A retired hedge fund manager is looking to part with a pretty piece of Caribbean property. The multi-acre spread, located on the island of St. Barts, is now on the market for $67 million.
Care for your very own private beach? How about your own Caribbean coconut grove? Before the price tag scares you away, why not check out what dream properties are made of. Former hedge fund manager Bruce Kovner is looking to unload his 2-in-1 tropical getaway on the Caribbean island of Saint Barthélemy for the cost of an island: $67 million. The hot property, which recently saw a revamp under Kovner's ownership, was originally constructed by banker and businessman Benjamin de Rothschild and dubbed "Girasol." Spread across seven acres of land on the island's beautiful Marigot Beach, the listing includes an unbelievable 175 yards of private beachfront. The listing describes the surrounding waters as a natural protected area. Loaded up with two mansion villas, which total six bedrooms and two pools between them, the St. Barts estate may be but a dream home to all but the most wealthy homebuyers in the world.
"Girasol truly is a work of art with every detail perfectly and meticulously executed," said Rick Moeser, the executive director of the company representing the sale, Christie's International Real Estate. This aerial shot captures the property's two mansions, seemingly hidden within the oasis of St. Barts' lush plant life. Past the property's coconut grove, a collection of mature coconut trees lined in pristine rows, sit the two private villas included within the sale, each with their own unique style, design, and setup.
The first home currently assumes the role as haven to Kovner's private collection of art, a design move clearly meant to complement the island mansion's modern architecture. Serving as the property's main villa, this sizable abode boasts three bedrooms, with the master suite offering a private sitting area, beautiful views of the surrounding jungle-scape, and a private bathroom you'll have to see to believe.
When you're in the Caribbean, why not remind yourself of it in every single room? Check out this beautiful master bathroom layout – a unique combination of marbled detailing and lush greenery. The property's master spa leads directly into the bordering oasis, while the three bedrooms are interconnected by way of mini terraces lined with plants and Japanese basins.
Not shying away from the inside-outside inspirations of the villa it is attached to, the property's main house includes this 10-foot deep private pool. Designed to look as natural as the green oasis surrounding it, the swimming spot was created in part with local rock and native island materials. The water borders the personal gym, complete with a cross trainer, bicycle, and treadmill.
Not to be outdone, the second villa on the property comes with a unique style all of its own. Much like its companion building, the line between indoor and outdoor living is obscured with convenient fold up walls that reveal a large deck that faces the beach. Even better? A second pool – this one built infinity-style – sits just beyond it, looking as though the waves just beyond could envelop it at any moment.
American businessman Bruce Kovner is best known as the founder of Caxton Associates, a hedge fund that trades a global macro strategy and is often regarded as one of the 10 largest hedge funds in existence. Kovner, now retired, maintains a net worth of $4.9 billion.