Live the Island Life on Panama’s Isla Saboga

In the exclusive El Encanto development on Isla Saboga, Panama, this home has stunning views of the jungle, ocean and beach.

“This home in the beautiful Las Perlas Archipelago in Panama is perfect for a couple looking to get away from it all,” says listing agent Stephanie Villarreal of Your Panama Real Estate Connection. “Life on the island is very relaxed and the expansive deck on the main level provides a perfect space to enjoy endless views.

The total indoor and outdoor area is approximately 2,700 square feet (or 250 square meters) on three levels. The three-bedroom, two-full- and one-half bath is equipped with all the modern amenities.

“The house is meticulously maintained by the present owner and comes equipped with top-quality furnishings,” says Villarreal. “Attention to detail is evident throughout starting from the custom kitchen cabinets imported from Italy to the screened dining room and sitting area which is perfect to enjoy the gorgeous sunsets.  

The home, listed for $629,000 USD, is ready for immediate occupancy and the property is located only 35 miles from Panama City (next to Contadora Island) and is easily reached in under 2 hours by ferry from Panama City, or only 20 minutes by airplane to Isla Contadora and then a short 10-minute boat ride to Isla Saboga.

“Perhaps one of the most unique features of the property is that there are many mature trees including mango, papaya, coconut and plantain,” says Villarreal. “The ease of having tropical fruit at your doorstep is definitely a plus — not to mention that being on a tropical island, you are steps away from the beautiful beach and can relax in the clear Pacific waters or try your luck fishing.”

For more information on this property, please visit www.yourpanamaconnection.com

Totaling $102 million in sales, the first new residential community on Lake Tahoe in 30 years nears Phase 1 sell out pre-construction — setting a record-breaking sales pace for Lake Tahoe real estate projects.

During the first 15 months of pre-construction sales, 41 of 46 Phase 1 residences at Tahoe Beach Club, a new private residential community on the southeastern shore of Lake Tahoe, were sold. The record-breaking sale was announced by MI Worldwide Properties, a leading luxury real estate marketing and sales firm.

A scarcity of new construction along the Lake has fueled high demand for the initial release of residences as the residential community presents a singular opportunity to own a home with direct private access to one of America’s most iconic landmarks.

“Reaching a near sell out of Phase 1 pre-construction is a remarkable milestone. The fact that a property like this may not come again for many years is certainly a driver for buyers who want to secure their family’s legacy on the Lake,” said Mike Collins, founding partner and chief executive officer at IMI. “Tahoe Beach Club offers not only a matchless location and modern lifestyle amenities, but also the benefits of a friendlier Nevada tax climate. Given this rare trifecta we’ve been able to achieve record sales prices while also keeping sales at a high velocity never before seen in the Lake Tahoe market.”

Set to open this fall, Tahoe Beach Club will bring a wholly unique living experience to the Lake. The 143 two- to five-bedroom condominium residences will be anchored by the iconic Beach Club, a world-class community hub designed by renowned architect John Sather of Swaback Partners. Known for high-profile, family-centered projects such as the Family Barn at Martis Camp (Truckee, California) and The SHED at Promontory Club (Park City, Utah), Sather’s Beach Club will differentiate Tahoe Beach Club by offering owner’s the best of today’s lifestyle amenities right out their front door, including fine and casual dining; a yoga and Pilates pavilion; a premier fitness facility; business center; concierge services; and a full-service spa.

“Reaching a near sell out of Phase 1 pre-construction is a remarkable milestone. The fact that a property like this may not come again for many years is certainly a driver for buyers who want to secure their family’s legacy on the Lake.”

Outdoor recreation awaits on the private white sand beach complete with cabanas and fire pits, a 160-foot floating pier, boat valet service and an infinity-edge pool overlooking Lake Tahoe. Hiking, biking and exploration are steps away within the surrounding 300+ acres of national forest and meadows to the north, or owners can hit the links at neighboring Edgewood Tahoe Resort and Golf Course. Tahoe Beach Club is also just minutes from Heavenly Ski Resort and all the excitement, entertainment and dining found in South Lake Tahoe, a destination experiencing a significant transformation as an influx of innovative restaurants, craft breweries, upscale hotels and entertainment venues attract a new generation of visitors to play and stay.

