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  • North Saddle Caye
  • Placencia, Stann Creek
  • Developed
  • Freehold
  • Private Island
  • $ 4,950,000
  • 4.00 Acres

North Saddle Caye

As one of Central America’s hottest and fastest developing destinations, Belize is attracting an ever-growing number of savvy tourists and private island dwellers, drawn by the country’s gorgeous scenery both onshore and off. In its lush interior, more than half of Belize is covered by rainforest and subtropical jungle, while its incredible coastline is home to exquisite beaches and the world’s second largest reef system.

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As one of Central America’s hottest and fastest developing destinations, Belize is attracting an ever-growing number of savvy tourists and private island dwellers, drawn by the country’s gorgeous scenery both onshore and off. In its lush interior, more than half of Belize is covered by rainforest and subtropical jungle, while its incredible coastline is home to exquisite beaches and the world’s second largest reef system.

Recent private island purchasers in Belize include a host of the rich and famous, like Leonardo DiCaprio, who on the 104-acre Blackadore Caye is in the process of creating a fabulous eco-resort – which in fact claims to be the world’s first “eco-restorative” resort, completely powered by renewable energy and designed to increase the biological health of the island’s species.

One of Belize’s prime travel hotspots right now is the southern coastal town of Placencia, offering visitors the perfect mix of Caribbean village atmosphere and a selection of upscale modern venues and amenities. Best of all, Placencia has excellent proximity to both the rainforest and the reef, making it the perfect jumping off point for island adventures.

Few private islands in the area have been developed to the stylish standards of North Saddle Caye, located just 45 minutes east/northeast of Placencia. Featured on a recent edition of HGTV’s popular “Island Hunters” series, North Saddle Caye is an eight-acre beauty (including a 66-foot easement along the water) whose arcing shape gives it its own protected lagoon. A rarity for an island of this size, the lagoon is large and deep enough to accommodate multiple sea vessels well in excess of 100 feet in length.

Onshore, North Saddle Caye’s twin luxury villas and two guest cottages provide almost 12,000 feet of living space. Constructed of exotic Belizean hardwood, the structures were skillfully and tastefully designed for the island, one of the few properties in the region built especially for personal use – though should the new owner desire, they could easily be converted to vacation rentals or a small island resort. The spacious and airy villas feature 20-foot vaulted ceilings and wall-to-wall glass doors capable of withstanding winds of up to category 4 hurricane level. Each of the four residential buildings – villas and guest cottages alike – boast two bedrooms, two bathrooms, two outdoor showers, spacious living and dining areas, and ample decking. All units come furnished, and include custom-built cabinetry and closets. The guest cottages feature their own fully equipped kitchenettes. Additional housing facilities such as the caretaker house are also conveniently available for staff.

In terms of utilities, North Saddle Caye is fully self-sustaining and off the grid, with its own 153-panel solar energy system (positioned on top of the boathouse) supplying the villas and cottages all of their 110V needs. There’s also a backup diesel generator yielding 40kWh. Two reverse osmosis water systems can each generate 1,800 gallons a day, and a separate rainwater purification system is also included, supplying fresh water to the underground 11,000-gallon water tank. Four sewage systems are each capable of handling 500 gallons daily.

The island’s boathouse has more than 2,700 square feet of interior space, with plenty of room to store fishing and boating equipment, a tractor and a mower tractor, electric washer, drier and freezer, and a well-equipped workshop with tools and air compressor – all of which are included. Other bonuses with the sale: a 32-foot, 12-passenger boat with two 225-hp Yamaha outboard engines, two three-seater Yamaha jet skis, and assorted scuba and fishing gear.

North Saddle Caye's massive 240-foot sea wall, unique for islands in the area, makes its deep natural lagoon an incredible place for swimming, drop fishing, world-class snorkeling, or just relaxing on a custom-made lounge chair and soaking up the glorious Caribbean sun.

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