In the early 1970’s Powell Pointe, at the very tip of Cape Eleuthera peninsula, was a favoured playground of the Kennedy’s, boasting its own 6,500 ft-long airstrip that could facilitate them flying directly to and from New York. There was a championship golf course designed by Robert Von Haggee and Bruce Devlin, that rivaled Pebble Beach. And Billy Jean King was the visiting tennis pro.
Conceived and developed by Juan Trippe, founder of Pan Am, Cape Eleuthera Resort always had a whiff of Citizen Kane’s megalomaniac Xanadu about it. The size alone was extraordinary — 4,500 acres comprising almost the whole of the peninsula as far inland as Deep Creek, with more than 16 miles of shoreline.
When Trippe and his business partner, the Florida-based real estate firm GAC, unveiled the project in 1971 it consisted of an airport, golf course, marina and 60 villa units, but with infrastructure for another 1,500 residential lots.
GAC went bankrupt, Trippe died in 1981 and Cape Eleuthera Resort fell into the hands of a Saudi developer. Two years later it was abandoned, and Powell Pointe returned to scrub.
But with such a glittering legacy Cape Eleuthera wasn’t going to stay out of the spotlight for long. Today there is a brand new marina with 55 slips and capacity for 145 more, and a 450-ft dock wall, which is the largest on the island.
Lining the marina are 19 two-storey, two-bedroom town homes with high-end finishes, fixtures and appliances. The effect is elegant rather than opulent, although a touch of luxury is provided by the location. Each town home offers a view both of sunrise — from the guest bedroom, over the shallow, dappled waters of Rock Sound — and the sunset, from the master bedroom, over the deeper, greener waters that stretch towards Exuma.
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