The Global Life: Private Islands

They're much more popular--and pricier--since Sept. 11

Boston research metallurgist Kim Bigelow is no Aristotle Onassis, but he has one thing in common with the late Greek tycoon: he owns a private island. Two of them, actually: 16-acre Green Cay and 1-acre Sandy Spit, both surrounded by azure water and coral reefs, about 10 miles east of St. Thomas in the British Virgin Islands. Bigelow, 60, inherited the properties and has decided to sell them for $1.7 million. The only time he and his wife reconsidered, he says, was in the days after Sept. 11, when owning a private escape from the madness seemed more precious than ever....

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