Archive | September, 2012

Camp David – end of day 16

Before I update with the MOST current pictures, I want to share a few pictures of Camp David, taken from the water on Monday, September 24th – the end of day 13 of construction.  It was a BEAUTIFUL evening out in the skiff. As David mentioned earlier, we are very fortunate to have a small, but amazing, construction crew building Camp David.  I enjoyed working with them building Kokomo, and we waited for them to be available to start Camp David.  They do it ALL – down to a high quality finish. Their company is PAR Construction, owned and run by three experts. They are GREAT guys and a pleasure to work with. They are from a small community, Cherokee Sound, just across the water from Casuarina Point.  It is a quaint, loyalist settlement with independent, hardworking, resourceful, friendly, helpful residents.   They are honest and loyal, and they care about each other and take care of each other.  They are very special people and a good example to all. Cherokee is picturesque and charming – a fun place to visit and accessible in our skiffs, but I digress.  I will try to write about visiting Cherokee in another post! Today, […]

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Building of Camp David, Abaco Begins

As I alluded to in a previous post, we are actually slightly delayed in updating everyone about the progress of Camp David, Abaco, and hopefully this post will fix that and bring everyone up to speed on the progress. We basically started construction just after Labor day in the U.S, so are just shy of 3 weeks into the project. We will do our best to document our progress on this blog so that everyone can follow the building process. Hopefully it will make a future stay in Camp David more enjoyable! Looking at the above picture, I am still amazed at the difference in the property itself. Remembering the jungle that I was greeted with 9 months ago, the work just to get it to this point has been way more than I initially anticipated. It has been well worth the effort though. The property is blessed with at least 12 fully matured palm trees, a staple for any Bahamian hideaway. We are lucky to have a top-notch local crew, the same team that built Kokomo. If one of those boards isn’t perfectly straight, they send it right back to the lumber yard. I feel confident the house will […]

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You never know what hidden gems your’re going to find on an Abaconian property….

In the next post we are going to start providing updates on the current progress of the house (we are slightly delayed in posting, but we have actually been under construction for the past two and a half weeks and are making some nice progress already). My goal is to bring you up to speed in a blog post or two over the next couple of days. However, before we move on to the new construction of Camp David Abaco, I thought I would provide you with a bit more history on the project! As you can at see in the picture below, the original house was being completely overtaken by a sea grape that had not been cut for years. The week in December that I was there working, I had one of the guys on my crew working nearly full time to get rid of the sea grape on the property. I left that week feeling like I had accomplished a great deal, with the majority of the clean up of the property already behind me. My mother Kathy went to Abaco two weeks after I had left and worked with a couple of the guys from the […]

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Camp David – the newest addition to Abaco Palms Properties

As some of you have probably already heard, we are adding a new home to the Abaco Palms Properties portfolio. The home is called Camp David and is located on beautiful Casuarina Point on the same beach as Abaco Palms and Kokomo. Camp David will be a 3 bedroom and 3.5 bath home, with floor to ceiling windows across the beach side making for beautiful views of the beach and palm trees directly on the property. Camp David is available for bookings starting March 1, 2013. One of the most common questions that we get from renters is, “What is it like to build a house in the Bahamas?” Well, the short answer is that it is a lot more complicated (and expensive!) than building a home in the continental U.S. where a Home Depot is generally only a 10 minute drive away. It takes an unbelievable amount of planning and coordinating in order to be able to pull it off, and for that I am eternally grateful to my mother Kathy for being the person that is handling it all for us. If you have visited us at Casuarina in the past, you will have driven right by the […]

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