Island History

Every story has a beginning, and the history of Williams Island dates back to the early 1980s. The Trump Group, headed by Eddie, Jules and Stephanie Trump from South Africa, discovered this Island peninsula nestled on 84-acres in the exclusive enclave of Aventura. Secluded and covered by Australian Pines, it was the ideal setting for a private Island community.

It became a true Island surrounded by Dumbfoundling Bay, Maule Lake and little Maule Lake with a continous flow of water surrounding the island, with the building of a series of marinas at the entrance to Williams Island.

The luxury residences at Williams Island were among the first of their kind in the region. Elegant resort trappings…spectacular views…charming village scapes… once solely the realm of France’s Côte d’Azur and Italy’s Liguria coastline, these amazing lifestyle elements have been a part of Williams Island since the 1980s. The Trumps enticed Screen legend Sophia Loren to call Williams Island home. Sophia Loren served as a consultant to The Trumps on the charming Mediterranean Village. The Village was designed after Procida, one of the Flegrean Islands off the coast of Naples in southern Italy. Ms. Loren took the Trumps to visit the Island as they planned the Mediterranean Village at Williams Island.

Beginning with its first majestic residential tower in 1985 (4000 Island Boulevard), and continuing through its most recent additions – Villa Flora, which made its grand entrance in 2007 and Bellini in 2013. Williams Island has consistently set standards for beauty, grace and quality.

Other notable celebrities including Whitney Houston and former Miami Dolphins Head Coach Jimmy Johnson have all called Williams Island home. Australian tennis legend Roy Emerson helped found the Tennis Club and brought in celebrity tennis players from Jimmy Connors to John McEnroe to play at the Club. The Williams Island Spa, Marina and the Island Club emerged as the region’s ultimate leisure and social destinations. Miami’s notable philanthropists all held charity galas on the Island. Many residents fondly recall Bob Hope’s Christmas Special with Dolly Parton and Miami Vice’s Don Johnson held at Williams Island. Residents today include entertainers, industry leaders, successful entrepreneurs, community leaders, noted philanthropists and celebrity sports figures.

Life on The Florida Riviera is meant to be enjoyed. This holds true for Islanders relishing every aspect of their completely refurbished 27,000 square foot Spa at Williams Island. The new Spa debuted in May 2013.

The latest development is Bellini, Williams Island, developed by world renowned Martin Z. Margulies. Bellini is a spectacular 24-story boutique residential development consisting of 70 luxurious and private units. Each residence features its own private elevator, 10-foot-high ceilings, large floor plans and three bedrooms. This development began closings in late 2013 and is the final piece to the completion of Williams Island.

Williams Island is also home to 18 time winning Grand Slam Champion Tennis Legend Fred Stolle. Ranking seventh on the all-time list of champions, Mr. Stolle was a member of Australia's Davis Cup teams from 1964 until 1967, where he won 13 of the 14 matches while playing on four victorious teams. He is a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, Australian Tennis Hall of Fame and the Australian Sports Hall of Fame.