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Eagle Island

McIntosh County, Georgia155± ACRES

Become the Next Steward of One of the Few Remaining Privately Owned Islands off the Atlantic Coast!

Available
$1,950,000
  • 155 +/- Acre Private Island Paradise Located in the Beautiful Islands off the Coast of Georgia, McIntosh County, Georgia
  • Located in the Golden Isles of Georgia just 25 miles from the Prestigious Water Front Community of Sea Island, Georgia
  • INCLUDED - 145 +/- Acres of Marshlands with an additional 10 +/- Acres of Uplands with Main Lodge and Additional Home Site Build Ready with Georgia Power, Water and Septic Installed
  • INCLUDED - Fully Furnished Move-In Ready Lodge with 100% of All Amenities Included to Make Your Island Move Effortless
  • INCLUDED -Second Home-Site Build Ready with Underground Georgia Power, Water and Septic Already Installed
  • INCLUDED - Sapelo Island Lot - 1/2 Acre Buildable Lot on the Historic Sapelo Island giving you access to 6 miles of PRIVATE BEACHES that front the Atlantic Ocean
  • INCLUDED - 1/4 Acre Escape Island -Just a short one-mile kayak or boat trip from Eagle Island to Escape Island, 1/4 acre hammock on the beautiful banks of the Darien River. Escape is set up like a glorified camp site with a camp kitchen, tent raised wooden platform, a brick fire pit to cook your catch of the day and a hammock to relax and enjoy the constant breeze
  • INCLUDED - Pontoon Boat with new 70 HP Yamaha
  • INCLUDED -(2) Tandem Kayaks for Exploring the Peaceful Waterways of Eagle Island
  • Only a 10 minute boat ride to the docks of Historic Darien, Ga thru the winding Darien River or via May Hall Creek from the Blue n' Hall Marina off Hwy. 99
  • Existing Fully Furnished 3,343 +/- Sq. Ft. 3BR/2 Bath Main Lodge that Sleeps 12 People with a 1500 sq. ft. Screened-In Wrap Around Porch
    • Hot Tub in Front of a Romantic Outdoor Brick Fireplace Affording great views of the water located on the screened in wrap-around porch to relax after a long day on the water
    • Beautifully Landscaped Yard Complete with Hunter Irrigation System
    • Four Brick Landings Made from Reclaimed Brick from a Chimney on Union Island and Reclaimed Flagstone and Brick from a Cottage on Sea Island
    • Five-Moon Double- Headed Outdoor Private Shower with Heater and Sink
    • Fully Equipped Outdoor Kitchen
    • Commercial Ice Machine
    • 450’ Well
    • (2) 500-gallon septic tanks and a septic field with a lift station
    • Wireless Internet
    • Direct TV
  • Only a 30 minute boat ride thru the Intracoastal Waterway to the mouth of the Atlantic Ocean
  • Only an hour by boat to the World-Renowned Resort Community of Sea Island/St. Simons Island
  • 40' Floating Dock Plus 25' X 25' Stationary Dock with Table, Swing and Sink Area for Sunset Entertaining
  • Skeet Thrower on Dock for Shooting Clays
  • The Altamaha River Coined “The Little Amazon of the South” by Garden and Gun Magazine – Eagle Island is 15 Minutes by boat from the mouth of the Famous Altamaha River which is the second largest fresh water discharge East of the Mississippi River
  • Beautiful Palm Hammocks, Live Oak Hammocks, Cypress & Coastal Slash Pine
  • Recreation for the Entire Family - Boating, Inshore and Offshore Fishing, Hunting, Sporting Clays, Bird Watching and Enjoy 6 Miles of Private Beach with your 1/2 Acre Lot on Sapelo Island
  • Income Producing Property

Eagle Island earned its name due to the abundance of majestic Eagles in the area. It is a true nature lovers' paradise with wildlife of all types. You can enjoy your morning coffee on the front porch listening to a beautiful symphony of nature as songbirds greet the island. It’s the perfect spot to watch the sun rise over the water and start your day. The tranquility and natural beauty of the island and its surroundings is priceless, and a welcome break from the busy world in which we live.

Located only 25 miles from the prestigious shorelines of Sea Island, Georgia ... the third wealthiest pocket in the United States awaits a private island getaway that will make you the envy of even the wealthiest Golden Isles residents!

Eagle Island is a 10+/- Acre Private Island with 145+/- Acres of Marshlands and is turnkey ready for you and your family to begin making amazing memories together boating, inshore and offshore fishing, kayaking, hunting, shooting sporting clays, exploring the shoreline, bird watching and learning about the rich Native American historical culture of Coastal Georgia. It's your chance to capture the experience of outdoor living in one of the most pristine and preserved saltwater estuaries in the world.

The current land steward has spared no detail in laying the proper groundwork for Eagle Island resulting in a tropical oasis retreat with zero deferred maintenance.

