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GOVERNOR’S POINT Exceptional five bedroom family estate with private

RAWLEIGH HILL HOUSE 2-bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms in main house.

PINEAPPLE PLACE Antique furniture, objets d'art from around the

SUMMER HEIGHTS Magnificent view of Sir Francis Drake’s Channel.

beach and walking distance to marina. Original home of 1st Lt. Governor of BVI. US$3,500,000

2-bedrooms, one-bath in Guest house. Historical site with ruins and magnificent views. Beautiful gardens, footpaths and stonewalls. US$2,850,000

world in 4-bed, 4-bath home w/pool. Kitchen with granite counters and wonderful view over Smuggler’s Cove. Custom made carvings, orchid arbour and gazebo. US$2,200,000

Five en-suite air-conditioned bedrooms & one selfcontained apartment. Breezy and popular location. US$2,100,000

VILLA ZENAIDA Overlooking Little Bay and Atlantic Ocean in exclusive estate. Beautifully appointed throughout with three en-suite bedrooms including guesthouse. Swimming pool and deck. US$1,950,000

SOLARIA Beautiful villa w three en-suite bedrooms & pool. Magnificent view overlooking Long Bay Beach. Successful rental property. US$1,590,000

LONE PALM VILLA Secluded home with three en-suite bedrooms and 1bed apartment overlooking Carrot Bay and Atlantic Ocean. US$1,500,000

HUMMINGBIRD HAVEN 2-storey house master en-suite bedroom. 3 guest rooms and 2 bathrooms downstairs. Large decks and very solid construction. Ample parking and a well tended garden. Beautiful panoramic views to the South and West. US$1,350,000

LONGVIEW HOUSE

ROSE LODGE

BREWER’S BAY LOOKOUT

PELICAN POINT

3-bed/bath suites in 2 pavilions with 40-foot lap pool. Main pavilion houses living area, kitchen and one double/twin bed/bath suite with garden shower. Outdoor dining patio leads to king master suite on second pavilion's main level. US$1,300,000

Charming home with en-suite master bedroom, guest room and bathroom and separate guesthouse. Fantastic view. Garage, workshop and paved driveway. US$1,100,000

Private, secluded. Lliving/dining, kitchen, deck on ground level; master bedroom up a level; guest room, bath and separate laundry room down a level. Spectacular view over Brewer's Bay. Tiled throughout. US$975,000

3-bed, 3 bath + 1-bed flat, in gated community overlooking Drake's Channel. Spacious, airy living/dining area, updated kitchen. Pool and jacuzzi. Large variety of fruit trees and other Caribbean trees and shrubs. Garage. US$950,000

LIZARD’S LEAP Desirable location; convenient for Road Town. View over Road Harbour and Drake's Channel, with Cooper and Ginger Islands. Ample parking,

HAVERS HEIGHTS Charming home: 3-bed, 2 1/2 bath, Hot-tub on large deck and wonderful view. Large en-suite master bedroom. Popular location. US$650,000

BELMONT GROVE Furnished two en-suite bedrooms in 4-storey villa with wonderful ocean view and near Long Bay Beach. US$600,000

LAMBERT CONDO Fully furnished Studio apartment in Lambert Beach Resort close to the Pool. Enjoy the pool and amenities of Resort. Beach only a few steps away,

spacious garden. Open-plan design, welcoming and cozy. 3-bed, 2-bath. US$725,000

as is the restaurant. There is also a nearby laundry. US$210,000

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letter from the editor Welcome to the June issue of Property Guide. Sometimes when I'm in the office and on the computer for too long, I forget that I'm actually in the Caribbean. Our sleek and minimalistic, air-conditioned space hardly feels tropical though I only have to turn around to look out the window at the bougainvillea and palm trees across the street for a reminder, but I usually am so focused on the screen that I rarely take a moment to imbibe my sultry surroundings. With a desire for an indoor space that successfully mingles metropolitan sleekness without losing the Caribbean vibe, Walkers hired interior architects at Roger Downing and Partner Co. Ltd. The designers employed the use of contrasting colours, lighting and outdoor views to accomplish the effect of international professionalism while embracing the beauty and advantages of our location. While commercial spaces tend to err on the side of sterility, residential and vacation interiors of the BVI often exploit the paradigm of island life. Our expert from Coldwell-Banker recommends keeping this in mind when selling your home while our friends at Mooney Bay Estate in Virgin Gorda have renovated their interiors to exemplify the North Sound. An element that completes the image of Caribbean living includes the tropical, breeze-blown bedroom with four poster bed. Arawak Interiors carries the iconic beds in every style from ancient to modern. Appreciating the beauty of these islands also means preserving them. Dr Gregor Hodgson, founder of Reef Check International, recently visited the BVI and reminded us that we have to do more than just live here. We have to protect what we love about the islands. Remember why you're here.

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Mooney Bay: Refit for Style 10 The ideal place to showcase the BVI, Mooney Bay Estate in the North Sound of Virgin Gorda has been redesigned to redefine island indulgence. From the Water's Edge: Building I s Teamwork Architect, contractor, designers and consultants join forces to ensure that a pool surpasses the expectations of the homeowner.

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Furnish Your Home for Your Target Market 14 When selling a home, potential buyers may fall in love with the panoramas outside, but they ultimately need to choose a home that they can imagine themselves living in. From Concept to Completion: The Walkers Building Roger Downing and Partner Co. Ltd. fulfilled their client's needs by providing a workspace that simultaneously feels cosmpolitan and Caribbean.

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Four Poster Fantasy No Caribbean daydream would be complete without an elegant four poster bed hung with languid, white netting.

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Green Living: Coral Reefs and Construction 20 A recent presentation by the Executive Director of Reef Check International triggered a dicussion about sediment control in the BVI. State of the Market: Time to Jump In? 24 Though it has its ups and downs, property continues to be the most reliable investment. Home Services Directory Recommended retailers of products and services for the home.

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Property Listings Check out the latest listings from the BVI’s top real estate companies.

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Vacation Rentals Looking for somewhere to stay whilst you seek out your sensational new BVI dwelling? Our vacation rentals section offer accommodations to suit every budget.

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Landholders License Changes & Extensions

by Myron Walwyn, Orion Law

Presently, the Non-Belongers Land Holding Regulation Act requires any Non-Belonger desirous of purchasing property to first obtain a Non-Belongers Landholding License (NBLHL). A NBLHL usually attaches specific conditions and/or restrictions to the use of the property. What are the consequences of not completing the required development within the prescribed time? What happens should the property owner decide to make design changes to a property after obtaining a NBLHL? There are two scenarios which may exist at the time a NBLHL is granted to the property owner: where the land owned is undeveloped or where an existing structure is already in place on the land. In the case of undeveloped land, when applying for a License, the potential Licensee is required to set out the intended use and the nature and extent of the structure to be constructed on the property. For example the number of bed, bathrooms and any ancillary structure such as a swimming pool.The approval of the License is issued on the condition that the landowner completes the development in accordance with this intended use and the plan as outlined. The Town and Country Planning Authority, as part of their approval process prior to the commencement of construction activity, is required to ensure that any development plan submitted for approval accords with the development required by the License. The Licensee will be required to carry out the development within a specified timeframe, usually three years. Under the Non-Belonger

Land Holding Regulation Act, a failure to do so within the required time could attract a penalty, which in practice varies from upwards of five percent to a maximum of forty percent of the purchase price of the property. Officers of the Ministry of Natural Resources & Labour may conduct periodic site visits to verify the status of the development of the land and that the conditions of the License are being adhered to. Extension of Time In the event that a development will not be completed before the time allowed by the License, a land owner may make an application in writing to the Ministry of Natural Resources & Labour for an extension of time. Provided the application is made within a reasonable timeframe before the time under the License expires, subject to other requirements, an extension of time, up to one year, may be granted. Design Changes Where a Licensee desires to make structural changes to the building design or to an existing structure beyond what the License prescribes,

permission must first be obtained through an amendment to the original License. An application for an amendment to a License must be made in writing to the Ministry of Natural Resources & Labour. The application must set out the nature of the intended changes in design or use of the property. It is important to note, a License restricts a Non-belonger proprietor from selling, altering or varying the property without first obtaining permission to do so. In the event that a landholder wants to sell his/her property, they must notify the Ministry of Natural Resources & Labour of their intent. Any existing breaches of the License may be identified and associated penalties could apply at this stage. Potential Non-Belonger landowners need to know how to obtain a NBLHL and should also seek guidance on the nature of the applicability of the terms which are likely to be contained in the License. Additionally, professional, legal assistance can serve as an invaluable guide in order to avoid penalties for breaches of the NBLHL whenever a landowner intends to make changes beyond what is provided for in the License. PG

Disclaimer –The information contained in this article is for general information only. This information is not provided as advice for a specific matter and should not be construed as legal advice; neither does its publication create any attorney-client relationship. The application and impact of laws can vary widely based on the specific facts involved. You should consult with an attorney-at-law to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem you might have.

