Yigo Real Estate
The largest village in the northernmost part of the island, Yigo, has an area of 35 square miles and a projected population of approximately 22,731 in 2010. Yigo got its name from the word “yugu” which is the frame over the neck of a carabao or local water buffalo, harnessed to a cart. Aptly named, Yigo used to be very rich farming land prior to World War II. Its soil supported the growth of pineapples, oranges, cocoa, tangerines, and coffee. Because cocoa would grow in Yigo, the village made delectable chocolates, which were then served to guests of the Governor's Palace in the capitol of Hagatna.
Rich in history, there was a concentration camp in Yigo during the Japanese occupation. It is also where the last battle of Guam took place during World War II before the island was liberated by the United States in 1944. As a testament to those who lost their lives, the Battle of Yigo Monument was erected. To have a better feel of what happened back then, you can visit the South Pacific War Memorial. Here you can see several artifacts found on the Mt. Mataguac battlefield, visit the sinkhole where Japanese troops were killed and see the Queen of Peace shrine.
A large part of the village is home to Andersen Air Force Base, making Yigo real estate a popular choice for those in the U.S. Air Force or civilians in support roles as it is close to work. Besides having the Air Base, Yigo is host to the Guam Observatory and nearby Starts Guam Golf Resort. There are also several private and public schools in the village including the Dominican Catholic School, Trinity Christian School, Daniel L. Perez, Machanaonao and Upi Elementary Schools, FB Leon Guerrero Middle School and Simon A. Sanchez High School. Be sure to see useful links to most of these schools at our Guam links section under ‘Guam Schools’ or view useful statistics in the National Center for Educational Stats (NCES) for all Guam schools.
Yigo is still very green and there is a lot of open land ripe for development over the next few years. In the village scenery, lots of Ifil trees can still be found and the Plumeria, the village flower, adds even more color to the landscape.
Yigo is mostly rural in nature and residential. Real estate is primarily single-family homes with some townhomes and condominiums. There are also many retail and commercial buildings fronting the main highways. Popular housing subdivisions include Pacific Latte Estates and Marianas Terrace, as well as Perez Acres townhomes and Spring Hill subdivision. Newer housing developments in the village include Perez Villa and Starts Golf Villa & Estates, among others.
For serious investors, Yigo has many large tracts of land and is a prime area for continued residential development in the coming years. Let us at Pacific Rim Realty help you find the right property for investment or development. We can assist you every step of the way.
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