Michael Caffey has an island to sell near Catalina


TV director Michael Caffey has listed an island off Santa Catalina Island for sale at $875,000.

White Rock Island, also known as Bird Rock, sits on the north side of Catalina about 1,500 feet off the mainland side of Isthmus Cove. The popular dive site is home to a variety of birds and has been used as a location for film shoots.

The 1.3-acre island has been privately owned since the 1920s. Plans for the site have included a casino and a yacht club, but none ever came to fruition.

Caffey inherited the property from his father and has enjoyed the novelty of owning it, even though he has not been able to do much with the property because of California Coastal Commission regulations.


“You have to look at it rationally as a trophy island,” he said. The father of 13, Caffey thinks selling it is a better alternative than passing it on to the next generation. “How do you divide an acre and a third 13 ways?”

Caffey, 80, worked on such hit shows as “The Mod Squad” (1968-71), “Barnaby Jones” (1973-80) and “MacGyver” (1989-91).

Bud Mauro and Susan Miller of Rodeo Realty are the listing agents.