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Mooney Bay

Refit for Style

by Owen Waters

Take the concept of modern resort living of Mooney Bay Estate.Take the tranquility of the North Sound and the romantic feel of your own private cove, complete with watersports, beaches and hike trails.Take the resort brought to life, and since Property Guide's March feature on the estate, refit the interiors to create a feeling of a self-contained island luxury. Redesigning the interior of Mooney Bay was a decisive move to bring the resort up to the highest standards in the BVI. And the undertaking needed the right person with the right eye. Meet Monti Samuel, project manager for Doug Riegels' Mosaka Ventures. She was charged with the redesign of the resort that fits the shape of modern vacationing for the Caribbean. Practically, Mooney Bay can sleep twelve people comfortably with a master suite and five other private units. Mooney Bay Estate is to be manned by a small staff, and Monti and the team have been concentrating on revitalizing the magnificent, 30 year old dwelling. “We wanted to concentrate on the fundamentals of the exterior first—notably the gardens and dock before moving onto the interior layout. The gardens, now in bloom, have led us to the refit and the function of the resort, and the comfort is to be of the highest level— 10

are fortunate in its original construction, so concrete that is paramount,” said the project manager. and bulldozing were not priorities, and we are able As we do have to accept the humanistic approach to design elements, so the influences of the individuals to take that forward by restoring the wood and old fittings to create an ambiance of relaxed precision. in turn are reflected on the structure itself. Doug Rather than redoing a property, I like to make use of Riegels, owner of Mosaka Ventures, is a property its potential—appreciate and develop on its attributes. developer who was born in the BVI and educated It’s the same way I have always abroad. His influences lie in We could have kept it as is, but approached projects. We could the sustainable development of property and his former we had so many wonderful ideas, have kept it as is, but we had so many wonderful ideas, and training in landscape and it is the perfect canvas it is the perfect canvas—you architecture. For those have to see it to truly savor that and the hospitality reasons Doug pointed out, “This really is a jewel to packages are second to none; we wouldn’t want to us in the sense of our other upcoming projects. We offer anything that can simply be compared.” have already revitalized the gardens to their original As to Monti Samuel’s influences, they are derived state, and every step has been taken to bring the from the islands and afar. Having spent 13 years in the buildings to a fresher look that they deserve while Far East, she draws eastern inspiration from Thailand, still maintaining their rustic appeal. We didn’t want to The Philippines and Indonesia. A strong Caribbean simply create something that looks like it has history. sense of architecture comes from 10 years in the British It does, and we want to show that through. Consider Virgin Islands, and an eco-sensitivity originates from time it the equivalent of restoring a country home. We

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Outdoor living at Mooney Bay. Photo by Don Hebert.

spent on the West Coasts of Canada and California.The thought behind Mooney Bay is to stay rustic and in tune with very natural surroundings, to work with natural woods, stones, grains, soothing colours and bamboo furnishings.The other goal was to revitalize as much of the existing architecture and furniture as possible to keep Mooney Bay’s timelessness. Monti’s mission was to try and stay true to the BVI by having as much work done locally or through local suppliers; all the cabinetry and woodwork was done on-island by local construction company AGS, furnishings were selected in conjunction with Arawak on Tortola, upholstery work was handled locally on Virgin Gorda through Jarrett-George Interiors, and industriously, a lot of work was done in-house by their own staff, including the current project to make

all their own vanity and kitchen countertops using stained concrete and aggregate. “My vision for Mooney is simplicity, earthy, wholesome and natural,” said Monti. “To bring the inside out—all our dining and living areas are in the open air—with rough-hewn solid wood tables and the original bamboo seating refinished, all surrounding the natural stone deck pool or gazing across the ocean vista, the gardens with their resident iguanas and teeming mangroves. The kitchen is open and exposed on almost all sides with wooden louvers and screens, lending itself to being in the open while still being enclosed from the elements. We want our guests to enjoy all of the resort and nothing is to be hidden away.” The bathrooms kept all their original terra cotta

Sinks made from boulders and granite arrive at Arawak to be delivered and installed at Mooney Bay. Photo by Don Hebert.

floorings—re-polished to bring back their original luster. The pièce de résistance being solid stone sinks formed from natural rock in their original organic forms coupled with antique brass bathware. “The sensation is very old world, of stepping back into time, going back to the basics, your own Treasure Island to discover,” said Monti. Mooney Bay hopes to furnish the rooms with sensitivity, using bamboo-derived linens and towels, to offering eco-friendly products as their amenities, and same for products available for sale to guests, such as clothing, writing utensils and bags. Looking at the development so far, Doug and Monti have to agree. “We are well aware that no resort can be fully ecologically integrated, but every little step we take makes a difference to our world.” PG

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ASOLARE Beautifully positioned on historical Fort Hodge Point, this amazing property encompasses 1.86 acres with extensive water frontage including two sandy

beaches and full serviced dock. The 4 bedroom residence with swimming pool

terrace is designed to capture spectacular views of the islands in the Sir Francis

Drake Channel. Encompassing approx. 4,500 sf of interior space and 3,500 sf of porches and patios, this charming residence comprises three pavilions. Spacious great room with living, dining and gourmet kitchen opening up to the covered dining porch with built-in bar and grill area and swimming pool terrace. The

master bedroom pavilion is located opposite the main house with direct access to the pool terrace. Three guest suites occupy the third pavilion situated on the east side of the property together with a game room. Stone steps lead to both beaches. Tram to beach and dock. US$5.9 Million

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From the Water's Edge Building is Teamwork by Erick Oeseburg, Poolworks

Coordination is the Road to Results

The gurgling waterfall masks the sounds of a nearby resort. Photo courtesy of Poolworks.

It looked like a great team that the homeowners had assembled: the architect; the general contractor; landscape, pool and interior designers; and a small army of consultants from lighting to home automation and video distribution specialists. The meeting was seemingly long, but even if only one thing was achieved that day, it would run its course throughout the project. The homeowner made sure that everyone involved knew exactly what he was looking for. In just about a year and a half from now, when the homeowner would turn on a switch, the landscape designer knew that the light colour would be coordinated with the swimming pool lights, and it would all show up on the elegant touch panels that were dispersed in various locations through the house. The waterfall that was specially tuned such that the calming sounds would drown out the sound of the nearby resort was set to come on only when someone was in the room. This amount of automation does not go in every house. Coordination between all parties involved is key. In most cases, the general contractor coordinates all these different traders and consultants. Today, with a myriad of newly developed technologies with the desire to make homes as efficient as possible, this has become a task that requires a lot more than it has in the past. Many contractors find themselves hiring

specialists to assist in achieving the ultimate goal. It’s all got to work. At some of the larger projects, we see construction managers making the liaison between the workforce and the homeowner, sometimes putting themselves in a precarious position of interdependence. Homeowners want more sophistication, and in our trade, we need to be prepared and schooled to not only build the swimming pool, we also need to be there to see it through and provide ongoing services to ensure that these beautiful structures are enjoyable for their owners. If I had just bought a nice Lamborghini, it would be unlikely I would hand the keys to an 18-yearold. So handing over a complex water shape with automated controls, fill features, waterfalls and automatic chemical dosing systems to the available gardener may not be in the best interest of longevity. During that same initial construction meeting, the long-term requirements of the structure or shape should be put on the table by the builders, so that educated decisions can be made by the clients involved. For many a successful project that was completed on time and on budget, the initial meetings were key to setting the expectations and clearly defining the borders of each field of expertise. Once the stage is set, one can feel a dedication develop, a passion if you will, to let everyone’s expert input to create a result that is better than the sum of all. PG

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Shapes and colours reflect the waves outside. All photos courtesy of Dawn Southgate.

