Searching for Historic Properties for Sale in the Caribbean?
New build homes and apartments are springing up in real estate developments across the Caribbean. However, if you are looking for something with heritage and character, there are a number of highly individual historic homes for sale in the islands hidden away in sprawling country estates and secluded waterfront compounds. Whether stately period properties in The Bahamas or centuries old plantation houses in Barbados, the historic estates of the Caribbean are closely intertwined with the region’s long and complex past and each of these beautiful old houses tells its own story of bygone times. Many of them have also been lovingly restored and modernized, making them fit for contemporary luxury living in the Caribbean and an utterly unique investment opportunity.
So, for the discerning buyer with an eye on historic real estate, here are 7 of the best colonial plantation houses, old country estates and stately houses for sale in the Caribbean.
St Kitts – $12,000,000
Set on almost 6 acres of grounds, this plantation home for sale in Trinity, St Kitts is one of the most beguiling historic properties on the island. The house is designed in a traditional West Indian style with gingerbread detailing and wooden floors and offers panoramic sea and mountain views. The plantation has a history stretching back to 1763. Not only does the estate possess timeless charm, but it also has a distinguished history. Most plantation houses for sale in the Caribbean have a historical association with slavery. This estate has the distinction of being the only free working estate in St Kitts which did not profit from slavery. Former owners are also historically significant as they were of Carib Indian origin (Amerindians native to the island). With its captivating background story, the plantation has emerged as one of St Kitts’s most popular tourist attractions, which means it would make not just an outstanding home, but also a ready made Caribbean business.
St Barts – $11,511,000
This property’s physical presence in St Barts dates back only to the 1980’s, but the history of the building itself actually goes back much further. The original property was a 17th Century French manor house. It was painstakingly shipped, plank by plank, to St Barts and reassembled in a prime location, just 100 yards from beautiful Lorient Beach – one of the finest beaches on the island. Over the years this historic home for sale in St Barts has been converted into a spectacular private home equipped with modern comforts including a huge pool and Jacuzzi. Its centuries old interior has been transformed into a spacious, contemporary living space decorated to striking effect with a chic, understated style.
Nicknamed “Little England” because of its rolling green landscape and centuries old ties to the UK, there are a number of stately homes for sale in Barbados. This historic plantation house, for example, was originally built in 1721. The plantation occupies 140 acres of land in the parish of St Thomas, right in the heart of the island. Access is by way of an impressive royal palm-lined driveway to the great house, which features elegant formal living and dining rooms with sumptuous wood flooring – ideal for entertaining on a grand scale. The plantation boasts beautiful views of the surrounding countryside and the southern coast of Barbados. With a manager’s house, 2 apartments and a pool located within the extensive grounds, the would-be owner also has plenty of space for visiting friends and family.
Bahamas – $8,500,000
This home on the crest of Prospect Ridge in Cable Beach, Nassau has a fascinating royal history. It was originally built in 1930 by a Mr Sigrist, a British aviation pioneer and movie producer. It subsequently became home to more notorious occupiers – the Duke and Duchess of Windsor – better known as the former King Edward VIII and his wife Wallis Simpson, the American socialite and celebrity of her day. Following the one-time King’s abdication from the British throne, he was appointed Governor of The Bahamas. This 4-acre stately property then became the home of the Duke of Windsor in The Bahamas. The various buildings that comprise the estate have been extensively but sensitively restored. The historical wood and ironwork retains its original elegance and grandeur but has been modernized for contemporary living.
Jamaica – $1,790,000
This historical house for sale in Jamaica is set on 110 acres of land just east of Ocho Rios. The house was built on the stone foundations of a Fort which was built by Spanish settlers in the 16th Century – the gun slits are still visible today. Offering sweeping views of the surrounding area, the estate’s hilltop location was an ideal vantage point for keeping a close watch on the north-south trail. During the 18th Century the property was used a plantation to grow pimento and coffee and to breed cattle, horses and mules to support the sugar industry which became the primary crop. In the late 19th Century the estate was acquired by Scottish doctor Sir John Pringle who added extensive balconies and porticos to the house. If you fancy trying your hand at agriculture, the grounds of the property are filled with fruit trees. 30 head of cattle can be included in the sale too.
Barbados – $1,250,000
The history of this country home may not stretch back as far as some of the other great houses listed here, but, what it lacks in age (comparatively), it certainly makes up for in charm. Set on just under 1 acre of land in the parish of St George in the center of Barbados, this historic home was originally a 200 year old large water tank with 10 foot walls. The water tank has been converted into a magnificent home overflowing with heritage and rustic charm. While the old brickwork and 200 year old wooden doors provide a sense of history, the property is a fully-functioning modern home fit for contemporary living.
Bequia – $325,000
If you’re looking for a property with history and character but from a more recent period, take a look at this home for sale in Bequia in the Grenadines. The house is one of the original properties built in Moonhole, an iconic eco-community established by Tom and Gladdie Johnston in 1964 on the Moonhole Peninsula on the western tip of Bequia. Each of the villas features beautiful local stonework and an organic layout with indoor-outdoor living spaces. Today the community is owned by a trust which is dedicated to preserving the area as a nature preserve.
These historic Caribbean homes are just a selection of the period properties and beautiful old houses for sale in the Caribbean that we can introduce you to.
There are several others such as this historical home for sale in Martinique, as well as commercial investment opportunities such as this colonial-era boutique hotel for sale in Nicaragua dating back to 1524.