The pandemic has made island life even more appealing
Prices range from $700,000 to $12.5 million, according to Matt Deitch, managing director of Southworth Development, Abaco’s developer. Inspired by traditional Bahamian architecture — with pitched metal roofs and colorful clapboard siding — all have expansive decks and large outdoor spaces.
There are over 90 properties on the site, with a brand new community of 36 units, called the Cays, on the way. Virtually every city in Florida offers direct flights to the island’s Leonard M. Thompson International Airport.
The Abaco Club, designed by Donald Steel and Tom Mackenzie, is widely regarded as the best golf course in the Caribbean, hosting the Korn Ferry Tour’s Bahamas Great Abaco Classic each January. Known as the “Tropical Links”, it fuses Scottish challenges – pot bunkers, sea breezes (particularly on the back nine, which runs along the coast) and sloping greens – with an idyllic climate and scenery.
Toronto resident Tim McGuire has stayed here with his wife, Sheila, about four weeks a year since they bought their home in 2012. They first won a trip at a charity auction and are immediately became addicted.
“Island life is more relaxed than anywhere else,” he said. There’s a real “sense of community,” he noted, and you can walk or golf cart everywhere. His adult children also spend time here, and for much of the year the McGuires can rent the house to visitors through the club’s rental program.
Their bright pastel blue cottage, which Mr. McGuire describes as a “Bahamian beach house,” opens onto a large deck overlooking Abaco Bay on the north side of the resort. Their second floor has another large terrace, particularly ideal for admiring the sunsets.
The McGuires enjoy the outdoor activities of the area: they play golf every day. Mr. McGuire runs in the morning while Mrs. McGuire searches for exotic wildlife like the Abaco parrot, and they spend time fishing or kayaking hunting sea turtles.