Harbour Island real estate is almost as celebrated as the crystal clear turquoise sea surrounding the Bahamas. If you own a home, villa or condo on Harbour Island, you are probably counted among the most envied people in the world. Mind you, not everyone is cut out for life on a tiny stretch of land where extraordinary beauty may be tempered by a slow island pace and internet downtime. On the other hand, it is exactly these perks and quirks that have lured some of the world's most prominent business tycoons to invest in second homes and property on Harbour Island.
So before we get into Location – and Harbour Island has Location! – answer the following questions.
If you have answered yes to all of the above, then a Harbour Island home may be just right for you.
If you are uncomfortable walking, biking and golf carting and greeting everyone on the street, then maybe not. Harbour Island is open to vehicular traffic, but the roads are narrow and vehicles are typically used only to transport things about.
Harbour Island is located in the north of the Eleuthera group of islands. You can fly to the North Eleuthera airport from Nassau, Bahamas, or Florida, and then take a ferry boat for the short hop over to Harbour Island, or you can take a Bahamas Ferry boat from Nassau to Harbour Island. Second home owners jet into Nassau from Europe and New York and then take a plane or boat to North Eleuthera.
The settlement of Dunmore Town on Harbour Island is as pretty as a picture with its quaint Loyalist cottages dressed in the pastel colours of the Bahamas islands.
Harbour Island - "Briland" to locals and second home owners – is steeped in history. It’s one of the oldest settlements in the Bahamas. Founded in the late 1700s, this former shipbuilding island proudly displays all the signs of her Colonial heritage and the historic homes are the centrepiece of the town. Harbour Island real estate is expensive – expect to pay big bucks for a little home.
Harbour Island is just 3 1/2 miles long and ½ mile wide, yet it plays host to opulent second homes owned by the rich and famous and located off the beaten path, or overlooking the spectacular Pink Sand Beach. Only 60 miles northeast of Nassau, this island is a world away from the hustle and bustle of Nassau.
The Harbour Island beach has appeared in numerous films, including James Bond classics, and it has been consistently rated as one of the world's Best Beaches in international real estate and travel magazines.
If you are among the few who are lucky enough to afford it, Harbour Island real estate may be one of life's top rewards.
© Athena Mabon
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