A private island off the coast of Ireland boasting three beaches, seven houses and natural wildlife has been sold for more than USD 6.3 million, with the anonymous buyer not even visiting the location in person before going through with the purchase, the CNN reports.
Horse Island, a 157-acre spot of land to the southwest of the Irish mainland, was sold after negotiations that mostly took place over WhatsApp.
The unnamed European buyer saw it only over video before buying it, becoming the latest in a number of super-rich people who have sought out private islands during the coronavirus pandemic.
The island offers rugged green landscapes, a main house and several guest cottages overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. It now offers a private pier for ferries and boats, a helipad, a games house and gym and a tennis court. The main house has 4,500 square feet of floor area.
Agents have been increasingly forced to rely on virtual viewings during the pandemic. They point out that the sale of Horse Island highlights a certain trend among the rich. While nearly all leisure travel was paused because of the coronavirus pandemic, the demand for private islands has risen.