Location, Location, Location

Location, location, location that has always been a catchphrase in real estate and it holds a great truth. I have just returned from the island of Grand Cayman and can we talk about location?

There are few bad locations on this rather small island (22 miles in length and roughly 8 miles wide and occupies 76 square feet). One of the most amazing lessons I gleaned as we wandered through paradise, was seeing how little real estate you really need to have everything at your finger tips. There are bars and restaurants in the downtown area with as little as a step ladder access to an incredible underwater world of creatures & corral. Most bars and restaurants boast 8 or 9 tables and what more do they need? A few customers, some good food and cold drinks with a built in view. There is very little need for more.

Maybe it is the concept that the ocean lends itself to vast openness and extreme fresh air. Maybe it's the constant breeze and crashing waves or the cold drinks and easy way of being on the island. There is no where to get in a hurry to and no one wants to be in a hurry. With the exception of some waterfront properties with hurricane shutters, three car garages and large swimming pools over looking the bay, the residential areas in the interior of the island are very humble. The homes are ranch style and appear to have two to three bedrooms with possibly two full bathrooms. Most homes have a small porch or portico with windows open and very few hvac units were spotted. Several have clotheslines with the day's laundry strewn about to dry and roosters pecking the ground. The houses are not very well organized but sort of randomly situated around the interior. There are few street signs and several round-abouts.

No need for a map and you can probably cover the island by car in an hour or two and that is with traffic.When we talk about waterfront property and being on deep water in Savannah, we are hoping for access to the open seas and a place to dip our crab lines. Location matters where ever you decide to plant roots, be it island roots or city roots. Location is everything so decide what you require around you, what would appeal for resell and what your family needs and that determines the value of your location but keep in mind a little blue water never hurts!

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