Anguilla is aimed at the high end traveller. The resorts are 5-star expensive. The tourist restaurants are as gourmet as any that you will find in Manhattan... and as expensive.
So naturally, my Dad thought that Anguilla real estate would be impossibly pricey! Wrong!
Unlike well-known Caribbean islands, Anguilla is still relatively undiscovered.
Anguilla went through a boom period during 2005-2008 but the recession has brought prices back down. It is a buyer's market!
Before my dad read A Trip to the Beach, he thought "Anguilla" was "Angola" spelled wrong!
And it is still unknown compared to the other Caribbean islands.
Anguilla offers breathtaking oceanfront and oceanview property for a fraction of the price that you would pay on "discovered" Caribbean islands.
Sandy waterfront cannot be owned by foreigners. Anguillians Only! Long-time Caribbean home-owners will tell you, though, that "sand is great for vacations, not so great when you own."
The best option if you want to live on the beach? Check out Anguilla condos. Lower maintenance (condos normally are complete with maintenance and upkeep), they are also generally more affordable (than purchasing land and building). And this year, something special is on its way to Meads Bay...
NEW 2017: Award-winning architectural designer, Sugar George Edwards is set to break ground with a brand NEW residential development in early 2017, "Tranquility Beach." Tranquility Beach will bring 18 modern one and two bedroom residences to Meads Bay Beach, complete with all of the amenities of a boutique hotel.
Take the following into consideration when buying Anguilla real estate...
New Construction: If you are looking to own a piece of Anguilla, I present...
NEW to market, lovingly built for quality and durability, Anguilla Beaches Villa is now for sale and includes...
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We fell in love with Anguilla and decided to live here. My Dad researched Anguilla real estate in detail (as you'll see below, with some beautiful pictures, too!) His most important tip? Find a great real estate agent -- he loves and highly recommends Jackie Pascher (contact information below).
To find your "perfect spot," you will need a highly detailed map showing every dirt road and foot path.
Armed with our maps, we started searching. We found a wide variety of "I'd love to live here" Anguilla real estate. Here are some of my Dad's leading candidates. (He doesn't mind me telling you about them, because there is still so much wonderful oceanfront land available.)
One more thing... as you look at these pictures, I think you'll see why Anguilla's slogan is "Tranquility Wrapped in Blue". Actually, it's more like turquoise.
If you explore the island with an eye to owning, even living, here, you see matters differently. Different place resonate in different ways. In the end, the final location on this page won us over.
Little Harbor is a small, sheltered bay. The water is so calm and quiet, hardly any waves, so smooth a baby could swim in it. So smooth even my dad could swim it (haha)! A few minutes west are some amazing cliffs with an open view of the roaring sea!
Little Harbour... from glassy quiet to
great views of the roaring ocean
Shoal Bay East is recognized as the most beautiful beach in the Caribbean, some say in the world. The picture below shows the stretch of sand East of the tip, beyond which you can see land, some of which is for sale. Wow!
Shoal Bay East... What a place to live!
See that real estate
at the end of the beach?
Sandy Point is close to the ferry to St. Martin. Sandy Point is a perfect "little beach." See the tip of sand in the photo below? Land is for sale just past that point. The shining sun, the blue sea, and the soft sand, what more could you ask for?...
Sandy Point Beach (Photo Taken From Blowing Point)...
I love arriving at Blowing Point
and seeing Sandy Point in the distance
It's a long and bumpy road to get to Limestone bay. All the twists and turns, and ups and downs, but it's worth the ride. Look at that shade of turquoise! I remember the days when there was no electricity on Limestone Bay, and you would have needed solar power. Today, there are two big villas on the shores. There still may be property available on the beach's Western shores.
Limestone Bay... a remote beauty
Sea Feather Bay is a more developed community of well-to-do foreigners and Anguillians. Ronald Webster, father of Anguilla, owns a house just to the right of the yellow house. And land is available just to the left -- and the snorkeling (behind my mom) is excellent!
Sea Feathers Bay... the closest thing
to a "high end development"
Do you know why they call Island Harbor, "Island Harbor"? Because it has it's own little island, Scilly Cay. You can hop on a boat, go over to Scilly Cay and have a fabulous seafood meal. You know it's fresh, because the fishermen are right here. Some prime Anguilla real estate is available higher up, on Captain's Ridge. But, we're not the only ones who think it's beautiful...
Island Harbor... Even Michael Dell
is building a house nearby!
Long Bay's most impressive feature is its wide, white perfect-sandy beach. The sun seems especially intense and water a special shade of turquoise. And, from the hills overlooking the ocean, you have a view of the most perfect little tropical island... Sandy Island.
Long Bay Beach... truly spectacular
land available past the sand
Crocus bay, a cozy little beach, with one of our favorite restaurants for a laid-back beach day or an elegant dinner, DaVida. Anguilla real estate here? Yes, available on the cliff from which we took this photo.
Crocus Bay... great views,
cozy little beach, yummy food!
Sherrick's Bay is really, really, really, remote! If you can find Sherrick's Bay through the maze of dirt and sand and bumpy roads, congratulations! You have really explored the island! You may have to do some digging at the Lands and Survey office. There must be some Anguilla real estate here, as there is only one villa on the beach.
secluded but spectacular
Unusual view of Cove Castles from West
Mark the location on your map, and go to the Land and Survey office. You'll be able to find out who owns the property and as my dad says...
"If you don't ask, you'll never get."
Or you could ask Jackie Pascher to keep an eye open for you. Jackie is a hard-working Anguilla real estate agent who's totally plugged in, my dad says. To reach Jackie, send her an e-mail...
She finds out about great new Anguilla properties that are about to become available and she knows all the ins and outs of Anguilla's laws about foreigners owning land and building. Give her a call and tell her... "Nori's dad referred me." If she doesn't hang up on you right away (ha! ha! Dad), she'll treat you extra-special.
In the end, none of the above locations met our specific needs. Some were breezeless, others were the "last lot in the area" without much view. And so on. Finally, I guess you could say, our perfect place for a home in Anguilla chose us. Shortly thereafter, we had bought our own personal bit of Anguilla land.
1) My Dad and I have assembled a round-the-island Anguilla real estate tour.
3) Try Anguilla condos if real estate is getting too pricey.
4) Anguilla Land Update 2005... Price of land increases.
5) Anguilla Land Update 2006... It skyrockets!
6) Anguilla Land Update 2009-2011... Costs drop!
7) Discovering Sotheby's Anguilla International Properties, and the man behind it... a legend, Scott Hauser.
8) RealEstate.ai... Good friend, Vince Cate is taking Anguilla real estate online! With a new way of doing real estate in Anguilla, his site RealEstate.ai features several listings, including many affordable raw land parcels and modest homes, properties not listed anywhere else online.
Update 2017: As of January 1, 2017, purchasing Anguilla real estate is cheaper than ever. Stamp duty and transfer taxes have been lowered to 10% for existing structures and 11.25% for raw land (previously 17.5%).
Click to see this special eco-friendly, sub-$1,000,000 villa with magnificent, sweeping vistas. (Update 2015: This property has been sold.)