Private twin islands near Desolation Sound listed for $31.9M (PHOTOS)

North island has spectacular 13,000-square-foot rustic-luxury home – but there’s no ferry access

If you dream of rustic luxury in total seclusion – and have $30 million burning a hole in your pocket, plus your own float plane – then this pair of B.C. islands could be for you.

The Subtle Islands, a pair of small private islands joined by an isthmus (a narrow strip of land with water on both sides), are on the market for $31.9 million. They are located in the northern Georgia Strait, between Quadra, Read and Cortes Islands, close to where the Quadra-Cortes ferry docks at Whaletown Bay. The southern tip may be close to the Cortes ferry line, but there’s no ferry service to the Subtle Islands, so you’ll need a boat or float plane.

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The southern island is the smaller of the two, with 30 acres of wooded and farm-like land with an equestrian barn with two apartments, plus three cabins and another apartment, a boathouse and a float plane hangar.

The northern island comprises 45 acres of woodland, plus the islands’ crown jewel – a 13,000-square-foot luxury home that has spectacular cathedral-style interiors.

The house and its ancillary buildings on the north island comprise a vast great room in luxury log cabin style, a library, a billiard room, an open dining space, a chef’s kitchen and a home theatre. The sleeping accommodation comprises two master bedroom suites and two self-sufficient, two-bedroom apartments.

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Subtle Islands house great room
This truly great "great room" has vast cathedral-style beamed ceilings and a Medieval style gallery. Image supplied by Engel & Völkers

Outside of the U-shaped house there is a wrap-around stone deck facing the ocean, and an inner courtyard with elegant gardens.

Subtle Islands house aerial
The house on the northern island is U-shaped and has 13,000 square feet of living space. Image supplied by Engel & Völkers

The southern island cabins are built from wood and stone and have decks with sweeping ocean views, according to the description.

This unusual listing is exclusive to Engel & Völkers and cannot be found on the MLS.

Check out a few more images of this amazing property, below.


Subtle Islands house dining
This incredible dining area is part of the home's great room, and conjures up images of Medieval banquets and jugs of mead. Image supplied by Engel & Völkers


Subtle Islands house master bedroom
One of two master bedroom suites, this master has vast vaulted ceilings and a stone fireplace, echoing the great room. Image supplied by Engel & Völkers


Subtle Islands house terrace
The main house has a huge wraparound terrace, from which the ocean can be seen through the trees. Image supplied by Engel & Völkers


Subtle Islands house gardens
Considering the rustic interior of the house and its remote location, these courtyard gardens are surprisingly formal. Image supplied by Engel & Völkers


Subtle Islands house pond
For added serenity, the main home has a reflective pond adjacent to it. Image supplied by Engel & Völkers


Subtle Islands house ocean deck
For those seeking true tranquility, this ocean-view deck is all you could need. Image supplied by Engel & Völkers




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