The Existing Fully Furnished 3,343+/- Square Foot Main Lodge has Antique Cypress Floors with Cypress Walls and Ceilings.  The Front Doors are Circa 1942, reclaimed from a house on Sea Island. There are 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths with a lower level that sleeps 8 comfortably with a large laundry room, full bath, owners closet, TV and Ping Pong Table for entertainment.  This spacious room can easily be turned into a master suite if desired.  The 1500 square foot screened-in wrap around porch affords breath taking water and island views from every angle. This is the perfect setting to relax in the hot tub after a long day on the boat fishing, lie in the hammock while reading your favorite book or take a siesta in the comfy 8-foot Island Bed Swing.

A gorgeous brick fireplace sits in front of the hot tub and makes for the perfect romantic setting to unwind and enjoy a glass of wine with that special someone. The kitchen is located on the main floor and is a fully equipped chef's kitchen accompanied by a fully equipped outdoor kitchen on the ground level complete with commercial ice machine, commercial steamer, charcoal grill/wood fired smoker to enjoy low country boils and oyster roast family style. The lodge has Direct TV and wireless internet if you desire to stay connected to the outside world.

The yard is meticulously landscaped to reflect a tropical island oasis and has a Hunter Irrigation System which makes keeping it gorgeous almost effortless. There are four brick landings made from reclaimed brick from a chimney on Union Island and reclaimed flagstone and brick from a cottage on Sea Island.  A crushed shell walkway leads to a 40' floating dock plus a 25' X 25' stationary dock complete with a swing, dining table and sink for enjoying the magnificent sunsets each evening.  After a long day on the water ... enjoy the Five-Moon double headed heated outdoor private shower complete with a teak bench to enjoy year round.  There is a large storage building with an additional washer and dryer to accommodate large groups with ease.  Eagle Island sleeps 12 people comfortably and it is the perfect spot to make family memories one will not soon forget.

For those that enjoy a little competition ... the outside grounds are set up for skeet shooting, corn hole and various yard games. A dedicated horse shoe pit overlooks the tranquil pond and fire pit area for sharing family time together.

The second building site is located on the North End of Eagle Island.  The homesite has underground utilities installed (Georgia Power, water, septic) and ready for your building plans to begin.

If water sports suit your fancy, you can kayak or boat just one mile to Escape Island and camp out for the evening while you catch fish on the banks of the peaceful Darien River. Escape Island is a glorified camp site complete with hammock, wooded platform with a tent,  brick fire-pit and a camp kitchen perfect for preparing your catch of the day!

Eagle Island has been run as a private island rental for the last 15 years. The current owner has a dynamic assistant named Paula Turgeon, who has been with him for 15 years that assists in everything concerning the island ... from ordering and delivering groceries for you from Harris Teeter so the refrigerator and beverages are stocked and iced when you arrive .... to cleaning the house before and after you leave ... any repairs or maintenance needed on the house or property .... picking you and your family up at the docks in Darien ... doing Oyster Roast and Low Country Boils for you and your family and friends .... basically, anything you need to make life easy for you to enjoy your time at Eagle Island.

Paula grew up in the area and knows the tides and waterways to navigate the local rivers and estuaries. She would be a great resource to the next land steward to help get familiar with the area and make the transition effortless. Paula is the perfect person to have on board to make every visit care free and enjoyable.

Paula is the perfect on-site manager for this property.  Paula has 15 years' experience as caretaker and is a great asset for the new owner

History of Sapelo Island

SAPELO ISLAND – 1/2-acre lot in the Historic Hog Hammock Community included in the Sale of Eagle Island.

Sapelo Island is home to the historic Reynolds Mansion.  It was owned by the Coffin Family in the 1920s and hosted Presidents Calvin Coolidge (1928) and Herbert Hoover (1932. The Coffin Family also established the Cloister Resort on Sea Island during this era.

Sapelo Island is currently 97% owned by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the remaining 3 % is under private ownership.

Placed on the National Registry of Historic Places in 1996, Hog Hammock Historic District, known as the last known Gullah Community and located on Sapelo Island is home to the ½ acre buildable lot that comes with the sale of Eagle Island, giving you access to the docks at Sapelo Island and 6 miles of Private Secluded Beaches that front the Atlantic Ocean.

Power is supplied by Georgia Power, septic is in place and a cottage up to 1400 square feet is permitted in this historic district to conform to the other historical dwellings.

It’s a step back in time and is still a full-time home to some of the original descendants of the Gullah-Geechees Tribes, descendants of enslaved West African people brought to the island in the 1700s and 1800s to work on the island plantations.

Power is supplied by Georgia Power, septic is in place and a cottage up to 1400 square feet is permitted in this historic district to conform to the other historical dwellings.

