If you can't afford an entire island, you can get a pretty nice piece of one in remote locations across the nation. For those daydreaming about buying a home on an island, these getaways surround you with water -- all for less than half a million dollars.
This cottage on Magnuson's Island in Northern Minnesota was built in 1928 with rock collected from nine countries. The home is completely renovated with a sunny deck and railroad system down to the rocky beach.
The remote spot is private, but not primitive. The current owners put $100,000 into improvements.
Here's a large log home in a coveted school district on Alaska's Kodiak Island. The home has dropped in price since it was first listed this spring, and the current owners have recently stained it and made repairs.
The three-bedroom, two-bath home has a big wood stove for cold Alaska winters and water views from upstairs.