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“I’m all for moderation, but sometimes it seems moderation itself can be a kind of extreme.” —“Lull” by Andrew Bird September in the BVI is intimate. This is when you really get to know your neighbours and friends who’ve stuck around to enjoy the island at its most peaceful. In Cane Garden Bay, the beach chairs stay stacked, and the otherwise popular tourist beach becomes a private escape. The bars and restaurants that stay open during this period are filled with friendly, smiling residents enjoying their chance to decompress before the madness of the season begins again. This month, I interviewed John Chenoweth about his archaeological research on Little Jost Van Dyke. John’s important work aims to enrich the history of the BVI by telling the story of the slaves and owners that lived on the Lettsom plantation, as well as trying to solve the riddle of some of the contradictions raised by the Lettsoms' religion—Quakerism. John intends to do this using the artefacts he finds, basically trash from the inhabitants of Little Jost in the eighteenth century. Mr. Chenoweth’s research teaches that BVI land has a value outside of property and development—its value is in the information that it provides about past BVI residents. Some of our most famous current residents, owners and developers, those who are involved in the fine balancing act of sustainable development, are visibly embracing environmentalism, making it trendy. This might be the last push that the BVI needs to convince other developers why it’s cool to go green. If you’re planning on taking on some renovation, design or decorating projects during this quiet time, look to the past for inspiration. Many of the features of traditional Caribbean architecture and practically accounted for the conditions of our climate. While the past can inspire, modern advances provide new, durable materials. Instead of lazing around the quiet islands, I plan on enjoying this month to its fullest—discovering parts of the BVI I’ve never encountered before and ticking things off my list of weekend projects with an occasional stop at the beach for a quick swim.

Moderation is boring.

Traci O'Dea



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contents Details that Make a Difference 10 Thor Downing takes us back to the basics, showing how the simplest tool, a pencil, can obtain some of the greatest results. He also suggests a potential new industry for the BVI. Green Living: Trickle Down Environmentalism 13 When rich, powerful and famous BVI residents make environmentalism a trendy status symbol, the rest of the BVI will likely try to keep up with them. Commercial and Institutional Design Many buildings in the BVI and greater Caribbean have streamlined their design, forgetting about the climatic reasons that traditional designs incorporated. OBMI reintroduces some of those elements with a contemporary look.




Costs Above and Beyond the Purchase Price 16 Our expert from Orion Law reminds home buyers and sellers about the extra costs incurred when closing on a property. Re-Envisioning the BVI 18 Arawak Interiors now showcases work from local and international artists in its showroom in Road Reef Plaza--everything from copper panels and sconces to trippy acrylic tableaus. Historical Archaeology Gives a Voice to Past Residents of Little Jost Van Dyke 21 John Chenoweth and a team of students carefully sift through the dirt on Little Jost to discover the history of the slaves and plantation owners who inhabited the island in the 1700s. Blurring the Lines Between Inside and Out 26 In the BVI, our outdoor living spaces are used as much, if not more, than our indoor spaces, and residents should take that into account when decorating and purchasing furniture that can transition from the indoors to outside. Home Services Directory Recommended retailers of products and services for the home.


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With all our advances in technology, as architects, we still rely strongly on our sketching ability to convey ideas or explain details to clients or contractors on site. Therefore, the most traditional tool of them all, the pencil, retains its significance in any architect’s office.The computer still cannot process as fast and the brain and a pencil. Traditional detailing and their contemporary use are still as important today as they were in yesteryear. With all buildings, success or failure often comes down to the smallest details, but it is incredibly difficult to describe these in words alone, therefore, we fall back to our skill of drawing to communicate these details which, although small, are thoroughly important to the outcome of every


project. These details make all the difference to the longevity of materials, appearance of elements and the holistic composition of a building’s aesthetic. Roger Downing and Partner Ltd. believe the BVI could also support a national industry that revolved

