The rare chance to own Rogers Island, a Long Island Sound treasure off the coast of Branford, Connecticut, just presented itself. For $25 million, a buyer can acquire the 7.65-acre private island that boasts a 13,100-square-foot Tudor mansion, enchanting gardens, and plenty of luxurious amenities.The first person to break ground on the island and turn it into a residential property was Captain John Jay Phelps. An accomplished yachtsman and Yale graduate, Phelps is rumored to be the first American to sail around the world. When he returned from his trip in 1888, he married and started a family, then turned his eyes to find a place to settle: Rogers Island. Once he purchased it in 1902, the 10-bedroom mansion, nicknamed Yon Comis, was erected and the island was landscaped to be an oasis full of gardens, trees, walking paths, and of course, docks.Over a century later, the unique property has been cared for and restored by its current owner. It offers a four-bedroom guesthouse, a tennis court, a putting green, a pool and pool house, three beaches, and a greenhouse. Unexpectedly, the vibrant interiors employ bold colors in every room, from the walls to the furnishings.Joe Piscitelli of Coldwell Banker
has the incredible Branford listing, which is not only a slice of paradise, but also a slice of history.