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Aug 01, 2023By Joe A.

If you are anything like me, you've probably dreamt of escaping the daily grind and finding your little slice of paradise. 

I’m an introvert. Being able to afford a property in the middle of nowhere has been a dream of mine that hasn’t become a reality yet. I’ve always wanted a home in the country, but after stumbling upon this pretty little piece of real estate, I am shooting for so much more. 

I stumbled upon this hidden gem, and let me tell you. It's an island lover's delight and an introvert dreamer’s paradise. Just a quick boat ride from Marathon, you'll find yourself in an aquatic wonderland that blows your mind. The turquoise waters are so clear. You'd think they were Photoshopped. This little Island, dubbed East Sister Rock Island, is on the market for over $16 million. 

I’ll likely never be able to afford this unique piece of luxury real estate. But I’ve always been a dreamer, so who knows, maybe I’ll win the lottery before this property sells to someone else in the next few days. 

By the way, this isn't even the most expensive home in Florida!  Click here to see the most expensive home in Florida (and every other state!).

Look? What’s this? The Perfect Island Paradise

Inside Of Florida Island Home Photo Credit: Zillow

Photo Credit: Zillow 

I wish I could hop on a boat right now and drive to this little paradise as fast as possible. But I don’t even have a boat. The main house is a charming 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom abode with breathtaking water views. Waking up to that view daily would make mornings my new favorite thing (for once in my life-I’m typically not a morning person). 

Plus, there's a detached guest house, which is just another amazing perk. 

For the water lover (which really you would almost have to be to live on an island), this place is a dream come true! The coral reef snorkeling here is like swimming in a real-life aquarium. The vibrant marine life blew me away, and the fish seemed just as curious about me as I was about them!

The island comes equipped with top-notch green technology. This place is truly off-grid and self-sustaining with wind and solar power, a back self-sufficient, and a desalination plant. Mother Nature would be proud!

When visiting East Sister Rock Island, guests can view the epic sunrises and sunsets in multiple ways and spots off the island. The massive wraparound veranda is a great viewing spot with scenic views. 

The Origin Story of East Sister Rock Island

Backyard View Of Florida Island Home Photo Credit: Zillow

Photo Credit: Zillow

A Little Island History: I'm a sucker for a good backstory, and East Sister Rock Island's got a compelling one. Dr. Meckeler, a groundbreaking gastroenterologist, transformed this coral-covered island into the paradise it is today. 

In the late 1970s, Klaus Meckeler, a renowned US physician, made an intriguing purchase: an almost 1.4-acre private island. However, this land was nothing more than a lonely pile of rocks surrounded by water at the time of purchase.

 Undeterred by its barren state, Meckeler saw the potential hidden within this rugged terrain and envisioned something remarkable.

With his visionary spirit, Meckeler embarked on a transformative journey to breathe life into the otherwise uninhabitable plot. Armed with unwavering determination and a keen eye for possibilities, he began an ambitious project to convert the rocky outcrop into a haven of inspiration and tranquility. 

The property soon became renowned for its unique beauty and charm, attracting curious travelers, artists, and nature enthusiasts alike.

Klaus Meckeler's decision to invest in this seemingly unremarkable spit of land was a testament to his visionary mindset. He was a talented man who created a beautiful island oasis while simultaneously saving lives. 

Through his ingenuity and dedication, Klaus transformed the rocky wasteland into a picturesque sanctuary, leaving a lasting mark on the landscape and the hearts of those who visited.