The $4 million price tag isn't the only catch—this chunk of paradise is only accessible by boat.

By Meghan Overdeep
May 29, 2018

Behold: a rare opportunity to own a real-life slice of paradise. For $4 million, a large portion of a private, undeveloped barrier island off the southern coast of North Carolina can be yours. Seriously.

If you've ever fantasized about living off the grid, this 80-acre chunk of Lea Island, accessible only by boat, is an absolute dream come true. The annual nesting ground of Loggerhead sea turtles, many boaters dock on the island for fishing, bird watching and quiet beaches. "Enjoy sunrises over the ocean and sunsets over the marsh," the listing proclaims.

Lea Island (part of the broader area known as Lea-Hutaff islands) sits between the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean, with Topsail Island to the north and Figure 8 Island to the south. And despite its far-flung feel, it's located less than 20 miles from downtown Wilmington.

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Intracoastal Realty agent Kirstin Behn told WECT that the seller is a private individual who once owned more than 130 acres of the island, but sold parts to the state and North Carolina Audubon a few years ago. He plans to keep just 10 acres for himself.

As for whether or not the property can be developed? Well that's what Behn called the "$4 million question."

For more information (and envy-inducing photos) visit the property's official listing here.