The stone cladding of the exterior of very easily have been manufactured around the production of these details, specifically the production of precast concrete elements for a building's cladding. The imported stone cladding of


the exterior of the Supreme Court could very easily have been manufactured here in the BVI through stained and precast concrete quoins, blocks, lintels and door/window surrounds. The building industry could utilize the boating industry’s expertise with fiberglass moulds the Supreme Court could which could give the concrete here in the BVI… incredibly smooth and easily polishable sides. We at RDP would be very keen to open a dialogue with any party interested in evolving this industry. PG

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Green Living By David Blacklock

Trickle-Down Environmentalism:

When the Rich Go Green, So Goes the World

Living here in the beautiful Virgin Islands, it's easy to think nice green thoughts. Everywhere one looks there are vibrant red flowers, gorgeous yellow blossoms, all sheltered within a vast effusion of greenery. Until a visitor says, “Oh my god, there's a giant fire over there,” as she points to Pockwood Pond. No, Honey, that's just the way garbage is recycled in the BVI. So a conversation ensues and covers all things green, or is that “green”? The Gulf oil leak. Preparing for a post-petroleum world. Non-polluting alternatives. Giving up oil? We can't even give up coffee—imagine the wrench caused by quitting the Texas Tea! How about no plastic? Ha ha. So it's never going to happen until we've drained the planet dry and the last few humans lie gasping under the last stand of trees. Might as well party. Of course, at that party we could always use some faux, plant-based styrofoam plates and gaze adoringly at recycled glass ornaments made from Heineken bottles. And perhaps at that party we might hear some words of encouragement to drown out the cynical naysayer who insists it's all a sick joke. For the reality is that there are individuals here in the BVI working towards the possible. As reported recently in BVI Business, a green economy is indeed growing

the face of the future and fortunately has had the funds to foster it. But even he has been stymied by the current world recession as banks sit on their billions rather than seed the future. Part of his plan for new development at Mosquito Island is to get the wealthy clients of his resorts to fund the research and development that will eventually scale up to national size. His North Sound rival David V Johnson at Oil Nut Bay has the same approach. Green and sustainable have become a desired marketing position for a certain clientele. It might not work with the Vegas crowd, but the forward thinkers who honeymoon in Bali will go for it. Johnson appears to be attempting to extend the concept to his Grosse Point constituency—when the lifestyle-development crowd goes green, there's no stopping it as a trend. Let's call it trickle-down environmentalism. Here in the Caribbean we are perfectly situated to implement these new technologies, if only there is the political and investment will to make it succeed. It's not all to be a pleasant stroll into an idyllic future, of course. Wind turbines are noisy and People believe not only in the rightness of what they are visually obtrusive. Solar panels are notoriously attempting, whether it be collecting glass for recycling or fitting inefficient. Some potential solar panels on a roof, but in the potential profitability of it too. industries and methods may prove to be just as in the BVI. People believe not only in the rightness polluting as those they replace. But it's almost a of what they are attempting, whether it be collecting matter of faith—tomorrow has to herald a brighter glass for recycling or fitting solar panels on a roof, but future. Because the alternative is bound to be a in the potential profitability of it too. waking nightmare, with the entire planet choking like China on gas, heat and dust. PG Local hero Sir Richard Branson has long championed green and sustainable development as | ALOOKINGGLASS PUBLISHING BVI PROPERTY GUIDE AUGUST 2010


Commercial and Institutional Design By Lavina Liburd, OBM International

Maintaining Sensitivity to Climate

Sunshades at the AIG/AICO Ltd Expansion, Bermuda, designed by OBMI, serve as inspiration for BVI projects. Photo courtesy of OBMI.

