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Living Barbados would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our advertisers and contributors who have continued to support us. You inspire us in so many ways. All information and pricing compiled in this publication was accurate at the time of printing. However, this information may be subject to change at anytime without notice. Copyright reserved. None of the contents in this publication can be reproduced or copied in any form without permission in writing from the Publisher.









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Rental Profile Point of View renter interview

Rental Profile The Grove Residences renter interview


Vision & Style

Resorts with niche sporting and leisure facilities are carving out a formidable share of the island’s coveted second-home market, as Laura Henderson discovers


Designer Looks We Love

Offshore Mortgages


Food Bites

12 Affordable Luxury


Luxury living on a budget with Archer’s Hall

In With A Sporting Chance

By Lana Fingall, Scotia Private Client Group


What’s happening at Jenny Blanc interiors Two Interior Designers give us tips on styling Recipes from L’Azure restaurant, The Crane Resort


Let’s Get The Party Started

Raise your glass to the hottest bars and nightclubs in Barbados

owners can stay safe in their homes


Property Reference Guide Important information


Global Vision

Walker’s World has travelled the globe looking for exotic and wonderful items for your home

on property sales and purchases in Barbados


The New Paradigm In Landscaping Design Green landscaping By Kevin Talma


Property Listings

Security Around The Home



Guardsman Security fills us in on how property

A sale and rental directory

Barbados Map Where to find

properties on the

Volume 5, Issue 3 April - August 2012 On the cover: Bedroom in private villa designed by Archer’s Hall Design Centre










Affordable Luxury

Have you ever wondered how to achieve a designer look without spending a fortune? Archer’s Hall shows us how to do luxury living on an everyday budget with tips and tricks used by the professionals themselves!



SHELLS - smaller items like these shells add sparkle and texture to any surface, like adding jewelry to an outfit. Nautilus and Abalone Shells from Bds$47 and Bds$108.10 incl. VAT

ACCESSORIZE - To really make a room feel like home, accessories are a must. Not only do they dress your space, but they also give you an opportunity to reinforce the theme or style of the room. Mercury Glass Bottles (right) start from Bds$93.12, Blue Coral Candlestand (below) is Bds$90.24 incl. VAT ARTWORK - Make a courageous statement with size and multiple pieces. You don’t have to pay a lot for an original, a print will give you all the colour and impact at a fraction of the price! Prints Bds$141 per panel, sold in sets of 3.

Let’s face it, who wouldn’t like to live in a luxurious home that has been designed around our every whim? For most of us, working within a budget is a priority; but doing so with style is a lot less daunting than you think. As a general rule of thumb, get your bigger pieces right the first time and they will see you through many years of service as well as changes in style. Keep your palette simple for a more sophisticated look, using tones of the same colour and different textures to create variety. Adding accessories will give your space character and add a welcoming feel. They are more economical ways of changing your look without spending a fortune. Obtaining a luxury look on a budget is as simple as being clever with how you spend your money.

FURNITURE Choose a classic style for your upholstered furniture, like this timeless studded chair. By using a neutral fabric, it can be updated as easily as just changing your toss pillow! Cream Armchair with nailhead detail Bds$1,737.12 incl. VAT

RUG: Floor them with a great rug for a splash of colour to tie the room together and luxurious touch under foot. Aqua Toned Rug Bds$1,320.66 for a 7’ x 9’











In With A Sporting Chance


Polo Villas at Apes Hill

A tropical climate isn’t the only temptation luring investors to Barbados. Resorts with niche sporting and leisure facilities are carving out a formidable share of the island’s coveted second-home market, as Laura Henderson discovers.

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You know you’re not hooking and slicing on the wind-whipped Old Course in St. Andrews Scotland, when an inquisitive family of Green Monkeys interrupts fairway play. Better known for its idyllic tropical climate and white sand beaches, Barbados has more recently been attracting high volumes of tee-loving investors, with golf (among other top-flight leisure distractions) increasingly the centrepiece of the island’s real estate success story. “The desire for a more active vacation experience has enhanced the aspiration for golf community homes. And golf is so much more fun in the sun, the ball compresses more and consistent 85 degree temperatures and cooling trade winds make for the perfect round” says Terry Hanton, Managing Director, Property Consultancy Services and Director of Sales, Altman Real Estate. It’s also about finding new ways to dip into the international property market wallet, comments international property consultant Robert Jacobs: “The recession has forced developers to re-think their approach to creating real estate products that people want to buy. Barbados, perhaps understands the concept of aspirational leisure better than anywhere: it’s supremely gifted at homing in on new markets.” One resort living the ‘recreational’ mantra is Apes Hill. Located on a former 17th century sugar plantation 1000 feet above sea level and sporting panoramic views to the Caribbean and the Atlantic, this sprawling 470-acre resort boasts a mosaic of landscapes from deep tropical ravines, waterfalls and rolling meadows, to canopied rainforest and coral stone quarries. Two-thirds of the total acreage is given over to nature, allowing a blended relationship with the indigenous wildlife; an environment, explains Sales and Marketing Director, Linda Williams, which buyers “wholly appreciate”. She further explains “Today’s purchaser is taking advantage of what Apes Hill provides. The best land in Barbados complimented by a full service build and fit out team to ensure that your dream home is built with no worries to you” When built out (in ten years), the resort community will have just 250 homes,” she confirms, “a low-density ratio that will preserve the natural topography of the estate for life.” Taking full advantage of the development’s elevated position is the resort’s par 72, 18-hole championship golf course, with many estate homes boasting spectacular fairway views. Designed by Landmark Land, whose tees and greens creations include Doonberg in County Clare, Ireland and Arcos Gardens in Andalucia, Spain; the 7,150-yard course is proving a hit with homeowners, many of whom are scratch players. Adds Williams: “The course is managed by the prestigious Wentworth Club in England, the first time they’ve entered into such a partnership, but it’s a selling point that is clearly attuned to buyers’ needs and aspirations. All property owners automatically become social members, allowing them to take full advantage of resort services and activities, with the option of purchasing the additional golf club membership for their entire family, making homeownership here an inclusive investment.” Divided into eight distinct communities named after the estate’s original plantation fields, neighbourhoods have a secluded, away-from-it-all feel - each lot landscaped to make the most of the outlook, nature and space. As with most master plan communities, property sales are being released on phased basis and include spacious semi-detached three and



four-bedroom villas in the verdant Garden Wall community, starting from US$1.975m. More superior lots including those on Moonshine Ridge, command stunning ocean views and are priced from US$700,000 with a choice of seven bespoke design homes styles. Completed homes start from US$2 million. Take a short drive along the west coast and visitors might just catch a glimpse of Royal Westmorland Estate’s pristine softspike 18-hole golf course recently awarded the accolade of “number 31 in the world” outside of the USA. Renowned architect Robert Trent Jones Jr., can take full credit for the stunning contours of this Par 72, 7045 yard course, which challenges golfers of all abilities. Tuning into the long-term desires of homeowners, however, has resulted in the construction of a second course, with, adds resort owner John Morphet, plans “in the pipeline” for a short-game academy, with four USGA greens and space for players to hone their pitching, putting, chipping and bunker skills. He says: “For many buyers, purchasing a golf property can usually be a decision made more on the quality of life enhancements which add to the location’s value and desirability than about putting balls. In the case of Royal Westmorland, however, I’d say it’s more often than not a bit of both.” With a reinvigoration of the resort’s real estate build programme underway, this verdant 480-acre community’s latest offerings include a bespoke mix of luxury one, two and threebedroom apartments from US$429,000, together with a limited edition collection of stylish semi-detached and detached three-bedroom Royal villas from US$1.6m both of which complement the resort’s established core of bespoke estate homes. For those who truly live for their fairway action, spacious fourbedroom, three-bathroom semi-detached villas in the new Sugar Cane Ridge community, within walking distance of the clubhouse, may go some way to quench demand, with prices starting from US$1.2m. “With its vibrant club house atmosphere and amenities including golf, tennis, gym, restaurant, spa, and beach club; life at Royal Westmoreland is a treat for the whole family” says Paul Alleyne of Alleyne Real Estate


While golf is undeniably making its mark on the island’s real estate bounty, carving out a residential niche for the buy-to-sail fraternity is proving an equally rewarding foray for tourism development. Renowned Barbados developer and builder Bjorn Bjerkhamn of the Jada Group may have peaked the interest of seafaring fans back in the 1990s with his dapper collection of luxury waterfront homes with private berths in landmark marina Port St. Charles, but his latest project, Port Ferdinand, looks set to push the island’s yachting prowess to the fore as the island’s second private marina development and satisfy the need for additional berths on the west coast. Slated to attract significant foreign investment, this 15-acre luxury marina community will boast 120 berths, providing access to large yachts and sailboats, and 86 residences in a resort atmosphere. “At Port Ferdinand we’re selling a lifestyle. We’re breaking new ground in Barbados by offering luxury condominium living, but in a fully amenitised resort community where owners and guests have everything they could ever want on their holiday at their fingertips. It’s going to be a fantastic addition to the tourism product, and the quality


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of finishes is nothing short of spectacular.” explains Development Manager, Tania Wardle. Other developments within the Jada portfolio will also benefit from the added amenity of the marina including Saint Peter’s Bay, the island’s newest luxury beachfront community. Project Manager, Betty Cathrow, commented “We are really excited as we are able to offer a select number of homes here at Saint Peter’s Bay with a private berth at Port Ferdinand. Our owners can have the best of both worlds, a beautiful beachfront home with breathtaking views set in a community with an array of amenities AND a private yacht berth just a short water taxi ride away – this is very unique.” The first residences at Port Ferdinand are expected to be up for sale later this year. Adds Wardle: “The yachting community has huge potential in Barbados and is widely untapped because of the lack of facilities. There is great energy to drive foreign investment and develop Barbados into a prime yachting destination particularly given its superior infrastructure and service compared to neighbouring islands. With this development we’re giving investors a new opportunity to make Barbados their home base for yachting in the Caribbean.”