Furnish Your Home for Your Target Market

Modern kitchen details attract potential buyers.

by Dawn Southgate for Coldwell-Banker

What a dream it would be if all it took were amazing views of the sparkling waters around the BVI to sell a proper ty. As the proper ty market becomes more competitive, homebuyers have raised their expectations on what they want for their money—whether it's a new build or an existing home. The chances are that houses with great interior design will have more appeal and sell faster. The challenge of a seller is to captivate the buyers’ imaginations the minute they enter the property. Buyers will be enticed by walking into a lifestyle—a home that has been thoughtfully decorated to enhance its best features—more than by empty rooms or rooms partially decorated with cheap furniture.When buyers can visualize themselves happily cooking in a well-appointed kitchen, dining on an amazing outdoor terrace or relaxing in a spa-like bathroom, their emotional attachment has already started to form with the property. And if other criteria such as the number of bedrooms and bathrooms or location are met, it will likely lead to a sale. Many homes in the BVI are sold furnished, something not typical in other countries. Given the logistical challenges and the high costs associated with buying and shipping building supplies and furniture from overseas, it makes sense to do it right the first time. Even if you plan to live in your home for a few years before selling, think ahead. With great interior design, you can create a home that you love and still sell it later as move-in ready. Take, for instance, kitchens and bathrooms. Many buyers will make their decision based on how well designed these rooms are. Given that these are the most expensive rooms to renovate, spending a little more upfront can go a long way. Invest in quality 14

products—buy the best you can, whether you’re buying wall or floor tiles, cabinetry, kitchen appliances, lighting or bathroom and kitchen fixtures such as sinks or faucets, you’ll only benefit later. Style is also important. Products should be selected based on their design and durability, not just their price point.

Selling your property doesn’t have to be the only motivator for good interior design. In any home, well planned layouts that allow for a good flow of traffic and furniture of the correct scale and proportions will greatly enhance a room’s usability and appeal. If you don’t have the time or are not design-oriented, working with a

When selecting colors, a neutral or subtle palette has the broadest appeal to buyers, unless the house has been designed with a specific theme Quality flooring and lighting creates the platform around which the rest of the interior is designed. When selecting colors, a neutral or subtle palette has the broadest appeal to buyers, unless the house has been designed with a specific theme that commands bright colors such as Caribbean or Mexican style. If you love bold colors, go ahead, just tone them down before you sell. Choose furniture that fits with the design style of the house and the price point in which you are looking to sell. The furniture in a $3 million home should reflect the price. Recently I worked on the interior design of a brand new vacation property in Brewers Bay. One of the prerequisites was that the interior design matched its high-end rental price tag—from the designer furniture to the door handles to the lighting, every piece was selected with its target user in mind.

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design professional can help you achieve a fully custom home.They take care of all the hard work, including handling the shipping and installation, and you get to enjoy a beautifully designed home. PG Coldwell Banker Real Estate BVI: (284) 340 3000 Southgate Lifestyle Design: www.southgatelifestyledesign.com


Exceptional Island Properties Tingalayo West End, Tortola

$3.75m

Perched high above Tortola’s West End on a four acre Lot, Tingalayo is comprised of a 4 bedroom main house and an independent 2 bedroom guest house. A large, dramatic infinity pool on a coralstone terrace provides a link between the living/dining and sleeping pavillions. Sunny decks and shaded terraces offer 180 degree views, allowing guests to explore the islands from Jost Van Dyke to St. John without ever having to leave their loungers.

Frenchmans Paradise Frenchmans Cay, Tortola

$3m

Frenchmans Cay is home to Soper’s Hole Marina and one of the BVI’s most exclusive and secure gated residential communities. Frenchmans Paradise, a fabulous, newly constructed 4 bedroom home raises the bar. Quite simply, the breathtaking ocean, islands, marina and sunset views are unbeatable as is the home’s privacy. Features include lots of local stonework, hardwood doors, and custom millwork of the highest standard.

Waterfront Homes with Docks Nanny Cay Marina, Tortola

from $650k

Nanny Cay is Tortola’s flagship marina with berths for 180 yachts, full service boatyard, pool, restaurants, shops, beach and more. Nestled within this thriving community marina will be 32 waterfront homes with docks. Finished to the highest standards, these 2 & 3 bedroom homes are available turn key, fully furnished if required. Guaranteed marina berths available for larger boats. The most competitive, optional rental program in the BVI.

To arrange a viewing of these exceptional properties or any of our listings call Chris Smith on 495 3000 or email chris@coldwellbankerbvi.com. Or call in at either our Main Street or Nanny Cay Marina offices.

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by Vic Bezemer, Interior Architect, Roger Downing & Partner

The Walkers Building From Concept to Completion Walkers, an international law firm situated in the heart of Road Town, specializes in investment funds, private equity and capital markets; structured finance, restructuring and corporate insolvency and international commercial litigation. In 2005, the firm was expanding from their original base in Road Town’s Mill Mall, and they wanted to relocate to a larger space that reflected the corporate professionalism they deliver. The Barracks, or the Walkers Building as it is now more commonly known, was under construction with architects Roger Downing & Partner (RDP) at the time that Walkers signed a rental agreement for 9,600 sq ft—an area that could accommodate the existing workforce whilst allowing for future expansion. The Design RDP was asked to design the new Walkers Global commercial space. An initial consultation with the client revealed that the firm wanted to create an interior that reflected an international style. The goal was that when inside the office, the visitor and employee could feel that they were in London, New York or Hong Kong. Only on closer inspection of artwork, indoor plants and friendly smiles would they be reminded that they were in the Caribbean.

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The client desired a modern design that wouldn’t become dated in several years and still retained a sense of professionalism. RDP answered this criterion by using a contrasting palette. Maple millwork and desktops, a refreshing change from the dark timbers typically used in law offices, along with white, clean walls contrasted with darker floors of black granite in the lobby area and blue carpet within the office spaces. Frosted glazing was utilized to create privacy without compromising natural daylight, and everything was complemented by satin stainless steel detailing. The new interior was designed to resonate with visitors and to improve the productivity within the office: rethinking the workflow and understanding the workforce’s relationships in order to spatially organize the interior to create a more efficient layout. The narrow and long footprint of the building proved appropriate when analyzing the relationships between lawyers and secretaries. The secretaries sit

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conveniently adjacent to the lawyers’ offices, all are situated around the perimeter of the building so that each office has its own view. Large transoms at the upper levels of the offices filter daylight into the central corridor that also has large windows at either end. Service areas such as the mailroom and filing room are located on the third floor; whereas, the public spaces—lobby, conference room and kitchenette—can be found on the fourth floor to take advantage of the best views. On the upper floor, the two conference rooms are located opposite each another, adjacent to the reception. The intention is that during social events or internal conferences, the sliding doors can be opened up to create one large space—designed with flexibility in mind. The Collaboration The design process from concept to completion was a collaborative effort between client, project management (BCQS), contractor (Meridian Construction) and designer. Not only did RDP need to meet the client’s design intentions but also needed to come within the desired budget, time allocated and level of quality. Inspirational ideas that were explored at the concept stage were then refined during the design process without removing the initial ideas that first inspired the client and designer. In this particular example, it is rewarding to see the similarities between concept renderings and realized design—this is always RDP's goal and challenge as design professionals. PG

