On islands like Manhattan space comes at a premium and often large recreational centres like public swimming pools are the first things to be sacrificed. However if everything goes “swimmingly” Manhattan could soon become home to one of the worlds first floating swimming pools. Part swimming pool, part man made island, this floating pool concept could be providing summer respite to heat weary New Yorkers as soon as next summer pending final approvals. The best part of the project is it is completely sustainable taking dirty east river water and purifying it, making it safe for swimming. The Pool team still needs funding to make it a reality.
Canadians have a knack for giving their islands unique names and they don’t disappoint with Bustard Island. However there is much more to this property than its unusual name. This rare listing offers the ultimate in privacy and beautiful surroundings. The Bustard island group is well known as one of the most scenic and unspoiled island groups of Georgian Bay
Solar Powered Catamaran This could all be possible if the Solar Powered Catamaran pictured here is built. The boat which seats four is adorned with a sheet of solar cells that provide enough power to propel the boat through the water. In addition when done the boat can be folded up and stored into the average sized rooftop car container. Although the catamaran has not been built yet it is another example of how technological development, particularly green technology is making island development easier and more accessible. Source: Inhabitat
It seems that the media is finally catching on to what island insiders have been talking about for years that the Private Island Resort development industry is booming. The Business Times recently published an interesting article about the boom in Private Island Resort Development in Indonesia, Cambodia and beyond. “While discussions about private-island holidays have only recently been bandied about by the average traveller, at least one place here has, for some time, been pre-empting that trend.
In a world where most private islands are under 10 acres in size, San Jose Island really stands out. Located in the Pearl Islands of Panama, San Jose Island is a massive 11,000 acres in size. Fully titiled, San Jose Island is home to the boutique 4-star resort, Hacienda Del Mar, a variety of bird species including toucans and macaws, and abundant marine life. San Jose Island is blessed with 57 pristine beaches, turquoise waters, waterfalls, rivers and streams. The island, with fully titled parcels, a master plan, and existing infrastructure, is ready for the development of a world-class resort destination.
Now that the recession is over the world’s wealthiest individuals are once again starting to indulge in luxurios vacations and according to Fox business news the destination that is at the top of their list are Private Islands. Here is what Fox News had to say. According to the American Affluence Research Center, 35% of America’s wealthiest households plan to spend more on domestic vacations this year, and 31% plan to spend more on vacations abroad. That means the rich are planning to do some serious spending on everything from private jets to private islands. Read more: http://www.foxbusiness.com/personal-finance/2011/06/10/adventures-in-affluence-how-billionaire-vacations/#ixzz1PAucGRdI
The Brisbane Times recently published an interesting article about what is happening in there private islands market. The article notes that there are currently more than a dozen islands on the market in Australia right now. Here is what the article has to say. Julia Roberts tried to get a slice of Queensland when she tried to buy Turtle Island, off Rockhampton, over a decade ago. She offered about $3 million then and missed out by a few hundred thousand. The island has just sold again for close to $5.5 million. The article also discussings how one goes about selling an island in Australia, noting… “Private islands, despite their undeniable romantic appeal, are difficult to sell, and tend to remain on the market longer than other types of residential or recreational property” according to Private Islands Online – a website dedicated to selling exotic islands. Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/business/property/why-settle-for-a-house-when-you-can-buy-an-island-20110609-1fun1.html#ixzz1PAoKhS2s
Florida is a land of plenty when it comes to private islands and it is often a popular destination for individuals interested in purchasing a private island within US borders. One of the newest islands to come on the market is Ormond by the Sea a 1.3 acre island located just north of Ormond Beach in Valusia County. The island is high and dry and ready for development! The island is currently on the market for $500,000 OBO. For more information on Ormond by the Sea visit Private Islands Online .
Easier Property.com recently featured the Isle of Taransay a breathtaking 3,445 acre island which is currently on the market for 2 Million pounds. Located in an exceptional setting in the Outer Hebrides, Taransay is made up of two islands connected together by a peninsula of sand, with spectacular white sandy beaches, rugged cliff faces and heather moorlands forming its remarkable and unspoilt landscape. The island is steeped in history having been inhabited since about 300 A.D. when it was home to Celtic pagans. Throughout history it has been the site of fierce battles including the Massacre of Taransay in 1544, when the Morrisons of Lewis invaded. It was recently home to a different kind of battle as it was home to the television show Castaway. Here is what Easier Property had to say. ” The original buildings on the island were renovated and since 2002 have been used as self-catering holiday cottages.
With advances in communication, transportation and other techologies exploring private islands has never been so accessible. However there are some private islands that will forever be out of reach for all except the most affluent of the planet’s citizens. One such island is Musha Cay. Recentlty a journalist with Industry Leaders Magazine explored the 150 acres of luxury that makes up Musha Cay here is what they had to say
Musha Cay: Exotic Luxury