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Private Kingdoms

An Island Paradise May Sound Romantic, But Be Real About Your Dreams Before You Buy
Edward Kiersh
From the Print Edition:
Ron Perelman, Spring 95

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In effect, Vladi is brokering much more than real estate. He's selling freedom, escape from the madding crowd. He's looking for those hideaways that can turn us into pampered Robinson Crusoes.

But buyers beware. Despite its costs and maintenance demands, an island comes with no guarantee.

As Vladi is quick to remind clients, "an island takes away stress; it's tranquility and even a place to restore energy. Yet ownership doesn't mean instant fulfillment and happiness. Paradise exists in one's mind."

Edward Kiersh is a freelance writer based in Orlando, Florida.

Vladi's Top Ten

Eilean Shona, Scotland--A protected yet wild coastal haven, 2,000 acres with a 250-year-old English-style mansion, guest house and secluded lake. Priced at $2.3 million, it is one of the most beautiful islands in all of Europe, with dense forests. Only one-and-a-half hours from Glasgow.

Kaimbu, Fiji Islands--Live the fantasy on this exotic atoll. Two major islands plus a few smaller properties give buyers a sense of owning a veritable kingdom-just an eight-hour flight from Los Angeles. Includes an airstrip, sandy-bottom lagoon and exquisite white beaches. Priced at $9.5 million. Also for rent if you want a brief taste of Polynesian paradise.

Santa Cristina, Venice, Italy--Own a vineyard producing a superb red wine, plus be in the heart of one of Europe's most intriguing locales. Located 15 minutes from San Marco Square by water taxi (included in the negotiable $3 million price), this charming isle affords views of Venice, changing seascapes and a contemporary furnished Italian villa. A rare find.

Galloo Island, Upper New York State--A pure delight with 2,100 acres of sandy beaches, marsh vegetation and mixed hardwoods. At $10.8 million, it has an airstrip and accommodations for 12 people. Perfect for business meetings. On Lake Ontario near the St. Lawrence Seaway, it is easily accessible to several North American cities. Offers a box-seat view of ocean-going traffic. Touted as the "Island of Many Dreams."

Les Soeur, Seychelles--One of the few granitic islands in the world, this gem has a gleaming appearance and a unique feeling, due to its several glittering beaches. Draped by towering palms, 80-acre Les Soeur has a coconut plantation and great anchorage. A garden of Eden.

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