Neighbored by the famous Cayo Espanto Resort and Mr. Di Caprios Blackadore Island, escape to the tranquility of this captivating private island. Explore the adjacent Ambergris Caye, the longest barrier reef in the western hemisphere, for some of the world’s most sought after scuba diving, snorkeling, and offshore fishing. Imagine unrivaled relaxation and discover infinite possibilities on this incomparable tropical retreat.
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10. Ibiza, Spain
Located in an easily accessible yet ultimately private location, this southeast facing mansion sits on the coastline with its own sea access and old light house. Exuding elegance and casual luxury, the main house has accommodation for 22 people, two separate guest houses for 14 guests and a staff house with 4 bedrooms, a unique infinity pool, spacious salons, various sea-oriented entertaining areas, a tennis court and luscious gardens.
9. Telluride, Colorado
Nestled deep within the rarest assemblage of rolling meadows and mature forest just 12 minutes from the historic resort town of Telluride, Colorado, this property offers the ultimate retreat for those seeking privacy, scenic beauty and serenity. A warm and inviting main house and story-book guest house are situated upon a rise overlooking the regions towering 14,000-foot peaks. The property’s vast acreage is threaded by a private trail system providing gated access into tens of thousands of acres of surrounding National Forest.
8. Cape Town, South Africa
Located in the heart of the unique enclave of Lions Head Nature Reserve in Cape Town South Africa, lies a Villa so spectacular in contemporary design, it is a true architectural feat. High above the cityscape this exquisite Villa enjoys unobstructed, panoramic views of Clifton’s four famous beaches and the expanse of the Atlantic Ocean.
7. Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
One of Germany’s most beautiful historic properties, Burg Rheineck is located just 30 kilometers south of Bonn, the former capital of Germany. The castle is located on top of a hill overlooking Bad Breisig, known for its thermal springs and the beautiful promenade along the Rhine River. The castle has seen many famous visitors over the centuries including the German emperor Kaiser Wilhelm, Mikhail Gorbachev, John F. Kennedy Jr., Yehudi Menuhin, Alexander von Humboldt and many others.
6. Mallorca, Spain
Located in Son Vida, this unique villa enjoys breathtaking views of the sea, Palma city and its port. The Chameleon Villa boasts extraordinary light effects, consisting of the finest LED technology, which can be programmed to change colors on a whim. Comprised of three buildings, the main house is spread over three floors including a living area, library, TV room, bedroom suites, kitchen and wine cellar. In the second building are swimming pools, fitness and spa area. The third building is the guest house.
5. James Island, Canada
James Island is a 780-acre private island prominently situated within Canada’s famous Gulf Island archipelago. The second largest privately owned island within the Gulf Islands, James Island is as rare as it is unique. Steeped in a rich and documented history, the island has had several lives: from agricultural settlement; to an industrial plant and company town; to its present incarnation as an exclusive retreat and a return to much of its natural state.
4. Olbia-Tempio, Italy
Built by Prince Karim Aga Khan, this waterfront villa on the north shore of Sardinia boasts thirteen bedrooms and its own private beach. The home is situated above the bay of Porto Cervo to capture spectacular views while maintaining privacy with unmatched luxury. Plush couches and poolside lounge areas create comfortable outdoor living spaces for relaxation and entertainment.
3. Hobe Sound, Florida
Luxurious Bahamian-inspired estate designed and custom-built in 2010 by international superstar Celine Dion for her and her family. Located on the exclusive Jupiter Island, this 5.5 acre property with over 415 linear feet on the Atlantic Ocean is being sold turn-key with almost all its contents.
2. Water Mill, New York
Villa Maria is a private and magnificent waterfront estate with stately gardens and glorious views of Mecox Bay. At 22,000 sq. ft., it has 11 bedrooms including a 6-room beautifully appointed master suite, a handmade stone and wrought iron staircase, a 60 foot living room with original fresco details a state of the art kitchen and a wine cellar. All principal rooms are brilliantly sunny and take advantage of the panoramic water views. The outdoor spaces feature a grand 2-story portico and a large stone terrace overlooking the wide lawn and bay. There is a waterside pool, pool cabana, tennis court and a charming two-bedroom guesthouse.