Commercial and institutional buildings in the Caribbean have become less adapted to climate and environment in recent decades. We have gradually seen the advent of the air-conditioned, sealed box sometimes decorated with “traditional” elements as the standard model for office design. A strong connection between interior and exterior, mediated by generous shaded outdoor spaces, was a feature of Caribbean and other tropical building design. This has virtually disappeared from our towns and cities. Many of the government buildings in the Caribbean were built in the early Modernist era.Tropical Modernist buildings often included a ground level indoor-outdoor atrium space, which brought greenery into the building and aided in cross-ventilation. These buildings also often employed the brise-soleil, a sun-shading device built unto the building’s façade


which also reduced heat gain. Earlier Colonial-era institutional buildings in the Caribbean were often surrounded by an arcade or veranda, which provided climate control via shading and served as an outdoor lobby, reception and waiting area. Much of the aesthetic and experiential qualities embodied in both these building types are lost in contemporary office and institutional buildings. For owners, it is important to ensure that their buildings are profitable, and for tenants to ensure that they make practical decisions with regards to space usage. Additionally, legitimate concerns over security discourage the provision of outdoor spaces


easily accessible from every floor. In institutional and government buildings, the advent of air conditioning has also created a preference for fully enclosed waiting areas in lieu of the informal reception gallery or veranda, making the indoor-outdoor lobby obsolete. Technological and design advances are necessary to promote economic efficiency and effective service delivery. Additionally, studies show that the quality of the workspace— aesthetics, thermal comfort, air quality—greatly contribute to worker productivity. The wrap-around veranda on all levels is financially impractical for most commercial and institutional buildings. However, this leaves the building’s façade

gain near windows and roofs from internal zones, providing separate thermostats and controls to balance the temperature across the space. Carefully programmed outdoor space can also be a great tropical advantage to both owner and tenant. An upper-level shaded terrace can double as a lunchroom or smoking terrace. A rooftop lounge can take advantage of previously unutilized space to provide an amenity, rentable for corporate functions or community events. It becomes clear, taking into account all the issues and ideas discussed here, that careful consideration of climatic, mechanical, spatial, aesthetic, cultural and contextual factors are required to create a highly Concurrently, it is important to recognize that airfunctional building. conditioning does not automatically equal thermal Simultaneously comfort. A properly zoned and balanced system is key. creating an iconic image of which the corporation or conditioning does not automatically equal thermal institution and the community can be proud, will, comfort. A properly zoned and balanced system by creating increased value, ensure the longevity is key. Such a system separates zones of high heat and continued profitability of the project. PG exposed to uneven heat gain through walls and windows, and glare from light penetration. Properly insulated walls and roofs can reduce the heat gain through the building envelope and greatly reduce the cooling loads on air-conditioning systems. This in turn results in great savings in operational costs, reduced load on the electrical system and a longer life-span for the mechanical system. Incorporating shading devices such as Bahama shutters, horizontal and vertical sunshades and light-shelves at windows and glazed walls, reduces glare and uneven heat gain while promoting even, natural lighting throughout the internal space. Concurrently, it is important to recognize that air-


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Costs Above and Beyond the Purchase Price

by Myron Walwyn, Orion Law

Buying property involves cost considerations beyond just the contract price of the property. These costs, taken together, add up and lead to an increase in the overall conveyancing costs on any transaction. Prospective buyers must therefore understand and take into consideration these factors when deciding to purchase property. Having an idea of the nature and amount of such costs allows for more precise planning and budgeting. There are a number of transaction costs which all prospective purchasers need to consider. While the bulk of the costs are borne by the purchaser, the vendor does not escape the burden as some costs also fall to a potential vendor. Closing costs generally include Non-belonger Land Holding Licence fees, legal fees, real estate agent’s commission, registration and Stamp Duty. A purchaser, having settled on a particular property and the parties having reached an agreement in principle, a Sale & Purchase Agreement must be prepared by the vendor’s attorney, who usually has carriage of the sale, i.e. responsibility for the preparation and the proper execution of the transfer documents and generally seeing the process through to its conclusion. If a Non-Belonger is purchasing property, then the Agreement should be made subject to the purchaser

