Little Bokeelia Island Most Expensive Private Island On U.S. Market

11/13/12 3:02PM EST

Image via Christies International Real estate

Image via Christies International Real estate

Who doesn’t dream of owning their own island paradise? For $29.5 million, you can purchase more than 100 acres of secluded tropical splendor, complete with a Spanish-style estate. Little Bokeelia Island, just off Florida’s sunset coast, has a vast history of inhabitants and visitors, including the Calusa Indians, Ponce De Leon, Thomas Edison and Charles Burgess. The island includes several small cottages as well as an old Florida village just a short stroll from the main house—an updated four-bedroom, four-bathroom manor originally built in 1928, complete with a self-contained three-bedroom guest wing.

The private island also features a luxurious swimming pool, nature trails, tennis courts and, of course, sandy beaches. Only an hour from Fort Myers International Airport, the island is positioned just between Sarasota and Naples. Privacy is guaranteed at Little Bokeelia Island. Although it is just a short boat ride from mainland marinas, the surrounding state and privately owned land can never be developed. Should a future owner decide such seclusion is overrated, however, the island is already equipped with the utilities necessary to develop 29 large waterfront lots.

Little Bokeelia Island’s private boat dock is a short boat ride from Pine Island Sound, with its exceptional fishing and boating areas provided by several converging estuaries. Plus, the nearby Boca Grande not only hosts the World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament each year, but attracts professional tarpon fishermen from around the globe.