1. Key Largo, Florida
Just ten minutes by helicopter to Miami’s South Beach or by boat to Key Largo, Pumpkin Key is an extraordinary private island totaling 26 acres located in the Florida Keys. Self-sufficient with water and electric from the shore, the island currently features one main home with three bedrooms, two caretaker’s cottages, and a dock master’s apartment. The island also includes a 20-slip marina able to accommodate a mega-yacht, tennis courts that also serve as a helipad and golf cart paths that circle the island.
There are corners of the world that are simply more beautiful than the rest: Innocence Island is one of them. One of the last pearls on the magical Exuma chain of islands, Innocence seems separated by not only space, but time. Innocence Island is a private 681 acre paradise with great elevations, secluded bays, 6 white sand beaches, fresh well water, rich soil with mature native fruit trees and tropical foliage.
This private island is selling to the highest bidder at or above $10 million on May 15, 2014.
The September 2013 issue of Significant Sales features top sales from diverse locations around the world, beginning with a spectacular $44 million property in Colorado’s Snowmass Village. Also featured is a sprawling waterfront estate overlooking San Francisco, a private island in the Bahamas and over twenty other properties from across the globe.
Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty / $44,000,000 USD / Colorado, USA
Colorado—Situated on 504 private acres in Snowmass Village, this property is a compound that includes a main house, guest house, barn, pastures, ponds with water rights, outdoor spaces and breathtaking views. The main house features more than 23,000 square feet on three levels with four bedrooms, five full baths, three half baths, contemporary kitchen, formal and informal living and family rooms, his and her master baths and closets and large exercise room. There also is a massage room, indoor spa with sunken hot tub, multiple offices, game room, three-tiered theater, wet bar, vaulted ceilings and beautiful outdoor spaces with fire pit and wood-burning fireplace.
Decker Bullock Sotheby’s International Realty / Sales Price Undisclosed / California, USA
California—This newly completed 15,500 square foot estate on 1.14 waterfront acres is located in the prestigious south side of Belvedere Island on the San Francisco Bay, with unobstructed views of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge. The home features seven bedrooms, nine full and two half baths, three car garage and space for 20 cars within the gated 200 foot driveway and cobblestone motor court. There is a 50 foot pool with cabana/spa, gym with sauna and steam room, state-of-the-art home theater, temperature controlled wine cellar and a 50 foot art gallery.
Damianos Sotheby’s International Realty / $24,000,000 USD / Bahamas
Bahamas—This exclusive private island of 167 acres is set in the Exuma Cays, undoubtedly one of the most beautiful areas of the Bahamas. With breathtaking scenery, this unspoiled paradise is surrounded by seven white sand beaches, azure waters, stunning natural coves, hidden caves and lush tropical foliage. Located only 124 miles southeast of Nassau, and just 90 minutes by air from Miami International Airport, the property has a well-sheltered marina of 1.4 acres, natural roadways, a helipad and a ramp for seaplanes. The two main residences rest on a hilltop, offering stunning views. A separate one bedroom cottage sits on a picturesque point with views of the marina.
A real life oasis, this Bahamas private island retreat in Sandy Cay has been developed to the standards of an upscale resort. 8 acres of unspoiled paradise, 2 beaches with over 800 feet of pristine white sand on the protected Sea of Abaco. Set in the beautiful Abaco Islands, the tropical locale is stunning with turquoise waters and a lush vibrant landscape.
Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced the launch of a Waterfront specialty market website, the second in a planned series of branded websites for specialty markets.
The specialized website, which can be found at waterfrontpropertysir.com, matches the look and feel of the brand’s website, sothebysrealty.com, and provides detailed Waterfront lifestyle and listing information and resources. The website enables buyers and sellers to search for the finest properties in this segment and the sales professionals who represent them. It covers a full spectrum of lifestyle types and properties including: ocean and beach, riverfront, lakefront, island and boating. This site was launched with more than $13 billion of waterfront property listings worldwide.
