Who needs a house in the Hamptons when you can own a waterfront cottage in the middle of New York City's very own wildlife nature preserve? This 2-bedroom, 1-bath bungalow on Broad Channel island is currently listed for $585,000. Located at 34 West 12th Road, right on a canal off of Jamaica Bay, the 692-square-foot house has a private deck and boat dock. The current owner rents the cottage out for nightly, weekly, or monthly stays, and it is being sold fully-furnished, so the buyer can immediately start to do the same. With Rockaway Beach and the wildlife refuge just a short bike or boat ride away, the house seems like a pretty sweet escape for kayak-paddling, nature-loving waterbugs who can't be bothered to leave the city.
· Listing: Broad Channel Canal Cottage [Trulia]