Blue Hole Bay, Dean's Blue Hole for Sale in Bahamas for $24 Million

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What does $24 million get you these days? Well, it's $1 million short of the asking price for Barry Bonds' massive Beverly Hills mansion, so scratch that. How about the deepest seawater hole in the world -- and a possible headache from preservationists?

Now you can own Blue Hole Bay in the Bahamas, a 180-acre movie-set plot of land with white beaches and crystal blue water. Nothing's there right now -- well, except for Dean's Blue Hole, classified as one of the top 77 Natural Wonders of the World. It's a 663-foot-deep seawater hole reportedly named after nearby property owners and beloved by diving enthusiasts. And just so you know, if you buy, you'll be hearing from them.

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A Facebook page called "Save Deans Blue Hole Bay" is gaining steam, and if you look at the comments, you'll see that people are peeved. "Making this natural wonder a private property would be a travesty!!" wrote one commenter. "Has to remain as it is. Wild and free. Like the people who love it," wrote another. So if you're interested in scooping up this dream piece of property, we hope you're ready to tango.

UPDATE -- 4 p.m. EST -- There might not be much for preservationists to worry about, though. Bahamian newspaper Tribune 242 reported that local government officials said Dean's Blue Hole would "remain in the hands of the Bahamian people." The article did not go into details about government plans to preserve the hole, but it did say that the surrounding property is currently owned by "several foreigners."

Should you be the lucky bidder for Blue Hole Bay, here's what you'll get: You can take the most luxurious swim of your life in the turquoise bay, then enjoy a relaxing sailboat ride over to nearby Stocking Island, a popular Caribbean destination. Have big ideas for how you'd develop the land? The sky is the limit. "It is open-zoned and thus limited only by one's imagination, whether a large resort or development of ultra exclusive private homes," the listing says. Also, you could call A-list celebs, such as Johnny Depp, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, your neighbors!

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Musha Cay is a 150-acre island in the Bahamas surrounded by smaller islands, which make this tropical spot even more private for the magician.

The Russian mogul bought St. Petersburg's New Holland Island in 2010. Abramovich is in the process of building a $400 million art museum there.

The late Greek shipping billionaire owned Skorpios Island, off the coast of Greece. It's still owned by his granddaughter, Athina.

The director/actor/producer purchased White Bay Cay in the Bahamas in 2009. He is building a 14,000-square-foot Balinese-style home with five or six guest bungalows on the 25-acre island.

The immensely popular singer recently listed her private island 15 minutes from Montreal for $29.3 million. On the island is a 24,000-square-foot mansion, complete with helipad. See more pictures of Celine's pad on AOL Real Estate.

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen recently listed this 292-acre island off the coast of Washington for $13.5 million. While it lacks a sizable house, the island does come with a caretaker's cabin.

These billionaire British twin businessmen purchased Brecqhou, one of the Channel Islands, in 1993. The island features a mock-Gothic castle which has 3-foot granite walls, battlements, two swimming pools and a helicopter pad.

The telecom tycoon and his wife recently listed their 780-acre island off the coast of Vancouver for $75 million. It comes with a 5,000-square-foot main residence, a golf course and an airstrip.

The billionaire hedge fund manager owns a 3,000-acre wildlife preserve in Maryland, which includes this group of islands which supposedly spell out his initials. The "P" is on the lower right hand part of the image, and the T and J are above it.

In 1986, the Segway inventor purchased New York's North Dumpling Island for $2.5 million. Kamen claims that the island is completely carbon neutral, using solar panels on every building, along with a 10-kilowatt wind turbine. There's a Stirling engine generator for backup power, burning only local fuel.

Earlier this summer, the Oracle CEO and third-wealthiest American (worth $36.5 billion) purchased 98 percent of Hawaii's Lana'i island for an estimated $600 million. The pristine 141-square-mile island has 3,200 inhabitants.

In 2005, actor Mel Gibson purchased Fiji's Mago Island for $15 million. The island stretches for 5,400 acres, one of the largest privately-owned islands in the South Pacific.

"The Rebel Billionaire" purchased Necker Island, in the British Virgin Islands, for just $200,000 in 1979. He now operates the entire 74-acre island like a resort, which can accommodate up to 28 guests for $54,000 a day.

In 2004, actor Johnny Depp purchased Little Hall's Pond Cay in the Bahamas for $3.6 million dollars. The island is 45 acres and has six different beaches.

This billionaire hedge fund manager bought Robins Island, off the coast of New York's Long Island, for $11 million back in 1993. Bacon restored the mostly neglected isle, building several mansions on it and even importing full-grown oaks.

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So what's so cool about a blue hole? Its history goes back thousands of years. Blue holes are generally located in shallow areas where sea levels were much lower during previous ice ages. At that time, the land was subject to erosion, which formed sinkholes. Once those ice ages ended and the water rose, blue holes became sea caves. And according to National Geographic, new forms of microbial life have been discovered in blue holes -- and they could give clues to other lifeforms on distant planets.

CBS' "60 Minutes" visited Dean's Blue Hole to learn the backstory of this giant wonder, and they found out that, according to locals, it's a rather ominous place:




Well, we don't have other listings in the Bahamas, but you can search homes for sale in your area.

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