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Rare Beachfront Opportunities at Serenity Point

May 4th, 2010

Situated at water’s edge on Schooner Bay Beach, home owners on Beachfront Lots 1 to 7 will enjoy a view that is unique to a fortunate few.

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Key Aspects of the Beachfront Lots

  • Lot sizes range from 21,041 to 47,391 square feet.
  • Beach frontage per lot ranges from 90 to 112 feet.
  • Residents have direct access to a 200-300 foot wide, 5 mile long beach.
  • Schooner Bay harbour village is a 5-minute stroll away.
  • A stroll to the north brings you to Serenity Point’s full-service Beach Club, then to miles of pristine, untouched beach.

The beach at Serenity Point remains relatively untouched by development, and its beauty and sand quality rival the best known beaches of the islands. The dunes, beachfront and associated vegetation are not only picturesque but form an ecosystem that is critical to the health of the shoreline and the nesting grounds of the island’s turtle population.

Serenity Point’s commitment to the sustainability of Schooner Bay Beach means that the community plan adheres to practices that will best protect the dune and waterline.

  • Lot owners may create a winding path to the beach.
  • Existing vegetation may be minimally trimmed to establish and maintain views.

Owners also benefit from the well-planned nature of this community. Each lot has a proposed driveway location, front and side setback, 2nd story building zone and beach setback.

Serenity Point’s pre-approved architectural and building professionals are available to create custom home designs. Or home site owners may select from pre-approved home plans in Serenity Point’s Builder’s Program.

Preview Lot 4

Exterior Rendering of Lot 4

Exterior Rendering of Lot 4

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For more information on Serenity Point’s beachfront lots download the Full Siteplan (PDF) or visit the Interactive Siteplan.

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Serenity Point and Sustainable Development

April 14th, 2010

Azure Waters and White Sands of Serenity Point, Schooner Bay BeachAbaco is the fastest growing island in the Bahamas and, as such, real estate is a major industry. Many North Americans and Bahamians are drawn to the peaceful, laid-back existence, the absence of traffic jams and the environmentally conscious nature of the island’s residents.

Sustainable development is a major concern on the island, and one that Anco Lands took seriously when undertaking its real estate development. Serenity Point is devoted to preserving the breathtaking beauty of its location; ensuring that the ocean, air and land are natural extensions of the each home; and designing for luxury using best practices in sustainability.

Serenity Point’s architectural guidelines mandate design techniques that significantly reduce energy use and encourage water preservation, such as a 25-thousand gallon rainwater tank for each home site.

Responsible green choices for this low-impact, residential community include:

  • Solar-powered golf cart for each home site
  • Recyclable waste disposal
  • Rainwater holding tanks
  • Low-impact irrigation system
  • Solar-panel-powered clubhouse
  • Indigenous tropical landscaping

Solar-Powered Golf Carts
golf-cartFully charged by the sun, solar-powered carts can run up to three hours. And, of course, with all the sunny days on Abaco, you’ll never run out of juice. Solar-powered carts are carbon free, which means zero greenhouse gases emissions.

Recyclable Waste Disposal
Recycling is the norm for those who understand the effects of non-recyclable waste disposal on our environment. Concern about waste disposal practices for Serenity Point and its surroundings is an important issue to all island residents and local governments.

Rainwater Holding Tanks
Rainwater harvesting is the process of collecting and storing rainwater for use as an alternative or supplemental water supply. It is considered the worldover as an energy and water saving environmental enhancement because it reduces reliance on municipal water supplies, reduces storm water runoff, and is great for gardens as it is low in minerals. Serenity Point is building three rain water holding tanks for the community that will collectively hold up to one hundred thousand gallons of water.

Low-impact Irrigation System
Low-impact irrigation systems use smart controllers that either monitor the conditions of the property (such as soil moisture) and set irrigation accordingly, or base the irrigation schedule on pre-set timing or, in more sophisticated models, on weather data received from satellite, radio or internet feeds. In all cases, the system prevents over watering and water waste.

