For $1.99m: This Central Mass. island comes with an indoor pool and the chance to win a fossil

Palm trees line the heated indoor pool. Max Cross

For people who enjoyed having time alone to reflect during the pandemic, this home on a private island in Central Massachusetts would offer a peaceful respite. 

Sitting on 12.32 acres and surrounded by wetlands, the estate at 35 South Meadow Road in Clinton has hit the market for $1,990,000. 

Built in 1965 and fully renovated in 2005, this 4,308-square-foot contemporary features a main house and guest quarters connected by a conservatory.

The main house features three bedrooms and one bathroom. The kitchen, with its hardwood floors and all-white cabinets and appliances, gets plenty of natural light from skylights. Two wrought-iron spiral staircases — one in the kitchen, the other in the boardroom — lead to cupolas. There is a third cupola above the second floor in the guest wing and a fourth over the detached garage. 

“The views are unbelievable. It’s not just the water that you look at; it’s also herons and eagles’ nests,” said Helen Edwards, one of the listing agents from Barrett Sotheby’s International Realty. 

The conservatory, which offers views of the grounds and the water, connects the main house and the sunroom in the guest quarters, which includes three bedrooms and 1.5 baths. 

Rivaling for attention with the conservatory is the heated, 2700-square-foot pool house. With its ferns and small palm trees, the space looks like a tropical resort, even in the cold New England months. “It’s really amazing. You walk in and you feel like you’ve gone to an exotic island,” said the estate’s other listing agent, Charity Edwards. 

The real draw, however, Charity said, is the grounds, which are brimming with rhododendrons, wisteria, honeysuckle, and grapevines. 

“The grounds are like nothing I’ve ever seen,” she said. “I think if we can find a family or a person who is really interested in that kind of serene, peaceful area, I think that’s going to be the perfect buyer for it.”

There’s a two-car garage attached to the pool house, and the gated entrance and cobblestone driveway add a sophisticated touch to the massive estate. 

Touring the home comes with its own unique opportunity. The owner — Stoughton-native Robert Lanza, known for being part of the first team in the world to clone early-stage human embryos — is raffling off a 50 million-year-old fossil with the house. The fossil, mined from an Eocene Era lake system in Wyoming, contains the remains of more than a dozen fossilized fish.

One raffle ticket will be assigned to each group touring the house, and the winner will be selected on the day of the closing.

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Clarification: The price of the home dropped since this story was first published. The current cost of the property is reflected here.