Just Room Enough Island: A Tiny Island With A Tree, A House, And Not Much Else

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Looking to get away from the material world for a while?

You might consider a trip to Just Room Enough Island. Located in the famous Thousand Islands chain on the United States–Canada border, it’s exactly what it sounds like: a cozy little island with just enough room for a couple of inhabitants.

If you’re an introvert, it seems like a wonderful place to spend a couple of days. Well, unfortunately, it’s a private island, and it’s probably not going to be on AirBnB anytime soon.

Just Room Enough Island was purchased by the Sizeland family in the 1950s. They desired a comfortable-but-remote getaway, and they built a livable home that encompassed just about all of their tiny property. There are a couple of trees, a miniature beach, and several deck chairs, but that’s pretty much it.

To qualify as an island, a piece of land must have an area larger than one square foot, have at least one tree, and remain above water year round, according to Slate. Just Room Enough Island narrowly meets those requirements.

Naturally, Just Room Enough Island has become a popular tourist attraction in the age of tiny homes. We doubt that the Sizelands approve of the attention, since they built their vacation home to get away from commotion.

“The speck of land squeezes a house and a couple of wrought-iron benches pushed hard up against the shingles onto its banks,” wrote Andrea Sachs of The Washington Post in 2010. “One misstep and you’re swimming.”

We couldn’t find pictures of the inside of the house, which is unfortunate, since we’ve got a few questions. Is there working plumbing? If so…how?

Just Room Enough Island is one of the more notable stops for Thousand Island sightseers.

Some of the other islands are certainly worth a visit. Heart Island, for instance, features a full-blown castle, built by hotelier George C. Boldt as a gift to his wife.

The wealthy proprietor designed his summer home to rival European castles, and it features a gorgeous flower garden, a yacht dock, and a spectacular ballroom.

While construction was halted when Boldt’s wife passed away in 1904, the castle has been renovated in recent years, and tourists can actually walk inside the impressive structure. It’s even available for weddings, according to the castle’s official website.

A Thousand More

We’re just scratching the surface on the Thousand Islands. On the American side of the archipelago, for instance, Wellesley Island has state parks, golf courses, and its own lake; the Canadian side boasts Wolfe Island, the chain’s largest island by length at 18 miles. Most of the 1,864 islands are privately owned, but tourists can book boat tours to see them from the water.

Given the rich history and natural beauty of the Thousand Islands, we can understand why the Sizelands wanted to build their own private getaway on Just Room Enough Island. Still, they could always sell if they’re upset with the tourists—we’re sure that the bids would pour in, making the family Just Rich Enough to say goodbye to their quaint little property.

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