A Swedish island that boasts spectacular sunsets, sweeping views and starry night skies is on the market for 13.9m kr ($1.4 million).
Owning a private island in Sweden isn't a far-fetched fantasy. That's because there are about 221,831 islands in Sweden. Most are tiny, skerries essentially, and easily accessible, especially the ones that form archipelagos just off the coast of the mainland. Stockholm Archipelago is home to around 4000 permanent residents and 30,000 islands. Most of them live on the big islands like Blidö, Möja, Ornö, Utö and Sandön, which are also popular with visitors from the capital in summer. But some are tiny and are usually home to just one or two families. Islands like Gåsharsskäret, for example, a one-house outpost in the outer Stockholm archipelago which just went on the market for 13.9m kr ($1.4 million).
Located about 200km from Stockholm, Gåsharsskäret is home to five buildings: the main house, studio, guest house, beach house and sauna. On the western part of the island is the main house with floor-to-ceiling windows that filter in glorious, saffron sunsets. Inside quintessential upscale Scandinavian décor runs through the living room, bedroom, kitchen and bathroom, along with heated flooring. The nearby guest house, which includes two bedrooms, features a similar aesthetic.
On the eastern side of the island is the studio which offers a clear horizon for dramatic sunrises. There is also a fully-equipped kitchen, bathroom and double bedroom. Next to the studio is a wood-fired sauna building, the ultimate spot to unwind. And at the shore toward the southwest, there's a beach house with a porch deck and two bedrooms.
The buildings are linked by illuminated paths and surrounded by large wooden decks, flat rock cliffs, open grassy areas and sandy beaches. The private haven is also home to wildlife like geese, gulls and shelduck. Despite the privacy and tranquility, Gåsharsskäret is not too far from the main island of Sandön which has shops, bars, schools, restaurants and one of the best Midsomar festivals in Sweden.
The island is listed with Sothey's International Realty. For more information, see here