Were not in Nashville anymore. Gin-clear turquoise water lapping on sugar-white sandy beaches. Palm trees gently swaying in the breeze. Clocks firmly set to island time. Only the sound of squawking parrots disturbs the tranquility.
When country music power couple Faith Hill and Tim McGraw went looking for a slice of paradise to chill on in 2003, they found it in the heart of the Exuma island chain in the Bahamas.
At the time, Lle dAngesor Angelss Island was a 20-acre chunk of uninhabited and undeveloped rock. Nine long years later, they had transformed it into a laid-back, easy-going family escape.
The best place in the world is how the duo describes the island. Every time we land the plane and walk on to the beach up to the house, we turn to each other and say This is the best place in the world, McGraw told Architectural Digest for a 2017 cover story.
What youll see from the sea plane as you fly in.Photo: Brett Davis/Knight Frank
Now, 17 years after snapping up Lle dAnges, the two have decided to sell, listing it with international brokers Knight Frank with a $35 million asking. Potential buyers should take flip-flops for viewings.
It really is heaven on earth, listing broker Edward de Mallet Morgan tells Robb Report. Flying in by seaplane, seeing the color of the water and then having your toes in the sand is just the start of the tropical-living lifestyle that Lle dAnges offers.
The front entrance and lookout tower.Photo: Brett Davis/Knight Frank
While there are a number of islands in the Bahamas for sale, its rare to have one totally turn key. The owners have kept it as their own five-star resort, ready at the drop of a hat for them to arrive.
The 6,500-square-foot main house sits high in the center of the island, just steps from sandy beaches on either side. Architecturally, it comprises eight separate pavilions, each connected by a series of breezy, open-air tiled walkways.
Designed by Tennessee-based architects Bobby McAlpine and partner Greg Tankersleythey worked on the Hill-McGraws homes in Nashville and Franklin, Tenn.the pair created a home designed for indoor-outdoor living.
The pool terrace.Photo: Brett Davis/Knight Frank
As Hill told AD: We wanted to feel connected to the outside. When the breeze comes through the room, its just life changing. It really is! Its something for the soul.
That means full, side-to-side-opening glass windows in each of the four bedrooms and a massive full-width, glass-paneled, roll-up door in the main living area, with jaw-dropping views across the pool to the sea.
The tucked-away primary suite opens to the elements on two sides and features soaring ceilings with dramatic cross-hatched beams. A huge private patio comes with its own outdoor soaking tub.
The kitchen opens to the dining area.Photo: Brett Davis/Knight Frank
One especially cool feature of the home is its overflow accommodations. During the long, difficult build process, two large, yurt-style tents were erected on a beachside teak deck. The couple stayed here during site visits and decided to keep them.
Kids love them, as do the adults. Water is literally lapping at the front door, explains Knight Franks Morgan. And theyre pretty serious structures having gone through a couple of hurricanes.
The spacious chefs kitchen is meant for entertaining.Photo: Brett Davis/Knight Frank
For outdoor fun, the island features 1.3 miles of ocean frontageperfect for kayak or snorkeling adventureswhile a private dock accommodates a few fishing boats and jetskis. Want to look for pirates of the Caribbean? The homes Moroccan-style observation bell tower provides 360-degree views.
Because Lle dAnges has to be totally self-sufficient, the northern end the island is dedicated to generators and water desalination facilities. Theyre serviced by a small staff who live on the island full time in three stylish cottages. Fuel and provisions come in by barge.
The living room.Photo: Brett Davis/Knight Frank
Of course, if you run out of Dom Perignon on any given visit, you could try calling your neighbor, magician David Copperfield, who owns Musha Cay, a quick speedboat ride away.
As for getting to Lle dAngesalso known less glamorously as Goat Cayits a 90-minute flight from Miami to Exuma International or a 60-minute seaplane ride from Nassau.
The beauty of Lle dAnges is that its available today and livable today, says Morgan. Many people dream of an island but dont want to spend the next 10 years developing it. Take a video tour of the island here.
The cozy family room.Photo: Brett Davis/Knight Frank
The primary bedroom suite.Photo: Brett Davis/Knight Frank
The primary suite has its own private patio with soaking tub.Photo: Brett Davis/Knight Frank
The compound consists of eight living pavilions.Photo: Brett Davis/Knight Frank
It doesnt get more private than this.Photo: Brett Davis/Knight Frank
Inside one of the guest yurts.Photo: Brett Davis/Knight Frank
The yurts sit right at the waters edge.Photo: Brett Davis/Knight Frank
Another of the estates pavilions.Photo: Brett Davis/Knight Frank
The perfect place to toast the sunset.Photo: Brett Davis/Knight Frank
The home surrounds the outdoor space.Photo: Brett Davis/Knight Frank
Angels Island.Photo: Brett Davis/Knight Frank
Your jet skis await.Photo: Brett Davis/Knight Frank
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