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This site is all about San Salvador, a little island in the Bahamas.
San Salvador Bahamas
About 180 miles south-east of Nassau, San Salvador is roughly 12 miles long and 5 miles wide. The most well know fact about this island is that Christopher Columbus discovered San Salvador in 1492.
San Salvador Columbus land fall park
We have maybe 1200 people living here year around and in average 400 guests per week in Club Med. (they never leave the club)
Other than that San Salvador has maybe 30 more tourists per week living in rental homes or condos and the Riding Rock hotel which is famous for diving or the Guanahani resort that is famous for kite surfing and 30 something families visiting during the year that own property on San Salvador or people come on their boat and spend time here in San Salvador. There is also the Gerace research centre which host students from the US for a few weeks at the time.
San Salvador Bahamas
So, with only a hand full of people you can probably already imagine that the beautiful beaches of the Island are not only breathtaking beautiful but also deserted. You can walk for hours and not see another soul. People coming on vacation to San Salvador usually seek the peace and quiet and the beauty of the crystal clear turquoise and aqua waters. They go diving or fishing or swimming or snorkeling or boating but basically every activity involves the water.
San Salvador Bahamas
We have a few restaurants on the island and a few bars and a festival once in a while and some beautiful sites to see but San Salvador is not your typical tourist destination. This island is all about relaxing and letting go and seeing the incredible beauty this Island has to offer.
Bahamas water and beach
Some people call San Salvador the “Hidden gem of the Bahamas”, I like to refer to it as “The forgotten Island” (there is a book with this title) but most locals call it “The Rock” because it really is a rock sticking out of the water.
Bahamas, mother nature
Life here in San Salvador never seems to change, it feels as if time stands still. No rush, no stress, no drama, no crime, only friendly people that help each other. If you have a car and drive around the Island you have to keep your window open so you can greet each car that passes by. (if you know the people or not doesn’t matter)
Going shopping for milk usually takes me a few hours because I have to stop at Stanley’s bar for a drink or soda, then I talk to Edna for a little bit (Stanley’s mother) and before I leave some other people that I know show up and you have a little chat and once I am on the road again I might run into a neighbor and exchange some words and at the grocery store I always meet people that I know and we joke around a little and and and. Life is different here !!!
San Salvador Bahamas
Please check out the picture section and read some of my posts/ stories to get a better understanding of this very special place. Hope you enjoy all the information about San Salvador.
Huge direct oceanfront lot for sale. Property is located on Marshal track, San Salvador Bahamas. If you are looking for a perfect beachfront lot with amazing views onto crystal clear waters and a sandy beach, this piece of property might be your dream. It has 100 feet on the ocean and is over 200 feet deep.
The land is situated on the west coast of San Salvador Bahamas you will be able to see the beautiful sunsets every night. This part of the Island has water and electiricity, phone and internet access. Only 10 minutes away from town, the marina, Club Med and the airport, the location is perfect and the lot is big enough to build a waterfront estate if you wanted to.
Please check out some of my blog posts to get a better feeling for the island of San Salvador here in the Bahamas. There are some other ocean / beachfront lots for sale on the Island but I truly believe that this one is the most attractive waterfront lot.
You have some shallow rock formation which I think is the perfect natural seawall but you also have a beautiful beach and unspoiled sand. I spend hours on the beach and will not see one single person ! This piece of land is very secluded but at the same time close to shops and restaurants.
Where in the world can you buy oceanfront lots for this price???
As of October 2015 American Airlines has biweekly flights from Miami directly to San Salvador. so, within an hour or so your could be at your oceanfront dream home.
San Salvador International Airport gets an upgrade
Transport and Aviation Minister the Hon. Glenys Hanna-Martin led a delegation to San Salvador on Tuesday morning to tour the San Salvador International Airport as it undergoes an expansion and structural upgrades after the terminal suffered structural damage during the passage of Joaquin.
“It would not be unfair to say that San Salvador is getting a new airport” said the Transport and Aviation Minister, obviously pleased with the progress made to date.