obtaining a Non-Belonger Landholding Licence. Once the Agreement is settled between the parties’ legal representatives, the Agreement is executed and the deposit payment made. After the Instrument of Transfer for the sale has been executed, the documents are forwarded to the Inland Revenue Department for assessment and payment of Stamp Duty. The amount of Stamp Duty is assessed based on the sale value or market value of the property, whichever is the higher value. Currently Stamp Duty is assessed at

a Non-Belonger Land Holding Licence. There is also a fee attached to the application for a Non-Belonger Landholding Licence as well as a fee on the granting of the Licence itself. It must also be noted that in the event that undeveloped property is being purchased by a Non-Belonger, as a condition of the Non-Belonger Land Holding Licence, the buyer will be obliged to develop the property within a specified time period failing which he may be subjected to penalties as imposed by the government. Legal fees on land transfers are customarily fixed at a percentage Once the Agreement is settled between the parties’ of the agreed purchase price and legal representatives, the Agreement is executed and usually vary from a minimum of two percent (2%) upwards. Each party the deposit payment made. is usually responsible for their own legal fees. The cost of the Sale & Purchase Agreement is a separate cost and is normally 12 % for Non-Belongers and 4% for BVIslanders borne by the vendor. or Belongers. A valuation appraisal must be submitted with the documents. This must be done The real estate agent’s commission, like legal at the parties’ expense. fees, is fixed as a percentage of the selling price, while a nominal fee is charged for the registration As highlighted earlier, should the purchaser be a of the documents. PG Non-Belonger, they will need to apply for and obtain

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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3 bedrooms, 3 ½ bathrooms Tropical design with European sophistication combined in this intriguing retreat located on 1.46 acres in a private hillside setting on Tortola’s south coast and built as two pavilions separated by an infinity edge pool and connected by a covered loggia. Ref# H122 US$2,950,000

4 bedrooms 4 ½ baths The main pavilion includes a great room with gourmet kitchen, living and dining areas all opening up to the pool terrace. Master bedroom + two guest suites. The guest cottage is located on the other side of the pool deck. The residence is finished to a high standard. Ref# H123 US$2,600,000

3 bedrooms 3 ½ baths The open plan living area of this contemporary home provides a comfortable space with spectacular views. The design cleverly blurs the distinction between the internal and external living areas. Exceptional standards of finish reflect a modern interpretation of Caribbean living. Ref# H30 US$3,150,000

2 bedrooms, 2 baths Located on a 0.8 acre lot on the hillside overlooking Smugglers Cove and offering enviable views of Jost Van Dyke, this charming cottage includes great room with galley kitchen and master bedroom suite. A cozy courtyard separates it from the second bedroom suite. Ref# H1065 US$850,000

Belmont Estates, Tortola 3 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms Located on a gentle slope on over 1.5 acres, this sprawling villa is ideal for indoor and outdoor living with its three detached pavilions, spacious swimming pool terrace, covered dining area, charming porches, verandahs and courtyards. Ref# H1038 US$1,750,000

Long Bay Beach Resort, Tortola 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms Two bedroom condo unit set within Long Bay Beach Resort, with access to all the amenities and within walking distance to the beautiful sandy beach. This private apartment, operated within the hotel rental pool, affords beautiful ocean views. Ref# H1033 US$350,000

Belmont Estates, Tortola 4 Bedrooms 3 bathrooms Situated on 1.578 acres, this newly built villa enjoys amazing views of Jost Van Dyke and consists of three pavilions built around a swimming pool terrace. The house is charmingly furnished with Caribbean style furniture and equipped with state-of-the art entertainment systems. Ref# H9124 US$2,000,000

Little Mountain, Beef Island 5 bedrooms, 3 ½ bathrooms Rare opportunity to acquire a waterfront home on Beef Island. The property extends to 1.189 acres and occupies a private site at Little Mountain Estate, with direct water access and within walking distance to Long Bay Beach. Ref# H118 US$2,400,000

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Long Bay, Tortola 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms The wonderful ambiance of this private residence set on a 1.756 acre site clearly benefits from its first class design and spectacular views. Two buildings separated by the pool terrace and enhanced by dramatic stone-faced walls. Spacious selfcontained unit. Ref# H85 US$2,600,000

