Remote Island Getaways for Less Than $500,000

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From tropical beaches to scenic coastal towns, living on a remote island has its appeal. Whether you’re looking for an affordable vacation home, a place to retire or a primary residence, we’ve rounded up island getaways around the country for less than $500,000.

Decatur Island

44 Lopez Way, Decatur Island, WA
For sale: $499,000

Decatur Island, WA

Located in the San Juan Islands, Decatur Island may be overlooked for neighboring Lopez Island, but a private boat or plane ride leads to this 2,470-square-foot home with 270-degree water and mountain views. The contemporary design features modern appliances and cabinetry, bamboo floors, a metal roof and wrap-around porch. A separate guest apartment and garage also add more living space, making the property big enough to comfortably sleep 12 or more island hoppers.

Hawaii

99-1916 Pukeawe Cir, Volcano, HI
For sale: $275,785

Volcano, HI

This Big Island home proves that it’s all about location. The 2-bedroom, 2-bath home borders the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park near the sunny side of Kilauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes. The property is also down the road from the Volcano Golf & Country Club and a 45-minute drive to the Kaimu Beach Park.

St. Simons Island

121 Rosemont St, St Simons Island, GA 
For sale: $495,000

Simons Island, GA

As the largest of Georgia’s renowned Golden Isles, St. Simons Island is simply called “The Island” by locals and summer vacationers. This listing recently dropped $30,000 in price, offering a contemporary, 3,711-square-foot home for less than $500,000. The interior is move-in ready with a gourmet kitchen and breakfast nook, 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, a screened-in porch and other tasteful upgrades.

Deer Isle

131 N Deer Isle Rd, Deer Isle, ME
For sale: $299,000

Deer Isle, ME

Known as “Windy Hill,” this 19th-century home is located in the heart of Deer Isle, a gathering place for artists, authors, sailors and retirees looking for a respite from urban life. The 1,900-square-foot house boasts several original features such as a center-chimney cape, pine-board floors and built-in cabinets. It’s also surrounded by 44 acres of scenic coastal land.

Key West

18 Verde Dr, Key West, FL 
For sale: $399,000

Key West, FL

Right on a canal in the Florida Keys, this 3-bedroom home is a new construction with an open floor plan, 9-foot ceilings, a spacious kitchen, crown moldings, upgraded bathrooms and a deck overlooking the water. In anticipation of hurricane season, the property is also built to withstand 180 mph winds, with impact doors and windows.

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