“The Waterfront segment offers some of the most striking photography, making it a natural choice for a specialty market website,” said Wendy Purvey, chief marketing officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “Waterfront is far and away the most searched lifestyle on sothebysrealty.com, so there is a great consumer fascination with this market. We will continue to enhance this specialty market website by adding custom content on waterfront living based on the body of water. For example, the site will convey what it is like living on an island in the Bahamas versus living on a lakefront in Italy or Minnesota.”
The Sotheby’s International Realty® network currently has more than 12,000 sales associates located in approximately 625 offices in 44 countries and territories worldwide.
For some truly unique properties, travel by helicopter may be one of the limited – if not the only – means of accessing a property. Whether by design or due natural circumstances, a private helipad offers the ultimate in convenience and privacy. From remote private islands to secluded inland retreats, here are some stunning homes from around the world with a helipad as the ultimate amenity.
Cielo de Bonaire is one of the premier properties in Mallorca, Spain. Nestled in the hillside between two bays, the home has some of the best panoramic views on the island. Sophisticated and luxurious, the contemporary estate includes a steam room, tennis courts and its own private helipad for easy access to the mainland.
Bays of Islands / New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty
Rahimoana, located in the heart of the Bay of Islands in New Zealand, is the crown jewel of the award-winning Eagles Nest luxury resort hotel. The property boasts endless views, extensive beach frontage, a helipad and an infinity pool, which was named one of the top 10 cliff edge pools in the world.
Ball Ground / Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty
Located in the exclusive Hawks Ridge golf community, this gated estate in Ball Ground, Georgia sits atop a hill overlooking the golf course, lake and mountains. The property contains a professional recording studio, two pools, a tennis court, English-style pub, spa facility and conveniently located helipad.
Villa Paraiso, located in the remote village of Montezuma, is an architecturally significant home in an idyllic natural setting. The private oceanfront estate in Costa Rica is surrounded by the lush tropical jungle, sandy beaches and waterfalls. It includes a riding stable, free-form infinity pool, swim-up bar, wood-fire pizza oven and an auto court designed to accommodate helicopter service from Costa Rica’s two international airports.
Located on the breathtaking Riviera del Corallo, this coastal castle-like villa in Sardinia was built in 1880 on the ruins of an ancient watch-tower and is shaped to resemble a medieval castle. During the late 19th century, the villa became a meeting place for the high society and Italian Royalty. The property includes twenty-five bedrooms, a fitness facility with spa, heated swimming pool, Turkish bath, a helipad and a private beach.
Owning your own private island conjures up images of celebrities, billionaire tycoons, and adventurous spirits who look to escape from the normal resorts or exotic vacation locales to their own private refuges.
Popular locations to own a private island are the Bahamas, Southeast Asia, Western Europe, Canada and French Polynesia, which all boast noteworthy private island ownership. In fact, there are three distinct types of private island owners: “The Wealthy Celebrity or Businessman,” “The Speculator” and “The Island Lover.”
Established mavericks of business, successful entrepreneurs and world-renowned entertainers, many from the U.S., are the predominant profile of the private island owner. They view these islands as status symbols, private getaway spots with a high degree of security and seclusion. One well known private island owner is David Copperfield, the American Illusionist, who owns Musha Cay in the Bahamas. Here are several current listings that are well suited for the perfect private island retreat.
Located on the Exuma chain of islands, this private island in the Bahamasoffers the ultimate in privacy and relaxation. The island comes equipped with self-generating power, sophisticated telecommunications, docks, staff quarters for 29, a spa, a gym, an infinity pool, a salon and a Cessna 208 floatplane.
James Island is a breathtaking private island in the Gulf Islands, British Columbia that includes its own Jack Nicklaus Signature 18-hole golf course, white sandy beaches, a generous main residence, six charming guest cottages and a private airstrip.
Another category of private island owners is the speculator or developer looking for underdeveloped islands. These properties are not for the faint of heart as they require the installation of utilities such as ground water purification or a desalination system which converts sea water to drinking water, and electricity which requires building a power generation system provided no other source is available. Some undeveloped islands require roads to be built, housing, marina or dockage facilities. All of this may require government approval and most islands are highly restrictive in terms of preservation of the environment. Here are current properties prime for development.
