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 future Camp David, two houses before you reach Kokomo. However, I would be surprised if you recognize it the next time you drive by.

My wife and I purchased the property that Camp David will sit on in May of 2011. As you can see in the pictures below, we had our work cut out for us! There was a home that was built in the 1950’s that was in complete disrepair, not to mention a jungle completely overtaking the home from all angles.

Laura showing off her new property – what a jungle!

In December of 2011, I spent a week working with a crew of five Haitian workmen to completely clean the property and empty the home so that we could examine the situation to determine if the home was salvageable. Unfortunately, as we had suspected, the home was termite ridden, leaving us no other choice but to tear down the home and start from scratch.

Me and the guys after a long week of cleaning

We tore down the existing structure in September of 2012, and began construction on the new Camp David. The only portion of the home that we were able to conserve is the concrete slab that that home sits on, not to mention the beautiful view!

Original house on Camp David Abaco site before being torn down
Tearing down the original house on the Camp David site
Nothing left but the original concrete slab….
…not to mention some nice palm trees and a beautiful view

While it is difficult to predict the exact timing of these types of projects, we expect the construction to be completed by the end of January 2013, but are not taking any rentals until March just to be on the safe side.

Our goal is to update this blog with pictures of the progress, so be sure to check back for updates over the next few months. Also, we have a number of ideas for added adventure when visiting Abaco (whether it be paddle boarding tours, fishing excursions, or day trips to near by islands) so stay tuned for updates on how to make the most of your next vacation.

Now, I’m sure that many have already asked yourself, what’s in the name? Well, my mother-in-law suggested it and my wife approved it. As you probably know, my name is David and I firmly believe that everyone should have their own escape.  While our Camp David doesn’t come with a Marine barracks and miles of untouched Maryland forest, we think you’ll find that Casuarina’s stunning beach and warm water is more than Presidential enough for your needs. We hope you will come and join us soon!

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