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 Caribbean plantation houses for sale and 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.
Saba – $675,000
One of the best kept secrets in the Caribbean, the Dutch Caribbean island of Saba is unlike any other island in the region. Small, unspoiled, with a pristine environment above and below the water line, Saba is a haven of natural beauty. It is also the setting for several idyllic homes brimming with character. This historic home in Windwardside is a perfect example. Once occupied by Dominican nuns, its elaborate gingerbread fretwork and period detailing have been lovingly restored by the current owners and the cozy interior has been decorated with eclectic antiques and classical pieces.
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Nevis – $940,000
Once a colonial sugar mill built in the 18th Century, this beautiful property in Gingerlands, Nevis has been artfully converted into a wonderful private home. The mill is set on 1.75 acres of landscaped gardens with historical architectural ruins to explore. With charming exposed stonework and rounded walls, the interior features 3 bedrooms, indoor and outdoor dining areas and a dramatic wraparound terrace with sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean and Mount Nevis. With such unique character and history, the property would make not only a fabulous vacation home but also an ideal rental property with a strong rental history.
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St Lucia – $1,495,000
This may very well be the best preserved Creole house in St Lucia, perhaps even in the entire Eastern Caribbean. Built in 1895 by an affluent local family, the house has only had 3 owners since then including the archdiocese of Castries. The property is set on 8.5 acres of grounds filled with hardwood, medicinal, fruit and rare palm trees (such as mahogany, mango, tamarind and orchids) overlooking Castries Harbour. Many of the original architectural and design features have been retained and preserved, including the doors, shutters, louvers, tiles, mahogany staircase and hardwood floors.
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Jamaica – $1,700,000
Originally built in the 1700’s, this incredible plantation house is set in 78 acres of sprawling grounds filled with fruit trees, a pimento farm and rolling pastures which are currently leased for cattle grazing. The property is conveniently located just minutes from Ocho Rios in St Ann on the northern coast of Jamaica. The location offers beautiful views across the countryside and out to the sea. Featuring the main house, an overseer’s cottage, a 1 bedroom cottage, an annex with two 1 bedroom apartments and an entertainment pavilion, the estate would make an idyllic rural estate, the ideal site for a unique residential development or a tourism attraction with a long history.
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Dominican Republic – $2,000,000
This beautifully restored colonial home is located in the heart of the Zona Colonial – the historic heart of Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic. With its cobblestone streets, Spanish-style architecture and elegant facades, Santo Domingo – the first European settlement in the Americas – exudes colonial-style elegance and this home is one of its finest gems. Brick floors, mahogany portals, wide archways and columns and rustic plaster walls add character and charm. The highlight would have to be a beautiful courtyard pool surrounded by archways and wrought iron railings.
St Kitts – $7,000,000
Set on almost 6 acres of grounds, this plantation home is one of the most beguiling historic properties on the island of St Kitts. 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.
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St Barts – $12,000,000
This magnificent home in St Barts is, without a doubt, one of the most prestigious historical homes for sale in the Caribbean. The 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 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.
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Find the Perfect Historic House for You in the Caribbean
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 and this plantation house for sale in Barbados as well as commercial investment opportunities such as this colonial-era boutique hotel for sale in Nicaragua dating back to 1524.