With the island host to events such as the prestigious Tennis ‘Pon de Rock’ Expo, which last year saw show case matches from top seeds Venus Williams and Victoria Azarenka, a coterie of new resorts are homing in on tennis as a successful lifestyle component to enhance the development mix. Set amidst lush tropical surroundings in Mount Brevitor in the parish of St Peter and boasting panoramic sea views, the 39-acre Vuemont Resort, sports a myriad of leisure facilities including a threetiered swimming pool, heated Jacuzzi, fitness trails and a dedicated exercise area. The resort’s forte however, could well be its formidable tennis facilities, which provide residents and resort guests with the very best environment for tuition, practice and competitive play. Cherise Edwards who has been the resident Tennis Professional at the resort since 2010, sees the value in creating a social sporting environment for player-owners of all abilities. “Vuemont offers an exciting and energetic tennis programme for both adults and juniors of all levels, from beginners to intermediate to advance players. Our aim with our tennis programme and tennis service is to promote a quality

and enriching coaching and playing experience to all our players. It’s also a great way to get to know other homeowners.” The resort itself features 77 stylish residences including spacious two-bed, two-bath apartments and larger stand alone homes in three contemporary styles. Apartments are 1,134 sq. ft. while luxury villas come in two distinctive styles and range from 1,218 to 1,560 sq. ft. Units are well-appointed with wooden shutters, porcelain tiles and patio areas, while Italian kitchens come with granite or Corian countertops. Villas are available in 3-bed-2-bath or 2-bed-2-bath layouts with optional wooden decks and plunge pools for that added touch of luxury. A rental programme is also available. Property prices start from US$223,000.


Introduced to the island in the 1800s by the officers from the British West India Regiment, polo has been a national institution on the island for over 150 years. More recently the sport has turned out to be a launch pad for development. Tournaments like the Barbados Open and Battle of the Sexes draw record crowds, creating a huge demand for the “polo lifestyle” with a flurry of boutique resorts springing up ever since. Landmark project Polo Villas at Apes Hill is a 54-acre estate set in rolling hills, 1,000 feet above sea level around a wellused international polo ground and stud. On the western side of the estate, renowned architect Larry Warren has designed 20 three-bed luxury villas around a man-made lake. Properties start from US$1.13 millon. In a similar stay-and-play vein, the sixty-four acre resort of Lion Castle set in the rolling hills of the parish of St. Thomas is centred around a world-class polo field and clubhouse. Comprising forty-three magnificent house lots and ten luxury semidetached homes, called The Residences, house lots are divided into the larger Estate Lots, which vary in size from 39,740 sq ft to 109,469 sq ft; and the Club Lots, which range from 17,483 sq ft to 34, 466 sq ft. All come with underground utility services and covenants which are designed to protect individual owner’s views and guarantee that the building of neighbouring homes will be considerate of your own. Owners can build from their own original plans, or choose from a selection of house plans designed specifically for the resort. Lot prices start from US$290,000. The good life has arrived.

Get the Sporting Look

• Left: The Pro Shop at Apes Hill provides a large range of golf wear and equipment. Call 432-4500 • Right: You don’t need to play polo to dress the part. Local company Chukka Chic carries quality polo shirts for ladies, men and children. Call 826-5610















Offshore Mortgages I

t is our pleasure to turn such dreams into reality and to afford our respected clients confidence in our process. Purchasing a home is a significant investment, so most individuals may not wish to utilize their cash, and in so doing possibly deplete their savings. One available option is to utilize a Mortgage to acquire the asset and thereby preserve your cash. Yes, I’ve said it ! I used the dreaded “M” word that drives fear and anxiety into the hearts of many people. A Mortgage experience does not have to be one that is feared. It can be a pleasant one if handled correctly from the outset. The key to this is first to establish a relationship with an experienced lender and to complete a prequalification exercise. This approach is beneficial to both parties as it allows the Borrower clearly to communicate his or her goal and the Lender to understand that desire and more importantly to advise whether it is attainable. By Lana Fingall Most Lenders will also walk you through the process step by Relationship Manager, Private Banking step, giving estimates of associated costs such as Application, LeScotia Private Client Group gal and Appraisal fees, as well as all other costs in relation to obtaining the property. The objective here is to ensure that there are no disappointing surprises or hidden costs to the Borrower. This facilitates them in the preparation process and allows them to avoid possible hold ups in the final stages of the home purchase. Deals have been known to be lost because the borrower may not have been aware of some of these “soft ”costs and is then required desperately to find unbudgeted funds in order to close the deal. At their initial meeting the Lender should advise the Borrower of ALL of the documents needed to process the application. The documents likely to be required are Tax return forms, a recent Credit report, a Banker’s reference, a letter confirming employment, and if self-employed, the Company’s Financial Statements and Tax returns. The true secret to an easy and successful process is the speed at which the Borrower can gather these documents and supply them to the Lender in ONE complete package. I have stressed ”All of the documents” and “One complete package”, as often, in a well-meaning attempt to be helpful, prospective borrowers can submit the information in pieces. Unfortunately this does not advance the interests of either party as the process cannot begin until all of the requested documents have been supplied for perusal. Delays can also be caused if the Lender does not request all of the documents needed, but waits until the client has supplied their complete package and remembers that there is additional information needed. Usually, the Lender is not the individual who makes the decision on the application. This is the role of the adjudicator with whom the Borrower has no contact. Therefore the Borrower has to ensure that this supporting documentation is made available so that when the Lender presents the Borrower’s case to the adjudicator, he has all the information needed to arrive at a decision. One other important point is that the Borrower should indicate to the Lender at the initial meeting whether the property will be purchased in his or her name or in the name of a Holding Company. I have seen many cases where in the initial stages the Borrower indicated the intention to make the purchase in their name, but when the legal process is ongoing, changes the name of the owner to a Holding Company. This can lead to complications and delays in the closing process as at that point the Lender has to request the documents for the company in which the Borrower wishes to hold the asset, thus leading to a re-starting of the course of action from the beginning. A new application has to be prepared, submitted for approval and new instructions prepared for

Owning a vacation home in the Caribbean is a dream for many people living outside of the region. It is also the aspiration of many Caribbean nationals who have lived abroad to return to their island home where they can own “a piece of the rock” as we define land ownership in Barbados. In addition, some clients already own a property but would like to release some of the equity to invest in another property in order to increase their net worth.



In a perfect scenario, a pre-qualified applicant can expect to close in 3 to 4 months. 1 work day • Meeting with the prospective homebuyer and Lender • Discussion of goals and objectives • Step by step outlining of the mortgage process and documents needed 4-9 work days • Client gathers and submits all of the documents needed 3 workdays • Preparation of the loan application as soon as documents are received 2-7 work days (depending on size/complexity of deal ) • Adjudication review • Ongoing communication with the client providing updates until a credit decision has been made 1 week • Approval of the Mortgage and Offer letter prepared for the client • Return of the signed Offer letter by the Client • Instructions sent to Bank’s Attorneys to prepare Mortgage 8-10 weeks • Mortgage completed and returned to Bank 1 week • Bank contacts client, funds are disbursed • Client takes ownership of Property



the Attorneys handling the matter. This can be unnecessarily stressful and should be avoided. Our experience is that there may be unforeseen delays along the way, especially if the client is living offshore at the time when the application is being processed. In a simple example, if a local client forgets to supply a document, he or she can easily return with it within the same day, whereas in the case of an offshore client, these original documents may take two days or more to reach the Lender, even when using a reliable Courier. We are also aware that confidentiality is important to clients and sometimes they do not feel comfortable sharing their personal information with someone with whom they are now building a relationship. This reluctance is understandable but it can sometimes be the source of unscheduled delays. Experience has taught us that communicating with the client and providing regular updates is key to ensuring a smooth process. At the Scotia Private Client Group, our objective is to help you attain your goal while making the process as painless and fast as possible. Do let us know if we can help make your dreams a reality. Scotiabank International Trading Centre, 2nd Floor, Warrens, St Michael, Barbados, B22026 Tel: 246-417-2024 | Cell 246-253-5954 | Fax: 246-421-8238 |





Vivien G. Malloy USA

Thoroughbred Horse breede r Point of View, Sandy Lane

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Tell us about the advantages of a private villa rental? It is like a home away from home.

