Shortly after Del Masters sold his company, MaxStrat, to Sun Microsystems in 1999, he was celebrating with his family at one of their favorite vacation spots: The Cloister, a world-class luxury resort on Sea Island, Georgia.
"Life was good," Masters recalled. The resort's owners happened to be raising money for renovations by selling nearby land, so a feeling-grand Masters bought a 3-acre private island just a few minutes away.
Over the next six years, he built a bridge and a Mediterranean-style estate on Little Hawkins Island.
"It's magical," Masters said. "You feel like Robinson Crusoe until 7 o'clock rolls around, then you go have bourbon at the golf lodge."
"You're smack dab in the middle of nature," said Masters, who on any given visit is likely to see dolphins, deer, alligators, osprey or manatees.
Besides a 6,000-square-foot main residence, the estate encompasses two 1,500-square-foot guest cottages with two suites each, plus "The Little Hawkins Club," which has a workout facility, men's and women's locker rooms and a club room complete with a bar, fireplace and pool table.
Inspired by Spanish Colonial architecture, the home also has California Mission touches -- along with five fireplaces and flooring made from terra cotta tiles and reclaimed antique pine.
The palm tree-covered island boasts courtyards, a fountain and a deepwater dock on 700 feet fronting the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway.
The listing agent for the island is Nancy Bishop Pandolfi of Sea Island Properties.
Photos by Harlan Hambright