Ever find yourself daydreaming about giving up your job, packing up your things, and moving to a dreamy island in the Caribbean?
Do you also happen to have a spare £400,000 lying around?
If so, congrats. Firstly because you are clearly doing very well for yourself, but also because you have a chance of buying a 3.98 acre island off the coast of Belize. Nice.
A British woman called Willow Reed has just listed her private island on eBay.
The Isle of Virginia Caye is located just off Belize, and spans nearly four acres. Oh, and it’s currently listed on eBay with a starting bid of £400,000 – or you can buy it now for £750,000 if you don’t fancy getting into a bidding war.
To be clear, while that is a lot of money, it’s actually a pretty decent deal when you compare it to the average price of a home in London.
Included on the island is a one-bed house, a cabin on the beach, and a jetty for your boat. But the main thing you’re paying for is the island itself, which has its own coral reef, perfect weather (it’s summer year-round, with temperatures of around 26 degrees), and a stunning beach.
It’s also totally private, so it’s the perfect escape from all social interaction, plus it’s home to plenty of lovely wildlife.
There’s also the option of turning the island into a tourist spot, if you fancy making some money.
Willow bought the island back in 2012 for just £150,000, using money she inherited after the death of her mum, Virginia (who the island’s named after).
She had travelled to Belize to grieve the loss of her mum, fell in love with the area, and found the island for sale.
Willow spent years shaping the island up, creating a walkway, installing electrics, and adding water tanks. But in the end, she realised that for the island to reach its true potential it’d need millions of pounds and a lot of work – something she just couldn’t do.
And so she came to the decision to sell it.
‘It’s with a heavy heart that I put the land up for sale,’ she said. ‘It’s a fabulous island and I’d really love to keep it but I’m paying out each month on the mortgage and unfortunately I’m just not going to get out there enough.
‘I’ve got some caretakers living there and maintaining it.
‘It has so much potential and for the right person it could be a wonderful escape or a great investment opportunity.
‘You could make the island into a huge resort – it’s really well situated next to Hopkins, a village on the mainland that hasn’t been taken over by tourism.
‘The whole area is lovely, you can really get back to nature there. It’s a stunning spot. You’ve got corals all around so the snorkeling is incredible.
‘I’ve tried to restore my island sympathetically, using the mangroves. It would really suit people who want to see if they can be self-sustaining or I could see it being an eco-tourism retreat.’
Sounds good. So, anyone with hundreds of thousands of pounds in their bank account, get bidding. The ebay auction ends on 4 February at 10.50pm.