How did you decide to choose Point of View over other rentals? We have rented other houses through the years and this is the most beautiful, well appointed, well-staffed and well managed one.

How long have you had a rental alliance with Realtors Limited? Since 1972.

Tell us about Point of View, did it live up to your expectations? Yes.

Can you tell us what services they provide for you as a villa guest? Everything! They get us cars, baby sitters if needed, piano, repairs if needed.

Why did you choose Barbados over other Caribbean destinations? Many years ago, my parents wanted to choose an island in the Caribbean as close to Cuba as they could find. “Close” , meaning like Cuba, not necessarily near Cuba. They would try islands every winter. Once they charted a boat and went to many of them. When they landed in Barbados, they basically said, “This is as close to Cuba as possible”.

Have you always rented private accommodation? Yes.

What are some of the activities you enjoy during your stay in Barbados? Beach, Pool, golf, tennis, swimming with sea turtles, Harrison Cave, Crane Beach, Chalky Mount, House Tours, Polo, eating at the various lovely Restaurants. If you are interested in renting Point of View please contact Realtors Limited on (246) 432-6930









Servicing your Real Estate needs in Barbados

When it comes to buying or selling Barbadian real estate, RE/MAX leads the way in service. The opening of RE/MAX Caribbean Islands in 1991 was a major step in creating the global giant that RE/MAX has become. In 2011, approximately 100 billion dollars worth of United States properties were sold to overseas and foreign buyers. RE/MAX, being a global real estate company, can truly bring the world to your door and help you find a purchaser. RE/MAX professionals are more than happy to assist you in your real estate transaction.

NOBODY IN THE WORLD SELLS MORE REAL ESTATE THAN RE/MAX速 #1 Virisk, Top Rock, Maxwell Main Road, Christ Church, Barbados BB15015. Tel: (246) 261-2858 Email: Each Office Independently Owned and Operated


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USA Stay-a t-home mom The Grove Residences Altman Real Estate How long have you been renting the property? My family and I have been renting at The Grove Residences since June 2011. Why did you decide to rent it? Initially, the first thing that drew us to The Grove Residences was its beautiful architecture and design. The interior is particularly stunning because it has special features like floating staircases, floor to ceiling windows and incredible outdoor living spaces. I love that we can hear the fountain in our pool from our dining room table, which overlooks a beautiful garden. We really appreciate the combination of these elements and the attention to detail because it helps open up the space, brings the outdoors in, and creates an incredibly relaxing atmosphere. In addition, my husband and I rented the property in Limegrove because of the lifestyle it provided. What do you enjoy most about the location of the property? Being in the heart of Holetown and within the Lifestyle Centre has not only provided us with convenient accessibility to most of the town’s shops, boutiques, and restaurants, but provided us with the opportunity to more easily participate in its festivals and events. Holetown is such a lovely area and having a home here gives us a chance to enjoy it even more. I have to also admit that I love being able to walk everywhere. Simply being able to take the stroller out with my daughter and go for a leisurely walk has been so wonderful. She loves running around the Centre’s courtyards and I really enjoy not having to get in the car to go get a cup of coffee! Its location has certainly made our lives easier.

property, our daughter was only a year and a half. They made it their top priority to help make our home toddler friendly, installing features like stairway railings unique to our unit. Since our stay, whatever we’ve needed, whenever anything needed to be fixed, they have responded immediately and, more importantly, worked around our schedules. If you had the opportunity to buy, would you? If we were certain of how long our stay in Barbados was, yes, we would consider buying one of these units. They are beautiful homes and have a lot to offer any family. If you had to share advice with a potential buyer of The Grove Residences, what would you say to them? Certainly do your research and make a list of your top residential priorities. If, however, location and modern design fall at the top of that list then I believe you’ll find The Grove Residences to be among the best in Barbados. In a few words, how would you summarize your experience as a resident at The Grove Residences? Our experience as a resident has been excellent. Having only lived here for a short time, we are happy to have become a part of this wonderful community, and couldn’t be more grateful to have such a beautiful home to raise our daughter. For more information on The Grove Residences, contact (246) 432-0840

What amenities do you find most favourable? The amenity I find most favourable is having an onsite property management team. The team and the service they’ve provided has been invaluable. When we moved into the LIVING BARBADOS APRIL - AUGUST 2012











Vision & Style How often do you visit New York?

I usually visit once a year for the main interiors show, but since I’ve opened a second showroom here in St James, I can see I will be visiting more frequently. There are so many wonderful suppliers there and I like to combine ideas from Europe and America and of course, England. I visit the shows in Europe at key times in the year although all this depends on what projects we have on at the time. Maison Objet in Paris is still one of the best shows to be inspired and to see hundreds of ideas under one roof.

At the beginning of this year Britishbased interior designer Jenny Blanc opened an exciting new showroom in St James. We catch up with her in between trips to London and New York to find out more about her design work and what’s in store for 2012.

Tell us a little more about your showroom in London. I opened it as a lifestyle showroom some sixteen years ago. We have a wonderful team running the showroom and design practice with service key to everything we do. It’s situated in one of the most beautiful suburbs of London with Hampton Court just around the corner. Many clients like to start the design process there although we will fit in with the client’s diary and location. The Barbados showroom has really completed the circle for us.

It’s been a whirlwind time for you. Has the response to the Barbados showroom surprised you?

In many ways, yes, as the response from clients and customers has been beyond what I could have possibly imagined. We’ve had such wonderful comments from everyone, Barbadians and overseas homeowners alike- everyone has been so complimentary and encouraging. Since I first started visiting Barbados some 13 years ago to work on clients’ homes, I’ve wanted to open a showroom here. It is such a beautiful island with wonderful traditions. Add to this the fabulous weather, breathtaking scenery and charming people and you have a place that is quite irrepressible. Then there’s the diverse properties throughout the island. The design team have worked on new and exclusive apartments with marina views, complete refurbishments of established residences with amazing vistas across some of the best bays to more secluded properties in the most prestigious areas. Each one presents a different set of considerations and challenges and it is this together with the whole aspect of working with clients to fulfil their aspirations that makes our work so compelling. LIVING BARBADOS APRIL - AUGUST 2012


Do you have interior ideas you particularly favour for the Caribbean?

I love to work with colour. When you look around the islands, colour plays such an important role. So many clients want to bring that beauty indoors. It’s our job to find the most suitable design concepts that not only look wonderful but, equally important, they need to work in the conditions. Creating a home many miles away is a costly business so it’s important for clients to see and feel the investment they are making through the homes we create for them. We spend a great deal of time at the beginning of the project getting to know our clients, talking through their ideas and creating their vision. If we can understand how they want to live in the Caribbean, the design side can take shape pretty quickly. Over the years we’ve built up considerable knowledge and through this have created a complete interior design service which provides every aspect of creating a home in the sun. The design work is just one element that goes towards completing a real home that has lasting value.

Your collaboration with local artisans is inspired. How did this begin?

Barbados is teeming with creative people many of which have skills handed down through the generations. Furniture making has been so much part of the economy that it seems only right to utilise these skills for the right client. The design work starts back in London at the beginning of

the process, fine tuning an idea using the client’s brief as a starting point- it can be anything from a dining table to seat twelve to a coral stone gazebo for the garden. Then the design plans are sent to the artisan who then starts work on the piece- very often we will choose the material on sight before anything is started. We visit at various stages of construction to check proportions, design and finish and to make any amends that are part of creating something unique. Some of our favourite pieces can be seen in the St James showroom using a combination of skills and materials such as coral stone, iron and marble.

The outdoor furniture collection seems like a stroke of genius. How did this come about?

Having sourced the best from around the world, it’s become very important to each project to make sure we offer high quality outdoor furniture to our clients in the Caribbean. The climate plays havoc with outdoor furniture – it’s so exposed to the salt-filled air and combined with heat and moisture, the most robust materials can crack under the strain. So we owe it to our clients to source the best. We have brought together six exceptional brands, each offering a different style and look which we have put to the test. The service includes any space planning clients may require to create really workable outdoor living areas. This service also enables clients to procure beautiful outdoor furniture for any one of the Caribbean islands. It’s simply a case of getting in touch with us through either showroom and we will do the rest.

So what’s in store for the Barbados showroom this year?

It’s so important for us to provide an ever-changing selection of beautiful items. Some customers are overwhelmed by the looks we have created – in fact many want to live in the showroom! We are presenting some stunning collections which are exclusive to us in the Caribbean, so we really believe we are offering something unique and special. It’s also a wonderful place to visit at the start of a design project. Customers can go through our design portfolios, find out more about our services and pick up ideas on the feel they would like to create. We want to make it a place where people can come to for design advice, a good dose of retail therapy and layer upon layer of ideas for interiors. Towards the end of this year we will be unveiling new accessory collections. So many clients are looking for a unique piece to grace their home. And this is alongside the clients who require every essential for a new property so we hope to provide the answer for both. As you can imagine, we are pretty busy at the moment, but the response has been so heartwarming, and as I say, quite overwhelming. It’s given us the impetus to expand our customer service approach still further. Mind you, behind all our ideas is an overriding desire to create beautiful homes. It’s as simple as that!

