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Need to escape? These islands cost less than many L.A. homes

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This 5-acre island off the Nicaragua coast boasts a three-bedroom home and 28-foot observation tower for $475,000.
(Private Islands Online)

If you’re feeling cooped up during coronavirus restrictions, these private islands around the globe cost about the same, if not less, than a hefty number of Los Angeles homes. Don’t worry, they all come with houses.

NICARAGUA: Dubbed Iguana Island, this 5-acre haven sits about 12 miles off the coast of Bluefields, Nicaragua. Coconut and banana trees surround a three-bedroom home with a wraparound porch, and a boardwalk snakes through the island to a 28-foot observation tower that boasts ocean and rainforest views.

Listed for: $475,000

Features: Turnkey home; separate staff accommodations; tropical fish; backup generator


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Tise quarter-acre island in Adirondack Park, N.Y., is anchored by a five-bedroom home of 1,200 square feet.
(Vladi Private Islands)

NEW YORK: Only boats can access this tiny island in the middle of Sixth Lake in Adirondack Park, a 6.1-million-acre forest preserve in northeastern New York. A five-bedroom house of 1,200 square feet anchors the getaway, which also comes with a dock and boathouse.

Listed for: $524,000

Features: Retaining wall; two-story home; tile and hardwood floors; dock slip and parking spot on mainland


A 2-acre retreat in southern Ontario boasts a main home, guest cabin and bath house with a sauna and hot tub.
(Private Islands Online)

CANADA: Three structures occupy this two-acre island in southern Ontario: a two-bedroom home, a guest cabin and a bath house with a sauna and hot tub overlooking the surrounding lake. Built on bedrock, the main house features a spacious deck and plenty of crawl space for storage.

Listed for: $749,000

Features: A-frame-style home; wood shed; outhouse; two docks


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This two-bedroom Connecticut home hovers over the water, but expands to a spacious lawn and wraparound deck.

CONNECTICUT: This quarter-acre retreat called Jepson Island boasts a two-bedroom home that hovers just above the water. Living spaces with exposed beams and skylights open outside, where a wraparound deck descends to a spacious lawn and dock.

Listed for: $800,000

Features: Wood-covered living spaces; bedroom with bonus sleeping loft; deck off master bedroom


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A variety of homes and structures occupy this 27-acre resort island in the Amazon rainforest.
(Private Islands Online)

BRAZIL: The largest of the bunch, this resort-style island spans 27 acres on Mamori Lake in the Amazon rainforest. A veranda separates the owner’s retreat from a four-bedroom brick house, and there’s also a two-bedroom wood house, a restaurant-style space and a waterfront area with a swimming pool.

Listed for: $850,000

Features: Expansive indoor-outdoor living spaces; professional kitchen; patio with pool; waterfront deck


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This two-acre island practically straddles the border between the U.S. and Canada.
(Private Islands Online)

MINNESOTA: Eight structures inhabit this two-acre island on Sandpoint Lake near U.S.-Canada borde. The rustic main cabin and two guest cabins combine to sleep 12, and amenities include a sauna, hot tub and fire pump used to irrigate the space.

Listed for: $640,000

Features: Beamed ceilings; scenic patios; picnic areas; large dock

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