With increased airlift to the island from France, Canada and the United States, Minister Hanna-Martin is confident that an enhanced airport, the gateway, will definitely enhance the island’s tourism product.
“An enhanced airport that more properly facilitates people to this island I think will enhance the (tourism) product” she said.
Having commenced on the 12th January, the $1.2 million airport expansion and upgrades are being carried out by World Construction and Development Company.
Home, small resort for sale in the Bahamas, San Salvador
House, Resort for sale on San Salvador Bahamas. Direct beachfront home
Definitely the most unique property here in the Bahamas on the island of San Salvador !!!
You will not find anything comparable for sale in the Bahamas and I am talking design, material, construction, location and on it goes. This compound is out of this world, YES I mean it.
Very difficult to describe this one of a kind complex / house. It reflects a mixture of elegant Italian design with the beautiful beachfront settings of a secluded Bahamian Island.
You will not find anything like this again. It is perfectly suited as a single family home or vacation paradise or would be awesome for a kite surf, fishing or diving resort, maybe a luxury yoga retreat or spiritual get away or hotel. Sooooo many possibilities with this incredibly beautiful piece of real estate.
Situated on the south east site of San Salvador this property isn’t just waterfront, it is direct beachfront. The view onto the ocean and High Key could not be more breathtaking !!! The crystal clear water has every color between aqua blue and turquoise, and the long beach offers beautiful white sand.
In real estate we often use the words “diamond in the rough” Well, this one is the opposite, it is the most polish diamond you have ever seen.
Not only is the Island of San Salvador here in the Bahamas very special and different but this incredibly gorgeous one of a kind complex is the icing on the cake.
So, if you are in the market to buy a luxury property, single of multiple family home in the Bahamas you might have just found your dream piece of real estate. The asking price is $5,250,000
San Salvador Bahamas, the island of discovery, San Salvador is the best kept secret in the Bahamas and one of the “true family islands”.
Surrounded by crystal clear turquoise waters and a virgin coastline, San Salvador offers an idyllic
lifestyle with perfect year round weather.
San Salvador is well-known for its world-class diving and some of the best deep sea fishing in the region with World deep sea fishing tournaments held every year.
Guanahani Beach Club is a luxury and exclusive Resort tucked away on the southeast coast of San Salvador, 30 minute drive from the airport, right on the gorgeous white powdery sandy beach of Snow Bay.
SNOW BAY ( a subdivision on San Salvador / Columbus Landings) stretching for approximately 1.5 miles is nestled between the tranquil ecological paradise of Pigeon Creek to its south, small secluded cays to its east, and one of the most unique bays in all of the Bahamas. On its private beach one can find total seclusion, with no commercial constructions happening ever as the area is residential and not zoned for commercial.
The few homes that do exist are owned by second home owners visiting only a few times out of the year, leaving the beach for guests at Guanahani on San Salvador virtually alone in their own private piece of paradise.
The 7.150 square foot property sits on 2 lots (1 lot beachfront Square feet 20.895 and 1 lot in the back Square feet 12.647) totaling 33.542 square feet and hosts a maximum of 10 guests.
The resort comprises
of 4 villas (3 one bedroom villa and 1 -two bedroom villa), 1 restaurant – bar with a very spacious Patio, currently used as lounge area. The resort is built with the finest materials all imported from Italy with its structures all being hurricane proof. All buildings are made with solid REINFORCED concrete, with cement roofs and solid full wood-double glass fixtures.
All the hardware is in MARINE stainless-steel
(A-316, not rust warranty). Water and electricity are produced by Guanahani’s independent power source operated by a solar and photovoltaic system that sits on the back lot eliminating all noise pollution.
The back lot still offers the possibility of adding other buildings.
The villas are simple and elegant with particular attention being given to the choice of the materials used. These would include bleached oak and teak wooden flooring, crisp white walls, teak furniture, full wood louvered shutters, solid wood-double glass French doors and windows to create a sophisticated ambience but at the same time comfortable. All the materials and furniture, windows doors shutters are imported from Italy.
