As reported last month on CommanderBond.net, big plans are being put into motion for Goldeneye, Jamaica, the seaside villa where 007 creator Ian Fleming often resided when writing his James Bond novels.
The island getaway is now being prepped for its transformation into a $120 million (£60 million) resort for sports stars, rock musicians, businessmen and others who can afford the price.
The Jamaica Gleaner reports that current owner Chris Blackwell was at the ‘For Your Eyes Only: Ian Fleming and James Bond’ exhibition at the Imperial War Museum in London this past Wednesday to give attendees an exclusive preview of the Goldeneye ‘Bond Suites’.
‘The event represented a unique chance to meet with the people who discovered and created this ultimate Caribbean getaway–Jamaica–and those in attendance were given private tours of the first-ever retrospective exhibition of Fleming’s life, called “For Your Eyes Only: Ian Fleming and James Bond”,’ said PURE International’s chief executive officer, Sean Collins (click here for a preview photograph).
The original press release from PURE International follows:
OWN YOUR PIECE OF THE GOLDENEYE LEGACY
– PURE International Exclusive Agents for Luxurious Goldeneye Resort –
Leading overseas luxury specialist PURE International is offering purchasers the exclusive chance to own one of a handful of properties at Goldeneye, one of the most sought after retreats in the world. Formally the home of Ian Fleming, where he created James Bond in January 1952, the Goldeneye estate was acquired in 1977 by music and entertainment entrepreneur Chris Blackwell and since then has been turned into a luxury destination resort; loved and frequently visited by celebrities, political figures and musicians.
Covering 100 acres of heavenly coastal land, Goldeneye now offers a collection of just 80 Lagoon Villas, Beach Cottages, Bay Cottages, Island Cottages, Bond Suites, all set around Ian Fleming’s former home, a natural lagoon and the established world class resort facilities. These stylish properties boast interior spaces of up to 5,000 sq ft and form one of the most attractive and exclusive lifestyle and investment opportunities in the Caribbean.
“Our clients expect exclusivity, discretion and unrivalled levels of service in the world’s most exceptional destinations. Owning a property at Goldeneye will deliver this at every level,” says Sean Collins, CEO of PURE International. “The opportunity to own one of these homes is the chance to become part of a unique and legendary legacy. With only a handful of properties available in one of the world’s most stunning locations there really is only one chance to be amongst the first to call Goldeneye home.”
Having visited Jamaica on a World War II intelligence mission, Ian Fleming fell in love with the island and returned to build his own home. He escaped nearly 11 winters at Goldeneye between 1953 and 1964 eventually writing all of his 14 ‘007’ thrillers at the estate. Today the retreat is a highly acclaimed boutique ‘Island Outpost’ resort part of Blackwell’s growing luxury destination group.
“The properties now being marketed at Goldeneye will continue this impressive heritage,” adds Collins. “We expect the historic lifestyle that this Caribbean destination has to offer will attract buyers from across the globe.”
Goldeneye will benefit from the wealth of planned spa, dining, yoga and tennis facilities, which are part of the Island Outpost resort. In addition to the terra firma sporting activities, the properties’ proximity to the lagoon and Caribbean Sea means that a wide range of water activities are also available including jet skiing, ocean kayaking, snorkeling and fishing. Goldeneye also features its very own sheltered beach and beautiful natural secluded coves.
Just like the original Goldeneye estate properties, all of the new homes effortlessly blend considerable outside spaces with the light filled living areas and all feature direct or nearby waterside access. One and two bedroom ‘Beach Cottages’ will be nestled against the main beach; one and two bedroom ‘Bond Suites’ are sleek glass, polished concrete and brushed steel apartments with plunge pools or roof terraces and views to kill. Lavish three and four bedroom ‘Lagoon Villas’ feature private pools and decks, with some enjoying guest cottages that add further entertaining spaces. ‘Bay Cottages’ on the Western tip of the Goldeneye peninsula have private white sand beaches and decks over the sea to dock small boats and stunning ‘Island Cottages’ are located on their own private island.
In the past five years improvements to Jamaica’s infrastructure have helped to attract direct foreign investment of more than £560m for tourism development. The construction of two major new highways and the expansion of Montego Bay’s Sangster International Airport will continue to strengthen the tourism renaissance this country is currently experiencing.
There are numerous airports across the UK and Ireland which provide direct, 10 hour flights to Jamaica. Kingston and Montego Bay international airports are both a 2 hour drive away from Goldeneye and all guests can be collected and brought to the resort. Alternatively direct shuttles via helicopter can be arranged and take no longer than 30 minutes.
Prices for the properties at the development start at £375,000* ($750,000) for a one bedroom Bond Suite and range up to £1,598,400* ($3,200,000) for a 4 bedroom Lagoon Villa. For further sales information please contact PURE International on t: 020 3031 2860 or visit www.pureintl.com
*Subject to currency fluctuation, correct at time of writing
About PURE International
PURE International offers a range of specialist services for the sale and marketing of luxury property in recreational destinations worldwide. Since its inception in 2004 PURE has established wholly owned offices in the UK, Ireland, UAE, Canada and Switzerland, a partner office in Holland and has a growing database in excess of 20,000 people. The company has sold over of 600 residential real estate units with a value of £400 million and has won several high profile awards including the Homes Overseas Gold Award for Best Estate Agency Marketing 2006. The current value of schemes offered by PURE is £3 billion.
About Island Outpost
Owned by Chris Blackwell, founder of Island Records and Palm Pictures, Island Outpost is a high-end luxury resorts company, which is renowned for its offering of character, stunning surroundings and high quality services. The group includes Goldeneye, Strawberry Hill, Jake’s, and The Caves in Jamaica, Pink Sands in The Bahamas and an exclusive selection of villas.
About Goldeneye Visitors
Visitors to Goldeneye over the years include Bill and Hilary Clinton, Kate Moss, Jonny Depp, Sean Connery, Naomi Campbell, Gwyneth Paltrow, Scarlett Johansson, Sadie Frost Cindy Crawford, Harrison Ford, Pierce Brosnan, Sting, Bono, Bob Marley, Errol Flynn, Evelyn Waugh, Lucian Freud, Katherine Hepburn, Sir Laurence Olivier, Sir John Guilgud, Sir Anthony Eden and more.
‘The properties now being marketed at Goldeneye will continue this impressive heritage,’ said Collins at the Bond event. ‘We expect the historic lifestyle that Jamaica has to offer will attract buyers from across the globe.’
‘The unique heritage of Goldeneye was, of course, a major factor in our desire to be involved in the project. However, of equal importance was Chris Blackwell. Chris is not a normal property; he is passionate about Jamaica and Goldeneye, he understands the nature of the resort intuitively and will ensure that the new Goldeneye is as magical for owners and guests as it is today.’
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