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Red Rock Island Offers a Spot Off San Francisco

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Red Rock Island Offers a Spot Off San Francisco

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Red Rock Island is rich in manganese, the oxidized metal that gives it a red appearance. Dani Vernon hide caption

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Red Rock Island is rich in manganese, the oxidized metal that gives it a red appearance.

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The Richmond San Rafael Bridge is just north of the island. Dani Vernon hide caption

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The Richmond San Rafael Bridge is just north of the island.

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David Glickman, who bought Red Rock Island in San Francisco Bay in 1964 for less than $50,000, hopes to sell it for $22 million. He says he bought the island because he is interested in unusual, off-beat places.

The island is reached by traveling north from the San Francisco waterfront, heading past Alcatraz Island.

Deb Self, the executive director of an environmental group called Bay Keeper, says the island has great environmental significance.

"It's a major corridor for migrating fish, and home to a lot of birds," Self said, "and close to some important seal rookeries and also is home to a fair sized population of black-crested night Herons.

The fate of the 6-acre piece of rock, and its spectacular views, remains in question as it awaits a buyer. As for David Glickman, he currently lives in Thailand.

Scott Shafer reports from member station KQED in San Francisco.

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