With white as the dominant color it is not only a question of taste but also a deliberate choice to be in harmony with the breathtaking colors of sea and the nature in the background. Each villa has a pleasant veranda perfect for enjoying the breakfast or reading.
The Resort is surrounded by green palm trees and red Bougainvillea creating a magical contrast between the white color of the buildings and the kaleidoscopic colors of sea in the background.
Additionally the resort comprises a Sport Center fully equipped with Kiteboarding equipment, catamaran, kayaks, boat equipped with 25HP engine.
Guanahani Beach Club here on San Salvador in the Bahamas is a turn on key business.
Guanahani Beach Club, because of the way it is designed, is also ideal as vacation house with each Villa being a small private area and the main restaurant the perfect social area for the family or guests visiting.
Guanahani Beach Club is under the BAHAMAS HOTELS ENCOURAGEMENTS ACT and the benefits are:
– Customs duties exemption on building material, furniture etc…..
– Property tax exemption for 10 years (starting from 2010) and extendable for other 10 years.
Companies, in the Bahamas, are not subjected to any income tax and accounting books are not required.
Possibility of building the fifth beachfront villa (project already approved).
Other buildings can be built on the back lot.
Beachfront home on San Salvador Bahamas for sale. Columbus Landings 4, Sandy Point, sits on 1 lot plus 2 other lots of land to ensure privacy. 70,000 square feet of land, imagine the possibilities !
Special, charming, cozy, flooded with sunlight, unbelievable views, these words do not even begin to describe this wonderful beach front home on San Salvador in the Bahamas.
The pictures are beautiful but they don’t do justice to this amazing house and all the words in the world won’t be enough to convey the amazing feeling you get once you enter though the gates.
You have to visit and actually experience the positive and loving atmosphere in the home for yourself. Dr. Savio, the owner of the house has taken extremely good care of it for many many years and he has put a lot of thoughts into each remodel and addition phase that he has done over the years. So much attention to details, so much pride of ownership.
The backyard is simply a dream. Most magnificent views onto the beach and the waters of the ocean that have every color between turquoise and navy blue.
This location on San Salvador is unbeatable, situated on the south western tip of the Island surrounded by crystal clear water and the widest beaches on the island.
San Salvador Bahamas
San Salvador Bahamas
Lots #54, #55 & #56 Block #34 Columbus landings 4 for sale.
DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY: ALL THOSE pieces parcels or lots of land being Lots Number Fifty-four (54), Fifty-five and Fifty-six Block Number Thirty-four (34) in a Subdivision known as and called “Columbus Landing Four (4)” situate south of Cockburn Town and southwest of the Queen’s Highway which said pieces parcels or lots of land have such boundaries, shapes and dimensions as shorn on the plan (Exhibit B) and having an area of approximately One and Sixty-one Hundredth (1.61) (1.61) acre or Sixty-nine Thousand Nine Hundred and Seventy-eight (69,978) square feet. No adverse conditions were noted on the subject property or the surrounding lots. However, professional engineers would be needed to confirm these assessments.
TYPE OF PROPERTY: Irregular shaped developed beach/ocean front elevated land. ZONING: Residential.
LOCATION: The subject property is situate on the northwestern side of a forty (40) feet wide road name and called Sandcliff Avenue, eastward of the Queen’s Highway on Sandy Point beach in the southwestern part of San Salvador Island. SERVICES: Electricity telephone and water lines. Drainage is by septic tank and soakaway.