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Four Poster Fantasy A four poster bed draped with yards of white mosquito netting beneath a swirling ceiling fan remains one of the romantic, idealized images of Caribbean living. “People like the ambiance and the cosiness of it,” Roy Keegan of Arawak Interiors told me. “The four posters they used to make in the Caribbean were heavy, chunky beds, quite intricately carved and turned, made from mahogany,” Roy said. Modern interpretations of the bed tend to be sleeker, but they retain the same feel. 18

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Roy acquires his beds from Bali. “When we first started buying them,” Roy said, “the sizes weren’t standard, and we couldn’t find mattresses that fit them, so we had to get custom mattresses made to fit the bed,” custom bed linens as well, I thought. “I’ve learned from my mistakes,” Roy continued. “Now I order the bed around the mattress size.” In Indonesia, beds have a history of traditional significance. “When a couple got married, the whole village would carve them a bed,” said Roy. These elaborately carved teak beds loomed over the couple with posts on each corner that supported

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a detailed wooden topper. Unfortunately, the tradition of carving a ceremonial wedding bed is not as prevalent today as it used to be, but the wedding beds can still be found in Indondesia. “I might find a headboard from an antique one and then custom make a bed around it in reclaimed teak,” Roy said. But the simpler, classic four poster beds are more popular in the BVI. “They’re one of our bestsellers,” Roy said. And it makes sense. They are a perfect representation of the laid-back, Caribbean lifestyle. PG


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Green Living Coral Reefs and Construction

by Steve Fox, OBM International

In March 2010, the Executive Director of Reef Check, Dr Gregor Hodgson, spent a week in the BVI to obser ve the condition of our coral reefs. During this week, Dr Hodgson visited the offices of OBMI to host a presentation on the impacts of human development on reefs, and the measures which can be implemented to aid their protection and recover y. The audience included construction professionals, realtors, environmental consultants, contractors, proper ty developers and owners, and representatives from the Town and Countr y Planning and Conser vation and Fisheries Depar tments. As early as 1851, Charles Darwin remarked that sedimentation from freshwater discharge could prevent reef growth. By the 1960s, high-profile news stories about oil spills and DDT led researchers to investigate the potential impacts of these chemicals on marine life. In the 1970s, the first international symposium on coral reefs was held, and researchers became interested in the effects of sedimentation and pollution on coral reefs. By the late 1980s, anecdotal reports of coral reef decline were becoming common. Recreational divers, now armed with underwater cameras, were returning from dives remarking, "It doesn’t look as good as it used to." Scientists were noting that there seemed to be a decline in coral cover, especially in the Caribbean. Dr Hodgson founded Reef Check in 1996 as a community-based monitoring protocol designed to measure the health of coral reefs on a global scale. During his presentation, he described how he has watched every coral reef ecosystem he has studied change almost unrecognizably from the way it used to be. He gave an outline of the critical situation in the global state of coral reefs, with outbreaks of coral disease, coral bleaching, fleshy algae and crown-of-thorns starfish posing a genuine danger to reefs. The causes include the usual list of overfishing, pollution, introduced species and global climate change. In the BVI, although more remote offshore reefs are still relatively healthy, the reefs near

the shore are under considerable stress. Reclamation, where aquatic areas are filled to create solid ground, has happened extensively along the shores of Tortola, on reefs, wetlands, mangroves and shallow coastal waters. While land value may rise for these waterfront areas, there’s a significant loss of the ecological value of these habitats, irreversibly affecting the amount of habitat available to marine organisms. Corals are easily stressed by sediments which smother them, preventing light from reaching them. They are unable to withstand sediment cover for longer than a couple days. The discussion after Dr Hodgson’s presentation focused on what can be done to prevent or minimise siltation. Contractors and excavation equipment operators need to be familiar with the simple methods to prevent and control soil runoff. Engineers and architects need to build solutions into their designs and persistently remind clients of the need for these measures. Government agencies need to educate the public and monitor and enforce proper construction methods. It was pointed out that if things are thought through properly, good design and planning can actually save money and lead to a much more attractive solution. It was very encouraging to hear Dr Gregor Hodgson’s positive attitude: despite the fact that a huge amount of harm has been done, reefs have the ability to recover, and with a creative and intelligent “joined-up” approach, we may yet be able to protect the reefs of the BVI from further damage. PG

Close-up of the a section of brain coral. The white section has been "bleached" by sedimentation. Photo courtesy of Jim Scheiner/RainbowVisions.

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State of the Market Time to Jump In?

by Adam Richards, Sotheby's International Realty

There is no doubt that the BVI property market is experiencing the first signs of economic recovery. With stock markets on both sides of the Atlantic reaching one-year highs in April, potential investors are starting to dust themselves down and preparing to jump back in to the property market. After a slow 2009, Easter saw an upturn in both visits to property websites and actual viewings. It appears that investors sense that the market is stabilizing, and now might be the time to strike a deal before prices, as they always do in property, start to rise again. Two areas of the market in particular appear to be enjoying a surge of increased activity. Firstly, investors,

who are often belongers and familiar with how things get done, are looking for houses that are on prime sites but may be in need of some renovation. The majority of overseas investors shy away from houses that require substantial work. Such investments are attractive to those with the energy, vision and the know-how to take on such development projects as the return can be significant. Secondly, investors are again seriously looking at buying land to develop. So much of the BVI remains unspoilt and undeveloped, opening up lucrative opportunities for buyers and sellers alike. Whilst old estates such as Belmont and Shannon mature, new development estates such as Cooten Bay and Little Bay offer exciting investments for the long-term. Both these developments offer the buyer

healthy-sized lots with stunning views and secluded beaches along with strong covenants to protect their investment. Demand is building, and with prices forecast to soar in the next ten years, there still remains time for the long-term investor to jump in. So it appears that at last we are seeing off this latest recession, and not before too long. As stated in the 2010 Wealth Report Attitudes Survey, property remains the single largest repository of investment in the world today, given the seemingly guaranteed promise of future long-term return. With reputations and egos sorely tested on the stock and money markets in recent years and prices set to rise, shrewd investors are once again turning to property as the place to invest their hard-earned capital to make a good return. PG

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The Virgin Gorda Collection

RAKU C R O O K B AY $11,000,000 19 room custom beachfront home. No other BVI home finished to this standard.

TOAD HALL T H E B AT H S $10,000,000 Stunning property, approx. 6.5 acre adjoining the Baths. Unique opportunity.

A DREAM COME TRUE P O N D B AY $3,500,000 5 bed home in spectacular

R A M B U TA N N A I L B AY $3,500,000 4 bedroom home right on

waterfront location overlooks stunning Savannah Bay Beach.

gorgeous beach. Indonesian influences, excellent finishes.

SEA’S SONG VILLA LO N G B AY $2,950,000 When you dreamt of a waterfront home, it probably looked like this. 3 bedrooms, 2 beaches.

ISLAND TIME S P R I N G B AY $2,600,000 Enchanting 5 bedroom Villa amid huge granite boulders above Little Trunk Bay Beach.

OPEN DECK M A H O E B AY $2,500,000 Spacious 3 bed Villa, Mahoe Bay. Only 250 feet away from magnificent white sand beach.

WINDY HILL VILLA WINDY HILL $2,400,000 Unique and spectacular 360 degree views amongst Virgin Gorda’s giant boulders.

MEDITERRANEAN VILLA C R O O K B AY

LAN Y MOR N A I L B AY $1,200,000 Architectural gem, 3/4 acre Lot beneath Gorda Peak National Park. Glorious views.

M I K AYA L E V E R I C K B AY $1,600,000 Great house at the right price. 3 bedrooms, pool, fantastic views of North Sound.

O L D E YA R D V I L L A G E VIRGIN GORDA $325,000

$2,000,000 Stunning property, approx. 6.5 acre adjoining the Baths. Unique opportunity.

2 bed Condo, beautifully furnished, Resort facilities, best value on Virgin Gorda.

