Historic island for sale – you just need $80 million. Awesome looking place.
It’s not often a whole island comes up for sale in the Bahamas, let alone one with substantial cliffs, deep-water moorings and some of the best beaches in the Caribbean. Great Whale Cay, 30 minutes by boat from Nassau, is for sale for $80 million (£50 million) with Savills and has the potential to become an exclusive retreat similar to Richard Branson’s Necker Island, or the millionaires’ paradise Mustique. The 850-acre L-shaped island belonged to “Joe” Carstairs, heiress of the Standard Oil fortune, and was visited by the Duke and Duchess of Windsor in the Forties. There are historic buildings (Great house, lighthouse, and church), rare flora and fauna and watersports and diving. But what makes it such a rare and valuable opportunity, according to Giles Gale of estate agency Savills, is the private paved airstrip. “It is unlikely that permission would be granted for the creation of a new airstrip these days,” he says. – From Telegraph
Alex has written for Vanity Fair, Barrons, Bloomberg and Condé Nast Traveler.