Two exciting locations to visit • Jenny Blanc Barbados Sunset Crest, St James, Barbados, West Indies 1(246) 432 0989 • Jenny Blanc London 59 High Street, Teddington, West London TW11 8HA +44(0) 20 8943 4440 46




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Designer looks we love SUGAR ULTRA LOUNGE MARITZA PARRAVICINO VIDA BELLA INC Each client is unique and has a different perspective of what they consider to be a beautiful life, hence the name Vida Bella meaning Beautiful Life.’ The owners of Sugar Ultra Lounge wanted to achieve a modern, clean look without demolishing the structure of the original building. A monochromatic scheme of colours was selected with varying materials and textures such as metal railings, textured walls, poslished concrete floors, frosted glass and wooden elements. The concept for the ladies bathroom was pure and simple glamour! This was achieved through the use of shimmering floor to ceiling glass tiles and an accent colour of hot pink in the ottoman and eye graphic on the entrance wall. The men’s bathroom is bold and masculine, dark tiles with a metallic sheen compliment a floating concrete trough sink. Lighting plays a major part in this project and an LED wall gives the nightclub an energetic atmosphere. ‘My goal is to interpret what my clients want to achieve, I don’t force a signature style on them’. Maritza is a graduate of Interior Design from Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning and finds inspiration from her travels as well as through her relationships with local artisans. ‘My vision is to design future classics.’ Contact Maritza at 266-6126.



Designer looks we love OUTDOOR LIVING SPACE BY LINDSEY ARCHER AND SARAH WILLIAMS OF CORAL ISLAND INTERIORS Don’t be afraid of using bold and bright colours especially in this tropical paradise! “All things Bright & Beautiful” was the design concept for a West Coast beach villa which recently underwent a complete interior makeover with fabulous results. Using colours and fabrics in aquas, salmons, greens and yellows the interior colours worked well against the coralstone walls and blended beautifully with the tropical garden setting and the blues of the ocean. See photos below We also used the same ‘bold and bright’ concept for a young couple who were looking for something causal but contemporary for a patio which would still be in keeping with the classic architectural features of the property. We selected a more contemporary style of all weather wicker furniture in a rich mocha shade and chose a combination of modern geometric fabrics and classic stripes in bold colours which complimented the furnishings and gave the area a stylish, contemporary feel. The navy cushions interspersed with the geometric fabric designs tone down the overall impression yet still giving the desired look. See the Bright and Beautiful look for this patio on the right! For more details contact Lindsey or Sarah at Coral Island Interiors at 826-5609/5610 or email them at



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Salt & pepper shakers, glass, rectangle plate and sand-dollar themed napkin ring available from Walker’s World, Millhouse and St. Lawrence Gap Photography by Curwin Cherubin

FOOD BITES FROM L’AZURE, THE CRANE Grilled Salmon with Dill Sauce INGREDIENTS: • 6 oz. fresh salmon • ½ oz. zucchini • ½ oz. butternut squash • ½ oz. red onion • ½ oz. yellow sweet pepper • ¼ lemon • Salt and pepper to taste

• 4 oz. basmati rice • ½ oz. eggplant • ½ oz. carrots • ½ oz. red sweet pepper • 2 tsp. fresh dill (chopped) • 4 tbsp. olive oil

METHOD: 1. Wash salmon and pat dry with tissue. 2. Mix lemon juice, olive oil and chopped fresh dill together and place salmon to marinate for 5 minutes. 3. Cut vegetables in the desired style and season with basil, salt and pepper. Base vegetables with olive oil and place on hot grill until cooked. 4. Remove salmon and cook on hot grill. 5. Serve salmon with grilled vegetables.

Vanilla Cheesecake with Berry Compote INGREDIENTS FOR CHEESECAKE • 3 lbs. cream cheese • 1lb. granulated sugar • 6 eggs • 10 oz. milk • 2 oz. flour • 1 tsp vanilla essence • 1 oz. brown rum • 1 oz.simple syrup • 2 oz. pre-made chocolate cake INGREDIENTS FOR BERRY COMPOTE • ½ cup water • 4 oz. sugar • 4 oz. strawberry puree • 2 oz. diced berries

Cheesecake Method: Pre heat oven to 200˚F. Beat cream cheese, flour and sugar until fluffy. Whisk together eggs and vanilla essence. Gradually add egg mixture to cream cheese, followed by milk. Crumble chocolate sponge in a small bowl and soak in mixture of rum and syrup. Press mixture evenly into base of shallow pie dish, fill dish with cheesecake mixture and bake for 30 minutes or until set. Chill in fridge. Berry Compote: Boil water, sugar and strawberry puree until it starts to thicken. Allow the mixture to cool and add diced berries. Layer on top of chilled cheesecake and drizzle on plate when serving. LIVINGBARBADOS BARBADOSAPRIL APRIL--AUGUST AUGUST2012 2012 LIVING

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Let’s Get The Party Started...

The Lounge at The Cliff

Prepare to be seduced! The new lounge offers intimate seating areas leading to the Party Deck where copper torches add fiery drama and cool leather and animal print chairs provide luxe seating. “Barman of The Year” and Lounge Manager Mr. Jules can’t be missed in his suspenders and bowtie and his cocktail menu is the holy grail of divine drinks such as the Pear and Vanilla Vodka Cooler or the St. Nicholas Manhattan. The signature drink, the Mar-tea-ni, shown on the left, arrives for your pleasure in a teapot and served into a tea- cup with a martini glass stem. Thursday, Friday and Saturday the DJ spins cool chilled tracks from 7:00pm. A great escape for sundowners or après dinner and available to host private functions. Visit us online at or like us on our Facebook page. Call The Cliff at (246) 432-1922 for more details.




Cassareep Cafe Cassareep Cafe will be the venue for another perfect sand in your toes beach party of summer, 2012. Featuring the musical style of Bossa Nova, bringing Brazil to the shores of Barbados. Come enjoy a wonderful afternoon, watch the sunset, boogie, sip on a mojito or two and have fun with family and friends. Sushi by Scott Ames is for sale bento box style. (Check facebook for event dates). The cafe is open Monday to Thursday from 8:00am to 4:00pm, and Friday and Saturdays for dinner from 6:30pm onwards. Cassareep is located seaside in Speightstown, opposite Courts, Call 422-3573 more information.


At McBride’s every night is a party!! You don’t have to be Irish to be Irish. Their slogan of “Great Grub, Irish Pub, Night Club” truly defines what they offer, transforming from a casual pub with great food into a late night hot spot with live bands five nights of the week! McBride’s has 2-4-1 Happy Hours from 6pm-8pm and 10pm-12am on our House Brands as well as nightly drink specials. Located in the heart of St. Lawrence Gap, the nightlife hub of the island. Call 420-7646 for details.

Who doesn’t enjoy a well-made drink and the opportunity for a little creative misbehavior? The sinfully delectable cocktails in this book from Dwellings add style to any high-spirited occasion. $44.95



Lime Bar

Situated in the Caribbean Courtyard of the Limegrove Lifestyle Centre, this trendy bar offers friendly and personal service with a great atmosphere for all to enjoy. Easy and safe parking facilities are available. The bar opens from 9:00am – 2:30am. Lime Bar plans on having a different cultural theme each night of the week, so you can be sure to find some entertainment here. (Scan their QR code for their Facebook page to keep yourself updated with developments). Try the Lime Bar’s strawberry mojito made with fresh strawberries, it makes a refreshing daytime drink or a sophisticated evening cocktail. This bar is the perfect location for mingling and meeting new friends and maybe even more!!


Homem burgers are ade attraction the star ‘Chopping on the new menu whic Board Kitchen’ pork and fih includes steak, as variationsh mains as well s wraps, past of sandwiches, all made froas and salads m organic ing fresh and wherever poredients ssible.

A favorite among both locals and visitors, Mojo has been playing ‘music for the people’ since 1999. Black and white photos of musicians adorn the walls and there is a whole room dedicated to the legend Bob Marley. After a night spent sampling a little ‘tipple’ from the cocktail menu you can order tasty ‘Toasties’ from the late night menu. Hang out or dine bar-side or outside on the deck. Open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks, call us on 435-9008. Find us on facebook at Mojo Barbados. MOJO...Music for the People...Food for the Soul








Sugar Ultra Lounge

Open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 10:00pm until 3:00am. Sugar Ultra Lounge is Barbados’ premiere nightclub located in the heart of the entertainment district, St. Lawrence Gap. Introducing a modern, exciting concept in clubbing with a chic, upscale décor (see page 46), Sugar offers party goers slick VIP Booths that accommodate various group sizes which are perfect for partying with friends or special occasions. These Booths are available for a reservation fee - 100% of which is redeemable from a very large selection of premium alcohol; spirits to wines and champagnes. Call us on 420-7662 for more details or email us at Visit our Sugar Ultra Lounge Facebook page to see photos and videos.