3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms A rare opportunity to own a permanent home at Little Dix Bay resort managed by Rosewood Hotels. Situated on the dramatic hillside above the world-renowned resort the villas offer a magnificent setting, luxurious amenities and remarkable privacy. Rental pool option. Ref# H99 US$3,300,000

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2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms Exceptional headland property with private dock! The site extends to over 4 acres and includes 800 feet of ocean front with beautiful granite boulders. The property benefits from soothing breezes and affords magnificent views from Guana Island to Ginger Island. Ref# H0902 US$1,800,000

2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms Located on a 0.74 acre ridge site within Leverick Bay Estate, this spacious, windward villa has been designed as an open floor plan, with all rooms on one level, complemented by patios and a 35 ft pool terrace. Beach, dockage facilities, shops and restaurants are within close proximity. Ref# H0070 US$1,750,000

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The artist and his work. Photo by Traci O'Dea.

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Walking into Arawak Interiors these days is like walking into an art gallery. New, original abstract pieces from Bali commingle with copper sculptures by locally based artist Diego. The abstract pieces—like a trippy black and white spiral canvas or a tableau of alternating orange and brown corners— almost seem like optical illusions that promote introspection or could add a bit of whimsy to a room. Diego’s varnished copper sculptures, sconces and lamps, mostly of vegetation—palm leaves, bamboo shoots and heliconia blossoms— emphasize the geometric patterns in nature. On a recent visit to Arawak, I spoke with Diego about his work.


“I used to paint when I was very young,” Diego said, but then he saw what could be done with copper, and he fell in love with it. “It’s faster,” he said, “and I don’t like to wait.” Most

Most of Diego’s inspiration comes from surrounding his home. of Diego’s inspiration comes from the flora surrounding his home. “I’m trying to reproduce nature on copper,” he said. The effect is striking


and encourages viewers to see with new eyes sights that we take for granted every day in the BVI. Palm tree fronds, in copper instead of green, resemble the sun’s rays. A large, curved landscape of a bamboolined path reminds me of the flora the distorting effect of seeing my surroundings through a rainstorm. When I asked how he achieved such detail on the bamboo piece, Diego explained the process of working with copper. “Usually, you

Psyche delic, original paintings from Bali. Photos by Traci O'Dea.

have to use the flame to warm it up. You can work in this way on a pitch or even a rubber pad or sand. Whatever allows the copper to be workable. When I was working on [the bamboo piece], I was scared because I couldn’t warm it because it was so big, and when you warm a piece of copper, you have to do all the shaping at one time, so it wasn’t possible—I had to do it cold. It was hard,” he said and told me that the six-foot tall piece took him a month to complete. Seeing the typically bright green bamboo replicated in the reddish-brown glowing metal is a bit disorienting, but the best art strives to challenge preconceptions. While Diego appreciates copper as an artistic medium, he added that it could sometimes be frustrating to work with because “not everything

comes out as you like. With paint, you can correct it, but with copper, if you fail, you have to start again with a new piece of copper.” Another challenge that he’s found working with metal versus paint is that “you have to create shadows,” he said, indicating that shading is done with the depth and textures created in the monochromatic copper. “Everything’s possible with a brush—you can make shadows or make an expression.” His interest in both paint and metals has inspired his next artistic endeavour—working with colour on the copper. “I want to try to use patinas,” he said. “They sell them in all colours possible, and you can mix them.” I’m excited to see what he comes up with using a full colour palette considering how effectively he’s been able to work in just one hue. PG | ALOOKINGGLASS PUBLISHING BVI PROPERTY GUIDE AUGUST 2010


Historical Archaeology Gives a Voice to Past Inhabitants of Little Jost By Traci O’Dea

"Between my finger and my thumb The squat pen rests; as snug as a gun. Under my window a clean rasping sound When the spade sinks into gravelly ground:" --From "Digging" by Seamus Heaney

