OSWEGO ISLAND – OWN A PRIVATE ISLAND IN BERMUDA
Article first appeared on PropertySkipper.com on 13 June 2018.
Written by Peter Goodall.
Rarely does an opportunity arise in Bermuda to purchase an exclusive island escape. Oswego Island in Smith’s Sound, St. George’s has recently been listed with sole agents Danielle Spurling and Ben Rego at Rego Sotheby’s International Realty. Priced at $3.1m, this 3.2-acre private island oasis was designed by award winning architectural designer Jacob Hocking and was completed in 2012. It has been run as a successful vacation rental and private island experience business but the opportunity has now arisen for a new chapter in the island’s life.
Reachable only by boat, Oswego benefits from two deep-water docks on either side of the island, and one is able to accommodate larger vessels up to 100 feet. A boat could be kept either in St. David’s or St. Georges for easy access to the island and the newly well-lit pathways from the northern dock would allow easy access at any time of the day. The main house is barely visible from the southerly dock with the property cleverly tucked into the hillside with vegetation providing privacy from almost all nearby properties.
The contemporary property has been designed with the magnificent views to Smith’s Island and beyond in mind. Oswego House lets the outdoors in – large folding doors allow the light and view to flood in whilst providing a seamless transition to indoor/outdoor living. The high-beamed ceilings generate a sense of space and modern grandeur. On the main floor there is a state-of-the-art kitchen with large island for informal dining, generous workspace and a range cooker in the chimneystack.
The open plan kitchen flows around the central staircase with a wet bar on one side and a dining area to take in the views on the other. At the far end of the room is a sitting room with fireplace also. There is also a separate half bathroom on this floor. This primary floor lends itself to a host of entertaining options – large cocktail parties, formal dinners as well as everyday living all work well in this flexible space, which has instant access to the outdoor porches – complete with speakers to set the mood for any occasion.
Heading down the central staircase there is a spacious games room or secondary living room – perfect for children (or adults!) to play in if used as a vacation home. The games room has a set of patio doors that lead directly out into the garden. Either side of the games room are the bedrooms. To the left is the master suite with built in wardrobes and access to the garden also through patio doors. The ensuite bathroom is particularly spectacular with a clever light-well that streams sunshine down into the open shower area and bath. The other side of the games room leads to two further double bedrooms with shared bathroom. With use of the games rooms the house could comfortably sleep 8. There is also a laundry and storage area completing the downstairs.
Outside the garden is surrounded by mature and lush, endemic vegetation with newly well-lit LED garden paths that take you round the island or to the docks from where fishing, snorkeling or paddle boarding can all be enjoyed in relative seclusion. There is sizeable leveled grass area which is perfect for entertaining – certainly plenty of room for a marquee for weddings or large parties. There is also planning permission outside for an additional cottage for rental income or staff accommodation, as well as the potential option to add an infinity pool should the new owner wish for an ultra-luxurious retreat.
The options at Oswego Island are plentiful giving plenty of scope to the imagination of the bespoke buyer. Given its location it really does offer seclusion for those buyers that wish to find a private escape from the island attractions and be master of their own rock. As a luxurious and unique island property it also has the potential to build upon its success as a vacation rental and event space. Whether for family, friends or corporate retreats the island will continue to be the setting for covetable memories.
For a private viewing of Oswego Island contact either Rego Sotheby’s International Realty listing agents:
Danielle Spurling at 441.799.2811 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Ben Rego at 441.535.7346 / email@example.com
The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has approximately over 22,000 affiliated independent sales associates located in over 960 offices in 70 countries and territories worldwide. Each office is independently owned and operated.
For additional information visit the Rego Sotheby’s International Realty website, call
+1 441.292.3921, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit us at our office located at 83-85 Front Street, City of Hamilton, Bermuda.