The Music Factory

The Music Factory staged its first Pop, Dance & House Music Festival in Barbados in November 2011 with 22 International, local and regional DJs thrilling approximately 2000 ravers for 10 hours simultaneously on 2 stages. The Factory showcased an electrifying assortment of dance music from around the world with DJs blending wicked remixes of mainstream pop music with the funky beats and massive drops of the Dance and House music scenes - accompanied by laser lighting, smoke and other special effects. Further information about the event can be found at

The Music Factory Spring Edition 2012 will take place on Sunday 27th May at the BTI car park, Cavans Lane, Barbados. 18 DJ’s will play on 3 stages; Main Stage, Rave Stage and The Big House. Tickets prices include drinks and cost $150 general and $300 VIP and can be reserved at



Priva Step into PRIVA Barbados on 1st street, Holetown, St. James for complete escapism and transport yourself to paradise. PRIVA is an intimate lounge club in Barbados that offers impeccable bottle service and the hottest DJ’s the WORLD has to offer. PRIVA is located in a very chic, traditionally styled building which embodies the old world charm of Barbados, a colonial townhouse with the privacy and refinement of a modern and cosmopolitan watering hole. Open for evening drinks and dancing til late, PRIVA evolves into a late night party destination in Barbados for people of all ages, offering an outdoor Garden Terrace with Live music stage. Check us out on Facebook.

Blakeys Easy breezy is the vibe at Blakeys! Dine and dance under the stars at their beachside location on the Boardwalk, Hastings or watch sports in the lively atmosphere of the indoor bar. Blakeys offers great live bands most evenings along with a tempting menu of pastas, oven fired pizzas, fresh local fish and delicacies such as conch samosas and pepperpot just to mention a few. Rain or shine Blakeys has you covered! Open from 4:00pm, Tuesday to Sunday. Call 228-5284 for reservations or visit us on Facebook.






Here are our nine favourite ways to help you recover 2 1. More of a prevention than cure: A common remedy in Africa, peanut butter helps prevent the body from absorbing all of the alcohol you and your buddies imbibe. See your local health food store or supermarket.


2. Bananas are rich in important electrolytes, magnesium and potassium, which are severely depleted during heavy drinking. We love the banana smoothie from The Maas Cafe, Upton. Call 426-4162.

5. Power K Eye Rescue: This complex features powerful ingredients, including vitamin K, that work to minimize the look of dark circles, puffiness and fatigue. Available in Barbados from Body Beautiful, Sunset Crest. Calll 432-0528.

3. Eggs provide “cysteine”, which breakdown hangover toxins from that “cost-effective” alcohol you chose last night. Try the Maas Cafe’s scram5 bled free range eggs with organic fresh herbs served on top of a gluten free cassava bun! 4. A natural Dandelion herbal remedy that is the most fantastic liver rejuvenator! Get it from The Maas Clinic, Upton. Call 431-9415.


6. Tomatoes are a good source of vitamin A and C, plus beta-carotene and the antioxidant 6 lycopene. Healthy and nutritious to eat they seem to have magical powers against hangovers so fry some up or grab a V8.


7. Rehydrating your body is key to recovering from your hangover. Avoid water that is extremely cold; drink it at room temperature. We like Niagara water with its EcoAir bottle that uses 50% less plastic than most other brands. Available from Kenmar Co Ltd, Contact them on 435-9996.


8. Sothys Energizing Shower Gel softly cleans and tones the skin. It contains essential oils of eucalyptus, cardamom, nutmeg, and neroli for an energizing fragrance while leaving your body feeling refreshed. Available from Body FX, St. Thomas. Call 425-0082. 9. Honey is being hailed as a new hangover cure, with scientists claiming the natural sweetener helps break down alcohol. Try it on toast!







At Walkers World, our philosophy and vision is simple, “Global Gla m� for the modern home at prices that truly inspire . When putting together our Spr ing /Summer 2012 Collection, we looked to combine simple clean lines, and warm han d-crafted accents that exude old world cha rm and understated sophistication .

Whether your home combines warm earth tones or cool coastal hues adding an upholstered piece to your living room can be just what you need to create a stylishly perfect place to entertain guests or relax after a long day! Come in and see our new upholstered selection.



We have searched the world over for products and designs that lend themselves to any home decor. We have added a few new elements to our eclectic line-up. Beautifully toned dinnerware in rich colors and distinct patterns are the order of the day for this exquisitely crafted dinnerware. And with over six different styles and colours to choose from, Walkers World makes it easy to enliven your dining room as you host your next dinner party! Mix in our organically textured wood slice or bamboo placemats for even more global glam! Exuberant, vibrant homes are defined by the living spaces that you create and the bedroom is a great place to set the mood. We have recently added several new bedroom collections that display naturally simplified lines, deliciously warm materials and subtle indigenous characteristics which all translate into a restful oasis for any home. Discovering what Walkers World has to offer is an experience incomparable to all others. In acquiring pieces from far off lands like Africa, India and Malaysia, Walkers World speaks to the globetrotter in us all. Our products are endlessly adaptable and whether you are looking to furnish your entire home or find a piece that speaks to your inner designer, any home can be transformed into a global destination with minimal effort, only at Walkers World! The Grove Bedroom Collection, starting at $595, delivers an overall modern feel that mixes perfectly with the Global theme.



Giving the Gift of Storytelling Storytelling as a way of imparting wisdom has always been interwoven into our lives and our communities; history was passed down from generation to generation, conveying a message of morals and values. While stories have lost none of their power to entrance and enthrall, sharing stories or reading to children has become somewhat of a lost art in our technologydriven lives where everything is instant and digital is the name of the game. Now, more than ever, children need the essential building blocks of awareness that can influence their lives in tremendous ways, teaching them how to be considerate and to treat others with compassion. Local author Roberta “Nana” Simpson believes in the power of word to convey positive messages that empower children to find their values and to understand the impact of their behaviour on the world; by bringing the tradition of storytelling back into the home, families have the opportunity to inspire their children, encouraging them to read together and spend quality time with each other. It is in capturing the imagination of children through taking stories from the Bible and delivering them in a fun and interactive way that Roberta has found her niche. It’s no surprise that Roberta had a passion for storytelling. As the daughter of a big band leader and an actress she grew up during the London Blitz of WWII, her great-grandparents were the last Raj and Ranee of Sarawak (now Borneo) and her grandmother was the inspiration for the character of Wendy in J M Barrie’s Peter Pan. It was clearly in her DNA. Over the years she has entertained her children, grandchildren, their friends and anyone else who stopped in along the way with her colourful, “crazy stories”. Now all children worldwide can experience the warmth and adventure of the Bible and know of God’s great love for each of His little ones, through Roberta’s wonderfully written books. Starting a writing career at 70 was clearly a calling, and one that was supported by a strong faith in God. Roberta recalls “I heard His voice as clear as day. You can write now.’ Embarking on this new journey, all she knew was that she had to write. “I didn’t know at that time what my direction was going to be – I began by building a story around a story, making it applicable to daily life and adding humour.” One thing Roberta always knew how to do was to connect with children. “I have always wanted to help children to apply virtues to their lives, to help them find a meaning to their questions and to guide them; children need to connect to their feelings, to understand what they are experiencing in life” she explains. Nana’s Bible Stories (which garnered a Mom’s Choice Award for excellence in 2009) and Once Upon a Christmas firmly established Roberta as a successful children’s author. In 2007 she was presented with the President’s Volunteer Service Award by well-known gospel singer Michael W Smith. Tails from the Ark is Roberta’s third book, beautifully illustrated to creatively tell the story of the biblical flood and what life might have been like on Noah’s Ark… from the perspective of the animals! Using the Fruits of the Spirit as a frame of reference, Roberta takes the lessons of Faithfulness, Patience, Kindness, Gentleness, Self-control, Peace, Joy and Love and brings an imaginative and fresh appreciation to a traditional bible story – and in doing so, she opens a door for young readers to think about their own challenges in life, connect with their feelings and how to face them with understanding and compassion. Roberta’s books have reached young readers as far away as Africa & Thailand through donations to orphanages and children’s charities around the world. A thousand books were given to her grandson Rafael Simpson (a young entrepreneur



Capturing the imagination of children is where local author Roberta Simpson has found her niche.

with a social conscience and a belief that selfworth and education go hand in hand), who created a company - Know Me, Love Me – which, for every backpack purchased, donates a backpack with books and school supplies to orphanages and children in need around the world. 100 backpacks containing pens, pencils and a copy of Tails from the Ark were recently donated to children in La Libertad, El Salvador through the charity City of Light. Roberta also visits primary schools in Barbados to speak to the children. As Roberta explains, “the message of the books is about hope. Not only for the children, but also for their families. A book is an opportunity to read a story and connect with children and make a difference in their lives.” Find out more at or Facebook/RobertaSimpson. All of Roberta’s books are available in Barbados from all Pages Bookstores. To find out more about Know Me, Love Me visit





The New Paradigm in Landscape Design Landscape Architecture is the art and science of harmoniously bringing together natural and constructed elements on the land while responding to social, economic and environmental conditions. Landscape architects and designers have in the last 100 years been considered and included in the creation of the backyard retreats, luxury villas, resorts, commercial landscape, restoration of degraded landscapes and development of urban landscapes. British influence in Barbados sparked some of the earliest trends: the great manor houses and the intricate formal gardens. A prime example of this is St. Nicholas Abbey, a 17th Century Jacobean mansion. Design details from this era have remained a part of the regional landscape as many of the large manors from the days when “sugar was king” are being restored both in architecture and landscape which tend to cater to the traditional residential and villa market which respond to a traditional sentimentality and the tourism market. The Hindu-Buddhist garden influence found in Asia is increasingly inspiring the landscape design industry in the Caribbean due to international tastes and the many publications that feature this style of tropical living which is very open with a strong emphasis on seamless transitions from indoors to outdoors. Currently there is a shift to a new expression of landscape design that is part of the strong emphasis on sustainable design in the construction industry. “Green Building” can be defined as the implementation of design, construction, and operational strategies that reduce a buildings environmental impacts during both construction and operation, and that improve it’s occupants health, comfort and productivity throughout the buildings lifecycle. Green building strategies not only benefit the environment and society, they can also have a positive economic impact.

