The following is an excerpt from Stina Backer | July 2, 2012 | CNN.com |
London, England (CNN) — Do you crave the seclusion of your own private island, but hate being tied down in one place? If so, an Austrian firm has developed the solution to your troubles — a man-made floating “island”, complete with two small diesel engines for whenever you fancy a change of scenery.
The oval-shaped “Orsos Island” has been designed to combine the mobility of a yacht with the comfort of a house. It offers six bedrooms spread over three floors and 1,000 square meters — nearly four tennis courts — worth of luxury living space.
Although it doesn’t come with an actual tennis court, those longing for some sub-aquatic snooker will be relieved to learn that there is a large games room in the island’s “hull.” The underwater karaoke suite, meanwhile, is ideal for those who’s singing voice is best kept a safe distance from civilization.
The island also comes complete with all the usual ocean-bound comforts of the mega-rich: Jacuzzi, barbeque, sun loungers, minibar, stately dining room and, of course, aquarium.
The price tag for all of this is certainly more than you’d expect to pay for a mainland mansion but, at $6.5 million, it falls well below the average cost of the gigayachts and Caribbean islands currently favored by the fabulously wealthy.
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