Solar-panel-powered Clubhouse
Solar energy reduces local air pollution, offsets greenhouse gases, and conserves energy. In short, we couldn’t think of a reason not to power the clubhouse with solar power.

Indigenous Tropical Landscaping
Serenity PointOnce established, indigenous grasses and flowers function much like a natural system – they sustain themselves because they are have already adapted to local environmental conditions. In addition, if you let the natural process of indigenous growth happen, the native plants balance the eco-system and control pests, which eliminates the need for pesticide and therefore maintains the water quality at the property by preventing pollutants from entering the water supply.

These are just six of the many steps Serenity Point has taken to protect the environment and to ensure a sustainable development site.

Attention to the environment amongst developers in Abaco is a key differentiating factor for the island, and one that has received attention from residents, visitors and even the prime minister.

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Serenity Point and Schooner Bay Village

February 16th, 2010

Dining Out in AbacoSchooner Bay Village

Great Abaco will soon be getting an exciting new town. Construction is under way for Schooner Bay Village – a harbour village on the Atlantic side of South Abaco, designed with the character of a traditional Bahamian town.

Situated on 320 acres of land, the charming, walkable village is built around a world-class harbour and will include marina facilities, extensive retail and amenities, and abundant green space, designed to preserve the tropical parrots’ local habitat.

As an environmentally conscious, mixed-use, high-density lifestyle community, Schooner Bay Village will be a model development for the future growth of Abaco.

Community and Commercial Vitality

The village will focus on community and commercial vitality. The Schooner Bay harbour and marina function as the center of the community and will be surrounded by shops and restaurants. The area also encourages community gathering, with a continuous promenade curving along the edge of the water, as well as a central plaza overlooking the marina.

Light Developmental Footprint

Light Environmental Footprint

The village is also being built with an environmental focus. Sixty percent of the total area is dedicated to green space, with a central, 50-acre north/south greenway that preserves the habitat of the Bahamian parrot, which feeds and migrates through the area annually. A buffered area along the beach also preserves the natural dunes and vegetation.

Landscape, architectural design and technology will all go into making the community environmentally friendly.

Technology like Photovoltaic (solar) Power, OTEC (ocean thermal energy conversion) and other alternative energy sources will be used to cut energy consumption by 40%. Shading devices and geothermal cooling are among the strategies.

Schooner Bay is also exploring District Seawater Cooling system pumps to produce the chilled water needed for centralized air-conditioning. In addition, stormwater and wastewater management strategies are underway, along with plans for greywater reuse, catchment and storage.

All daily needs are intended to be met by foot, bicycle, or golf cart to create walkable (zero-emission) neighborhoods.

Buildings Follow Tradition

Walkway in Hope Town

The buildings and streets follow traditional Bahamian towns with the buildings structured primarily as cottages, bordering the street with small masonry walls, hedges and fences.

Other features will include:

  • A marina with available dockage, a fuel dock, a marina service/maintenance area and boat dry storage
  • An excellent variety of small unique boutique shops, restaurants, bakery and Farmer’s Market
  • Service and retail oriented businesses, including a hardware store, insurance, flower shop, and liquor store
  • A public library, plus fire, police and medical services
  • A world-class, high-end, boutique condo/hotel with a spa facility
  • Beach clubhouse
  • Harbour island luxury spa and villas
  • Equestrian facilities
  • 50-acre park and parrot habitat with equestrian and pedestrian trails
  • Blue water and back water fishing club
  • Rental amenities, including golf carts, boat and kayak rentals
  • Community pool and tennis courts

View a video of the artist’s conception of the village.

Fishing and Agriculture

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Abaco’s world-class fishery provides fresh, local sources of food to visitors and the community at large. Black Fly Lodge’s marina, fly shop, restaurant and bar add to the diverse activities available to the community.
About Black Fly Lodge.

“The Commons” is an agricultural program that, along with the fishery, provides local sources of food through organic farming, as well as education on sustainability and health. Chinese investment and local supporters are also discussing the need for food processing of local crops. The Commons program will be hosted at Schooner Bay’s Community Centre.