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property listings Use the map and legend to reference the properties listed below. tortoLa H9 Windy HiLL beauty!: Lovely, well

finished, recently built 3 bedroom 3.5 bathroom home sitting on 1.152 acres. Very private. Beautiful views of Cane Garden Bay and Jost Van Dyke. www.coldwellbankerbvi.com $700,000.00 (284) 495-3000

i10 briGHt and airy 3 bedrooM faMiLy HoMe: Lovely bright and airy, three

bedroom, two bathroom family home with studio apartment on a hill above Nanny Cay, Tortola's premier Marina. Ideally located to provide easy access to Road Town, Tortola's best beaches and for boaters all the facilities of the marina…fantastic ocean and island views. Contact chris@coldwellbankerbvi.com. US$700,000 (284)495-3000

H8 beautifuLLy buiLt HiLL toP House: Beautifully finished 3 bedroom

home with pool sitting majestically above Cane Garden and Brewers Bay beaches. These stunning, unbeatable views are why you came to the BVI! The interiors, millwork, kitchen etc on this lovely property are as impressive as the view. Contact chris@coldwellbankerbvi.com. US$2,300,000 (284)495-3000

i10 an arcHitecturaL find: Tropical design with European sophistication and superb standard of finish all combine to create this intriguing three bedroom retreat located on 1.46 acres in a private hillside setting on Tortola’s south coast. Recently completed and immaculately maintained, this luxury residence is built as two pavilions separated by the infinity edge pool and connected by a covered loggia and enjoys some of the more spectacular ocean views on Tortola US$2,950,000 (284)494-2446 www.smithsgore.com H9 aGaPe cottaGes: Nestled within walking distance of Cane Garden Bay beach but elevated to provide fantastic ocean and island views, Agape Cottages is an investor’s dream for someone looking to walk into a thriving small vacation rental business. Consists of 3 x one bedroom units and 2 x two bedroom short term rental Units plus owner occupied accommodations and more on just over an acre. Potentially 12 rentable bedrooms. chris@coldwellbankerbvi.com $2,290,000.00 284 495-3000 K8 Luxury 3 bed ViLLa at LaMbert: Spectacular three bedroom Villa

with dramatic, high vaulted ceilings, spacious walk in closets in all bedrooms, additional apartment

underneath main house, lovely views and breeze, walking distance of great beach. Visit www. coldwellbankerbvi.com $2m (284)495-3000

G10 excLusiVe four bedrooM residence in LusH West end:

The wonderful ambiance of this residence comes from its first class design and breathtaking views of Jost Van Dyke. Built as two pavilions separated by a spacious swimming pool deck, the property also includes a self contained one bedroom apartment. US$2,600,000 Tel. 494-2446 www.smithsgore.com

H9 LoVeLy Lot at baLLast bay: Beautiful Ballast Bay Lot now available. Glorious views of Cane Garden Bay and Jost Van Dyke. $120,000 chris@coldwellbankerbvi.com (284) 495 3000

G10 LonG bay Lots: Two Lots for sale

above Long Bay Beach Resort. Both just under an acre and both offering spectacular views. Concrete access, road, underground utilities, full resort services available. chris@coldwellbankerbvi.com $295,000 each 284 495-3000

Legend: Regions

Tortola Virgin Gorda Jost van Dyke Northern Islands Southern Islands Anegada

G10 tWo and tHree bedrooM HiLLside ViLLas – LonG bay resort: Cleverly designed Villas with fantastic

views, great beach and full use of all resort facilities. Lock off units designed to maximize income potential at Tortola’s leading beach resort. From $350,000 chris@coldwellbankerbvi.com (284) 495 3000

H9 1 acre Lot at baLLast bay:

Stunning Lot, hillside just off the water, spectacular views, one for your “Must View Today” list! $200,000 chris@coldwellbankerbvi.com (284) 495 3000

K8 Vacation rentaL HeaVen!

Two 3 bedroom townhomes, each with pools, recently completed and beautifully finished, now available. Walk to Little Bay beach! Fanastic vacation rentals. Contact chris@coldwellbankerbvi.com. US$2,300,000 (284)495-3000

G10 MaGnificent 5.5 acre PeninsuLa This historic 5 bedroom property

with swimming pool located at West End, affords total privacy, spectacular views with direct access to the beach and a private jetty. An exceptional idyllic retreat in the Caribbean. $6,500,000 Tel 284 494-2446 www.smithsgore.com

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L7 ViLLa asoLare at Mansion HaLL: This stunning home is located around

a point which gives panoramic views of the outer islands from Scrub Island to Norman Island. There are stone steps that lead to each of the three buildings, the two beaches and thru lush flowers, fruit trees and the historic ruins of Fort Hodge dating from the 1740’s. There is also an infinity pool with an out door kitchen, perfect for entertaining! For more details about this property please go to www.trudebvi.com or call Courtney at (284) 494-2500

G10 PineaPPLe PLace: Situated

in Belmont above Smugglers Cove. Pleasing proportions, stunning views, it has 3 bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, a guest house and swimming pool. Privacy, antique teak doors and furniture, mahogany windows, and an orchid shade house are also appreciated. www.pineappleplacebvi.com US$3,500,000

H9 2 bedrooM HoMe, cannon Point estate, cane Garden bay: Delightful 2 bedroom fully furnished cottage in unique, private location on the point Between Cane Garden Bay and Brewers Bay. Spectacular Sunset, Ocean and Island West Facing Views. ½ acre Lot. One Lot off the water. Pristine, Peaceful and Private. Small, covenanted, Residential Estate. $750k. or purchase with adjacent vacant Lot for $950k. chris@coldwellbankerbvi.com www.coldwellbankerbvi.com (284)495-3000

H11 ideaL faMiLy HoMe: Spacious,

newly built 3 bed, 3 ½ bath home located on 0.715 acres at Romney Park. With car port and landscaped grounds. $950,000 Tel 284 494-2446 www.smithsgore.com

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H10 tinGaLayo: A stunning newly constructed property on approx 4 acres. 4 bedroom main house with 2 bedroom guest cottage. Unparalleled views of a bright blue sea dotted with islets. A choice of living, dining and entertainment areas, indoors and out. Sweeping decks with sunbeds and oversized cushions for tanning and contemplation. Two swimming pools and a hot tub for star-gazing. And all within a short drive of Tortola's legendary West End beaches. $3.75m chris@coldwellbankerbvi.com (284) 495 3000 G10 3 bedrooM caribbean styLe HoMe: Located on over 1.5 acres of gentle sloping land at Belmont Estates. The three pavilions include spacious kitchen, covered dining area, living room, movie porch library, hobby room; master bedroom suite and two guest bedrooms. Swimming pool terrace with loggia and wet bar. US$1,750,000 (284) 494-2446 www.smithsgore. com

G11 frencHMan's cay: Stunning new build 3 bedroom Villa with pool with views of Soper's Hole, Little Thatch, St. Thomas, etc. Recently completed. The perfect vacation retreat in one of the BVI most exclusive Estates. Designed and built with absolutely no expense spared. Contact chris@ coldwellbankerbvi.com $3,000,000 (284)495-3000 i10 Waterfront HoMes WitH docKs, nanny cay: 2/3 bedroom

waterfront townhouses with docks now available at Nanny Cay, Tortola’s premier marina. Full resort facilities and competitive rental program available

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to offset costs of ownership. (284)495-3000. Contact chris@coldwellbankerbvi.com. US$650,000

J8 sea coWs bay Land: Located

near Oleander Estate in the hills above Sea Cow’s Bay, these 2 properties have spectacular views and breezes. These lots are prime for development, one lot is 0.783 of an acre and the other lot is 6.9 acres, both totaling 7.683 acres. Freehold and No Covenants. US$650,000 (284) 494-2500 www.trudebvi.com

H11 sundoWn:

A unique three bedroom home with pool designed for indoor/outdoor living with large open living area and terrace. Fabulous channel and sunset views. Located at the exclusive, gated Towers Estate, at just under an acre privacy guaranteed. $1.6m chris@coldwellbankerbvi.com (284) 495 3000

H9 Last aVaiLabLe Lot, cannon Point estate, cane Garden bay:

G10 neWLy buiLt 4 bedrooM ViLLa: Tucked into the hillside at Belmont

Estate the villa consists of 3 pavilions built around a swimming pool terrace. 2-car garage. 1.578 acres. $2,000,000 494-2446 wwwsmithsgore.com