NEIGHBOURHOOD: Columbus Landing Four Subdivision occupies the southern portion of San Salvador from Queen Highway to the north, Sandy Hook to the east, the coast line to the south and Grotto Beach to the West. The Island of San Salvador is twelve miles long and six miles wide or approximately sixty-three (63) square miles and the capital is Cockburn Town. The main road, Queen’s Highway, renders views of the shoreline, beaches, turquoise water, cays and reefs. The rocky shoreline has breath taking views of the Atlantic Ocean, the many lakes, the rolling hills, the elevated cliffs with beautiful grottos, the mysterious caverns and the low areas abound with tropical plants and fruit trees. Government offices, BEC, BTC, School and the Bank of The Bahamas are situated in Cockburn Town and San Salvador International Airport and the world famous Club Med resort are to the northwest.
BUILDINGS IMPROVEMENT: Construction: On the subject property are four single storey structures. 1) The villa residence of C.B.S reinforced eight-inch concrete block constructed on poured concrete foundations with poured concrete floor slab and a pitched roof with asphalt shingles coated with rubber silicone on exterior grade plywood on wood rafters. 2) The garage of C.B.S reinforced eight-inch concrete block constructed on poured concrete foundation with poured concrete floor slab and a pitched roof with asphalt shingles with rubber silicone on exterior grade plywood on wood rafters. 3) The boat house and shed of timber on two-inch by four-inch planks constructed on poured concrete foundation with poured concrete floor slab and a pitched roof with asphalt shingles with rubber silicone on exterior grade plywood on wood rafters.
Interior Finishes: The villa: Walls are reinforced eight and four-inch concrete blocks and sheetrock on 2×4 inch pine timber studs. Floors finished in Italian tiles. The ceilings in the living and utility-office are marine plywood and bedrooms ceilings are sheetrock. Exterior doors are a combination paneled hardwood and double sliding glass in aluminum frames; interior doors are a combination paneled hardwood and hollow core. Windows are jalousie type in aluminum frames. The main bathroom is finished in Spanish tiles and the other in Italian tiles. Electrical and plumbing lines are PVC. Ventilation is four air-conditioning one for the living/dining and kitchen and the other three for other rooms and ceiling fans. Kitchen cabinets and bathrooms vanities are finished with Formica.
The garage: Walls are eight-inch concrete blocks. Floor is concrete. Exterior door is electrically control accordion type hard plastic.
The boat house and shed: Walls are timber. Floors are concrete. Exterior doors are timber.
SPECIAL FEATURES: The unique beach, at Sandy Point, has such shape and forms that all other beaches on San Salvador pales in comparison and the tranquil aquamarine water of the North Atlantic Ocean. Electrically operated entrance gate. Accordion type hurricane protection. Decorative native rock on corners of building. Plush landscaped court yard.
ACCOMMODATION: The villa consists of the master bedroom with a large dressing room and a workshop for maintenance fully equipped and stocked and a separate storage room; both can be changed to individual bedroom or made into a large bedroom and a guest bedroom, 2 bathrooms, living room, dining room and kitchen, office, laundry room and partly covered patio; the garage that secure a Jeep Wrangler, a motorbike and miscellaneous items; the boat house that secure the Boston whaler boat with a 25 HP engine and miscellaneous items; and the shed with a garden maintenance tools and miscellaneous items, furniture, refrigerators, .
SITE IMPROVEMENTS: Landscaping includes grass lawn, multi-types palm trees, pine trees, sea grape trees, flowering plants, shrubs mature native trees. Other improvements include a deep spring well ‘brackish water’ 20,000 gallon rainwater cistern with pump and pressure tank system, a concrete underground storage bunker.
SEAWALL: The wall was constructed with poured concrete over pilings faced with ribbed metal facing and special emphasized is on the wall because of the very complex work and it has already withstood three hurricanes.
OFF-SITE IMPROVEMENTS: Queen’s Highway is asphalt paved and has street lights. Most of the roads within the subdivision are not yet fully paved.
I promise, once you come and visit this beautiful home on San Salvador here in the Bahamas you will NOT want to leave again, to me this incredible home has magic powers, it just fascinates you and draws you into a different mindset, full of peace and positive vibes. The asking price for this house is $990,000
A few words from Dr. Savio himself, the owner of this home for sale in the Bahamas on San Salvador.
