This 6-acre private island near Tampa Bay is now for sale, and it’s ideal for scalloping


A privately owned 6-acre island only accessible by boat is now for sale in Homosassa.

Located a little over an hour north of Tampa at 12451 The Homosassa Riv, "Dreamcatcher Island" sits at the mouth of the Homosassa River, just downstream from Monkey Island, and has been used as a vacation rental property over the years.

The island comes with a 2,800-square-foot main house with three bedrooms, and three bathrooms. It also also features two kitchens, a solar-heated saltwater pool and spa, a floating tiki hut, a 5,000-gallon rainwater cistern, a tractor, a golf cart, a dock, and a 20-foot pontoon boat.

For how close it is to civilization, the island is actually pretty secluded, and most of it is still underdeveloped. It's also ideally positioned at mile marker 71, which is just a short boat ride to the springs for snorkeling or out to the Gulf for scalloping.

Dreamcatcher Island was asking $649,900, and the listing agent is Philip W. Oakes of Silver King Properties, but sold less than a day after it was listed after the buyer first read about the property on Creative Loafing Tampa Bay.

New owner Josh Weis told CL he’s been looking for a Homosassa River property for at least a year, missed out on some and even written letters to owners hoping to buy. “I never thought it would hit the market. We are beyond excited,” he said, adding that he actually wants as many folks as possible to be able to use the land, so while you’ll need a boat to get there, will soon be live so you can inquire about staying over.

“In our family, we don’t believe in holding things too tightly and we also believe that memories are much more important than stuff,” Weis, who’s on track to close on the property this month, added. After some improvements, the place will be ready for visitors by mid-July. “We are genuinely excited to see so many families use it and create memories. It is perfectly situated near the scallop grounds and also the amazing restaurants like Crump’s, the Freezer and Florida Cracker…and of course, Monkey Island.”

Photos via Zillow

UPDATED 06/14/21 7 a.m. Updated with comment from new owner Josh Weis.