Off the Grid NY Island Abode for Sale
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- July 5, 2019
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A couple weeks ago, I highlighted an off the grid island residence near New York City. Although we’re all used to stories of the world’s mega rich’s island homes in the caribean and other tropical regions, I’d never heard much about private islands in the North East. Beyond the novelty, however, I was really interested in the home’s self sufficient energy system.
Michelle Cohen, who described the islands for 6SQFEET, detailed the setup, writing: “The modern home was constructed to be completely self-sufficient. Systems include a solar-supplied electricity and diesel generator back-ups with quadruple redundancy; a reverse osmosis water filtration and desalination system, the same state-of-the-art system used in surgical settings to provide extremely pure water; and triple-redundant flood and storm protection that the system’s builder calls “considerably better than lower Manhattan’s.’”
Just a few days ago, I was surprised to come across the island again in the New York Times. The reporter, James Barron, goes into far greater detail on the owner and the islands themselves. It turns out that owner Albert Sutton, a real estate investor and pathologist among other things, originally bought the properties in hope that they would inspire him. In the end, however, he now admits that they’ve just become money pits. All in all, he spent over $8 million in renovations, including a hefty sum for storm-proof doors imported from Norway.
Despite all the money, Sutton is now selling his two islands after having spent just one night in the house. He attributes some of his disillusionment to old age: ‘“You know, I started in my 70s. Now I’m 85. I’m less adventurous,” Dr. Sutton said. “It’s not about me or my wishes or dreams any more. I can dream in a chair.”’