Insane pirate-themed Caribbean mansion to hit auction block

Bids will start at an ultra-low $6 million

TRD New York /
Nov.November 30, 2014 03:00 PM

Financier Tom Hudson, founder of investment firm Pirate Capital, is auctioning off his pirate-themed villa on the island of St. Thomas.

Previously on sale for $35 million back in 2012, the island couldn’t find a buyer so it will now be auctioned off to the highest bidder, starting at the low, low price of $6 million.

“The owner has selected the luxury auction process because he is ready to start another real estate project, and wants to first know this property is off his books,” Platinum Luxury Auctions President Trayor Lesnock told Business Insider. “The date-certainty provided by the auction was very attractive to him in this regard, as opposed to continuing the traditional listing process, which can be quite lengthy for higher-priced island properties.”

Known as Villa Whydah, it’s been described by Hudson as “the retirement home of a pirate who surrounds himself with the bounty of his exploits with his wife at his side.”

Named after a pirate ship that sank in 1717, Whydah sits on the western tip of St. Thomas with views of Botany Bay, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Caribbean Sea. Not only does the 19,000-square-foot home have helipad access, two guest homes, and a caretaker house, but it’s fully-outfitted with every bell and whistle someone could dream up.

It comes with six bedrooms, eight bathrooms, and a custom-tiled pool and spa. The mansion is also outfitted with top-notch security and a Crestron System that allows you to control every aspect of the home’s electronics, lighting, and temperature from anywhere in the world on your smart phone.

According to the Wall Street Journal, it cost Hudson almost $20 million to renovate the compound.

Lee Steiner at Sotheby’s International Realty will be sharing the sale with auction house Platinum Luxury Auctions.

This is Villa Whydah in Charlotte Amalie, the capital of the Virgin Islands.


It’s located on the western tip of St. Thomas, and has incredible views of Botany Bay.


It has a large outdoor pool, spa, and hot tub.


Villa Whydah got its name from one of the most successful pirate ships that ever sailed before sinking in April of 1717.


Inside, the interior follows through on the pirate-chic theme.


There’s also a caretaker house for maintaining the ample ocean-front property.


This observation deck looks like something you’d find in a castle, not a residential house.


One last look at the ocean-front dream home.


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