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 investors thinking of buying property in the Caribbean 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.
Read more: Historical home for sale in Saba
View more: Real estate for sale in Saba
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.
Read more: Historic home for sale in Nevis
View more: Real estate for sale in Nevis
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.
Read more: Historical house for sale in St Lucia
View more: Real estate for sale in St Lucia
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.
Bahamas – $2,900,000
Originally built in the 1870’s, this incredible house is a classic example of the Loyalist cottages for which the area is so well know. The property is conveniently located in the heart of Dunmore Town in Harbour Island in The Bahamas. The location offers proximity to Valentines Marina which is just a stone’s throw away and under half a mile from world famous Pink Sand Beach. While original features such as traditional beam ceilings and shutters have been retained, the house has been updated and modernized for contemporary living with additions such as new impact windows and doors.
Read more: Historic house for sale in The Bahamas
View more: Real estate for sale in The Bahamas
Jamaica – $3,000,000
A perfect blend of classic English architecture and stunning Caribbean surroundings, this period house in St Ann’s Bay is one of the most magnificent historical homes for sale in Jamaica, if not the Caribbean. The house was originally built in the 18th century in an elegant Georgian style. It has since been sensitively modernized for contemporary living. Great care was taken to preserve its historical integrity and showcase its cut-stone, concrete-block and wood construction. The grounds are equally impressive – 16 acres of rolling greenery with beautiful views of the Caribbean Sea.
View more: Real estate for sale in Jamaica
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.
Read more: Plantation home for sale in St Kitts
View more: Real estate for sale in St Kitts
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.