H9 4 bedrooM ViLLa cane Garden bay: Position “A” above Cane

Garden Bay offering spectacular island, ocean and sunset views. 4 bedroom Villa with 1 bedroom apartment underneath. Provides best of CGB..more views and breezes…quiet hillside location. $700k chris@coldwellbankerbvi.com (284) 495 3000 www.coldwellbankerbvi.com

G10 a rare find at beLMont estates: Newly built, contemporary home

in prestigious Belmont Estates, a few minutes’ drive to Long Bay and Smuggler’s Cove beaches. Spacious master bedroom suite with two private guest rooms both with ensuite bathroom. Kitchen and living areas open onto swimming pool deck. US$1,250,000 (284)494-2446 www.smithsgore.com

K9 3 bed HoMe aboVe HodGes creeK Marina, 1 acre Lot Lovely

Unique, private location on the point Between Cane Garden Bay and Brewers Bay. Spectacular Sunset, Ocean and Island West Facing Views. Last Lot available in pristine, peaceful and private, small covenanted, Residential Estate. One Lot off the water. $250k. chris@coldwellbankerbvi.com www.coldwellbankerbvi.com (284)495-3000

setting on the hill above Hodges Creek Marina for this 3 bed family home with large covered decks from which to enjoy simply spectacular views. Set amongst 1 acre of beautifully landscaped, gently sloping gardens. A “must see” at this price. $875k neg. chris@coldwellbankerbvi.com 284 495 3000 www.coldwellbankerbvi.com

i10 HoMe sites aVaiLabLe at MarGuerite estate Sites for sale with

G10 “tHe bLessinG” LonG bay:

views of the Sir Francis Drake Channel and St. John. Acreage from 0.304a to 1.065A. Prices range from $70,000 to $175,000. Tel. 494-2446 www.smithgore.com

An exceptional Villa finished to the highest of standards. Incredible ocean and island views. Beach and resort facilities available. 2 bedrooms with loft and pool on approx one acre Lot. Built and maintained by perfectionists. A great example of


what is possible in the BVI when only the best will do. $1.5m chris@coldwellbankerbvi.com www.coldwellbankerbvi.com (284)495-3000

located within walking distance to the beach. From $145,000 (284)494-2446 www.smithsgore.com

i10 a caribbean deLiGHt! Five bedroom, 3 ½ bathroom residence (approx. 7,000 sf) situated on a magnificent hillside brow on the south side of Tortola with exceptional views of the Sir Francis Drake Channel. This secluded property, extending to over 6 acres of land, is a rarity in the BVI as it offers an elevated position on virtually flat land. $3,750,000. Tel. 494-2446 www.smithgore.com

G10 unique inVestMent oPPortunity: Upper level poolside unit

H8 1 acre Lot, GLorious cane Garden bay VieWs: A rare Lot on Luck

G10 PondaVista: Newly constructed, 4

Hill with fantastic views of Cane Garden Bay. Beautiful sunsets. Very buildable. One not to be missed! $225k chris@coldwellbankerbvi.com 495-3000

J9 fixer uPPer cLose to toWn

Two bedroom, three bathroom residence in need of renovation located at Slaney Hill. The property extends to 0.20 acres and affords stunning views of the Sir Francis Drake Channel. The property also includes a two storey workshop/utility room. $450,000. Tel. 494-2446 www.smithgore.com

i10 coMPLeted 2 bed toWnHouse at nanny cay: A much sought after

completed waterfront townhouse with dock has become available at Nanny Cay Marina. Fully furnished, successfully rented since completion. Large wraparound balcony, full use of all facilities, don’t stop to think, come see it today $675,000 (284) 495 3000 chris@coldwellbankerbvi.com www.coldwellbankerbvi.com

G10 beLMont estates: A few lots left

on a delightfully wooded estate of about 250 acres encompassing two of the finest beaches on Tortola, Long Bay Beach and Smuggler’s Cove. Some lots are

at Long Bay Beach Resort with income potential. The apartment includes two bedrooms, two bathrooms, kitchen, kitchenette and two generous balconies overlooking the pool with beautiful ocean views. Within walking distance to Long Bay beach. US$330,000. (284) 494-2446 www.smithsgore.com

bedroom residence with pool set amidst beautifully terraced gardens. Situated on a 1.4 acre site in Belmont Estates and within walking distance of the beautiful Long Bay and Smuggler's Cove beaches. Enjoy spectacular 180 degree views from Little Tobago to the west, to Jost van Dyke to the north to Cane Garden Bay to the east. $2.7m chris@coldwellbankerbvi.com www.coldwellbankerbvi.com (284)495-3000

H9 draMatic ProPerty at sHannon: Built amongst large boulders and

lush tropical gardens this unique residence is situated on 5.25 acres and affords the most spectacular northerly views and sunsets. Encompassing approx 5,700 sf this exceptional retreat consists of a great house with three bedroom suites, dramatic two tier swimming pool, private master bedroom cottage and two spacious Balinese guest cottages. A self-contained caretaker’s cottage is located to the rear of the property. $5,450,000 (284)494-2446 www.smithsgore.com

J8 3 bedrooM ridGe road HoMe WitH 3 bed aPt: Lovely 3 bedroom

family home with rental income potential from 3 bed apt beneath. Great views of North Shore

and Guana Island. Lush mature garden filled with coconut palms and fruit trees. Motivated Seller. chris@ coldwellbankerbvi.com $850,000.00 (284) 495 3000 www.coldwellbankerbvi.com

G10 WaLK to LonG bay beacH, 3 bedrooMs, PooL: Much sought after,

James O'Halloran designed, 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom Villawith pool on approx. 1 acre lot a short stroll from Long Bay Beach. Great views, mature tropcal gardens. Concrete road to property! Vacation rental history. US$2,200,000 (284)495-3000

G10 affordabLe ProPerty in desirabLe Location 2 bedroom, 2

bath house located on a 0.8 acre lot on the hillside of Belmont Estates overlooking Smugglers Cove and Jost Van Dyke. Main house with great room, galley kitchen and master bedroom suite. Separate guest bedroom cottage. Cozy courtyard. $850,000. Tel. 494-2446 www.smithgore.com

r6 3 bedrooM HoMe WitH PooL, LeVericK bay: “Mikaya” is a delightful 3 bedroom hillside home with a pool offering spectacular views of the North Sound. Perfect lay out for a vcation home. Well constructed and comfortably furnished. Plenty of shady deck space. Large lounge and kitchen area. The right house at the right price. $1.6m chris@coldwellbankerbvi.com www.coldwellbankerbvi.com (284)495-3000

G10 HuMMinGbird House: Located in the prestigious Belmont Estate only moments from Smugglers Cove and Long Bay beaches, this delightful home has been extensively remodeled by the current owner, an English Architect with over 20 years island experience designing first class, luxurious homes. Pleasing proportions and scale, elegant finishes and fixture choices of the highest quality and wonderful ocean, island and sunset views. $2,495,000.00 chris@coldwellbankerbvi.com (284) 495 3000 www.coldwellbankerbvi.com G10 tWo bedrooM condo Set within Long Bay Beach Resort, with access to all the hotel amenities and within walking distance to the beautiful sandy beach. $350,000. Tel. 494-2446 www.smithgore.com H11 deLiGHtfuL tWo bedrooM House WitH sPectacuLar VieWs:

Elegant two bedroom two bath house with swimming pool and spectacular views of the Sir Francis Drake Channel, including St. John and St. Thomas. This well designed home combines timeless Caribbean design with contemporary flair. US1,250,000 (284) 494-2446 www.smithsgore.com

i8 surfsHore ViLLa: A stunning,

Situated on .623 acres this split level home has 4 bedrooms, 2 baths and a separate 1 bedroom unit which has rental income. Since this home is set on only .3 acres an additional house can be erected giving two for the price of one. This is a must see!! US$715,000 www.trudebvi.com or call Courtney at (284) 494-2500

brand new home overlooking one of the BVI’s most pristine beaches at Trunk Bay. 3 bedroom main house, one bedroom guest cottage, pool, large shaded verandas, beautifully combines traditional Caribbean style with modern, sleek finishes and fixtures. $1.55m chris@ coldwellbankerbvi.com (284) 495 3000 www.coldwellbankerbvi.com

