How it all began!
Otmar and Sonja Schaedle sailed into Bequia for the first time on Christmas Eve in 1978. They had sailed down from the island Guadeloupe, which is part of the French Antilles, where they arrived from their Atlantic crossing on a French three master called the Belle Espoir. They immediately fell in love with Bequia and the Grenadines and decided to spend a few weeks. While exploring the island, they stumbled upon a lonely spot above the sea, a place with a gorgeous view overlooking all the Grenadine Islands.
Formidable walls, ancient water cisterns and heavy foundations - all abandoned! The discovery haunted them. After returning to Bequia the following year they managed to purchase the estate and set off re-building the ancient ruins which they believed was a former sugar plantation. These rebuilt structures became known as the Old Fort Hotel, which up to this day accommodates a variety of guests and visitors.
Although the Schaedle family has been involved in real estate endeavors for decades, it's only in 2003 that they have become more involved where commercial real estate and development is concerned. It started with their own development, Old Fort Estate in Mt. Pleasant, where they developed a part of their estate, then later the construction of several upscale villas. Through the increased demand of foreigners and friends wanting to invest in Bequia, they gradually became more involved in the real estate business, offering more and more properties around Bequia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines on a whole.
Originally the real estate company was named Old Fort Estates which was created by Quirin Schaedle, Sonja's and Otmar's son, however it was later rebranded as Real Grenadines. Quirin, who grew up on Bequia, lived in Europe (between 1998 - 2005) in countries such as Holland, Germany and the United Kingdom, where he also studied at the London Metropolitan University. Quirin is now the sole operator and owner of the company. An important point to note is that any revenue obtained through Real Grenadines is re-invested back into St. Vincent and The Grenadines, directly benefiting the local community and therefore all the islands and their people.
Today Real Grenadines has an impressive portfolio of investment land and properties. Do click through and browse the extensive information on the website, such as the individual descriptions, the numerous image galleries, google maps and a much much more. Bear in mind however, that the properties shown on the site, can only provide a snapshot of the opportunities, that can be explored by combining the knowledge of the region and network of local contacts. Quirin highly recommends to meet in person, whereas he would then happily assist and discuss the possibilities which can be offered.