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Miamis Billionaire Bunker is a high-security island that has a 13-person police force for its 42 residents. A real-estate agent got me past the guardhouse heres what the exclusive community looks like
Miamis Indian Creek Village is a tiny private islandof just 34 homes thats been nicknamedBillionaire Bunkerfor the ultra-wealthy and famous people who call it home.
Billionaire investor Carl Icahn, supermodel Adriana Lima, Spanish singer Julio Iglesias, and former Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula are amongthe islands elite residents.
The islands 42 residents are protected by a private 13-person police force that patrols the perimeter from the water and by land.
I got a tour of the island. It was a high-security experience where I had to be on a list to pass through the gate, and I couldnt get out of the car or take photos of the homes.
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Its been called the Billionaire Bunker and one of the wealthiest, private, most secure communities in Miami Beach and the world.
Indian Creek is a village of just 42 people on a tiny private island in Miamis Biscayne Bay. Its Billionaire Bunker nickname stems from itswildly wealthy and high-profile residents,including billionaire investor Carl Icahn, supermodel Adriana Lima, and Spanish singer Julio Iglesias.
Indian Creek is an exclusive 300-acre island located on the beautiful waters of Biscayne Bay and recognised asone of the wealthiest, private, most secure communitiesin Miami Beach, and the world, Michael Light, founder of Miami Luxury Homes and senior director of luxury sales at Douglas Elliman, wrote on his website. The high level of privacy and security is the highest priority to the residents of Indian Creek and maintained by having its own private police force, as well as its own 24/7 armed marine patrol monitoring the waters surrounding the island.
I got a tour of the island fromNelson Gonzalez, a luxury realtor and the senior vice president of EWM Realty International.
Heres what its like on the exclusive, high-security island.
Its been nicknamed the Billionaire Bunker for its wildly wealthy and high-profile residents, including billionaire investor Carl Icahn, supermodel Adriana Lima, and Spanish singer Julio Iglesias.
The villages 34 homes are built around the perimeter of the island, giving them all waterfront views. The center is occupied by an 18-hole golf course and a country club.
Fortunately, my name was on a list of expected guests, so I didnt have a problem getting in.
The village of 34 residents is protected by a private, 13-man police force, according to my tour guide, Nelson Gonzalez, a luxury realtor and the senior vice president of EWM Realty International.
The force even patrols the perimeter of the island from the water.
We drove across the bridge and I was dropped off in the driveway of one of the islands opulent mansions, which I was planning to tour.
Homes in Indian Creek are rarely up for sale. Right now, theres only one house on the market: an eight-bedroom, Mediterranean-style mansion for $US24 million.
I was able to take a tour and photograph the home because its for sale, but I wasnt allowed to take photos of any other houses on the island.
Although the $US24 million home is the only one on the market, houses in the village have been knownto sell without being officially listed.
In February 2019, an Indian Creek estate that wasnt officially on the market sold for $US50 million, breaking the record for the most expensive single-family home ever sold in the Miami area.
And it was the second time the home broke that record, afterselling for $US47 million back in 2012,as Business Insiders Lina Batarags previously reported.
The Indian Creek Golf Course isone of the prime golf courses in Florida,according to Top 100 Golf Courses.
This is not one of the most accessible venues for the visiting golfer, so youll need to befriend a member to tee it up on the classical William S. Flynn-designed course here at Indian Creek, which dates back to the 1930s, the website reads.
Gonzalez told me the island is high-security and the residents are very concerned with privacy. I spotted one of the private police cars patrolling the island about two minutes into my tour.
The island has just one street: Indian Creek Island Road, bordered by lavish homes on one side and the perfectly manicured golf course on the other.
Most of the villages homes sit behind gates, partially shrouded from view by palm trees and other lush foliage.
High-profile investors, Russian billionaires, professional coaches, models and singers, and even US senators have called Indian Creek Village home.
An Indian Creek Village home photographed in 2001.
Supermodel Adriana Lima, former Sears CEO Eddie Lampert, and car dealership tycoon Norman Braman are just a few of thewealthy individuals who have owned homes on the island.
One of the islands most famous residents is Spanish singer Julio Iglesias, who owns several properties on the island, Gonzalez told me.
An Indian Creek Village home belonging to Julio Iglesias, photographed in 2001.
In 2017, the singer wasasking $US150 million for four contiguous vacant lotshe owns on the island. Together, the properties would offer 800 feet of water frontage.
Puerto Rican singer and actor Ricky Martin has also lived on the island at one point, but its unclear whether he still does.
Ricky Martins Indian Creek house pictured in 2001.
His home isquite small compared to the houses of the area, according to Getty.
Icahn paid$US7.5 million for his 14,000-square-foot Indian Creek vacation homeback in 1997, according to Forbes.
Shula and his wife have reportedlylived in a sprawling white house on the islandfor more than 20 years.
The Indian Creek Country Club isMiami-Dade Countys most exclusive, and controversial, private society, Gus Garcia-Roberts wrote in the Miami New Times in 2011.
fitness center, massage and steam room, locker rooms, bridge room, and a marina. It was built in 1929 by architect Maurice Fatio, who designed many ofthe most famous estates in Palm Beach.
Florida is one of theonly places in North America where Banyan treescan be found, but the tree is actuallynative to tropical Asia.
While Id expected a degree of security on the private island, I didnt expect it to be quite at that level, from the 13-person private police force to being screened at the guarded gatehouse and not being able to set foot outside the car or take photos of the homes.
The island is really small: The driving tour took at most 20 minutes, and that was moving slowly with frequent stops.
The most telling detail of my short time on the island is that I dont remember seeing a single civilian on the streets or in the yards – but I saw at least two members of the police force. So, while the level of security is definitely, and understandably, a draw to wealthy residents, I found it to be a bit of a deserted island.
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