Francis Ford Coppola’s island retreat in Belize asks $2.2M

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An island retreat in Belize that “The Godfather” director, Francis Ford Coppola, has leased for the past six years has hit the market for $2.2 million.

Coppola, 83, has even put up the estate, which consists of two cottages and a “Great House,” for rent under the Coppola family’s tourism venture “The Family Coppola Hideaways” during the time they aren’t staying there.

The owner, California-based attorney Terry Tao, purchased the private island, known as Coral Caye, behind the world-famous Belize Barrier Reef, nearly a decade ago.

Dubbed “Gilligan’s Island,” the island is completely self-sufficient, with solar power and water service through tanks and a rain-catchment system. 

A 25-minute boat ride from the village of Placencia, the two cottages and main house can accommodate up to 10 guests with 360-degree panoramic water views.

The island features a small coral sand beach and mangrove ecology, the listing notes. Once used as a commercial fishing camp, it has now been enhanced for travelers who want a “once in a lifetime experience,” the listing says.

Sheltered behind the world-famous Belize Barrier Reef, Coral Caye is a private island that is available for purchase.
Courtesy of Terry Tao/The Corcoran Group
A private dock.
A private dock.
Courtesy of Terry Tao/The Corcoran Group
The coastal decor consists of airy fabrics, open space and seaside-inspired colors.
The coastal decor consists of airy fabrics, open space and seaside-inspired colors.
Courtesy of Terry Tao/The Corcoran Group
The great house.
The Great House.
Courtesy of Terry Tao/The Corcoran Group

The Great House is a sand-floor indoor/outdoor living space. Amenities include a full bar, a music system, a half bathroom, a kitchen, a dining table, board games, a dart board and more.

“This space is perfect for celebrating togetherness with family and friends. Additionally, there is a full-size day bed for napping or an optional additional overnight stay accommodation,” the listing adds.

The island features a small coral sand beach and fascinating mangrove ecology.
The island features a small coral sand beach and fascinating mangrove ecology.
Courtesy of Terry Tao/The Corcoran Group
The Seahorse Cottage.
The Seahorse Cottage.
Courtesy of Terry Tao/The Corcoran Group

The Seahorse Cottage is ideal for extended family or additional friends, the listing also adds.

This cottage can accommodate up to six guests and stands near the Mangrove Cove where visitors can spot seahorses. It features two queen beds, two twin beds and an in-cottage bathroom with an outdoor shower.

The Coral Cottage.
The Coral Cottage.
Courtesy of Terry Tao/The Corcoran Group
The Coral Cottage is the newest dwelling to be built on the grounds.
The Coral Cottage is the newest dwelling to be built on the grounds.
Courtesy of Terry Tao/The Corcoran Group

The Coral Cottage is newest dwelling to be built there. It has a king bed and a sleeper sofa in the cozy living area, a front porch, hammocks and full bathroom with an indoor and outdoor shower.

Each unit comes complete with solar panels, which are hooked into a battery and inverter system.

“An air conditioning unit could be installed if 14 solar panels and 9 batteries were installed on the new unit,” the listing states.

Peter McLean with The Corcoran Group holds the listing.

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