Who Lives Inside Florida’s ‘Billionaire Bunker’?
Few places around the world claim to house as many of the world’s billionaires and influential figures quite like Florida’s Indian Creek Village, a small, highly guarded island in the southern part of the state.
Often referred to as Florida’s Billionaire Bunker, the small island is home to people like Tom Brady, DJ phenomenon David Guetta, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, and a former White House senior adviser, Ivanka Trump.
Exclusive Village in South Florida
Florida’s billionaire bunker is located not far from Miami Beach. Its 41 lots are built on a 300-acre artificial island in Biscayne Bay.
The village can only be entered via one bridge, which is heavily guarded 24 hours a day.
History of Indian Creek Village
The small island community only became an official municipality of Florida back in 1939. Following this, it received its own police force and marine patrol, and now even has its own mayor.
Fast forward to the modern era, and it’s now one of the most luxurious areas in Florida, boasting its own country club and golf course for its residents to enjoy.
The Center Piece of the Island
Speaking with NBC6, Paul George, a historian working for the Miami Museum, explained the island became popular during the 1920s.
According to the historian, “The centerpiece was a golf course and a clubhouse, and that’s what you always see when you come to the island. That becomes the first of everything there.”
Due to the island’s exclusive nature, house prices have climbed to absurd levels in recent years.
According to Miami Condo Investments, a few years ago, the average price of a home in Indian Creek Village was estimated to exceed $20 million. Yet, this has dramatically increased since COVID-19.
$100 Million Homes
One prominent real estate agent, Dina Goldentayer, who’s sold numerous homes in the exclusive village, said prices have dramatically increased since the pandemic.
Speaking with Bloomberg, Dina claims that the price of homes has risen as high as $100 million.
Amazon Founder Moves to Island
Last year, Jeff Bezos announced he would be leaving his home of Seattle, sparking conversation as to where the Amazon founder may end up.
Lo and behold, one of the world’s wealthiest men couldn’t resist purchasing a luxurious mansion in Indian Creek for just under $80 million.
Ivanka Trump Calls Indian Creek Home
Ivanka Trump is another of the island’s famous residents. The former White House senior adviser purchased a home with her partner, Jared Kushner, in April 2021.
According to reports, the couple spent over $24 million on the home. Once renovations were complete, the couple moved their family of three children from D.C. to Florida.
Tom Brady Enjoys Life In Florida
Former NFL superstar Tom Brady purchased a two-acre lot in Indian Creek back in 2020 with his then-wife, Gisele Bündchen.
He splashed out an enormous $17 million on the land. While the pair later broke up, it appears Brady is looking forward to a future in the area as he secured a $35 construction loan last year.
David Guetta Plans to Buy
French DJ David Guetta is another prominent celebrity who is looking to settle down in the exclusive paradise of Indian Creek Village.
According to reports, he is set to buy a 16,000-square-foot, 12-bedroom home for nearly $70 million.
Billionaire Buissman Calls Luxurious Island Home
One of the island’s wealthiest inhabitants is American business owner Edward Lampert, whose estimated net worth stands at close to $2 billion, according to Forbes.
Lampert bought his 17,000-square-foot Italian-style mansion for an estimated $40 million over a decade ago.
Five Wealthiest Residents Worth Close to $200 Billion
If you take the five wealthiest homeowners currently residing in Indian Creek Village, their combined network equals around $191 billion.
Paul George told Bloomberg, “Only the very wealthy, the billionaires,” can afford the homes on the island. He continued, “Hundreds of millions aren’t gonna cut it anymore.”