G10 cHarMinG neW ListinG at beLMont Caribbean style 3 bedroom 5 bath

J9 studio condo at tobacco WHarf: This charming studio condo comes

J9 LonG trencH estate HoMe:

villa located on over 1.5 acres of gentle sloping land. Main house with kitchen, living room, covered dining area, verandah, library, hobby room, full bath, laundry and storage area; master bedroom cottage located in front of the swimming pool terrace; two bedroom guest cottage. $1,750,000. Tel. 494-2446 www. smithgore.com

L8 Waterfront HoMe at beef isLand 5 bedroom, 3 ½ bathroom residence

with swimming pool located at Little Mountain Estate, with direct water access and within walking distance to Long Bay beach. The property enjoys sweeping southerly views from Peter Island to Virgin Gorda. Spacious living room opening up to a covered terrace, kitchen and master bedroom suite on the main level . The lower level comprises four guest bedrooms with two bathrooms. $2,400,000 Tel (284) 494-2446 www.smithsgore.com

f11 PebbLe beacH cottaGe: Unique

waterfront property with private dock at Soper’s Hole, West End. 2 bedroom cottage on 0.6 acres with wonderful westerly ocean, island and marina views. chris@coldwellbankerbvi.com $1,950,000.00 (284) 495 3000 www.coldwellbankerbvi.com

G11 tHe Wendy House, 2 bedrooM HoMe on 1/3acre: The

Wendy House is delightful two bedroom home, sitting on a 1/3 acre offering wonderful views over Sopers Hole Marina. Its unique position on Frenchmans Cay allows it to catch the tradewinds and enjoy the sunsets. Plenty of scope for future development. Successfully rented. $595,000 (284) 495 3000 chris@coldwellbankerbvi.com www.coldwellbankerbvi.com

semi-furnished with all modern amenities and enchanting views overlooking the harbour and a lovely garden. It is located on the top floor of Tobacco Wharf within walking distance to Road Town US$325,000. www.trudebvi.com or call Courtney at (284) 494-2500.

H9 rose LodGe, 3 bedrooMs Windy HiLL: Beautiful hillside setting with

exceptional island and sunset views. Two bedroom main house with lovely gardens and lawn. Delihtful views of Cane Garden Bay from very private guest house. $1.1m chris@coldwellbankerbvi.com (284) 495 3000 www.coldwellbankerbvi.com

L9 excePtionaL Waterfront estate: Set on 4.7 acres and including 600 ft

of waterfront/beachfront and a private dock. Ideally located in a private residential estate with spectacular views of the Sir Francis Drake Channel, the residence comprises a four bedroom main house featuring three pavilions connected by covered verandahs and swimming pool terrace, two bedroom guest house, garage, workshop and tennis court. The combination of beach frontage as well as anchorage is a rarity in the BVI and the Caribbean and presents a unique opportunity to own an exquisite residence in an idyllic location to take full advantage of the island’s treasures. Price on application. (284)494-2446 www.smithsgore.com

H9 business oPPortunity: 1.04 acres of hill side land just 200 feet beyond the picturesque beaches of Cane Garden Bay. The property houses six buildings containing 5 one-bedroom, 2 two-bedroom and 1 threebedroom units. US$2,500,000 (284)495-4825

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J9 Marina VieW Garden condo:

2 bedroom garden condo at Village Cay Marina. Lovely marina setting. Perfectly placed for all the conveniences of Road Town. Fully furnished and air conditioned. $499,000.00 chris@coldwellbankerbvi.com (284) 495 3000 www.coldwellbankerbvi.com

H10 Located in carrot bay: This

0.267 acre site affords lovely views of Jost Van Dyke and a quiet neighbourhood. $65,000 (284)494-2446 www.smithsgore.com

H9 PriVate ViLLa at sHannon:

Ideally located to benefit from higher elevation, spectacular views and year round reduced temperature. Main house with great room, master bedroom and two guest bedroom suites. A one bedroom guest cottage is located across the spacious swimming pool deck. US$2,600,000 Tel 494-2446 www.smithsgore.com

VirGin Gorda P8 aPartMents at oLde yard inn ViLLaGe: Two, bedroom, two bathroom

apartments at the new Olde Yard Condominium Village. The apartments (1,225 sf) are fully air-conditioned and enjoy ocean views through the French doors leading onto a large patio.The homeowners share a beautiful pool, garden, fitness centre laundry and restaurant. From $300,000 (284)494-2446 www.smithsgore.com

P9 Waterfront Lot in VirGin Gorda: Approx 1.26 acres fantastic waterfront Lot.Prime location amongst the boulders. High end residential. $485k chris@coldwellbankerbvi.com (284) 495 3000 www.coldwellbankerbvi.com

P9 cHarMinG tHree bedrooM, tWo batH HoMe at Windy HiLL: Set on 0.5 acres in a quiet neighbourhood the

property enjoys beautiful views of Tortola and Beef Island and a lush tropical garden. $750,000

P8 a stone’s tHroW froM LittLe trunK bay: Enchanting 5 bedroom, 5 ½ bath Caribbean Villa perched amid huge boulders above beautiful Little Trunk Bay. Nestled in approx. 1.15 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, this poolside villa boasts five separate guest cottages, tennis court and fish pond. US$2,600,000 (284)494-2446 www.smithsgore.com

q6 MoonLit sea: Amazing 180

degree unobstructed sea views. Sunsets and gentle breezes. 4 min. walk to pristine beach, swimming and snorkeling. Beautifully landscaped. 2BR/3BA, open concept, large deck. More photos at www.virgingordahouseforsale.com. Priced below market yet still negotiable. $695,000. Bonnie Dougall: 284-495-3003

q6 Lan y Mor: Lan Y Mor – Welsh for

“By The Sea” - a simply stunning home on a ¾ acre Lot that must be amongst the prime sites in Virgin Gorda. Absolutely incredible ocean and sunset views. Custom hardwood doors, Sub Zero appliances, slate countertop…get the idea? “WOW!” does not fully describe this property or its lush gardens! Built by a renowned Landscape Architect Contact chris@coldwellbankerbvi.com. US$1,200,000 (284)495-3000

P9 baLdor, sPrinG bay:

A beautiful 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom, spacious home located in Spring Bay Estate moments from Virgin Gorda’s finest white sand beach Built up high to capture views and

breezes. In the main house are the master bedroom, bathroom, living and dining room and kitchen. Adjacent and connected by wooden decks, is a 2 story building with two bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. $1.7m chris@coldwellbankerbvi.com 495-3000

q8 Waterfront Land aVaiLabLe in VirGin Gorda: Lots now available from $200,000.00. Dramatic ocean views. Very buildable.www.coldwellbankerbvi.com (284) 495-3000

q8 excePtionaL PanoraMic Vistas: Encompassing many of the islands in the BVI from the Dogs and Ginger Island all the way to St. John are had from this contemporary 3 bedroom 3 ½ bathroom home with spacious swimming pool terrace located in a quiet and covenanted residential estate within a short drive to Spanish Town and beaches. The design cleverly blurs the distinction between the internal and external living areas. Exceptional standards of finish reflect a modern interpretation of Caribbean living. US3,150,000 (284) 494-2446 www.smithsgore.com

q6 seas sonG, 3 bedrooM ViLLa:

Seas Song sits 30’ above the Sir Francis Drake Channel on a beautiful promitory on Virgin Gorda’s North Western shoreline, Within easy walking distance of two fabulous beaches, this stunning 3 bedroom, 3 ½ bathroom home with pool is a modern interpretation of traditional Caribbean architecture. Lots of stonework, large covered terraces and landscaping by award winning Architects. $2.95m chris@coldwellbankerbvi.com 495-3000

P8 4 bedrooM ViLLa WitH 360 deGree VieWs: Unique location atop Virgin

Gorda's boulders. 360 degree views of the Caribbean and Atlantic. Inviting living spaces created in and amongst the boulders. Fantastic freeform pool.Tastefully