Currently there is a shift to “Green” landscape design that is part of the strong emphasis on sustainable design which not only benefits the environment and society, but can also have a positive economic impact. By Kevin Talma

Green building design and construction may cost more than traditional methods at first, but reduced operating expenses and higher levels of productivity can lead to greater profitability. This benefit to people, planet and profit is called the the “triple bottom line”and is part of a life cycle cost analysis and full cost accounting in the construction process. The ultimate goal of practitioners of sustainable design is to design and build completely regenerative sites. The idea of regenerative sites is that the site will actually be a generator of natural resources rather then a depleter of natural resources. One of the strongest and most visible organizations in the “green building movement” is the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) which administers the USGBC Leadership in energy and environmental design) LEED rating system. LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system that promotes sustainable building and development practices through a suite and check list of rating systems that recognize projects that implement strategies for better environmental and health performance. There are emerging Green Building Councils being developed all over the world based on the US system. It could be argued for the first time green building is being adopted by the mainstream building industry because the clients and customers are now demanding it LIVING BARBADOS APRIL - AUGUST 2012


Green landscaping at Apes Hill

and LEED has been widely recognized as an international standard. Those of us in the landscape design and architecture business always viewed ourselves as being the “green” people in the construction process because we are charged with finishing projects with installation of the living gardens around the buildings at the end of the project. Unfortunately there is a lot more to be done in the landscape industry to create truly “green”sites. Traditionally many gardens developed in the Caribbean still create a natural system that require huge amount of energy and resource inputs in the form of exotic plantings, high irrigation water use, high pesticide use, and highly mecahnised and intensive maintenance activities. Also our position as being the last component of the building process has led to the involvement of the landscape professionals in the project at the end of the design process which causes us to lose the opportunity for integrated design which is an important tenent of “sustainable design”. Oppurtunities are lost for sysnergies with other parts of the building and site design process which are critical for creating a complete and functioning sustainable site design system.

This “green building” concept has the potential to generate new and exciting garden forms. Concepts that could be used to generate this developing form include but are not limited to: Protection of Sites:

• Site selection that respects sensitive environments. • Focusing development in developed areas to protect undeveloped lands. • Focus development on disturbed sites. • Control sediment and debris during site construction • Protect existing trees and native vegetation. • Retain and re-use existing soils • Minimise site disturbance to building footprint. • Protect, restore and develop wildlife habitat. • Maximise open space on project sites.

• Siting and incorporation of on-site renewable energy technologies in the landscape design. • Use of reconstructed natural landscape systems like mangroves, wetlands, forests and grasslands as garden elements. • Development of food producing systems. • Installation of green roofs and green walls. • The on-site composting of garden waste to reduce landfill use and transportation. • Re-using site material generated during construction. • Use of recycled material on-site. • Use of regionally available materials to reduce transportation requirements. • Use of materials that have been certified “green” or come from sources where sustainable environmental standards are being followed.

Storm Water and Drainage

• Support natural hydrology by increasing porosity and on site infiltration of storm water runoff. This can be achieved by good grading, green roofs, bio-swales, rain gardens, increased planting, rainwater tank storages, rain barrels, permeable pavers/asphalt/ concrete, infiltration trenches, soil amendments, protect soils from compaction. • Improve storm water runoff quality by infiltration trenches, bio-swales, rain gardens, sediment traps and oil/grit separators. • Design site to reduce the size of hardscape areas.


• Use native and adapted plant species. • Use non-invasive plant species. • Use drought tolerant species. • Use low maintenance plant species. • Integrate food producing trees and shrubs where appropriate. • Limit areas of lawn/grass and increase areas covered by ground cover. • Locate large shade trees on south and west side of buildings to provide solar cooling. Site Features and Design • Integrate vertical greening through the use of a • Development of growing architecture both indoor and cable system and vines on south and west walls of outdoor which includes green roofs and walls. buildings to provide solar cooling. 76




• Continuous soil trenches are encouraged for shrubs and trees planted within hard and soft-scaping. • Provide mulch in planting beds to reduce weeding and to increase water retention. • Install a green roof or wall; intensive or extensive.

Urban Heat Island Effect

• Landscape design should address the heat island effect by addressing shade planting, shade structures and colour choices for roofs and paving materials. • Use high-albedo surface materials on non-roof hard scape (at least 50% coverage). High-albedo must have Irrigation and Water Use an initial reflectance of at least 0.3 or SRI of 29. • Expression of watering and irrigation systems as part • Install a Cool Roof - a minimum initial reflectance of of natural water and drainage systems. Examples 0.65 and minimum emittance of 0.90 or an SRI of include rain gardens and water storage lagoons. 78 for a low sloped roof and 29 for a steep sloped. • Limit potable water use by plant species considerations, • Install a green roof; intensive or extensive. irrigation efficiency and use of captured and re-cycled • Use open grid pavement (permeable paving) on non- water. roof hardscape (at least 50% coverage). • Provide rain sensors for irrigation systems. • Provide means to shade within 5 years non-roof • Re-use grey water and rain water for irrigation. hardscape (at least 50% coverage) including parking • Utilize drip irrigation. areas and walkways. • Provide a watering or irrigation maintenance schedule • Use a combination of high-albedo, open grid and for new plantings especially for the initial establishment shade to obtain coverage. period (first two years). • Plant large growing shade trees at 6-8m intervals along • Conceptualize the water use requirements of the street frontages, open spaces, walkways (public and garden as part of the overall hydrology cycle of the private), except in easements and in vehicle sight lines. site both natural and man made. The author proposes that if sustainable practices are folLandscape Lighting lowed and expressed in honest and sincere forms a new • Control light pollution. and exciting garden aesthetic could be developed in the • Use energy efficient technologies and LED lighting Caribbean. systems. At a recent tour of Fibonacci’s Corporate Gar• Incorporate renewable energy sources to power den in San Diego USA, the author found an landscape lighting systems. interesting example of this approach where a • Use automatic and sensor activated technology to technology company developed their landscape control lighting systems.

as a functioning farm which provided food for their corporate cafeteria in a setting that celebrated the look and process of food production gardens.

Another interesting example is The California Academy of Sciences in San Fransisco USA. It is a LEED Platinum certified green building that boasts a 2.5 acre 6 inch deep green roof that includes native California plants that require no irrigation and reduces rainwater runoff by 90% and also supports photovoltaics that supply 5% of the buildings annual energy needs. The challenge for landscape professionals in the Caribbean is to develop these new forms through the creative and bold use of these concepts and approaches while educating our collegues and clients on the new aesthetic. Effective landscape design must be an integral and upfront part of the green building process that requires a collaborative approach between all design professionals and stakeholders. Only by using a “whole building” approach to the design which addresses the site, structure, systems, and use interdependently can a project effectively achieve sustainable design. Kevin Talma is a landscape architect and director of Talma Mill Studios Ltd. a firm that provides landscape architecture, environmental planning and urban design services in the Caribbean. Offices are located in Barbados and Trinidad. Kevin can be reached at

Waterfall at Apes Hill



Gardens at Apsara Restaurant irrigated by Aqualine LIVING BARBADOS APRIL - AUGUST 2012




Char Broil 6 Burner Gas Grill

65,000 BTU 6 burner gas grill with a searing burner. Stainless steel lid, control panel, and doors. Appliance-style cart with storage and gas tank tray. Available from Do It Best, Sheraton Mall. Call 434-6740

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Strike up the Barbie and get the vibes going, you’re about to be inspired!

