World-Renowned Scientist Robert Lanza Lists Massachusetts Private Island

A world-renowned scientist at the forefront of new discoveries owning a private island seems like something ripped from an espionage thriller. But it is the case for Robert Lanza, who was on TIME Magazine’s 2014 list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. The doctor and scientist, most well-known for his participation in the first successful cloning of human embryos and cloning endangered species, just listed his private Massachusetts island. The remote property surrounded by 27 lush acres of ponds and wetlands runs for $2.29 million.

Located 30 miles west of Boston in quiet Clinton, the island sits a remarkable haven for flora and fauna as well as a prime habitat for a new owner. Seemingly just a few species away from attaining arboretum status, it counts weeping European beech trees by the water alongside numerous specimens, rhododendrons, and wisteria-washed arbors. Honeysuckle and grapevines crawl up tree trunks and up the sides of structures. A cobblestone driveway cuts through it all, lined with trees and winding to the front door.

Comprised of two homes—a main residence and a three-bedroom house linked by a conservatory—the structures on the property are in need of a little love to help them realize their full potential. A separate structure holds the huge indoor pool. Truth be told, it looks more like a green house getaway with lush plants and skylights framing the waterfall-fed pool.

Rare as they seem, private islands pop up for sale all over the world—from Connecticut to the Bahamas. Charity Edwards and Helen Edwards of Barrett Sotheby’s International Realty holds this island listing.