Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Bull Island

The Huffines Company was engaged by the Alfred Lee Loomis, Jr. estate to quietly market their famed hunting Island, Bull Island, on Calibogue Sound across from Hilton Head, SC. Mr. Loomis told us at the time that he appreciated our reputation as conservationist brokers, and that we could place the island with the “right” person in a quiet manner. We successfully sold the 2,088 complex of islands to Birchwood Holdings for $12.25 million. Birchwood previously purchased White Hall Plantation from us, and today Birchwood owns nearly 20,000 acres of hunting properties in the South Carolina Lowcountry. Bull Island will remain a private and natural hunting preserve. The Loomis family history is remarkable. Alfred Lee Loomis, a physicist by trade, developed Loomis Labs in Tuxedo Park, NY. Surrounding himself with some of the greatest minds of that time including Albert Einstein and Robert Oppenheimer, Loomis was directly responsible in developing many technologies that help defeat the Germans. An avid hunter, Loomis with partners purchased all of Hilton Head Island for $120,000 for a private hunting property. His son Alfred Lee Loomis, Jr. later owned Bull Island as well as other nearby islands as private hunting retreats. Like his father, Lee Loomis, Jr was an avid sailor, and headed up the syndicate that won the America’s Cup with Ted Turner at the helm.