By: Kelly Potts

Purchasing property in the Bahamas can be appealing for a variety of reasons: the proximity to the United States, the gorgeous environment and the low taxes can all be big factors.

“The luxury real estate market in The Bahamas is flourishing,” says Mario Carey of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate’s MCR Bahamas Group. Residential property of up to five acres may be acquired by foreign investors without prior government approval, though must be registered via the International Persons Landholding Act.

If you’re considering relocating, John Christie of H.G. Christie Ltd./Christie’s International Real Estate says that in order to become a permanent homeowner on one of the islands, “you will need to purchase and maintain a residence in the Bahamas at a value of $500,000 or higher.”

Christie recommends exploring a few different islands, explaining that each has its own ambiance. For example, Harbour Island, where the most expensive residence on this list is located, is known as a cosmopolitan island where celebrities relax, while others may be more secluded.

$24.5 Million
Superyacht Estate, Ocean Club, Paradise Island
A double lot features a British Colonial property with world-class architectural design, combining Island Style interiors with endless water views. Creative decor includes a pirate-themed theater.
Listed by Virginia “Ginger” Hornaday of Engel & Völkers

$22.9 Million
Beachfront Estate in Harbour Island
Designed by Thierry Despont, this 3-acre home combines modern elements with historic charm and offers soaring ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows and open living spaces.
Listed by Coldwell Banker Lightbourn Realty

$19.75 Million
Orchid Estate, Lyford Cay
Orchid Estate sits on 2.4 acres with two residences: Orchid House and Little Orchid. The main residence offers four en suite bedrooms and a living room with direct access to the covered patio and ocean views.
Listed by Graham Real Estate

$15.995 Million
Casablanca, Clifton Bay
This oceanfront property on 1.3 acres of neatly manicured gardens offers a heated pool and a courtyard. The master suite features a private courtyard, a foyer and his and hers walk-in closets.
Listed by Damianos Sotheby’s International Realty

$15.995 Million
Ocean Club Estates Residence, Paradise Island
This iconic Venetian-style home offers a private dock, pool, Jacuzzi, spa and stone gazebo. Recycled glass countertops can be found in the custom kitchen and bar, and the pantry offers a 100-bottle Sub-Zero wine cooler.
Listed by Mario A. Carey of Better Homes And Gardens Real Estate

$14.5 Million
Villa Paradiso, Paradise Island
In the exclusive community of Ocean Club Estates, Villa Paradiso offers panoramic ocean views of Paradise Island. Villa Paradiso features a 40-foot pool, indoor and outdoor gourmet kitchen, an exercise room, a theater and office.
Listed by H.G. Christie Ltd.

$13.9 Million
Ocean Club Estates Home, Paradise Island
This villa, in the gated Ocean Club Estates community, offers a unique floor plan that exemplifies casual island elegance. The courtyard offers views of the sea and there is a guest pavilion with two bedrooms.
Listed by Coldwell Banker Lightbourn Realty

$12 Million
Ananda Estate, Governor’s Harbour, Eleuthera
This estate unites luxury and utility on a tranquil beachfront setting with pink powder sand and clear waters. The estate offers designer Italian furniture throughout that will be sold with the property.
Listed by Rhonda Waton of H.G. Christie Ltd.

$11.995 Million
Casa DeLeon, Paradise Island
Casa DeLeon offers a large open kitchen featuring Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances and granite countertops, an atrium with breathtaking views and five bedrooms with a master bedroom offering expansive ocean views.
Listed by Damianos Sotheby’s International Realty

$11.26 Million
Beachfront Estate, Fortune Cay
This beachfront estate offers over 2.5 acres of landscaped property with serene ocean and beach views, a pool, 11 bedrooms and over 17,000 square feet of living space.
Listed by Coldwell Banker James Sarles Realty