Roasted Apple Grille Sauce

Enhance the flavor of pork or chicken with this mellow, slightly sweet grille sauce. $24.95 from Dwellings. Call 438-5900

Omaha Burgers

Purchase a box of these mouthwatering 100% Beef Burgers from Brydens, Barbarees Hill Call 431-2620/1/2

Classic Ice Bucket

Keep your guests refreshed with this classic ice bucket. From Dillon Amber Dane, Fontabelle. Call 436-4836LIVING BARBADOS APRIL - AUGUST 2012


Napkin Holder

Marble base Bamboo Leaf Napkin Holder. Available from Jenny Blanc, Sunset Crest. Call 432-0989

Orbit Bowl on Ice

This large acrylic serving bowl brings everything together in one convenient serving station! $99.95 from Walker’s World, St. Lawrence Gap and Millhouse. Call 421-7968 or 428-1183

We want them!!

White Ceramic Chip & Dip Serving Platters. $141.19 and $82.91. From Natz Home Furnishings Call 424-2661

Outdoor Furniture

Synthetic Rattan outdoor sofa set. Visit Gajah Home, Millhouse for our full range of affordable outdoor furniture. Call 424-7160

Rosewood Grilling Tool Set

Graceful curves and sturdy functionality. This 3 piece BBQ tool set is a great gift for any grilling fan. For $99.95 from Dwellings, Millhouse Call 438-5900

Pillow Top Hammock

Beige Stripped Bds$846 +VAT From Archer’s Hall Call 422-0400


Grill Daddy

The only cleaning tool you will ever need! Available from Do It Best, Sheraton Mall. Call 434-6740



Security around the home The private residence is our haven from the rattle and hum of the rat-race. Within that sanctuary is to be found the peace and tranquillity so needed to repair and recharge for pending battles. Reality however, means that for more of us, our refuge, is subject to trespass, and worse. Property crimes are up, and not because of the dire economic times, they have been at unacceptably high levels for years; we are only now becoming aware of their incidence. There are things that the average homeowner can do to help mitigate or reduce the likelihood of crimes being committed against or on their property. Many require no burdensome outlay of capital; forethought shall suffice.

Perimeter Vegetation prevents you from detecting if the fence has been compromised in any way. An overhanging branch can act as a conduit across any fence or wall – cut it back. The overgrown look is pleasing to some, but is a security nightmare. Keep vegetation to manageable proportions. Trim shrubbery in ways to eliminate hiding places for miscreants; trimming up from the ground will show if your bush has legs! Bougainvillea, cacti, yucca and agave are perfect along boundaries, for they harbour neither man nor beast.

Housekeeping Not inside, but outside. Neat surroundings give a positive image of those responsible. A yard full of debris and detritus is a magnet for rats (both 2 and 4-legged) and other pests; remove hideaways and cover. Most thieves patrolling (yes patrolling) residential areas are of the opportunistic variety. Remove to safe storage any items that they find attractive. These include quick-sale items such as garden hoses, sportswear, athletic shoes, any bicycle, motorized or electrical tools, and the odd dog. Leaving clothes on the line overnight is also a bad plan; many homeowners have learned that lesson the hard way.

Windows & Doors Windows and doors are good, lockable ones better; those that are actually locked – best. When inside, keep outer doors at least closed; an open door is an invitation. Many a maid has been surprised to find “visitors” inside the house with them sharing the homeowners’ property! Grills are low on the desirability rankings but are an unfortunate testament to prevailing conditions. These should be cemented into walls and not bolted; internal installations are preferable as external ones can be compromised with less chance of detection.

External Lighting Criminals and cockroaches are alike in that they both avoid light. Smartly placed lighting can have as good an effect as high intensity lights. Many install motion activated lights, but you have to remember to turn them on and off. Lights activated by both photocell and motion are better, the switch can be left on and they will come on only after dark, and not during the day wasting energy. While not the cheapest, there are several LED, solar and wind turbine options available; have a plan and use generously.

Electronics & response systems Intrusion alarms are useful for indicating that an offence is being committed against your property. Some alarms require a response from the police and we know they can be delayed by calls that are more serious. Some alarms have no response component at all, requiring owner action. What if the location being broken into is your home and you are there? Only a dedicated response service will provide you with the peace of mind that external assistance is on the way to help you to keep all things intact. Some persons opt to place cameras on their properties, and they usually go for the store-bought variety; they are a placebo. Most have neither the resolution nor the range to be of any real use. A professional setup with properly sited, good quality equipment is the way to go. Remember to place the recorder in a place where it cannot be accessed by an intruder.

Neighbourhood watch schemes There are a few around and they are very useful. If there is one in your area, get on board. If not, speak with your neighbours and get in touch with the community relations arm of the Royal Barbados Police Force to see if one can be started in your area. Looking out for each other is sadly almost passé these days.

Paranoia and paralysis are the enemies; we must not be held hostage by those persons whose intentions are to violate our space. Developing a healthy interest in your security and taking the necessary actions to maintain it are essential to preservation of life, limb and sanity. 84








Property Reference Guide

Road View, St. Peter. If interested in this property contact Seaside Realty Inc on 439-7010

There are no restrictions on non Barbadians buying and selling property in Barbados. In the case of financing for non Barbadian residents, US dollar loans are available through most banks in Barbados. Taxation Considerations Land Tax

Land Tax, or Property Tax is payable annually and is completed as follows: (these rates have become effective from the new 2008 land tax year).

Improved Property(Bds)

Land Tax Rates 0% on first $190,000 (It was $150,000) 0.1% on next $310,000 (It was $250,000) 0.45% on next $750,000 (It was $600,000) 0.75% in excess of $1.25 Mil. (It was $1 Mil.) There is a ceiling of $60,000 where the dwelling house is used exclusively as a residence by the person who owns the land on which the dwelling house is erected. 88


Property Transfer Tax

Effective from April 1st 2007 the land tax rate has been reduced from 7.5% to 2.5%. Payable by the vendor upon the sale of the property.

Stamp Duty

Payable by the vendor at the rate of 1% on the gross consideration.

Personal Tax VS Corporate Tax

The property owner can hold the real estate investment personally or they may set-up a holding company to do so. In either case, so long as the owner and or the holding company are non-residents for Barbados tax purposes, there will be a withholding tax, at a rate of 25%, on the gross rental income earned from the property.

However, it is possible to obtain permission from the local tax authorities to file a Barbados tax return which would include the gross rental income less related expenses. In such a case if the property is owned personally, the applicable tax of tax is 15% on the net rental income. The rate also applies if a company owns and rents the residential property.

Value Added Tax (VAT)

Where the property is rented on a short term basis and income earned exceeds Bds$5,000 monthly or Bds$80,000 per annum, the owner will be required to register for VAT and charge VAT accordingly. In Barbados, VAT imposed on the supply of a dwelling house that is rented to persons for use as a vacation or holiday home at the rate of 8.75% The owner may also claim VAT that is charged by suppliers on the maintenance of the property etc. against the VAT charges on the tenants. However, long term rentals are exempt from VAT.

Legal Considerations

Barbados Legal system is derived from English common law and statutes.

The Agreement For Sale

Once negotiations are complete, the starting point of the land sale transaction is the Agreement for Sale, which is usually prepared by the Attorney-at-Law acting for the vendor. At the time of the signing, the Purchaser signs the agreement in duplicate and pays a deposit – typically 10% of the purchase price. The Agreement together with the deposit are then delivered to the vendor’s Attorney-at-Law. The Vendor will then execute the agreement and a copy of the duly executed Agreement is then delivered to the Purchaser’s Attorney at Law.

Investigation of Title

After the agreement is signed the Purchaser’s Attorney-at-Law conducts a search against the title to the property to ensure that the vendor holds a good legal title to the property and there are no encumbrances such as mortgages, charges of liens affecting the property. Encumbrances may also take the form of unpaid judgements, outstanding water bills, and unpaid land taxes.

Completion of the Sale and Purchase

The Vendor’s Attorney-at-Law prepares the instrument used to convey the title to the Purchaser. Upon closing, the Vendor’s Attorney-at-Law will normally exchange that instrument, along with prior title deeds, for the balance of the purchase money.

Closing costs

The vendor of the property will be liable to pay the stamp duty and property transfer tax. Legal fees are

usually 1.5% to 2% of the purchase price or the property plus 15% VAT.

Retaining Legal Advice

Any person intending to purchase property or sell property must retain the services of an Attorney-at-law on the island to represent his interests. The Agreement for Sale, the Deed of Conveyance and the Deed of Transfer must all be prepared by an Attorney-at-Law. The peculiarities of Barbados’ conveyancing Laws, the absence of any scheme of title insurance, and the predominance of unregistered title to land are factors that render real estate transactions in Barbados potentially risky for the unfamiliar purchaser.

Other Considerations

There is no Capital Gains Tax in Barbados, nor are there any estate, inheritance or gift taxes.The title may be taken in a person’s name or a company may be set up to own the property. In the case of ownership by a company, if it is incorporated outside of Barbados, it must be registered in Barbados.

Property Management Fees

This cost can vary depending on the needs of your client. The property management companies on the island are excellent and services are customized to suit every property owner’s needs.


Contract deposits are usually 10% of the purchase price. A refundable reservation deposit is required if the buyer is purchasing at the pre-construction phase. Stage payments are then made according to the sale agreement schedule.

Bank Accounts

An non-national may open a bank account with the proper identification and bank and professional references. Anti-money laundering legislature requires non nationals to provide evidence of the source of funds.