Serenity Point, Schooner Bay Beach

Walt Chancey Home Design: Richards rearview

Serenity Point, an exclusive neighborhood comprising 24 single-family home sites with oceanfront or hilltop views, is situated on Schooner Bay Beach adjacent to Schooner Bay Village.

Home site owners will have the benefit of the village, marina, boutiques and restaurants in addition to the privacy of an exclusive community.

Serenity Point opens March 6, 2010 (request details).

Real Estate Development on Abaco

The new town at Schooner Bay Village and the luxury property development at Serenity Point are just two of the key developments currently contributing to growth on the island.

Despite the current state of the global economy, the Bahamas has continued to be a stable base for investment. Abaco, in particular, is the fastest growing out island in the Bahamas.

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Our Architect, Walt Chancey

December 10th, 2009

At Serenity Point we want to build an oasis of residences at Schooner Bay that reflect elegance, modernity and evoke the Bahamian touch. As such, our emphasis is on homes more open to the Abaconian landscape. Homes that merge with their surroundings.

Home Design by Walt Chancey

To bring that dream to fruition, we teamed up with Chancey Design Partnerships for both the architecture and design of Serenity Point.

The firm has an impeccable reputation and the team has designed many beautiful homes in the region. The company has a sharp emphasis on personalized service, and a firm foundation in true design excellence.

Much of this is due to company’s Founder, Walton H. Chancey, AIA, who is also the Senior Managing Partner as well as the Director of Marketing. For over 20 years, he has been directly responsible for multi-family, mixed-use and commercial developments, hospitality projects, healthcare work, signature single-family residences and historic restoration projects.

In his personal life and his business pursuits, Chancey adheres to the same philosophy, “Work hard, work happy, and live every day with passion.”

This motto is evident in his commitment to the clients and projects he undertakes.

An Auburn University alumnae, he worked for several firms before deciding to move to Ybor City with his wife, Sandra. He and his wife established their business in the the historic neighborhood in Tampa, Florida in 1989. There, he helped revitalize development. Walt was so passionate about the neighborhood and about helping other area businesses prosper that he spent much of the first 5 years doing local renovation. His company eventually merged with designers and thus became Chancey Design Partnership.

Over the years, his team has won numerous awards and been featured in more than 40 publications. They have justly acquired a reputation for being able to interpret clients needs while creating homes that fit their location’s environment and lifestyle.

Because Chancey Design specializes in architecture, planning and interior design, they are able to take a project literally from the ground up. The company works from the land-planning through to completion of the finished residence.

“We believe that many projects lose a lot in the handoff between the architects and interior designers,” Chancey says. “We feel that we have a better, more holistic product because of an early interiors relationship. Our interior designers are not just decorators. They understand space planning, the layouts and they work with us in the early part of designing a project. Architecture and interior design are so important to each other.” (Source: ChanceyDesign.com PDF)

Chancey Design specializes in creating groundbreaking yet subtle island homes, homes that weave smoothly into the landscape they occupy, make them a perfect choice for our Serenity Point Builder’s Program.

Serenity Point Beach Club
Photo: Artist rendering of “Serenity Point Beach Club”

While maintaining the mass, scale and materials of the local vernacular, the houses at Serenity Point present a refreshing contemporary take on Caribbean Architecture, embracing how we live today. Designed with the topography of the site, each house creates a unique experience, maximizing views to the beach and water. Large expansive doors and windows offer an unparalleled view to the beach and water that begins to dissolve the threshold between indoor and outdoor living spaces. Although these elements have a more modern quality, materials like locally quarried coral stone, flat tile roofs and stucco add a traditional texture to both the interior and exterior spaces creating a warm and inviting palette that grounds the design in comfort and familiarity and blends harmoniously with traditional Bahamian architecture.

Only 24 luxury home sites are available at Serenity Point on Schooner Bay Beach. If you are interested in purchasing a property or participating in our Builder’s Program, contact us for more information.

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