Abaco Bahamas is a group of beautiful, sun drenched islands where the property owners are known for their strong community spirit and love of the history and environment that makes Abaco so special.
Community pride is evident everywhere ? the houses, cottages and villas are painted in beautiful pastel colours. It?s rare to find a home or property that hasn?t been lovingly maintained.
Perhaps this is why Abaco real estate is so sought after.
Many of the houses have ?secret garden? like spaces that are a riot of colour from the native flowering shrubbery. Flowering vines spill over trellises and front porches or balconies are usually the focal point of Abaco living.
Driving around the mainland of Abaco, or the islands, such as Man-O-Way, Elbow Cay (Hope Town), Guana Cay and Green Turtle Cay, or the village of Treasure Cay, visitors are always struck by the cleanliness of the property.
The houses aren?t the only things lovingly tended. Abaco has its fair share of monuments, including the last kerosene-lit light house in the world - all cared for by home owners.
Second homes and vacation homes, real estate sales, tourism, fishing and boat building are major planks in the Abaco economy.
To give you an idea how important the property industry is, of a population of approximately, 18,000 there were 76 licensed Abaco real estate agents and brokers at this writing.
That?s one agent or broker for every 237 people!
All of the major real estate offices, including Coldwell Banker Lightbourn Realty, have offices in Abaco, as well as agents stationed on the various inhabited Abaco islands.
The Abaco Islands lie in the northern Bahamas and comprise the main islands of Great Abaco and Little Abaco, together with the smaller Elbow Cay (Hope Town), Lubbers Quarters Cay, Green Turtle Cay, Guana Cay, Great Guana Cay, Man-o-War Cay and so on.
First inhabited by the Lucayans, the first European settlers to make their home in Abaco were Loyalists (people loyal to the British Crown) fleeing from the fall-out of the American Revolution.
They arrived in 1783 and it is the Loyalist influence that shaped the modern day Abaco real estate industry.
The unmistakable Colonial architecture is the trademark of the little homes and cottages that the settlers built in the various Abaco communities.
The tradition continues right up today with the newer, larger home designs reminiscent of the Colonial era.
A number of high-end condo developments have crept in to the Abaco islands, such as Bakers Bay, but even here, the developers have been careful to adopt the style of the islands and the Colonial architectural influence is strong.
The great thing about Abaco is the happy blend of second home owners and vacation home owners, who are largely from the northern U.S., and the Bahamians.
The Bahamians are so welcoming and most of the second home owners are very involved in the everyday life of their communities ? the festivals, church and monument maintenance. This is the solid stuff upon which so many wonderful friendships have been made.
If you are interested in Abaco property , please browse through our listing inventory.
Our Abaco real estate agents will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
© Athena Mabon