Florida Keys Private Island Complete With a Helipad Listed for $16.5 Million

By: Lauren | Published: Jan 19, 2024

Just 120 miles from Miami sits East Sister Rock Island, a sustainably-built paradise perfect for those who love their privacy.

And now, the entire island, including the two fully furnished houses, is on the market for $16.5 million.

The History of East Sister Rock Island

In 1958, Klaus Meckeler was working as a successful doctor in New Jersey after immigrating from Germany.

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Aerial view of East Sister Rock Island

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His success in his field made Klaus a very wealthy man, and with his riches, he decided to buy the tiny island in the Florida Keys and build his own private paradise.

Upgrades for the New Millenium

In 1995, the Williford family purchased East Sister Rock from Meckeler and took his incredible home and turned it into a modern utopia.

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Aerial view of East Sister Rock Island

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They added solar and wind-powered electricity to the 5,000 square foot main house, a 15,000-gallon water tank, an impressive dock, helicopter pad, and satellite TV and internet.

Sustainable Paradise

These additions have made East Sister Rock completely sustainable, as it has its own off-grid battery and power sources and clean drinking water.

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Exterior of the main house on East Sister Rock Island

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In fact, the listing describes East Sister Rock as “a testament to sustainability, embodying a commitment to environmental harmony and responsible living.”

The Gorgeous Homes on East Sister Rock

There are two houses on this idyllic island. The main house has an open floor concept and two bedrooms, whereas the small guest cottage is a fully-functioning home with one bedroom.

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Bedroom with a view on East Sister Rock Island

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With wood floors, high ceilings, and top to bottom windows around the majority of the homes, they are not only beautiful on the inside, but allow for panoramic views of the ocean from almost everywhere.

Modern Appliances in the Middle of the Sea

The gorgeous granite kitchen in the main house comes complete with all modern appliances to create amazing gourmet meals at home.

The kitchen and dining area in the main house on East Sister Rock Island

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And while anyone who visits East Sister Island will certainly be impressed by the interior of the homes, it’s really the exterior that makes this private residence so special.

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Panoramic Views and Plenty to Do

Although the entire residence is set on a one-and-a half acre island, there is a lot to do there.

View of the pool and lounge area on East Sister Rock Island

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From a beautiful pool with lounge chairs, a protected circular lagoon for enjoying the ocean, an outdoor billiards table, and of course, the wide open sea for fishing, boating, and water sports, it’s hard to get bored on East Sister Rock.

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Where Is East Sister Rock Island?

Arguably, the best feature of East Sister Rock, though it’s certainly hard to choose, is its convenient location.

Google map of the Florida Keys with a red point on East Sister Rock island

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It sits within the lovely stretch of islands known as the Florida Keys, just 120 miles south of Miami. So while it feels like a secluded paradise, it’s actually very easily accessible for a weekend getaway.

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Getting to East Sister Rock Island

It only takes two and a half hours to get to this incredible island from Miami, Florida. All one needs to do is drive about two hours down to Marathon, Florida, jump on a boat, and cruise the last few minutes to the private dock.

Aerial view of the location of East Sister Rock Island off the coast of Marathon, Florida

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Of course, they could always drive the boat from anywhere through the gorgeous keys as well.

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Convenience and Privacy

Because of its close proximity to Marathon, running errands such as grocery shopping, is quick and easy.

Speed boat cruising through the Florida Keys at sunset

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In less than a half hour on the boat, anyone visiting or living on East Sister Rock could be in town, stocking up on necessities.

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East Sister Rock Has Been on the Market a Few Times

East Sister Rock has only had two owners since it was built 70 years ago, but now, it’s available for purchase to those lucky enough to have $16.5 million laying around.

Blue billiards table on the porch of the house on East Sister Rock Island

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Interestingly, the island was also listed in 2011 for $12 million and again in 2016 for $8.5 million with no takers. However, it seems that the owners have decided to increase the price tag and try again.

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Anyone Can Stay at East Sister Rock

At least until it’s sold, East Sister Rock Island is available for rent. It’s listed on Airbnb for $2,500 a night.

Modern, brightly lit kitchen of the main house on East Sister Rock Island

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So even if $16.5 million is a little over budget, anyone with a few thousand to spend can enjoy the good life on this incredible private island off the coast of Florida. All they need to know is how to drive a boat (or a helicopter, of course.)

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