SAN SALVADOR AND HOUSE DESCRIPTION
The Bahamian island of San Salvador is surrounded by thriving coral reefs and crystal-clear waters. Underwater photographers rate these reefs higher than the Australian Barrier Reef.
We love the sea, and over the course of some 20 years we visited the best islands in the world – from Polynesia to the Maldives and the Comoros, from Los Roques and San Andres to the Bahamas. We toured all of the inhabited islands the Bahamas – starting from Bimini – until we arrived at San Salvador in the Bahamas.
Our idea of holiday is very simple. You should do the opposite of what you do in your work life. As my normal life is full of social engagement (look me up in Wikipedia), I was seeking a place where I could seclude myself, but still retain all the modern comforts – electricity, running water, internet service, television, etc. We also wanted to be able to drive to shops and restaurants, even if they were on a different scale than what we were used to. But every time we found a secluded place, there was no electricity or water. And where utilities were available, there would always be people in sight. But when we saw the little oceanfront house on Sandy Point, a small subdivision on San Salvador, we knew that our long quest had ended. Here in San Salvador we have nearly two miles of beautiful pink sand beach almost to ourselves, and we are within 15 miles of a small community with shops, eateries an airport and a public dock. So we bought the house, and enlarged it (to over 2,400 sf),.We also bought the adjacent two lots, to ensure complete privacy. The surrounding land is a public park, so we have all of Sandy Point for us.
We created a villa that fuses Mediterranean and Bahamian living styles. Without much effort, some spaces could be converted into three additional bedrooms. And with the adjacent lots, up to three villas could be built, to accommodate an extended family, or for speculation.
The house is complemented by a large garage with a paint room; a boat shed; a storage shed for outdoor furniture, and an underground space (to avoid spoiling the landscape) to accommodate all of our maintenance equipment and materials.
There is also a store room in the house for provisions, as well as a workshop. Those two spaces could easily be converted into a large bedroom.
A 21-foot well provides brackish water, and a 25,00-litre rainwater water tank irrigates the garden, via a drip system. The house includes a new 16 kw Generac LP gas generator, and comes with a 16-foot Boston Whaler, which draws very little water and is ideal for reef fishing and snorkelling,
There are three refrigerators, four air conditioning systems, wi-fi, satellite TV, stereo, a water cooler, and an intercom between the house and the automatic main gate.
The house has been built to withstand hurricanes, and has survived without any problem the five hurricanes that struck San Salvador over the past 23 years. Minimal damage to shingles was caused during the last Category Four storm, which passed over the island in October 2015.
Theis home on San Salvador sits on a rise overlooking the sea, and it is only a few steps from our bedroom to the shore, with nobody in sight. Our friends and visitors all say that this is a unique location. In fact, this villa in Nassau (the Bahamian capital) would have a value of at least $2.5 million. In Europe a similar residence would be out of the market. It features first-class European appointments and outfitted with classic island furniture.
A few words on the island of San Salvador here in the Bahamas itself. Beside the reefs and beaches, it has quite a number of historical locations. There are three points where Christopher Columbus is supposed to have set foot here on October 12 1492, marking the first European encounter with the Americas. There are also the remains of 18th century Loyalist plantations, founded by British refugees and enslaved Africans after the American Revolution.
The few hundred inhabitants of Cockburn Town and a handful of other outlying settlements are very friendly, and there is no crime. However, there is no work ethic as the locals have a very relaxed view of life.
Mobile phones operate at 4G speed and there will soon be direct fibre optic cables to the home.. The main settlement includes a bank, a clinic with a doctor and four nurses, seven churches, two supermarkets, a post office, a power station, two gasoline stations, a marina for visiting yachts (several tuna and marlin records have been registered here), and a hotel especially for divers who want to explore the magnificent reefs.
There is also an international field station on the island which caters to students from the United States for courses on geology, biology and archaeology. There is also a beautiful resort for kitesurfing, which offers lessons in this new sport.
