The Thimble Islands Are the Location of Some of Branford's Most Beautiful Summer Homes and Many Locations Are for Sale
What would Svenningsen do with the islands she purchased? The answer seems to be that she's renovating the housing, usually using the same design as the original homes, viewing the islands as an artistic project. During that four-year period, Svenningsen spent more than $30 million, and she became one of Branford's top three taxpayers (she and other Island property owners will also be paying additional taxes).
Several of the listings are managed by Joe Piscitelli of Coldwell Banker.
What if you want to buy an entire island? Cedar Island is, in fact, available for the low asking price of $285,000. However, it is not zoned for building a home: according to the Thimble Islands cruise tours, that's something the original owner was unaware of when he claimed it.
After applying for home zoning and being denied (due to zoning laws in place after homes were built on other islands of similar size), the owner built a gazebo and dock on Cedar Island. While not a summer home, the island could be an excellent getaway on a beautiful summer day.