As children trying to recapture the fantasy life of The Swiss Family Robinson, swinging by wild grapevines out over the beloved swimming hole, whooping and hollering with no one to hear us, we could never imagine the pressures that would override our lives today. Even 30 years ago it was easier. People would go home from their jobs at 5 p.m. after they turned off the typewriters and copiers and could start thinking freely about enjoying an evening with their family or what they would do on their date.
Today we work from home where the computers come on at 6 a.m. and go off around 11 p.m.; people who work in offices go home, but the computers are still whirring and night shifts are picking up where the others left off. Instead of thoughts turning to pleasures of the evening, the cell phone is going off to let you know a critical server went down and you find yourself on the phone with the provider half the night troubleshooting and dreading the morning apology calls to your clients for getting their work behind.
So do you still fantasize about the simple life in Blue Lagoon, or the simple pleasures of survival in Castaways? You bet! More than ever before! It’s not just a fantasy anymore, though one that has grown up a bit. We have found islands for your great escape where you can actually live year round within electronic distance of your new, more sophisticated life requirements, but still on an island.
The Swiss Family Robinson tree house has been brought to ground level, but your view across huge bodies of water is there bringing you back to your dreams of those days gone by. The stress falls off and you start to imagine again as you watch the Wenatchee trek past on her way to the San Juans from your terrace. For which island is she bound? And all of a sudden you find you’ve forgotten the trials of the day while the pleasure of island life floods your sensibilities.
Experience the wonderful island homes we’ve found from Puget Sound to Fisher Island, Florida to Cape Cod and many points in between. We’re sure you can find a decent grapevine here if you absolutely must!
Editors Note: We'd like to send out a special 'Thank You' to Realogics Sotheby's International Realty in Seattle, Washington for being an integral partner in creating this great list of Island Homes. In particular, Katharine Parsons and Dean Jones. Thanks from all of us at Top Ten.