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Chopawamsic Island

You can own this private island right here in the US — if you've got $15 million lying around


GRIFFIS-WIDEWATER, Va. (WJLA) — A private island in the Potomac River is now available for purchase for anyone who's ever dreamt of owning a private island.

Chopawamsic Island, near Marine Corps Base Quantico, has been put on the market for the first time in decades. It comes with a $15 million price tag, though.

The Rock Star Real Estate Band says it listed the island for sale a few weeks ago. The team of realtors says it's located only 26 miles south of Washington, on the Potomac River.

"You can skip traffic on Interstate 95 by taking a speed boat up the river," said Joe Ford, one of the realtors.

The island will need a little cleanup, as much of it is overgrown with weeds and plants.

"You'll see there is some mature growth on the island. You'll also see that there is fantastic river views and a ton of history that you can feel is palpable as you walk on the grounds here at the island," Ford said.

Speaking of history, there is a lot here. History on the 13-acre island is said to date to the early 1600s with ties to Samuel P. Langley and Alexander Graham Bell. Ford says that at one point in the 1880s, the property was sold to the Mount Vernon Ducking Society, whose membership included Theodore Roosevelt.

As of today, there are still multiple homes and structures on the island that are believed to have been built before World War I.

Additionally, the listing says that whoever buys it can name the private island and put their name on the world map. Pretty cool.

The Rock Star Real Estate Band says it's gotten several queries about the island so far but nothing official.

"Obviously, it needs work. It's something that you can feel the history of the place," Ford said. "Imagine waking up, stepping out onto your porch and sipping your coffee, and this is the view from your land. Your own private island."

Yes, please!

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