A private island off the coast of Connecticut with two private beaches and a pier sold Thursday for $7.85 million, according to records with the Multiple Listing Service.
Tavern Island was first listed for $12.9 million in 2013 and tested the market for just two months before being taken off. In December, it reappeared for $8.7 million, a discount of almost $4 million, property records show.
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The sellers bought the island for $950,000 in 1981, property records show. Mansion Global could not determine the identity of the new buyer.
The 2.7-acre Tavern Island, near Norwalk, was first inhabited by European settlers in 1651 and was later used as a fortress guarding the entrance to the Rowayton Harbor against the British during the Battle of Norwalk, Mansion Global previously reported.
The main house was built a little more recently, in the 1930s. In the 1960s Broadway lyricist Billy Rose moved in and hosted legendary parties there, attended by the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Barbra Streisand, Mansion Global previously reported.
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The island—a five-minute boat ride from mainland Connecticut—is home to five structures: the recently renovated main manor house that spans over 6,000 square feet, a one-bedroom boat house, a tea house, a two-bedroom caretaker’s cottage and a maintenance shed, according to the property listing with Halstead Real Estate’s Nancy Dauk, who was not immediately available to discuss the sale.
It’s located about an hour from New York City.
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