A Bahamas island vacation will make you the envy of your close circle of friends. Owning your own private island in the Bahamas will make you the most hated person in the world.
Innocence, an expansive and expensive private island in the Bahamas — which comes with its own airport code and 2,700-foot landing strip — was auctioned off in New York City this month.
The Bahamas island was first listed in 2009 for $55 million. The owner of Innocence Island, who recently fell ill, auctioned off property for a quicker transaction.
“Every time I descend upon Innocence Island, I relish hearing the pilot announce our approach by calling out the island’s airport code, MYEY. I sit back, smile and await the privacy and relaxation to come,” said its current owner in a news release.
“Unlike the traditional sales model, the auction model allows him to sell Innocence Island on his own timeline,” said Laura Brady, the founder of Concierge Auctions, a New York-based luxury real estate auction firm charged with selling the island.
So what does the buyer of the Bahamas island of Innocence get for his $17 million?
The 681-acre island has a 3,000-square-foot main house overlooking the entire island, plus a second hillside bungalow with a gym and meditation deck. Innocence Island also includes 15 miles of nature trails, six white sand beaches and flourishing tomato vines as well as mango, guava, and lemon trees growing on the island for your use.
The property also comes with some A-List neighbors — according to Concierge Auctions, the Bahamas’ Exuma chain of islands is home to actor Johnny Depp, magician David Copperfield and country music icon Tim McGraw. Exuma is area of the Bahamas where private islands go on sale regularly.
The Bahamas island had a starting listing price of $10 million. The buyer of Innocence Island is still anonymous.
Check out this video tour of Innocence Island created by Exuma Cays.