$24,000,000 USD / US Virgin Islands / United States Virgin Islands Sotheby’s International Realty
The Hans Lollik Islands are a pair of undeveloped private islands located 1.5 miles from St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. With approximately 587 acres, the islands’ topography includes sloping hillsides, palm forests, and beautiful white sand beaches.
$44,198,895 USD / Chora, Greece / Greece Sotheby’s International Realty
This private island in the Aegean Sea, near Athens, Greece is an oasis appropriate for residential or commercial use.
The third type of island buyer is the true island lover, people passionate about buying private islands to create their own personal retreats or eco-resorts. This is a non-conventional person looking for adventure off the beaten path and escaping from the more traditional spots. Here are two truly unique islands ready for the adventurer’s delight.
Alaska / Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty
Located in southeast Alaska, this beautiful private island near Sitka, offers spectacular views of Mt. Edgecumbe and Sitka Sound. With its own private dock, the island offers easy access to the mainland.
New York / Select Sotheby’s International Realty
Comfort Island Alexandria Bay is located on the St. Lawrence River in the Thousand Islands Region of New York State. This historic island property has a rich history which dates back to 1883. The Victorian estate which was constructed on the island pre-electricity is one of the earliest large estates on the string of islands, and the only known to be still owned by the original family.
In May, singer Céline Dion and her husband René Angélil put their 24,000 square foot private island mansion in Québec, Canada on the market. Due to the singer’s touring schedule, the couple seldom used the property. The magnificent estate is currently listed for a staggering $29.6 million CAD, and is the most expensive property ever listed on the Québec housing market.
The listing agent, Joseph Montanaro of Sotheby’s International Realty Québec, takes us through a guided tour of the estate. In addition to an accomplished real estate broker, Joseph also holds a degree in Architecture and worked in New York City for over 10 years as a successful high-end interior designer and architect.
Accessing the Island
The ultimate in privacy and security, the palatial estate is only accessible via a single stone road which connects the 83,000 square foot, entirely fenced in island to mainland Montréal. The private gated entrance is staffed with 24 hour security.
True to its French Normandy-style, the castle-like property boasts a dramatic slate roof and a romantic cone-shaped tower. There are numerous stone terraces to appreciate the surrounding water views and natural forested environment. “At one time there were 200 people working on the house during its building,” explained Montanaro. “It took two years to build and was completed in 2001.”
Design and Décor
Luxurious and classic, the interior of the home has exquisite detailing and furnishings, most of which are included in the sale. A majestic winding staircase with ornate iron and wood details welcomes entrants into a grand foyer. The main floor features marble and wood flooring and custom-made Persian rugs.
The main floor also features a formal living room and dining room with seating for eighteen and are appointed largely in a crimson, ivory, gold and mahogany palette. Lavish chandeliers and gilded wall scones adorn the coffered ceiling and custom-paneled walls.
A true gourmet kitchen, the completely custom “La Cornue” design is truly exceptional and includes three granite topped islands, four prep sinks, three ovens, four fridges, and an espresso machine.
The second level of the home presents an interesting dichotomy of traditional master suites (yes, there are two) and a strikingly more contemporary children’s suite. With cool grey walls and clean-lined furnishings, the children’s suite is a nod to the couples’ Jupiter Island, Florida home. “The Florida house is more contemporary and in a Bahamian style which reflects the local climate, while this home is more classic and settled and characteristic of Québec architecture,” explains Montanaro.
The home includes a custom elevator which makes moving through the residence a breeze. On the lower level, there is a handsome game room and a vaulted stone wine cellar with integrated tasting room that is second-to-none.
Outside, there is a large in-ground pool and fabulous pool house equipped with its own kitchen and built-in grill.
The property comes fully-furnished, including artwork (with the exception the owners’ personal affects), and can be viewed by pre-qualified buyers only. For more, see listings details or contact Joseph Montanaro, Sotheby’s International Realty Québec at 514-660-3050.