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$6 5 Million Floating House - ORSOS Artificial Islands
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    $6 5 Million Floating House - ORSOS Artificial Islands. An Austrian company has come up with the ultimate getaway for wealthy people who like their privacy--a man-made private island that can be anchored anywhere in the...
    $6 5 Million Floating House - ORSOS Artificial Islands.

    An
    Austrian company has come up with the ultimate getaway for wealthy
    people who like their privacy--a man-made private island that can be
    anchored anywhere in the world.The floating masses, called ORSOS
    Islands, are priced at $6.5 million each and will take around 18
    months to construct, according to the company.None of the floating
    masses have actually been produced yet, but the company told AFP its
    already had some pre-orders for the islands and that theres been
    interest from China, Australia, and the U.S. The company said it
    expects the first islands to be completed in less than two
    years.Each island will sleep 12 and have around 1,000 square meters
    of living space.The best part of these theoretical second homes?
    They can be transported anywhere--by tug boat for short distances
    and by cargo ships for bigger moves.Considering some billionaires
    are dropping hundreds of millions of dollars on their own islands,
    $6.5 million for an island of your own almost sounds like a
    bargain.Do you crave the seclusion of your own private island, but
    hate being tied down in one place? If so, an Austrian firm has
    developed the solution to your troubles -- a man-made floating
    island, complete with two small diesel engines for whenever you
    fancy a change of scenery.The oval-shaped Orsos Island has been
    designed to combine the mobility of a yacht with the comfort of a
    house. It offers six bedrooms spread over three floors and 1,000
    square meters -- nearly four tennis courts -- worth of luxury living
    space.Although it doesnt come with an actual tennis court, those
    longing for some sub-aquatic snooker will be relieved to learn that
    there is a large games room in the islands hull. The underwater
    karaoke suite, meanwhile, is ideal for those whose singing voice is
    best kept a safe distance from civilization.The island also comes
    complete with all the usual ocean-bound comforts of the mega-rich
    Jacuzzi, barbeque, sun loungers, minibar, stately dining room and,
    of course, aquarium.The price tag for all of this is certainly more
    than youd expect to pay for a mainland mansion but, at $6.5 million,
    it falls well below the average cost of the gigayachts and Caribbean
    islands currently favored by the fabulously wealthy.Everyday I get
    inquiries from people all over the world including the U.S., Europe,
    Middle East and China, said Elizabeth Recsy, Orsos Islands head of
    communications.So far there doesnt seem to be a typical customer. I
    have spoken to private people looking for a luxury retreat,
    investors looking for a good deal and hotel chains who want to
    branch out and try something different, she added.Since we launched
    there has been an unbelievable amount of interest in the island.
    Everyday I get inquiries from people all over the worldElizabeth
    Recsy, Orosos Islands head of communicationsThe island is the
    passion project of Hungarian-born entrepreneur Gabor Orsos, a former
    hotelier who wanted to combine the best features of luxury hotels
    with the flexibility that a superyacht provides.Measuring 37 meters
    long, the island can be anchored anywhere in the world its owner
    fancies. But, although it resembles the Millennium Falcon from Star
    Wars, the Orsos Island is unable to reach tropical destinations at
    lightening speed, as its diminutive diesel engines are equipped for
    short journeys only. Instead, the company recommends that its owners
    use a towboat or cargo ship for long haul moves.To boost its green
    credentials, the designers have incorporated 160 square meters of
    solar panels on the roof, as well as wind generators that can
    produce 28-30 kilowatt hours of power (kwh) -- the average daily
    consumption of a family household.The maximum power usage that can
    occur on the island when everything is used at the same time is
    calculated to be 45 kwh. In those cases the two diesel engines are
    used to cover the increased energy needs, said Recsy.If the islands
    owners inadvertently find themselves as island castaways, the vessel
    also has its own desalination system, capable of converting 12,000
    liters seawater to drinking water, using the process of reverse
    osmosis.According to Recsy, the design phase of the island was
    completed over a month ago and the company is currently in the
    production preparation phase We have several pre-orders and we are
    starting to build the islands early next year in our facilities in
    central Europe.With the production time set to drop from 24 months
    to under a year as the company expands, the floating Orsos Islands
    might very soon become a not-too-permanent fixture on the horizon.
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