Remote work and virtual school during the pandemic have triggered a sharp increase in urban dwellers seeking a quieter, slower lifestyle in less densely populated areas. But escaping to the suburbs or countryside might not be good enough for some people. Instead, a gated community surrounded by water would seem like the ideal safe haven right now. You’re in luck. A stunning beachfront residence called the Krystal House is on the market for $32 million in Old Fort Bay, an exclusive community of 250 homes on the northwest coast of New Providence, the most populous island in the Bahamas. Built in 2016, the palatial 20,000 square-foot residence blends Tuscan-style spirit with a breezy tropical lifestyle.
“The ideal buyer is a boater and beach lover,” said listing agent Martina Reichardt of H.G. Christie Ltd. in Nassau. “It’s the perfect place for a businessperson to live and work at home. Plus, the home is a smart house that can easily be managed from abroad.”
The home takes the concept of luxury waterfront living to a whole new level.
A high ceiling adds drama to the grand foyer.
The three levels of luxury include eight bedrooms, eight full bathrooms, three half bathrooms, two family rooms, two custom kitchens and a home theater. On the lower level, two large game rooms with billiards invite family entertainment. The ground level has a large wine cellar, while each room on the first level leads to beautiful outdoor patios for entertaining on a grand scale and relaxing in peaceful surroundings.
Five en-suite bedrooms, each with walk-in closets, can be found on the second level, including the master suite with a sitting area, home office and a bathroom covered in white marble and flanked by two master closets.
Two bedrooms and two bathrooms for the staff are on the ground floor. The western side of Krystal House can be converted into a two-bedroom guest house, with its own separate entrance and fully equipped kitchen. An ocean view loft, with a half bathroom and two balconies overlooking Old Fort Bay and the canal, is an added feature.
Spacious living room
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The home offers panoramic views and dazzling sunsets throughout and access to the crystal clear waters of Old Fort Bay Beach. Rounding out the amenities are an elevator, four-car garage, exterior balconies, covered patios, children’s play area, heated infinity pool, outdoor kitchen and grill, wet bar, Jacuzzi and a gazebo.
“The pool deck and beach are the perfect spots for family lounging and entertaining as well as the indoor wine cellar and dining and living areas,” said Reichardt.
Other conveniences include a water treatment system, impact-resistant windows, automated outdoor storm shutters, a generator and smart security system that can be controlled by a smart phone remotely.
Krystal House occupies just over an acre, with 150 feet of beachfront and 150 feet of canalfront, including a large protected dock. The property is near fine dining, shopping and entertainment, international airports and a short flight from Florida. The closest airport is just seven minutes away.