World’s smallest island: Could you live on it?
The world’s smallest inhabited island is located near Alexandria Bay in New York, and is one of the 1,864 islands on the St Lawrence River.
Found between New York and Ontario the tiny island measures just 3,300 square feet, roughly the size of a tennis court.
Only a house and a tree are able to fit onto the space of land.
It has taken the title of ‘smallest inhabited island’ from Bishop Rock, near the Isles of Scilly, which was once home to a lighthouse.
World’s smallest island: The 3,300 square feet of land is home to just one cottage and a tree
The house on the US island, aptly named Just Room Enough, was built by the Sizeland family
The lighthouse became automated in 1982, making it uninhabited and therefore the island lost the Guinness World Record.
The house on the US island, aptly named Just Room Enough, was built by the Sizeland family who bought it in 1950.
They built a home on the cosy retreat away from the hubbub of the city.
Any hopes for privacy were long gone after it became something of an attraction for tourists on river cruises.
World’s smallest island: The tiny cottage was built by the Sizeland family
The only way for the couple to make it to the island is by boat although having visited in 2010, Washington Post wrote: “One misstep and you’re swimming.”
After a busy Christmas with the family, many may wish they could retreat to the secluded home.
It isn’t the most remote island with one in the Atlantic Ocean being the most secluded archipelago in the world.
Home to just 265 residents, they live on an active volcano.
World’s smallest island: The island is found between New York and Ontario in Alexandria Bay
Called Tristan da Cunha, it is over 2,000 km away from Saint Helena, making it a fair distance from any other civilisation.
Surprisingly, the inhabitants of the island are British, due to it being part of the British Empire.
This means that the pound sterling is used, as well as the British national anthem.
The volcano previously erupted in 1961, causing a mass evacuation of all citizens who didn’t return until 1963.