You can rock on the front porch underneath the massive old Live Oaks and enjoy lunch at Lula’s Kitchen, a direct descendant of the Gullah tribe and enjoy a taste of the Gullah cuisine as well as experience the native Gullah language still spoken by the locals.

Sapelo Island is also home to the second oldest surviving brick lighthouse in America and the oldest surviving construction of the great lighthouse architect Winslow Lewis.

The brick oil house was restored, along with the lighthouse, in 1998. It stored the kerosene used to power the light; five gallons would usually keep it burning all night.

Sapelo Island is accessible by boat and there is a daily ferry that runs which is only a short 20-minute trip.

Native American History

Eagle Island holds Native American treasures dating back to the 17th thru 18th centuries. While exploring the island we found shreds of pottery related to the Spanish Missionaries Era from the Altamaha ceramic series which are red clay, possibly brick ware that has been in a fire. Dr. Eric Poplin of the University of Charleston has researched this era of history extensively.

The Guale Indians were also known to have settled in the Eagle island Area. The Guale Indians were a mound building tribe of Georgia, allies of the Creek Indians. Their language was poorly attested, but appears to have been Muskogean. The Guales no longer exist as a distinct tribe. They merged into the Creek and Yamasee tribes after a devastating smallpox epidemic.

Dr. Richard Jefferies of the University of Kentucky has been on site multiple times and done several excavations in the Eagle Island area regarding the Spanish Missions and Guale Indians. Please see attached link for more detailed information of the Native American influence in this area.

Eagle Island’s location is prime when it comes to boating to other popular island destinations. It is a short 10-minute boat ride to the docks of the charming historical town of Darien. You are I mile from Escape Island, 30 minutes from Sapelo Island, 30 minutes to the Atlantic Ocean and 1 hour to the famous docks of St. Simons/Sea island.

History of the Town of Darien, Georgia -
Established 1736

There are over 100 miles of pristine coastline, 400,000 acres of salt water marsh and 15 Barrier Islands that bring a uniqueness to Coastal Georgia that you will seldom find anywhere else in the world. The Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway which stretches from Key West to Boston, is connected to the local Altamaha River, which is the second largest fresh water discharge east of the Mississippi River. This charming coastal Georgia town sits just off of the mouth of the Altamaha River on the local deep-water docks of the Darien River. It is located just 25 miles from the prestigious shoreline of Sea Island, Georgia, one of the fastest growing luxury markets in the country and home to some of the country’s wealthiest … movie stars as well as professional athletes.

The town of Darien has a wealth of history dating back to the 1700’s. In October 1735, a band of Highland Scots, recruited from the vicinity of Inverness, Scotland, by Hugh Mackay and George Dunbar, sailed from Inverness, Scotland on the Prince of Wales. On January 19, 1736, General James Edward Oglethorpe founded the new Georgia colony of New Inverness, which later became known as Darien, Georgia. Located at the mouth of the Altamaha River, Fort King George was built in 1721 along what is now known as the Darien River and served as the southernmost outpost of the British Empire in the Americas until 1727. It is the oldest English fort remaining on the Georgia coast.

In 1816, Darien was incorporated and shortly after in 1819, The Bank of Darien opened for business. The deposits of Federal funds in the Bank of Darien in the 1820s reached huge proportions, later peaking at 1.6 million in 1836, when Darien was at the height of its commercial prosperity.

During the first few years of the 1830s, Darien reached its peak of commercial greatness. Pine timber, rafted down the Altamaha to Darien thru the hand dug mile long waterway known as Rifle Cut, made the town the leading center of export for lumber on the southern Atlantic coast during the late Nineteenth Century. Exports of baled cotton from Darien were exceeded only by the ports of Charleston and Savannah.

Garden and Gun Magazine coined the Altamaha River the Little Amazon of the South with its vast water ways. The area surrounding the river contains one of the last known stands of Virgin Tidewater Cypress in the Lower 48.

Georgia’s Little Amazon

Darien became an international port as ships from Europe, Asia, and South America frequented the local waterways to load lumber. The peak of the Timber Era was reached in 1900, when more than 100 million linear board feet of timber and lumber were shipped from Darien.

From 1880 to 1910, McIntosh County oyster harvests were among the highest in the world, rivaling even the Chesapeake Bay. The oyster industry went into a long decline after the early 1900s. As the oyster beds declined, a new commercial fishery developed: shrimping.

By the early 1960s, Darien and McIntosh County had the largest shrimping fleet on the Georgia coast, with several shrimp and oyster packing houses in towns along the banks of the Altamaha. Today, Georgia's shrimpers struggle to survive against competition from cheaper, imported shrimp. However, Wild Georgia Shrimp is proudly served in local Darien restaurants and seafood connoisseurs can readily appreciate the difference in flavor and freshness.

If you ever wondered what owning your own island might feel like ....  it’s time to seize the day!  Eagle Island ... The Best Backyard in America!

 

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