Sir Harold Christie
H.G. Christie Ltd. is the oldest and largest real estate firm in The Bahamas. Founded in 1922 by the legendary Sir Harold Christie, K.T., C.B.E., the company is the exclusive Bahamas affiliate of the prestigious Christie’s International Real Estate Network, and has an incomparable selection of property listings throughout the country, including luxury homes and condos, vacation homes, beachfront properties, real estate for development, and private islands.
H.G. Christie Ltd. is headquartered in historic Millar’s Court in downtown Nassau and now boasts offices in Lucaya, Grand Bahama; Elbow Cay and Marsh Harbour, Abaco; Governor’s Harbour, Eleuthera; George Town, Exuma; Hamilton’s, Long Island; as well new locations at Old Fort Bay Town Centre on Windsor Field Road and in the Lyford Cay Shopping Plaza on Western Road, New Providence.
From the beginning, HG Christie has been known as a pioneering force in its field. Sir Harold, along with his brother Frank Holmes Christie, C.B.E., were instrumental in the creation of many of the most celebrated real estate developments in The Bahamas, including Lyford Cay on New Providence, Windermere Island on Eleuthera, Great Harbour Cay in the Berry Islands, and Hawk’s Nest Cay and Pigeon Cay in Cat Island. In 1935, Sir Harold played a central role in creating Bahamas Airways, with the aim of facilitating travel and communications between Nassau and his beloved Out Islands. Until his death in 1973, Sir Harold, whose work was recognized with a C.B.E. in 1949 and Knighthood in 1964, was a tireless promoter of the many islands that made up his native country.
Sir Harold Christie and Frank Christie at 309 Bay Street
Following Frank Christie’s death in 1978, his nephew, William McP. (Peter) Christie, J.P., a prominent member of the Bahamas Bar became President of the company. Peter had been the firm’s principal real estate attorney since 1951, assisting in the purchase of all of its major properties. His area of expertise was researching and establishing titles for land – no easy feat in the many places where, for many years, record keeping was poor or non-existent. Peter’s work required spending prolonged periods in the Out Islands, especially in Eleuthera and Cat Island, where the family firm owned more than 2,000 acres. In 1991, Peter chose to retire from the prestigious law firm of Higgs & Johnson to manage H.G. Christie Ltd. full time. Two years later, his son, John, who had spent much of his childhood traveling with his father throughout the Family Islands, joined the firm as Vice President. In 1997, Peter’s daughter, Cara, also joined the company, heading the Rental Department. Peter was active in the company until his passing in February 2018 at the age of 88. Peter’s son, John, now leads the company as President.
John’s first order of business was to computerize the office and update all of the technology being used by its staff. An early believer in the power of the Internet, he set out to create a real estate website for the company and, in 1995, HG Christie became the first local real estate firm to go online. For several years, its site was the only one of its kind to be interactive – offering an accessible database of listings. Today www.HGC.com has thousands of listings and is updated daily.
Under John’s leadership, the company has won a range of accolades and awards including Best Real Estate Website in The Bahamas, Best Real Estate Agency in the Americas, and Best International Real Estate Agency.
2022 finds HGC celebrating its 100th year anniversary, as well as being The Bahamas’ exclusive affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate for 25 years. As we enjoy the fruits of our success, we look forward to our next century in real estate and continue to embrace interactive and social media platforms; in-house video production, virtual tours, and professional photography services; sales team and service expansion, awards for The Bahamas and the Caribbean, and realtor of choice for leading firms and investors from around the world.Yet it is not just business flair that keeps celebrities, high net worth and discerning clients returning. It is a genuine care for the people being served, a company-wide enthusiasm entrenched in local knowledge and an honest love of The Bahamas which drives Sir Harold’s legacy forward. With these admirable core values and commitments in place it is no wonder that H.G. Christie has become “The Trusted Authority in Bahamas Real Estate” for 100 years."
For more information about Bahamas Real Estate please contact HG Christie at 1-242-322-1041 or Sales@HGChristie.com