Rogers Island, Off the Coast of Connecticut, Hits the Market for $35 Million

An incredible private island off Connecticut’s coast has only traded hands a few times since it was first inhabited in 1900—and now it’s ready for a new chapter. Known as Rogers Island, the 7.65-acre stone outcropping is situated just off the coast of Branford, Connecticut. It’s part of the Thimble Islands—an archipelago of around 365 small islands in the Long Island Sound, of which 23 are inhabited. Rogers Island has a particularly long-standing history. Formerly a quarry in the 19th century, the island was developed by notable railroad baron, yachtsman, and financier John Jay Phelps in 1902, who built the island’s Tudor mansion and used it as his summer home.

Today, Rogers Island is being sold for $35 million by hedge fund executive Greg Jensen, the co-chief investment officer at Bridgewater. According to The Wall Street Journal, Jensen purchased the property in 2018 for $22 million and used it as a summer retreat. During his ownership, Jensen extensively renovated the mansion’s interiors and updated electric systems across the island.

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The Tudor-style home built in 1902 by John Jay Phelps as a summer residence.

Rogers Island is a quintessential New England summer escape, just a short boat ride from the coast. Once on the island, you’re completely secluded from the outside world. Luckily, the property has just about everything you could want or need. In addition to the 8,746-square-foot main residence with half a dozen bedrooms, there’s a four-bedroom waterfront guest cottage, resulting in 10 total bedrooms and six bathrooms, plus two more half-bathrooms. The island esate is ensconced in lush landscaping with numerous patios and gardens connected via stone walkways.

The three-story, Tudor-style home pairs century-old architecture with vibrant, modern interiors and a decidedly colorful palette that includes pops of bright purple and neon green covering the walls. The home’s spacious living areas offer large windows and numerous fireplaces. Many bedrooms are ocean-facing, while the completely renovated kitchen is kitted out with custom cabinetry, an eat-in island, and a daybed placed near the window.

Outdoor spaces include covered patios and dining areas, as well as a resort-like pool with plenty of stone terracing. Ancillary structures include a pool house and a dedicated artist’s studio. And, just a short stroll from the pool, an airy gazebo is perched directly on the rocks above the water.

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The swimming pool and a gazebo sit along the shore.

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Elsewhere are a fenced-in tennis court with a basketball hoop, a koi pond, and serene formal gardens. There is also a Jack Nicklaus-designed putting green, a greenhouse, two docks, three private beaches, and dedicated staff quarters.

The wooded island, the ultimate trophy property for those who love to entertain loads of guests or simply enjoy a tranquil, nature-filled escape, is listed with Jennifer Leahy of Douglas Elliman, who is no stranger to selling within the Thimble Islands. Leahy is also representing several less expensive islands that are for sale, including Jepson Island for $1.5 million, Burr Island for $1.3 million, and Belden Island for $2.75 million.

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Rogers Island Branford Connecticut
Rogers Island Branford Connecticut

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