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landscaped to provide complete privacy. Visit www. coldwellbankerbvi.com $2.4m (284) 495-3000

r6 PriVate ViLLa at LeVericK bay: This two bedroom, two bath villa with

large pool, covered and open terraces and panoramic views of Leverick Bay and the Atlantic Ocean boasts well-tended gardens and constant Caribbean breezes and has access to the amenities of Leverick Bay Resort. $1,750,000 494-2446 www.smithsgore.com

P9 raKu, crooK bay: This 6 bedroom

custom home has been designed and built to a standard rarely seen in the BVI and is surely one of the finest luxury homes currently available in the Caribbean. The standard of construction, choice of materials - marble countertops, andirobi vaulted ceilings, mahogany hardwood floors, over 100 tons of imported stone, jatoba hardwood cabinetry and location - beachfront, Virgin Gorda - are all second to none. $11m chris@coldwellbankerbvi.com 495-3000

r5 HoMes and Land at LittLe dix bay: Rare opportunity to own a home

on the dramatic hillside above the world-renowned resort. Magnificent setting, luxurious amenities and services, remarkable privacy. Price on application. (284)494-2446 www.smithsgore.com www.villasatlittledixbay.com

P9 rare LarGe Lot noW aVaiLabLe in VirGin Gorda:

Approx 1.9 acre Lot now available in Virgin Gorda. Incredible 360 degree views. Truly unique. Beautiful boulders. Upscale neighbours. Off Coppermine Road. Very buildable. $1,200,000 chris@ coldwellbankerbvi.com (284) 495 3000


r6 soutH sound Waterfront HoMesites: Freehold 0.5 to 1 acre sites in a

private secluded location with fabulous views, breezes on South Sound. Services are underground. We offer villa designs and construction. US$200,000 (203)3120152 tpcook@videoautomation.com www.videoautomation.com/southsound.html

P8 troPicaL HoMe: Charming and eclectic 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home on a 0.5 acre site with spectacular views of Tortola and Beef Island and the Caribbean Sea. Its lush tropical garden includes a Balinesian Rice barn. $650,000 (284)494-2446 www.smithsgore.com q7 a dreaM coMe true, Pond bay: A five bedroom, cliffside/waterfront home

above Virgin Gorda’s most spectacular beaches at Pond Bay and Savannah Bay. Simply stunning. Ask to see the rental history and figures on this property. A phenomenal story. $3.5m (284) 495 3000 chris@ coldwellbankerbvi.com www.coldwellbankerbvi.com

P8 condos aVaiLabLe on VirGin Gorda: A selection of one and two

bedroom condominiums available on Virgin Gorda at the Olde Yard Village from $320k. Finished and equipped to high standards, lovely facilities including large pool, gym, restaurant, tennis courts, beautiful gardens. From $320,000 chris@coldwellbankerbvi.com (284) 495 3000

P9 5600sqft of Meditteranean sPLendor: A really spacious home with

gorgeous ocean views, one Lot off the water, short walk to wonderful small secluded beach dotted with VG’s famous boulders. Lovely gardens chris@ coldwellbankerbvi.com US$2,000,000 (284) 495-3000

nortHern isLands M7 MainsaiL resort, Marina and sPa: Spectacular Lots from 1 1/2 to over 6 acres now available to build your Caribbean dream home on beautiful Scrub Island. A few Oceanfront and hillside homes with incredible views and access to alll resort facilities still available. US$2,000,000 (284) 495-3000

M7 Very PriVate 2+ acre Lots on excLusiVe scrub isLand Marina & sPa resort! Part of an

upscale island resort, waterfront land is available to build your own dream home.View at www.trudebvi.com US $1,500,000+ (284) 494-2500

M7 excePtionaL HeadLand ProPerty With four separate cottages

located on Great Camanoe, just a 10 minutes’ boat ride away from Trellis Beef Island. The site extends to over 4 acres and includes 800 feet of ocean front with beautiful granite boulders. Private dock. $1,800,000. Tel. 494-2446 www.smithgore.com

M7 outer isLand estate Located on Great Camanoe, this 10 acre estate has beach and water frontage and a dock. Main house built as three pavilions connected by terraces and verandahs with beautiful views of Marina Cay and the Sir Francis Drake Channel; one bedroom self-contained guest cottage. Beautiful landscaped grounds. $6,000,000 (284)494-2446 www.smithsgore.com

property management services and facilities. chris@ coldwellbankerbvi.com $2,000,000 284 495-3000

M7 excePtionaL HeadLand ProPerty: Extending to over 4 acres with

800 feet of ocean front with beautiful granite boulders and a private dock, this 2 bedroom house benefits from soothing breezes and spectacular views. $1,800,000 Tel 284 494-2446 www.smithsgore.com

M7 diaMond reef estate, unique 10 acre ProPerty: A

fabulous property, full of character and charm. Upon this 10 acre site sits a magnificent 3 bedroom main house, built largely from local stone in 1968 by the Upjohn Pharmaceutical family. A delightful one bedroom guest house built in later years. Residents treated to glorious views yet completely

private. Wonderful landscaping, beachfront, private swim dock. Absolutely one of a kind property. $6m (284) 495-3000 chris@coldwellbankerbvi.com

M7 Luxury accoMModation arriVes in tHe bVi: Brand new Marina

Suites, 2 bedrooms, 2 1/2 bath at the BVI’s premier Resort and Marina Development on Scrub Island. Resort faclities incl. first class spa, restaurants and marina. (284)495-3000 www.coldwellbankerbvi.com $1.2m

Jost Van dyKe e8 Jost Van dyKe Land: There

is a 1 acre lot located about a mile east from Foxy’s Restaurant. It has utility access, road access and stunning panoramic views of Tortola and St. Thomas. US$110,000.00 www.trudebvi.com or call Marianne at (284) 494-2500.

M7 Waterfront residence on Great caManoe offering complete

privacy and designated dockage within Indigo Estate marina. Spectacular southerly views of the Sir Francis Drake Channel. Built as three separate cottages the house provides spacious internal and external lounge areas, dining terraces, kitchen, three bedrooms and swimming pool deck. $1,850,000 Tel (284) 494-2446 www.smithsgore.com

M7 cHarMinG 5 bedrooM ViLLa on Great caManoe: Delightful 3

Serving the BVI since 1982 with repairs, rentals and sales of construction and party equipment. T 494 2352

F 494 3545 tooltown@candwbvi.net

bedroom Main House with 2 Bedroom Guest house on Great Camanoee. Lots of character. Fantastic island and ocean views, incredible panorama. Easy access to dock. Approx 2 acre Lot. US$1,200,000 (284)495-3000

M7 3 bedrooM ViLLa, MainsaiL deVeLoPMent: One time opportunity to

purchase nearly completed 3 bedroom residence from Owner at significantly below market price. On Mainsail Luxury Resort, Spa and Marina private island. Finishes to the highest specifications. Full

Vacation Villa Rentals sebastian's on tHe beacH: Rooms for every budget starting with Tropical Garden rooms up to luxury junior-suites with teak whirlpool. Beachfront rooms offer "fall-out-of-bed into the water beaching" (Fodor's), a/c, ceiling fans & refrigerators in all rooms. Seaside Restaurant, continental, caribbean cuisine, fresh lobster & seafood. Commissary with Internet desk. www.sebastiansbvi.com - sebhotel@surfbvicom (284)495-4212 surfsonG ViLLa resort: A boutique beachfront resort of seven extraordinary villas – ranging in size from one to four bedrooms. Each villa boasts individual distinctions that include secluded decks, oceanfront views, elegant furnishings, outdoor stone showers and romantically draped four-poster beds. All villas have plush king size beds, resort robes, BBQ patio, CD & DVD, Sat. TV, A/C, & room-safe, Wifi. Amenities include: beach lounge, reception area, honor bar, tropical dining courtyard, spa services, meal packages, concierge & business services. www.surfsong.net, info@surfsong.net (284) 495-1864.

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