Accessible only by boat, this six-room beach house on Oak Island is on the market for $340,000. The boat — a 13-foot Boston Whaler — is included in the sale, as is new furniture, linens and beach paraphernalia, says owner Kathi Connell.
Situated almost directly across from Oak Beach, the island is on the northern side of Ocean Parkway, where there is resident parking and docking. With about 54 homes, the island has no electricity or phone lines, says listing agent Barbara McGinn of Eric G. Ramsay Jr. Associates in Bay Shore. “Being on Oak Island is like going back in time,” she adds.
But it’s not completely primitive. Most residents have generators and solar panels. Refrigerators, stoves and hot water heaters are operated by propane. Connell’s house has it all. She has two golf cart batteries that hook up to a generator and solar panel. “I have Dish Network ... lights, ceiling fans ... The iPads work and so do cellphones,” Connell says, adding, “It’s simple living.”
Since the waterfront house is elevated, flooding is not an issue, she says. Recently renovated, the cottage features an open floor plan with an eat-in kitchen, living room, two bedrooms and one bathroom. The master bedroom has French doors that open to a porch. There are front and rear decks with an outdoor shower.
Each residence has a private beach. The boat dock and loading dock are maintained by the Great South Bay Isles Association, a membership organization. Community events range from Kayak Cruise Day to Children’s Day.
“It’s beautiful here — it’s different living,” Connell adds. And with a five-mile wake restriction for boats, it’s quiet, too.