The chief touristic facility on the island is a Club Med village, which opened in 1992, on the occasion of the quinacentennial of Columbus’ landfall. Its restaurants, shows and other amenities are available to all residents on San Salvador, for a fee.
But in our view, this incredible little island (which is about the same size as Manhattan, but with only 1,200 inhabitants) is all about relaxation and the natural environment. Beachcombing, snorkeling fishing, and reading are the activities we enjoy most.
My first wife loved this place so much that she is buried here in the Catholic cemetery. And it is with great regret that for personal reasons I have to leave here.
It is my hope that the buyer my home will be as happy as I have been here from 1980. And I will make sure that the purchase transaction will have special consideration.
Below please see some very artistic pictures taken of this San Salvador home for sale by two well-known photographers.
Incredible deal! House for sale on San Salvador Bahamas.
Do NOT wait, don’t miss this one. House for sale on San Salvador Bahamas.
This is the best deal you can probably find in the Bahamas. This home is a diamond in the rough, needs TLC but has the potential to be something really really special.
Look out the window and enjoy magnificent view onto white sandy beaches and the clear world famous Bahamian waters of the ocean.
Situated on the south west side of the Island in Sandy Point, Columbus Landings 4. San Salvador, by many people also called “The forgotten Island” is and amazingly beautiful Island on the east side of the Bahamas island chain.
Real Estate prices on San Salvador are still very affordable and this 3 bedroom 2 bath single family home is way under fair market value.
Do not miss this opportunity, some repairs and a little updating and you have the perfect beach escape in the beautiful Bahamas. The lot is big and enough space for an addition if you needed more space.The asking price is $279,900. Send me a quick note today to get more info on San Salvador here in the Bahamas and this incredible opportunity to buy a home in the Bahamas on San Salvador.
Below please see more pictures of this San Salvador home for sale.
Direct beachfront lot for sale in San Salvador, the Bahamas
Dreaming of an affordable gorgeous direct beachfront lot with long white sandy beaches and crystal clear turquoise and blue waters? Well you might have just found it on San Salvador, Bahamas. This piece of land is just absolutely beautiful.
Beachfront / Oceanfront lot for sale on San Salvador Bahamas.
Situated on the west coast of San Salvador with breathtaking sunsets every night. What are you waiting for?
Waterfront lot, direct oceanfront land for sale in San Salvador Bahamas.
This is your chance to finally own a piece of paradise and built the house of your dreams on a far away yet so close secluded charming little island. The lot is huge, about half an acre, 100 feet direct oceanfront. Unlike most oceanfront lots, this one has access to electric, water, internet and phone service. One for the things that is special to this oceanfront lot is what I call “the natural seawall” The lot itself is covered in lush tropical landscaping from the access road to the oceanfront. The beachfront itself is very unique, you have white sandy beach then a little formation of rocks between 2 and 10 feet deep and about 3 feet high and then white sandy beach again leading into the beautiful waters. I personally really like this setting because the rocks protect you when a storm and big waves are coming in.
Waterfront lot, direct oceanfront land for sale in San Salvador Bahamas
Only minutes away from town and maybe 10 minutes from Club Med, the marina and the airport. The location could not be better.
San Salvador here in the Bahamas is about 180 miles south east of Nassau, probably 1200 people living on the Island, a few grocery stores, bars and restaurants but hardly any tourism other than the people that come from France, Canada and a handful from the US but they spend all their time in the all inclusive Club Med, they never venture out on the Island. San Salvador is very special and unique, come see for yourself !!! Check out my website to learn much more about the Island. The asking price on this beautiful lot for sale is $179,900 US
Below just find a few pictures of San Salvador here in the Bahamas. Sometimes a photo says more than 1000 words. There are a lot of different sides to San Salvador, you actually have to come and see for yourself.
