: 17929061 text: Pine Island is a 12-acre island in the middle of Meddybemps Lake, in the township of Alexander. It has a two-bedroom cabin and west-facing porch, perfect for watching sunsets, Private Islands Online states.
quicklist: category: CAD $218,220 title: Dokis Marina, Ontario media: 17929050 text: At $221,093 in U.S. dollars, Dokis Marina Island spans half an acre and has a two-story cottage and four-person cabin. Located in the area of French River and Lake Nipissing, residents can use propane and solar energy for power.
quicklist: category: $199,000 title: Kastawei Island, South Santo media: 17929039 text: Located in the South Pacific in the country of Vanuatu, Kastawei Island is just under an acre in size. Surrounded by white sand and a "pristine" reef, it is about a 20 minute drive from the main town of Luganville, and 12 minutes by banana boat from the mainland.
quicklist: category: $185,722 title: Mannions Island, West Cork media: 17929028 text: This Irish island has four acres in "picturesque" Dunmanus Bay in West Cork and is just a few minutes away from a newly constructed pier. Without any development, the island is your oyster for you to enjoy its natural surroundings.
quicklist: category: $175,000 title: Fisherman's Point, Michigan media: 17929017 text: Located in Michigan's Lake Saint Clair, Fisherman's Point Island spans two acres with a newly renovated cottage which includes a new roof, windows, doors and septic system. The description states, "You and your family can enjoy the abundant wildlife. You will observe many water fowl as they continue along their flight ways. There is also great fishing. Muskie, Walleye, Smelt and Yellow Bass are just of the few species available for sport fishing. Ice fishing in the also very popular in the winter."