What’s the only thing better than owning a spacious oceanfront home on the northeast shore of Nassau, in the Bahamas? Owning a spacious oceanfront home that also includes its own lighthouse, of course. The lighthouse, which dates to the early 1950s, was a folly of the previous owner, never an actual navigational aid. The top of its five stories offers panoramic views of Montagu Bay, the island of New Providence and the Atlantic. The home is listed by Silvina Andrews at Engel & Völkers Bahamas.
The property consists of two plots, which add up to almost half an acre, with 200 feet of ocean frontage. The lighthouse was originally separate, but the current owner bought it and connected it to the main house, adding a stone bridge between them. British architect Alireza Sagharchi supervised the renovation of both house and lighthouse, as well as the outdoor living spaces, adding a waterfront terrace with travertine tile and a wooden deck with ladder to the ocean, perfect for snorkeling.
The lighthouse boasts a completely new lantern at the top, plus an original 1950s kitchen, two ensuite bedrooms, basement storage and both stairs and an elevator. It would work well as a guest house or home office.
Built in a traditional British colonial style, the main house measures about 7,000 square feet with six bedrooms and four full bathrooms. Wooden balconies run along with waterfront side of the house. The west wing, built in the 1950s, includes a family room and a separate two-bedroom staff apartment; three bedrooms are upstairs, including one ensuite and two that share a bath. The 1990s east wing offers a formal living room, kitchen, dining, and master bedroom. The master suite is adjacent to a lofted sitting room with glass doors that open to a balcony.
Outside, there are a 90-foot horizon pool, natural stone sea wall, and a terraced garden that that descends gradually under the bridge, towards the sea. There’s also shaded parking for five cars behind an electric gate, a large generator for when the occasional hurricane knocks out the power, and an electronic security system.