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Newyork
10/9/2019 21:27 EST

Hi there,

My family is moving to Nassau in a few months and I was wondering if anyone could give me any pros/cons for the Sandyport community vs Turnberry.

Thank You!

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Newyork
10/10/2019 06:55 EST

The title should say Sandyport* not Sandypoint.

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breija
10/10/2019 15:01 EST

HI New York!

It really depends on what you are looking for. Both Communities are safe and well appointed, but they are also very different. Are you coming with family? Do you want/need to be on a canal? Do you want/need community amenities such as pools, parks, and tennis courts?

What amenities do you want to be near?

I can give you more feedback once I know.

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Newyork
10/10/2019 17:41 EST

Thanks so much for getting back to me! We are coming with kids, canal isn't a must but might be nice bonus. Pools, activities etc would be great! Location to shops would also be nice.

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breija
10/10/2019 20:51 EST

Ok, I don't know what the price differential is, but Sandyport may be a better fit for you. Sandyport has tennis courts, community pools, a batting cage, "parks" for the younger kids, and is within walking distance (20 - 30 minutes) of grocery, numerous restaurants, beach..... And it is a canal community.

Charlotteville Turnberry is more inland, so no canal, and i do not THINK they have community pools or tennis. There is a shopping area across the road from the main gate (Old Fort Bay Towne Centre), but no other amenities are within walking distance (or 5 min. drive).

Please feel free to PM me with more specific questions about this. Happy to help!

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Newyork
10/10/2019 21:12 EST

Thank you so much for the info! Turnberry's website shows a couple pools but the walking to shops/restaurants/general location of Sandyport really sounds great!

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MrsQ
10/10/2019 22:06 EST

Hello,

My husband and I (no kids) have lived in Sandyport for almost two years now and we love it. It's a beautiful, quiet, and safe community. There do seem to be a lot of families with children here. We love living on the canal. My husband goes out on his paddle board or kayak almost every day right from our backyard. The development is very conveniently located close to two supermarkets, several banks, and a number of restaurants. There is a very nice beach right across the street and you can also catch the jitney pretty easily there, too, if you are planning on only have one vehicle. Just my two cents.

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Newyork
10/11/2019 06:25 EST

Great info, thanks so much! Did you bring a kayak with you or purchase one when you got there? Also, are most of the townhouses 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom?

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MrsQ
10/11/2019 09:03 EST

Our condo actually came with a combination paddle board/kayak, but in the time we've lived here my husband has bought an additional paddle board to have for guests. There are frequent listings for paddle boards, kayaks, cars, and other stuff on the Facebook group Expat Nassau Network. There's a lot of good general information about living here on that page, too.

The properties in Sandyport vary. It's different than a U.S. type of devlopment where a builder builds everything to plan with a choice of 3 or 4 unit models. We live in a building with 4 condos, but there are several single family houses on our street, and there are much larger apartment/condo buildings in the development than ours.

When we were moving here, we looked at a 3-story townhome that had 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths, but decided it was way more than we needed. We currently live in a 2-bedroom, 2 bath condo. I'm sure there are also 4 bedroom, 3 bath units available, if that's what you're looking for.

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breija
10/11/2019 09:34 EST

In Sandyport, there are 4 pools, 4 tennis courts, a batting cage, a small dog park, 3 playground areas, and there is a school (Tambearly) adjacent with access from the residential community. If you are considering school for your children, you may want to start looking now, as space is often quite limited.

Aside from Tambearly, you might consider Windsor academy (which is actually close to Charlotteville), or Meridian. If you have not already, you may even want to ask your employer if they would be able to provide a supplement for school tuition.

Sandyport is within about 20 minutes walk to about 10 restaurants/bars/coffee shops, a couple of liquor stores, grocery, a gym, post office boxes, 2 banks and lots of other things. Gas station is also just outside the Sandyport gates. Makes a big difference having all these amenities so close.

Also, it is a very family oriented community, with lots of people walking morning, day, and night, and it has become a huge Halloween venue. It is a community where you can be very involved or not, whichever you prefer.

We have been here almost 15 years, and love living on the canal. Since we have a boat, it is perfect.

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breija
10/11/2019 09:41 EST

Just saw your question about 3 - 4 bedroom townhouses. Yes, there are a lot of those here. There is a section called "The Arches" on the main drive (Sandyport Drive) and #1 - #18 Arches are all 3 story townhouses with either 3 or 4 bedrooms. Most are 4. There are also some 3 & 4 bedroom condos in a couple of large buildings on Robert's Isle. Some are single story condos, some are two story condos. There are also a lot of 3 - 4 bedroom duplexes throughout the community.

It is quite a large community with over 500 homes built and another 50 or so to be built. There is everything from 1 bedroom apartments to 5000 sq ft + single family homes.

Most units rent either through realtors or property managers. If you need contact info, let me know and I can PM you.

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Newyork
10/11/2019 14:19 EST

Thank you so much for all of this info! We are leaning toward lyford cay academy for school if they have availability. I was wondering if there was Halloween in the Bahamas, I am so glad to hear there is in Sandyport! It sounds like such a great community and your info helps ease some of my anxiety about moving to a new place! Thank you!

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MrsQ
10/11/2019 15:41 EST

Glad to be of help! And one more thing. No matter where you decide to live, make sure that whatever place you choose has its own generator. Not only will it help in case of a hurricane, but it's become something of an almost daily necessity in the summertime. The power plant here is not able to generate enough power for the whole island during the dog days of summer, so they do "load shedding" where they will shut off power for 4 or 5 hours at a time in different parts of the island. Supposedly, they are going to get more generators to be able to handle the need for power and this won't be a problem next summer, but things happen slowly here. "Island time" ;)

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