How to buy property, house or land on San Salvador Bahamas
Buying real estate, house, home, condo or vacant lot in the Bahamas / San Salvador is totally different from buying a house, condo or land in the US. Bahamas real estate law and the process of finding the property, getting it under contract and actually going to closing cannot be compared to the US process. Even I as a Real Estate Broker in Florida had a hard time understanding this whole new set of rules and it took me a long time to figure out the best way to go about it, actually the only way to be sure you get a legal conveyance ( deed)
Let’s split this issue (buying a house, home, condo or land in the Bahamas) in two separate parts
First part, finding a property to buy in the Bahamas.
You have to find your dream property, your lot, your condo, your home in the Bahamas. NOT that easy!
See, in the US we have the MLS system meaning about 99% of all properties for sale get submitted to this system and you can find them on websites like Realtor.com, Trulia, Zillow and many more. So, it is very easy to sit at home and search the net for hours and days till you see something that is interesting and in the process of searching for homes or land or condos you get a very good feeling for the areas and the prices etc.
Not so in the Bahamas. Till a few years ago the Bahamas did not have an MLS system, now finally the Bahamas has a similar system BUT only a few properties that are for sale in the Bahamas actually make it into the system. You wonder WHY? As always, it is money ! In the Bahamas the real estate commission is not negotiable, the seller has to pay 10% for a vacant land sale or 6% for and improved land sale(house,condo)
If a realtor put the property (his listing) in the MLS he has to split that commission with the buyer’s broker. If he doesn’t put it in the MLS he can keep the whole commission. Since Bahamian sellers are so new to the MLS system, most of them do not understand it’s benefits and therefore the sellers do not insist on an MLS listing. All this means that you as a buyer have a very difficult time finding ALL the properties for sale. If you check on realtors website only HIS listings are on there and there is a very HIGH chance that he will not even tell you that the house next to his is also for sale for a much lower price. There is also a high amount of “for sale by owner” . These properties are usually not advertised at all and since no commission is paid, no realtor in the Bahamas will tell you about these homes or condos for sale.
Now what ??? How can you make sure that you know each and every property that meets your needs and wants that is for sale in the Bahamas, on the Island you chose? Well, get on a plane and come down here. Find someone who knows the island and that knows real estate, drive around and ask questions. There is only so much research you can do online and it is very difficult to find good information on the web.
Second Part. How to get clear title to your Bahamas property and all the legal paperwork.
We are not talking about buying a new shirt at Burdines and if you don’t like it you can bring it back within 90 days. Your Bahamas home or land will cost a lot more that a shirt and you can not get a refund if you don’t like it anymore.
You need a lawyer that works for YOU and not the seller !!! This Bahamian lawyer will do a title search and ensure that it is free and clear !!! he will issue something like a title insurance that will protect YOU. Please understand the importance, till just recently the Bahamas was not known for keeping accurate records of property sales (due to the different recording system). If money exchanged for a piece of land or home and the buyer got some “official looking paperwork” but forgot to record it ( because he was not told to do so) than the government didn’t even know that there was a new owner and therefore the old seller could sell this piece of Bahamian property again, to someone else……. and again. So, please get your own lawyer (unless it is a new home or condo development you are buying in) when buying property in the Bahamas.
Please understand, this was the short version of this complex issue. I have met a lot of people who bought properties in the Bahamas and the once that are happy and that use their property have done their research and talked to the closing lawyer. The once that are unhappy and full of drama stories are the people who got caught up in the moment and believed a smiling “NO PROBLEM” salesperson.
The photos on this page a REAL photos that I took today on the Island of San Salvador Bahamas. These real estate for sale signs tell the story better than I ever could. You do not know if they are from realtors or owners but then again, it doesn’t really matter since you can’t read the phone number anyway ……LOL This is just the island way, nobody is in a hurry to sell I guess.
Buying real estate, house, home or vacant land in the Bahamas, San Salvador is a dream come through for many people (and it was for me) This Island is breathtaking beautiful and the moment you step off the plane you get transported into another world. It is all worth it !!! Go after your dream !!!