The residences at Tahoe Beach Club meld modern mountain livability with the timelessness of Tahoe. Materials have been creatively layered — wood abuts stone and metal create a contemporary textural vibrancy. Throughout the mountain modern residences, custom lighting, wide expanses of windows, large decks, fine appliances and appointments all speak to an elevated, active and relaxing lifestyle while maintaining an understated elegance. With special attention paid to comforts and conveniences such as sound attenuation and underground parking with elevator access directly into residences, Tahoe Beach Club brings a heightened living experience appealing to today’s modern families.

The Initial Release of Phase 2 residences will take place this spring, and will be treated on a first come first serve reservation process, which are being secured at this time. Residences start at $1.3 million.

For more information, visit ww.thetahoebeachclub.com.

Dreams of a tropical sanctuary are realized in the home featured on our cover — a beachfront estate at The Abaco Club, a 500-acre private enclave in the Bahamas.

By Camilla McLaughlin

For more information, visit TheAbacoClub.com

Surrounded by more than one-and-a-half acres of palm trees, gardens and tropical foliage, the property is an oasis of privacy, but still a short walk or golf cart ride to everything The Abaco Club offers.

The architecture, a superbly articulated blend of transitional and contemporary styles with a Bahamian flavor, is uniquely suited to the setting. A stately entry with double mahogany doors and a coral stone staircase sets the stage; inside, a spacious vaulted great room transitions to a large dining space and a beautifully outfitted kitchen. The overall feeling invites relaxation, while a sense of understated elegance elevates the experience throughout the home.

Dynamic views of the turquoise waters of Winding Bay and miles of pristine white sandy beach form a backdrop in every room. Disappearing glass walls extend the living to a lanai and covered deck with outdoor dining organized around a spectacular pool. In the master suite, double French doors open to a very private outdoor shower surrounded by mahogany and coral stone walls. The ground level is devoted to ways to play with pool tables, a media room, guest suites and a workout room.

Few, if any, properties in the Bahamas match this singular combination of architecture, privacy, indulgent features and exquisite finishes paired with the services and amenities of an international sporting club.

“The Abaco Club is a desitnation where you can come and do nothing, or you can fill your day with biking, scuba diving, fishing and golf on what is considered the best course in the Bahamas,” shares Kristi Hull, director of sales for The Abaco Club, who is listing the home for $8.750 million. Best of all, limited access and an intimate club setting ensures that whenever you visit you feel like you are coming home.

The Residences at Gurney’s, a collection of oceanfront homes adjacent to Gurney’s Montauk, has added 6 new oceanfront homes this year. This is in addition to the 12 homes that were unveiled last summer.
The Residences offer a dramatic proximity to the ocean that can not be found anywhere else. The Residences offer a scarce commodity as well — homes may never again be built this close to the ocean due to zoning laws.

The Point of View building, a nearly circular building with 360 degree views of the beach, offers both one- and two- bedroom homes starting at $2.2 million. At Point of View, owners have the option of putting their unit into the Gurney’s Montauk resort rentals, meaning hotel guests can book stays in the private residences and owners receive 60 percent of rates charged.

In addition to the new Point of View Residences, less than half of the units that went for sale last summer are still available for sale, including Salt Sea and Hilltop Residences. The Residences were designed by PETERMAX, whose coastal chic interiors have been well-received in both the Gurney’s hotel rooms and Residences.

Owners also have access to the exceptional Gurney’s lifestyle and amenities, which include butler service, dedicated owners’ beach cabanas, home maintenance, watersport equipment storage, multiple restaurants, and a seawater spa and pool.

Photos courtesy of Gurney’s Montauk
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