Here’s Why The Bahamas Are An In-Demand Choice For Luxury U.S. Buyers

Beautiful aerial shot of Nassau
In the high-end of the market are properties like Villa Sul Mare, an oceanfront estate in the coveted Ocean Club Estates.

From Nassau to Abaco Island, The Bahamas has various options for resort-style living, making it a popular choice for real estate investors and those seeking second-home ownership. Buyers from the United States are particularly appreciative of the country’s stable economy and its attractive tax advantages.

In the high-end of the market are properties like Villa Sul Mare, an oceanfront estate in the coveted Ocean Club Estates. (MAISON BAHAMAS)

Getting to Nassau, the capital of The Bahamas, is convenient thanks to a dozen daily flights (currently scheduled) from Miami that take about an hour. American, Delta, and Jet Blue fly from JFK to Nassau in about 3.5 hours. For private flyers, options include Odyssey Aviation Nassau, a 24-hour full-service FBO with on-site customs and immigration services. Easy to access second and third homes in remote locations have become more appealing to today’s luxury buyers.

Luxury finishes abound at higher price-points. This $14.75-million villa features a minimalist design that provides spacious living with expansive patios. (MAISON BAHAMAS)

I recently checked in with Ryan Knowles, founder and CEO of luxury brokerage MAISON Bahamas, to get the latest market news. Knowles is one of the leading realtors in the Bahamas.

Homes like this 9,000-square-foot mansion by the sea exude luxury and warmth thanks to imported touches such as Jerusalem stone floors, walls of Venetian plaster, exquisite chandeliers and custom millwork. (MAISON BAHAMAS)

Describe your current market dynamics?

The real estate market in The Bahamas can be described in one word: “hot.” We had the busiest year on record in 2021, with throngs of international buyers hitting our shores in search of their piece of paradise. Demand continues to outstrip supply and we expect this trend to continue throughout the year.

Listed for $15.25 million, this Ocean Club Estates address includes exclusive access to The Ocean Club, a Four Seasons Resort, the Atlantis Resort & Casino (waterpark included) and their very own private Beach Club. (MAISON BAHAMAS)

What changes have you seen so far in 2022?

Due to the sheer number of trades that occurred last year, there is simply less available inventory in the market for buyers to purchase. So, while demand remains incredibly high, deal volume has slowed a bit due to scarcity of product.

Called Villa La Plage, this contemporary jewel is perched atop a mile-long white sand beach in Nassau, Bahamas. Asking price: $7.95 million. (MAISON BAHAMAS)

What potential changes do you forecast for the first half of 2022?

We anticipate two major adjustments, the first being that more buyers will opt for pre-construction or pre-completion offerings due to a lack of available inventory, and the second is that more and more sellers will come to the market, sensing an opportunity to take advantage of very favorable market conditions.

New construction in The Bahamas is coveted for its upscale designs incorporating high-end fixtures and amenities. (MAISON BAHAMAS)

Do you see more sellers coming to market in your area. If so, how will that impact market conditions?

We’ve had an unprecedented surge of interest in recent months, and we don’t see that slowing down anytime soon. While we expect more sellers to enter the market, we believe that they will continue to be outnumbered by the number of buyers who want to get in. Everyone wants a piece of paradise and many of them are willing to pay full ask or more to get it!

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I have covered the business of real estate (both residential and commercial) for over 25 years, including more than a dozen years working in the Forbes Los Angeles bureau reporting and writing about as I call it, Adventures in Real Estate. From the first tear-downs turning into mega-mansions in Beverly Hills to luxury condos as investments in Las Vegas, I follow the ups and downs of real estate markets around the country just for the fun of it.

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