This year, archaeologist John Chenoweth, assisted by a team of research students, spent his third summer in the BVI excavating and recording data from a dig site on Little Jost Van Dyke—the 18th-century home of the Lettsoms, a family of Quakers. John Chenoweth digs for artefacts on Little Jost. Photo courtesy of John Chenoweth. | ALOOKINGGLASS PUBLISHING BVI PROPERTY GUIDE AUGUST 2010


The contradictory behaviour of the Quakers, specifically slave-owning Quakers, seems to be part of what drives Mr. Chenoweth’s interest

The team at work excavating for the smallest fragments. Photo courtesy of John Chenoweth.

Mr. Chenoweth began his anthropological study of the Quaker community while completing his master’s thesis. “I got my master’s at U Penn, which turned out to be a site associated with Quakers,” he said. In fact, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania was founded by a Quaker, William Penn. “I found it very interesting from an anthropological point of view. It’s sort of a contradictory religion.There’s this big religious structure about meetings that tell you how to live your life...and yet the whole point of Quakerism is that you don’t need a church; you don’t need a minister; you don’t need anything between you and God.” According to Mr. Chenoweth, whose research on Little Jost Van Dyke will contribute to his doctoral dissertation at UC Berkeley, when Quakerism first started in the mid-17th century, many members of the faith took on missionary roles and brought their religion to the Caribbean, hoping to convert the masses. “There were communities of Quakers in Jamaica and Barbados, and to a lesser extent in Antigua and Nevis in the 1600s,” he said, mentioning the difficulty of studying those populations because of the unreliability of the recordkeeping at the time. “It’s really hard to say who lived where, and even if you have a list of the members of the meeting, you don’t know which plantation you’re looking at belonged to which it’s difficult to talk about where the


Quakers were.” The uniqueness of the Lettsom family on Little Jost is that they occupied an entire island. “I thought this would be very helpful because, by itself on an island, it means that everything on that island, in theory, is connected to them,” he said. By the 1700s, the other Quaker communities in the Caribbean had dissipated, Mr. Chenoweth said. “Either the members decided that Quakerism wasn’t for them, or they moved back to England,” especially many in Jamaica who departed after a large earthquake in 1692. “So, by the 1740s, when the community here started up, there were virtually no Quakers in the Caribbean...and that’s what makes this community interesting, in part, is that it sort of popped up at a time when there were no other similar communities that had managed to survive.” He

As we stood outside his research team’s home base by Smugglers Cove while one of his research assistants sifted through bags of dirt searching for artefacts, Mr. Chenoweth recounted when he read about the community of Quakers that moved here in the 1740s, he thought, “‘That’s really different and really odd.’ The strangest thing about them is that they owned slaves, and that makes no sense whatsoever because Quakers believe in complete equality and non-violence.” The contradictory behaviour of the Quakers, specifically slave-owning Quakers, seems to be part of what drives Mr. Chenoweth’s interest in his research, but he also clearly possesses a desire to speak for those who have been previously silent. “One of the things I’m really interested in is the relationship between the owners and The contradictory behaviour of the Quakers, specifically slave-owning the enslaved Quakers, seems to be part of what drives Mr. Chenoweth’s interest… people,” he said, “partly because historical archaeology’s real strength is telling the story of people who then added, “I’d like to be able to say how or why, but weren’t able to write their own history.” One of the that’s part of the question that I’m trying to explore main differences between historical archaeology, here, how Quakerism is connected to the Caribbean which Mr. Chenoweth describes as archaeology of the environment—the slave economy, the plantation last 500 years, and prehistoric archaeology is that “you economy, the social environment that was down here between the Quakers and the white planters, the free can take the bits and pieces of trash and combine that with the historical records and history books African-descended people and the enslaved people.”


