ROWAYTON, Conn. — Guests could kayak or even Jet Ski right to your front door but not drive there if you buy Tavern Island, a private 3.5-acre island just off the coast of Rowayton.
The vintage, Tudor-style residence — complete with a regulation-length pool, separate caretaker cottage, boathouse with its own guest quarters, teahouse and a mainland garage and cottage with room for ample parking – can be yours for $12.9 million.
The 6,116-square-foot home, built in the 1900s, has five bedrooms and four bathrooms inside and three private beaches outside.
It is also serviced by city water and electric — so there's no need for generators or water pumps at this hideaway retreat.
Why the name “Tavern?” Rumors suggest it was derived from its possible service as a speakeasy during Prohibition, according to Curbed.com. This dramatic bit of folklore is corroborated by the fact that theater legend Billy Rose owned Tavern Island from 1957 until his death nine years later.
The history of a cannon perched on the property is more mysterious. There seems to be no accounting of its provenance.
Now, meticulously modernized and featuring every conceivable convenience, Tavern Island is an easy commute – at just about an hour – to Manhattan. And it's maybe even faster via boat. Who could ask for anything more?
Tavern Island is offered by William Pitt Sotheby's International Real Estate. See more photos.