Only a small bridge communicates Indian Creek with the outside world, as many compare: the paradise with the rest of the mortals. That’s because it is an exclusive 300-acre island located on the stunning and famous waters of Biscayne Bay. It is not even linked to the mainland, but to the Miami Beach area.
The most common way for homeowners to transport is, of course: the boats, enjoying their private docks to go out to both the Atlantic and the Bay of Biscay from their berths, which surround the island. Only 34 top luxury mansions surround the golf course and exclusive country club which fill the island interior. Properties lots here are not under 1.25 acres, as expansive as it is, so are the views, the privacy, and the prestige of living here.
So, through the years, who has own one of these properties? Being recognized as one of the wealthiest, and most secure communities in Miami Beach, and the world, it’s very common to see real estate headlines announcing millionaire transactions for a piece of land here made by famous and rich residents. Members of royal families from the Middle East, sports coaches, European millionaires, great businessmen, and entrepreneurs, and famous artists are some of the inhabitants of this privileged “Billionaire Bunker”.
These include pro golfer Raymond Floyd, television host Don Francisco, real estate billionaire Peter Breton, Victoria Secret’s model Adriana Lima, billionaire developer Donny Soffer, supermodel Elle MacPherson, US Senator George Smathers, former football team owner, and billionaire art collector Norman Braman, Spanish singer Julio Iglesias, whose $28 Million home made it on the Top 10 List of Most Expensive Homes in the South in 2006 Forbes Magazine edition.
Also artists like Cher, Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin, the billionaire marriage of Beyoncé and Jay Z, the renowned steel executive Leroy Schecter, Sheik Mohammed al-Fassi of Saudi Arabia, radio magnate Raul Alarcon, former football coach of the Miami Dolphins Don Shula, billionaire investor Carl Icahn, former CEO of the Sears clothing chain, Eddie Lampert, co-founder of Calvin Klein Barry Schwartz, wireless executive Rajendra Singh, coal and oil executive Christopher F. Viegas, and former cable company CEO Ken Bagwell.
Most recently, two new and illustrious residents have joined the ritzy Indian Creek Island: one is Gisele Bündchen, the famous supermodel, and her husband, Tampa Bay Buccaneers football star, Tom Brady. They have acquired a piece of land, number 26, which contains a mansion that they will demolish to build another ecological and sustainable house. At the moment, getting that piece of land has cost them $17 million dollars.
The other is Ivanka Trump, the daughter of the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump. She and her husband, government adviser Jared Kushner, have disbursed even more money, paying $30 million to Spanish singer Julio Iglesias where they already have started the construction of their new home on the 1.8-acre lot.
As said before, in Indian Creek there are just 34 houses, all with views and access to the sea, so its population, according to the 2010 census, comprises 86 residents. They all are grouped around the limits of an 18-hole golf course and its exclusive club. The place, which has no stores, supermarkets, or anything more than these exclusive houses, has been included among the most expensive in the US.
The attractiveness for those who live here is privacy and above all: security. Residents are protected by a State of Florida police force, as well as its own 24/7, seven days a week, armed marine patrol monitoring the waters surrounding the island.