A retired hedge fund manager has sold his 2-in-1 St. Barts estate that was listed for $67 million — take a look inside

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Christie’s International Real Estate

  • Girasol, a Caribbean estate owned by retired hedge funder Bruce Kovner, has sold.
  • It had previously been listed for $67 million, though the final sale price is uknown.
  • The buyer is an unnamed European businessman.

A lavish Caribbean estate with a private beach and coconut grove has sold after listing for $67 million.

Originally built by banker and businessman Benjamin de Rothschild, the so-called “Girasol” is set on more than seven acres of land on the Caribbean island of Saint Barthélemy, or St. Barts.

Its most recent owner is former hedge fund manager Bruce Kovner, who bought the estate in 2005 and gave it a major makeover, adding in a new pool and deck. The property includes two villas that have a total of six bedrooms and two pools.

Christian Wattiau of Sibarth Real Estate had the listing, while Christie’s International Real Estate provided global marketing services. Though the final sale price was not disclosed, a Christie’s representative shared that the buyer is a European businessman who intends to use Girasol as a vacation home.

St. Barts was one of the Caribbean islands most impacted by Hurricane Irma, but Girasol’s buildings weathered the storm.

“While there is still work to be done, the island will recover and is already recovering, as evidenced by this significant sale,” Christie’s Executive Director Rick Moeser said in a press release.

Let’s take a tour of the incredible estate.


Girasol is set on seven acres of land on Marigot Beach in St. Barts and includes 175 yards of private beachfront. According to the listing, these waters are classified as a natural protected area.

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St Barth Fly

The island setting is paradise.

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St Barth Fly

A view from above shows its two mini mansions nestled in the middle of a green oasis that is home to nearly 600 different plant species.

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St Barth Fly

The two villas are hidden behind a coconut grove.

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Pierre Carreau

The main villa has a modern feel to it. In the main room, Kovner’s private collection of art lines the walls.

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Pierre Carreau

The main suite has a lounge area with deep sofas and armchairs.

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Pierre Carreau

Attached to the master bedroom is a marbled bathroom, which overlooks the lush greenery.

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Pierre Carreau

The three bedrooms in the main villa are connected to mini terraces decorated with plants and bordered by Japanese basins.

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Pierre Carreau

The villa also has its own private pool, which is 10 foot deep. Next to the pool is a fitness room with a cross trainer, bicycle, and treadmill.

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Pierre Carreau

The second villa, known as the Caribbean Villa, is a separate guest house that has three large bedrooms. The main lounge looks out onto the private pool through large open doors.

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Pierre Carreau

The pool has an uninterrupted view of the crystal waters and out across the bay towards Turtle Island.

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The interior is made with exotic Brazilian wood.

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Pierre Carreau

Each of the three large bedrooms has an ensuite lava-stone bathroom.

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Pierre Carreau

“Whether entertaining guests or enjoying immediate family, the estate will serve as a haven for its new owners,” Moeser said in a press release when the home was listed in March.

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Pierre Carreau