and their relationship to their family.” He called archaeology— which he reminded me is mostly the study of trash, not treasure— “a window into some of that.” While he is keen to “study the enslaved people in their own right,” his research also ties back to Quakerism. “I also am interested in how the fact that the owners were Quaker affected that relationship between the two, so with the shell and the bone,” he said, pointing to a shelf …all that extra information makes it a much more overloaded with Ziploc bags full of broken bits complicated story, it makes it a richer story, and that’s why I of shell and bone fragments, “you can talk about want to explore that story. if they’re eating the same things. Are the owners getting more food or better food or are they taking the whole animal and eating the best cuts of meat and then have a lot of information about them.” Instead, the historical passing the things they don’t want on to the slaves or are the documentation often only includes “what owners and white people in general wanted to write down about them, which is how slaves getting their own food, or are they sharing food equally?” much they cost and how much work they could do,” but that’s not Other possible clues offering insight into how the Quaker what concerns Mr. Chenoweth. He wants to discover and share settlers on Little Jost Van Dyke treated their slaves are the pottery “what they thought about the world and how they saw the world, fragments that Mr. Chenoweth found on the site. He showed me that people have already written and see something different. At the same time, all that extra information makes it a much more complicated story, it makes it a richer story, and that’s why I want to explore that story. That’s why I want to tell it.” He continued, “Almost all the slaves of the Caribbean never wrote anything down about themselves, so history doesn’t

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several different shards—everything from roughly made ceramics to fine porcelain. “Archaeologists look for patterns,” he said, “so one of the things I was doing was comparing the things I’ve been seeing on this site to all of the other things found on Caribbean plantations from the 18th century that have been studied by archaeologists.” He explained that the “material culture,” the trash and other remnants that people leave behind, follows a consistent, nonsurprising pattern in the Caribbean—the plantation owners’ trash typically consists of newer, higher quality fragments while the items discarded by the slaves

“I do hope to keep coming back here and projects throughout my career,” he said. tend to be older, lower quality stuff. “On this site, that doesn’t actually hold,” Mr. Chenoweth said. “The owners have by far most of the older ceramics and older things, and the enslaved people have newer ones.” Mr. Chenoweth believes that this relates back

to the family’s Quakerism and “how this particular family chose to interpret what it meant to be Quaker.” He added, “Quakers are supposed to live a simple life, and in the 1700s the BVI was a pretty distant place; it was hard to get new and expensive things—and I think here that’s what took on a role as a status symbol—being able to get the newest stuff, and this family, trying to be simple, trying to be plain, may have intentionally chosen to not have newer things, and that’s one way they sort of expressed their Quakerness, I think.” Each new discovery seems to produce more questions than answers, but Mr. Chenoweth is okay working on with that. Though he uses Quakerism as his main focus, he informed me that not many archaeologists study religion. “I leave the theological questions to the ministers and priests, but I ask questions about how being a member of a certain religion affects your relationship with other people and with things and the world around you, and I think that’s sort of a

timeless question...We’re trying to understand how religion affects your relations to other people, which is hugely broad and difficult, but if I can say something useful about that, then maybe it can be useful in more modern contexts.” Mr. Chenoweth plans on returning to the territory as Dr. Chenoweth, after he’s finished his dissertation. “I do hope to keep coming back here and working on projects throughout my career,” he said. Mr. Chenoweth mentioned the support and generosity of the owners of the property, the government, H. Lavity Stoutt Community College and other organizations. He’s currently talking to the Department of Culture and the Jost Van Dykes Preservation Society about projects they want to see done “for their historical and cultural importance, as well as in order to open and interpret sites for BVIslanders and visitors alike,” he said. “I think it’s a great combination when you can do things the people who visit are really interested in, and it actually means something to people that live here.” PG

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Exterior kitchens have become a firm favorite amongst BVI’s culinary crowd. Equipped with a full size stove, grill, fridge and wine storage, the

