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The pandemic has made island living 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 cladding — all have expansive decks and large outdoor spaces.

There are more than 90 lots on the site, and a whole new 36-unit community called cays is on the way. Virtually every city in Florida has direct flights to the island’s Leonard M. Thompson International Airport.

Designed by Donald Steel and Tom Mackenzie, Abaco Club is widely recognized as the premier golf course in the Caribbean and hosts the Korn Ferry Tour’s Bahamas Great Abaco Classic each January. Known as the ‘Tropical Links’, it combines Scottish challenges – pot bunkers, sea breezes (especially on the back nine that hug the coast) and sloping greens – with idyllic weather and scenery.

Tim McGuire, a Toronto resident, has lived here with his wife, Sheila, for about four weeks a year since purchasing their home in 2012. They first won a trip at a charity auction and were instantly hooked.

“Island life is more relaxed than anywhere else,” he said. There’s a real “community feel,” he noted, and you can walk or golf cart everywhere. His grown children also spend time here, and for much of the year the McGuires are able to rent the home to visitors through the club’s rental program.

Your light blue, pastel 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. Your second floor has another large terrace that is particularly good for watching sunsets.

The McGuires enjoy the area’s outdoor activities: they play golf whenever they can. Mr. McGuire runs in the mornings while Ms. McGuire searches for exotic wildlife like the Abaco Parrot, and they spend time fishing or kayaking to hunt sea turtles.

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/01/realestate/island-golf-developments.html The pandemic has made island living even more appealing

Luke Plunkett

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