Power of Partnership — Rick English, Senior Vice President for Baha Mar, shown here with Mario Carey, founder of Mario Carey Realty, at a presentation describing options and opportunities of residential ownership at the $3.5 billion Baha Mar project, which is transforming Cable Beach into The Bahamian Riviera. 307 residences, starting at $1.2 million, are available throughout four hotels. Of those 307 residences, 54 have already been sold through foreign showings at high-end locales throughout Europe, Middle East and Asia. Carey, one of five Bahamian real estate companies appointed to handle Baha Mar residential sales, wants local residents to know about the opportunities in their own backyard.
Explaining The Baha Mar Residence Club — 4th generation real estate associate, Ashley Brown of Mario Carey Realty, reviews details of The Baha Mar Residence Club with Donald ‘Donnie’ Tomlinson, an invited guest at a presentation at Baha Mar offices August 24. There are 307 residences within four hotels, with owners able to occupy their residence for up to 90 days a year, or deposit part of their usage for Residence Club credits which can be redeemed for complimentary stays at luxury hotels and resorts worldwide, while enjoying tax-free rental income as renters occupy their residence.
ALL EYES & EARS — Rick English, Senior Vice President for Baha Mar and Realtor® Mario Carey, collaborated on a presentation of the 307 residences available at four Baha Mar hotels during an invitation-only reception August 24 at the Baha Mar offices. Nearly 40 people braved high winds and rain of the coming Tropical Storm Isaac to see the presentation.
LAWYER BOYER-CARTWRIGHT — Attorneys like Llewellynn Boyer-Cartwright, senior associate at Callenders & Co. and the leading voice calling for the establishment of a Bahamas International Aircraft Registry, were among the invited guests at the Baha Mar Residences presentation by Mario Carey Realty August 24 at the Baha Mar offices. Guests showed up despite Tropical Storm Isaac and firm founder and event organizer Carey said enthusiasm for the project that is transforming Cable Beach was extraordinary.
Serious business — Prominent developer Tony Joudi of FTC, far left, talks with Frank Morley, centre and MCR associate Lamond Davis at the first Bahamian real estate firm formal showing and catered reception of the Baha Mar Residences August 24 at Baha Mar offices. Mario Carey Realty is one of five real estate firms selected by Baha Mar to handle sales of its 307 residences starting at $1.2 million.
By Diane Phillips, photos by Derek Smith, Jr
An hour before Realtor Mario Carey was set to part the drapes and open the showing of The Residences at Baha Mar to a select group of invited guests, he wondered if anyone would show.
“Tropical Storm Isaac was bearing down on us with gusts of 30-35 mph and the sky was dark and threatening with coming rain,” said Carey, founder and CEO of Mario Carey Realty. “I was scared everyone would run for cover and I didn’t know if anyone other than the caterers and my team would come out in those conditions.”
Carey needn’t have worried.
Of the 40 or so invited guests, nearly everyone turned out to be greeted by some 15 Mario Carey team members– and for the next hour or so turned an attentive ear and eye to an investment opportunity in their own back yard that foreigners were already taking advantage of.
“I wanted to gather a qualified group of Bahamians who might be interested in investing in a condo at one of the four properties that will become part of the Baha Mar Residence Club, the residential investment opportunity component of the vast $3.5 billion Baha Mar,” said Carey. “The good news is that the climate inside was warm and lively. I guess you could say we weathered the storm despite the bad weather.”
Carey, along with Baha Mar Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing Rick English, revealed options of the 307 residences becoming available — 107 at Mondrian, 23 at The Baha Mar Casino & Hotel, 85 at the Grand Hyatt and 92 at Rosewood. Fifty-four have already been sold through foreign showings in Asia, Europe and Middle East at high-end locations such as London’s famed Harrod’s department store. Carey’s reception on Friday night, complete with catering and a team of 15 of his staff, was the first formal presentation at the local Baha Mar office.
According to Terrinique Pennerman, Duke MBA, head of marketing for MCR Realty, there was immediate interest in residences starting at $1.2 million.
“As part of the rental component of the hotel, residences represent an investment opportunity for purchasers, who are also able to occupy their residence for up to 90 days a year. For the remainder of the year, their residence is placed in Baha Mar’s robust Rental Program which provides upscale accommodations for visitors while offering tax-free rental income to owners,” Pennerman said. Investors are also able to redeem Residence Club credits for complimentary stays in over 300 luxury hotels and resorts worldwide. “By owning here, you are able to use credits you accumulate to vacation at the finest resorts in Bora Bora, Singapore, Italy, Kenya, London and Dubai, for example. And as an owner, you will have access to all the amenities and facilities — restaurants, spa, water features, activities and the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course which is expected to open in December 2013.”
Baha Mar is expected to open in December 2014. Today, it is the largest single-phase construction project in the Western Hemisphere.
“It is an amazing project,” said English, who also helped promote sales on trips abroad. In a theatre style presentation Friday evening, he explained the many features and benefits of ownership. “Whether we do these presentations as a group or on a one-on-one basis, we want to make sure that Bahamians know what an incredible project and prospects are right in their back yard, before all residences are sold to foreigners, who are quick to appreciate this great investment opportunity,” said Carey. “What Baha Mar is doing will impact us for the rest of our lives and there is great opportunity here.”
Contact Mario Carey for more details on the Baha Mar Project.