My Roatan story has been unwinding over the last 26 years. In 1975,
as an adventurous young woman, I found my way to the Bay Islands.
While the sister islands of Utila and Guanaja, pristine in their
beauty, held no real fascination for me, it was love at first sight
with Roatan. The wheels were set in motion and the following year,
after being hired by the original owner of Anthony's Key Resort,
I was back in paradise!!!
"Don't Stop The Carnival," a novel by Herman Wouk, was
Roatan's unofficial reference guide to island living, a must read
in those years and still amusing today. For many years the clock
seemed to stand still as far as growth and development on the island
were concerned. I kept myself busy with hotel work, diving and lots
of fun in the sun. After marriage and the births of my two sons,
I started a successful gift shop business in two locations and later
owned and operated a cottage industry where I trained the local
island women in the art of jewelry making.
By the late eighties everything started to change; phone lines
were laid from French Harbor to West End. Now this was a big deal,
it meant no more day trips to town to use the one public phone or
ship to shore radios! Foreign loans and aid came next bringing us
a new runway for airline jets, paved roads, electric power and eventually
a new International airport terminal. It was goodbye forever to
the old DC 3's with their "live cargo" and the sometimes
too short dirt airstrip.
In 1991 while driving the newly cut ridge road to West Bay Beach,
a beach previously accessible only by boat, and seeing for the first
time the two shorelines from such heights I was filled with a renewed
passion for the sheer beauty of this place. Once again the wheels
were set in motion. An idea had crept into my head and wouldn't
go away: a "Real Estate Office." Although there wasn't
a demand for land at the time, my hunch was that it wouldn't be
long. So I found myself back in the USA to study Real Estate and
Marketing. Upon my return to the island I set about studying Honduran
law. By the following year I had opened Roatan's 1st Real Estate
office. At the time, I remember thinking I will just get my feet
wet and in a couple of years if I'm not crazy I'll actually make
a living at this. For once I was happy to be wrong, I had to dive
head first into the business, my timing had been perfect!!
Through the years I have witnessed and have been a part of many
changes on the island; it is no longer the sleepy little getaway
of the well traveled few. It has become a popular travel destination
and home to a new international community.
I am very proud of Island Properties and the service we provide
our clients. Knowing the Island folks so well and the island itself
like the back of my hand helps me endlessly in finding just the
right property. "Yes, it is possible to find value in every
price range." The knowledge I've obtain over the years in regard
to the history of most properties and areas on the island is invaluable.
It allows me to identify problems and to accurately represent to
my clients the past, present and future prospects of a particular
sight. Island Properties also offers its clients a very strong base
in Honduran Law and the Honduran Judicial system.
My love affair with Roatan continues today. I would be delighted
to assist you with your dream of island living. I hope you will
be my next successful and happy marriage between buyer and property.