For the ultimate decadence on those cool winter evenings on the hill or by the beach, fire pits and outdoor fireplaces have become an inviting addition to the BVI outdoor living room. Beautiful accessories in materials such as Under the winter skies, roasting stone, resin, glass and wood add the sparkle marshmallows or drinking hot mulled wine can conjure an image and finishing touches to the space. of sitting by the hearth, nestled in blankets while listening to the sound of the crackling fire, but we only need to outdoor kitchen offers ease and convenience to any dinner party! And if the host is cooking, they step outside to the reality of the rattling palms and moonlit sea. PG get to join the party festivities. | ALOOKINGGLASS PUBLISHING BVI PROPERTY GUIDE AUGUST 2010




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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. $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 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 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 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. $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. $2m Visit (284)495-3000


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

H9 LOVELY LOT AT BALLAST BAY: Beautiful Ballast Bay Lot now available. Glorious views of Cane Garden Bay and Jost Van Dyke. $120,000 (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. $295,000 each 284 495-3000

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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 (284) 495 3000


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


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

G10 MAGNIFICENT 5.5 ACRE PENINSULA This historic 5 bedroom property

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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 or call Courtney at (284) 494-2500


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. 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. (284)495-3000


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


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 (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

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@ $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


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


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


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 (284) 495 3000


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

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 (284) 495 3000

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


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. (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. 284 495 3000



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

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 (284)495-3000

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


G10 UNIQUE INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY: Upper level poolside unit

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


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


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


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

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

K9 CASA VERDE 3 BEDROOMS, 1 ACRE A light and airy 3 bedroom Villa perched on

the hill above Hodges Creek Marina. Lovely marina, ocean and island views from the spacious wrap around deck. Nestled on a fantastic one acre Lot, with established and easily managed tropical gardens. 495 3000


Sitting on a spectacular promontory, with a dramatic ocean gorge this exceptional 7 acre beachfront and waterfront residence has been beautifully designed to integrate five pavilion buildings, including five bedrooms, four bathrooms, family room, living room, kitchen and dining pavilion with separate pool terrace all surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens. US$7,750,000 Tel. 284-494-2446

G10 PONDAVISTA: Newly constructed, 4 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


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


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@ $850,000.00 (284) 495 3000

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


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

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 (284)495-3000


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 or call Courtney at (284) 494-2500

G10 CHARMING NEW LISTING AT BELMONT Caribbean style 3 bedroom 5 bath 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

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


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. $1,950,000.00 (284) 495 3000


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

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 (284) 495 3000 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 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


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 (284) 495 3000

J9 STUDIO CONDO AT TOBACCO WHARF: This charming studio condo comes

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. 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 (284) 495 3000

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 | ALOOKINGGLASS PUBLISHING BVI PROPERTY GUIDE AUGUST 2010


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

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 J9 MARINA VIEW GARDEN CONDO:


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

P9 WATERFRONT LOT IN VIRGIN GORDA: Approx 1.26 acres fantastic waterfront Lot.Prime location amongst the boulders. High end residential. $485k (284) 495 3000

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 (284) 495 3000



P8 A STONE’S THROW FROM LITTLE TRUNK BAY: Enchanting 5 bedroom, 5 ½

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


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

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

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

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 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 US$1,200,000 (284)495-3000


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 495-3000

Q8 WATERFRONT LAND AVAILABLE IN VIRGIN GORDA: Lots now available from $200,000.00. Dramatic ocean views. Very (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

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interpretation of Caribbean living. US3,150,000 (284) 494-2446


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 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 landscaped to provide complete privacy. Visit www. $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

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. $8.8m 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


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 (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


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

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

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 (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 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


upscale island resort, waterfront land is available to build your own dream home.View at 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

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 M7 WATERFRONT RESIDENCE ON GREAT CAMANOE offering complete


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


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 property management services and facilities. $2,000,000 284 495-3000

Resort and Marina Development on Scrub Island. Resort faclities incl. first class spa, restaurants and marina. $1.2m (284)495-3000


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 or call Marianne at (284) 494-2500.

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


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


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Suites, 2 bedrooms, 2 1/2 bath at the BVI’s premier

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

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. - 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., (284) 495-1864.

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