Looking for Your Next Summer Destination? This Intriguing Island Near NYC is up for Rent
Summer is finally here. Although the world is still dealing with a pandemic, some aspects of leisure travel have resumed once again.
What better way to take advantage of this than to take a vacation near home? After all, you don’t need to go overseas to have a great time.
Just check this private island just an hour away from New York City. Petra Island or Petre Island is currently open for short-term summer renters who want to take some time off away from crowds of other vacationers.
The going rate is $40,000 a month. It’s currently on the market for $9.95 million and has been up for sale for years with no takers.
It was actually listed for a much more expensive price tag of $12.9 million just two years ago. And that’s already a discounted price from the $15 million its owner was asking for in 2017.
The small island features two homes on its 11-acre expanse.
One of them is a mid-century guest cottage designed by the famed American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The other larger home is a four-bedroom residence that juts over Lake Mahopac itself.
Not only that, but the house is also amazingly built around a large rock, which has been incorporated in the home’s interior decor and structure. The kitchen notably features stonework carved from the rock.
And to better connect residents to nature, some of the bedrooms open up to balconies with direct views of Lake Mahopac. A part of the home was also built to extend over the water, allowing for panoramic views as if you’re on the bow of a ship.
The interior matches the overall vibe of the place, with warm, earthy tones. The home is illuminated by natural light thanks to its vast skylights.
Another exciting feature the home has is a helipad installed on its roof, making it possible to travel between Mahopac and nearby destinations like Westchester Airport and Manhattan.
A Bit of Controversy
There’s one catch about the main house, though. Although Wright designed it in 1950, he only got to build the guest cottage instead after the owner ran out of funds.
The main house was only finished years later when a new owner came in and had the architect’s design built. However, the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation doesn’t recognize the house as an original design by the late architect.