Link to Images of Rockwell Island
Link to Images of Rockwell Island
Escape on an Ocean Breeze
An Osprey takes flight, following the sea as it flows between South Florida and the Bahamas... and in the midst of this river of Turquoise, a tiny island catches its eye.
This is Bimini – the fabled isle of fishermen and sailors, of tropical travelers and modern-day jet setters. It is also the home of Rockwell Island, the unofficial capital of North Bimini with custom-built grand island estates.
48 Miles from Miami. Worlds Away from Typical Island Luxury.
ABOUT ROCKWELL ISLAND
A lavish development like no other—step off your private yacht and land on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, within minutes.
Coastal living has never been more luxurious, unique and accessible. When you buy a home on Rockwell Island, you know that you’re living in the Bahamas. Each home offers mesmerizing, unobstructed views of turquoise waters and magenta sunsets while our marine facilities appeal to the seasoned yachtsman.
Rockwell Island is an ideal and unique location for an exotic second home. Any of the Beach Front Estate Homes will surely rival the comfort of your primary residence, from the contemporary Balinese, Feng Shui and Moorish designs to the classical architecture of the Plantation and Palladian homes.
Although Rockwell Island is only 48 nautical miles from Miami’s South Beach—a short twenty-minute flight or a scenic two-hour boat ride–the island offers an authentic, luxurious Caribbean lifestyle. You know you are in the Bahamas when you are here.
The only luxury home community in the Bahamas to offer a buyer the ocean and beach as their backyard and a bay as their front yard where you can moor their yacht.
The estate homes and villas not only offer the ambiance of a resort getaway but also put modern and luxurious amenities at your fingertips. Taking advantage of the tropical location, the homes have direct interaction with the beach, sand and sunsets. There is nowhere in the Bahamas, or maybe in the world, where you are able to enjoy bay and beach views from every room in the home. Every room embraces the ocean and the distinct lifestyle of seaside living.
Each Beach Front Estate Home and its adjacent bayside lot are separated by a boardwalk, perfect for a scenic stroll. Homeowners have the option to develop the bayside lot as they desire—to add a tennis court, bocce ball court, guest or employee quarters or outdoor living spaces.
Each Beach Front Estate Home model strikes a delicate balance between classical charm and modern flair. The properties boast architectural features from Bali, the Maldives, the Caribbean and the Mediterranean Sea. All the living and service areas are attractive, spacious with tall ceilings, and well appointed.
Rockwell Island is ideal for yacht and boat enthusiasts. Each Beach Front Estate Home includes an impressive private dock, a total of 120 feet of secure mooring. You will never be more than 200’ from your vessel or the beach. The island’s proximity to Miami and Fort Lauderdale makes it easy for our homeowners to safely transport their vessels to Bimini.
“Our goal is to make Bimini become the French Riviera of the Caribbean that will provide our owners and guests a chic, yet relaxed luxury environment.” Alex Capo, Chief Executive Officer, RAV Bahamas
ABOUT THE DEVELOPER
Set on the white sandy beach of North Bimini, Rockwell Island is a $250-million, multi-year, multi-phase development by RAV Bahamas. The first phase consists primarily of Beach Front Estate Homes to be built within 18 to 24 months. Rockwell Island Beach Estates will offer a collection of estate homes and villas, at an average of 5,500 square feet and luxury amenities that include an 18-hole golf course, a wellness center with a meditation garden, world class spa, swimming pool and state-of-the-art sports facilities.
The second phase is a three-year project that is expected to come online, together with a luxury boutique resort, in 24 to 36 months. Three islands, which Rockwell Island will encompass, will be constructed near the Bimini Bay Resort. It will feature 105 estate homes, over-the-water villas and the all–suite resort component at full build-out. Rockwell Island will offer its owners a true luxury lifestyle with the authentic charm of beach front living.
The resort will serve as the heart of Rockwell Island, beckoning guests with open air structures and encouraging elegant barefoot living with its strategically placed sand floors. Our architects were sure to design the very best amenities to satisfy the entire family: a children’s play area, a dedicated and guarded entrance, restaurants, swimming pools, a professional sports training center and tennis courts. Homeowners will have the option of placing their villas into the resort’s rental program.
Rockwell Island has received much attention from international buyers–from Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Venezuela—and there are plans in place to reach out to a larger European market.
BENEFITS FOR BIMINI
Each phase will continue to have a positive environmental and social impact on Bimini. Rockwell Island currently has plans in place for mangrove preservation, the use of bio fuels and other forms of renewable energy as well as community development initiatives. The development of Rockwell Island has already created several hundred jobs for Bahamians and will continue to infuse a welcomed boost to the local economy.
“Rockwell Island is largely a real estate development. There is a resort component to it – a small, boutique resort, with island villas and a spa, restaurants, tennis courts and the whole high-end package.” -Leslie Bethel, Chief Operating Officer, RAV Bahamas
HISTORY OF ROCKWELL ISLAND
To dive into Rockwell Island’s history is to catch a glimpse of the area’s enduring allure.
One automobile industrialist was a driving force behind the development of the island. George Albert Lyon Sr. established Lyon Incorporated of Detroit, Michigan, in 1930. The company became the world’s largest producer of wheel accessories.
Lyon was an inventor who held several patents. He made millions of dollars from his invention of the clip that was used to hold hubcaps to automobile wheels.
The industrialist discovered Bimini in the early 1930s and was hooked. He immersed himself in bone fishing and deep sea sport fishing, among other things. Owning property on North Bimini, he constructed homes for himself and his guests. In 1953, he built an art deco mansion at Paradise Point, the sprawling and stately structure that was demolished in 2006 to make way for Bimini Bay Resort.
Bimini is a long way from the North Pole, but Lyon brought the spirit of Santa Claus to the area. He gave one U.S. dollar to every schoolchild at Christmas. The benefactor’s good deeds did not go unnoticed. He was the first American to receive the Order of the British Empire in the Bahamas.
Bimini attracted other notable Americans such as author Ernest Hemingway and Prohibition bootlegger William McCoy, who inspired the term “The Real McCoy.”
The generous and widely respected Lyon died in 1961. The Rockwell family (Rockwell International) acquired his holdings on Bimini, which later was acquired by Bimini Bay Resort and Marina’s Founder, Gerardo Capo from Miami.
Today, Paradise Point is now Rockwell Island, a beckoning and exclusive beachside retreat developed by RAV Bahamas. It is a place where beautiful estate homes are always within reach of the sand and sunset.
The smallest of the Bahamian island chain, Bimini proves that size is of no importance when it comes to the authentic Caribbean island lifestyle. The second you step off the boat, the whole world seems to slow to an unhurried pace. Crystal clear waters reveal ivory sands, brilliant coral, and a vibrant underwater environment filled with some of the world’s most beautiful marine creatures.
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