Place: Private Islands
Chris is here today to share his knowledge and expertise pertaining to the world of private islands.
Good day Chris and thanks for participating in our interview.
Could you tell our readers something about Private Islands Inc and how it all started?
Hi Norm, thank you for your interest in Private Islands Inc.
I think the origin of the company was really inspired by two of my previous business ventures, a Canadian tour agency and an internet company, as well as my own very happy experience with renting a private island.
Islands are unique in luxury real estate because in most regions, local interest is minimal, and most often it will be an international or non-regional buyer who would be interested in the property. When I started the company in 1999, there was no effective way for brokers to directly reach potential international clients, and the industry was fractured and divided by location. Our high-traffic catalogue website, Private Islands Online, revolutionized the business and became the most successful medium for uniting island buyers and sellers.
There are a few types of island buyers, and the kind that would have an interest in a very remote property tends to be highly individualistic and in my experience, this has included celebrities or others with significant privacy concerns.
Where are these private islands located and could you give us a brief description of some of the least expensive as well as some of the most expensive islands that are for sale today?
Sure, private islands are available in virtually every country with foreign access to real estate- and of course, with islands. The
Some of the more economical islands are located in areas like
Private islands become more expensive when they are heavily developed or located in desirable areas like the
What should one look out for when contemplating the purchase of a private island and how easy or difficult is it to purchase an island?
First off, it's very important to establish what you want the island for, and what kind of effort you want to put into it. If you're very self-sufficient and just want a small vacation home in the
If money is no object and you have very little time, a fully-developed island is probably the way to go. For some of our very busy clients, convenience and accessibility are key factors and things like an airstrip are non-negotiable.
If you had to name five of the most romantic islands you have ever encountered, which ones would you choose?
I think pretty much any private island vacation can be an inherently romantic experience, but if I had to choose:
*** Isla de sa Ferradura in
*** The wonderful
*** With an authentic fairy-tale castle dating back to the 11th century, the Irish isle of
*** An ideal location for a wedding, engagement proposal, or just a luxurious getaway with your loved one, the designer Peter Nygard's self-named island in the
*** Lastly, my own island in
Is it possible to rent any of these islands for a week-end wedding celebration? If possible, would this island come with staff and how easy or difficult would it be to arrange for catering? How expensive would it be to rent an island for a few days?
Absolutely, and an island is the most special place for a wedding that I can imagine. Many of the rental properties we offer come with full staff and have specific packages for weddings and other large groups, and full facilities for catering. Prices vary, but this full service will start at around US $30K-$40K on many islands.
How popular is your Internet Site where you list the various properties you have for sale?
What was the most expensive island you have been involved with and why was it so expensive to purchase?
The most expensive island sale that we've worked on was a US $20M island in the
Is there anything else you wish to add that we have not covered?
To add one thing, I always emphasize that the ultra-wealthy may buy luxury properties for tens of millions, but I love that we've dealt with many middle-class families buying an island for vacations, family reunions, and to eventually pass down to their children.
Thanks once again and good luck with all of your future endeavors.
Florida | Bahamas and Caribbean Islands | Hawaii
Asia and Far East | Indian Ocean | South Pacific | Pacific Ocean
Pacific Coast Islands - USA | Gulf Coast Islands - USA | Atlantic Coast Islands - USA
Atlantic Ocean - North | Atlantic Ocean - South | Mediterranean | Northern Europe
Best Island Hotels and Resorts | Best Islands Activities | Best Island Restaurants |
| Best Island Real Estate | Links | Advertising Information | Home |