Agency Fees

The unofficial commission for real estate agents is 5% of the sale plus VAT

Residence and Exchange Controls

Non-residents are required to claim permission by the Exchange control authority in order to invest property. They must also register their investment in Barbados in foreign currency. This is to facilitate the future repatriation of funds. Failure to do so could prevent or delay such repatriation. In the statement made by the Prime Minister and the Minister of Finance on March 14th 2007, it was proposed where there was a sale of a property by a non resident to another non resident and there is no foreign exchange loss, the proceeds of the sale can be repatriated without restrictions. LIVING BARBADOS APRIL - AUGUST 2012


Awning at Cin Cin by the Sea Restaurant

Awnings • Drapes • Cushions • Sails • Covers • Upholstery Call 434-3100 Email

The Pine, St. Michael

The SolarDrive Canopy can be retrofitted to almost any golf car and is approved by Club Car, the global leader in the golf car industry The benefits of this retrofit are: • Significant reduction in electricity consumption • Reduced carbon footprint • Charged when exposed to daylight and when in use (even on cloudy days) • Ideal use on golf courses, hotels, resorts, universities • Improves golf car efficiency • Doubles the longevity of batteries • Easily transferable when a new cart is purchased For more information please contact: Tel: 1 (246) 262-3286 Email: 90




Property Listings Alleyne Real Estate, Weston, St. James, Barbados, BB 24032 Tel: (246) 432-1159 Fax: (246) 432-2733 Email:


Tree House, St. Joseph

Sugar Hill, St. James

Royal Westmoreland, St. James

• FOR SALE: US$397,500

• GREAT VALUE: US$750,000!

• FOR SALE: US$795,000!

An eco-friendly 1 bed villa that utilizes the natural resource of the sun to create off grid living in the middle of the last piece of natural Barbadian rain forest. A short drive from Bathsheba beach a popular surf spot.

The Beach Hut, St. James

A stunning 6 bedroom, 6.5 bath luxury villa built in a fabulous elevated beachfront location with a private stairway leading from the pool deck to an un-spoilt beach below.

• FOR SALE: US$7,500,000


Beachfront Land, St. James

25,553 square feet of prime land in Weston, St. James, just minutes from Holetown and Speightstown. The site offers 60 feet of beach frontage and would be ideal for a large, luxury villa. • PRICE ON REQUEST



#6 Tamarind Row is a 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom villa on an elevated location with ocean views and is minutes away from the West Coast. The Sugar Hill community offers a gym, tennis courts and the popular Sassafras restaurant.

Cassia 14 is a well maintained 3 bed townhouse in the prestigious Royal Westmoreland estate. Two bedrooms in the main house with a separate guest cottage in the courtyard. Ideal for families and golf enthusiasts!

Villas On The Beach, St. James

Port St. Charles, St. Peter

• FOR SALE: US$2,950,000

• FOR SALE: US$1,800,000

Ocean Vista is a luxury 4 bedroom, 4 bath penthouse apartment located in a tranquil 18 unit, modern luxury development within walking distance of the premier shopping centre Limegrove and several other amenities

Heron Mill, St.Peter


Situated on a ridge above Mullins Bay, with sea views and tropical surroundings.There are 39 lots ranging from 14,500 sq.ft. to 38,000 sq.ft. US$10 per square foot. all with fantastic building potential. Only 8 lots remaining!

• FOR SALE FROM: US$187,400

Unit 359 is an elegant 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath top floor apartment laid out all on one level. The Port St. Charles community offers a pool bar, Yacht Club, tennis courts, gym and salon. Ideal for families and yachting enthusiasts!

Lion Castle Polo Estate, St. Thomas Premier residential land lots offering stunning country views of the serene, rolling hills of St. Thomas. The development is centred around a world-class Polo Field and Clubhouse. 20 lots available at US$15 per sq. ft.

• PRICED FROM: US$261,885

Property Listings RE/MAX Lifestyles Barbados, #1 Virisk, Top Rock, Maxwell Main Road, Christ Church, Barbados BB15015. Tel: (246) 261-2858 Email:

Land at Apes Hill

18,710 sq. ft. of prime ridge view land on Apes Hill Golf Course. Undoubtedly the most serene and peaceful setting on the entire West Coast. Breathtaking 180 degree view of the sea. Do not miss this opportunity

Breakers, The Crane

El Sol Sureno

• FOR SALE: Bds$2.2 million

Luxurious 3 bed apartment overlooking the Barbados Golf Club and one of the 6 meandering pools. Tranquil, relaxing, and simply the lifestyle you have been seeking. Perfect for the golfing enthusiasts.

Jasmine Gardens, Christ Church

Callenders, Christ Church

Atlantic Shores

• FOR SALE: Bds$725,000

• FOR SALE: Bds$675,000

• FOR SALE: Bds$795,000

Lovely 3 bedroom, 2 ½ bathroom Townhouse in a quiet cul-de-sac in Enterprise. Being sold with appliances

The view from this house is rarely found anywhere in the world!! A must see for the discerning buyer. Standard 3 bed house with unlimited potential. Serious enquiries only.

• FOR SALE: US$649,000

Stunning, spacious open-plan 3 bedroom 2 bath bungalow in quiet cul-de-sac near Oistins.Being sold fully furnished.

Stunning 4 bedroom 3 bath villa in the most prestigious neighbourhood on the South Coast. A simply gorgeous home on 10,000 sq. ft. of land. 3750 sq. ft. house

• FOR SALE: Bds$2 million Reasonable offers invited





Culpepper, St Philip

Cotton Bay Close, Christ Church

• FOR SALE: Bds$650,000

• FOR SALE: Bds$795,000

Stunning 4 bedroom, 3 bath house which is 10 minutes from Six Roads. Breezy and tranquil with magnificent views. Outstanding value for money

Lovely 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom family townhouse on 2,500 sq. ft. of land. 1,900 sq. ft. house. Highly lettable. Minutes from Miami Beach and Oistins.


Near Airport

1.7 acres of commercial land and buildings next to airport. Restaurant seats 150 inside and out. 3 bedroom house, this property has unlimited potential - Call to discuss Serious enquiries only

• FOR SALE: Bds$5,500,000



Property Listings Altman Real Estate, Derricks, St James, Barbados, BB24008 Tel: (246) 432-0840 Fax: (246) 432-4635 Email:

Sunset Crest, St. James

Sugar Hill, St. James

Sugar Hill, St. James

The Grove Residences, St. James

Rockley, Christ Church

Prior Park, St. James

Durants, Christ Church

Carlton View, St. James

Westland Heights, St. James

Set in beautifully maintained gardens, this comfortable, single-storey two-bedroom home has a sunroom with large windows, affording ample natural light and lovely garden views. • FOR SALE: US$397,500

The Grove is the residential aspect of Limegrove Lifestyle Centre. These spectacular three-storey, three-bedroom villas with plunge pools offer sophisticated urban loft living in historic Holetown. • FOR SALE: From US$700,000

Sitting on the outskirts of the Barbados Golf Club, Swept Away is elegance realized. With spacious indoor/outdoor living areas, this three-bedroom home boasts a pool, large deck and beautifully landscaped grounds. • FOR SALE: US$1.3 million



Tasteful furnishings and beautiful finishes enhance the appeal of this two-bedroom apartment in the exclusive Sugar Hill Resort Community. The Community features a club house, communal pool, restaurant, bar & gym. • FOR SALE: US$495,000

This immaculately maintained four-bedroom residence is found in a sought-after neighbourhood 5 minutes’ walk from the beach. Features include a gourmet kitchen, swimming pool and gazebo. • FOR SALE: US$795,000

Situated on an elevated ridge half a mile inland from the West Coast, this impressive residence encompasses four bedrooms, as well as a two-bedroom cottage. A spacious southwestern terrace overlooks the pool. • FOR SALE: US$2.3 million

A light and airy two-bedroom penthouse apartment decorated in a contemporary, understated style. This home offers stunning panoramic views from the private rooftop sundeck, which has a heated Jacuzzi. • FOR SALE: US$595,000

Located in a pleasant residential community, this charming, spacious three bedroom home sits on half an acre of enclosed gardens. The large wrap-around patio overlooks attractively planted gardens. • FOR SALE: US$850,000

Offering over 7,000 interior square feet, this five-bedroom residence is located on a prime piece of real estate with spectacular views, just a few minutes from Royal Westmoreland Resort and the Sugar Hill Resort Community. • FOR SALE: US$4 million

Property Listings Worldwide Dream Villas, Indigo Courtyard, Holetown, St. James Tel: (246) 432-6307 Email:

. James

Sandy Lane, St. James

Polo Ridge, St. James

Glitter Bay Penthouse, St. James

Mullins Bay Townhouse, St James

Atlantic Shores, Christ Church

Turtle View, Porters, St. James

East Coast Land

Porters Court, St. James

Ruby Park, St. Philip

This exceptional property includes the main 4-bedroom, 4-Bathroom villa with swimming pool and a 2-bedroom, 2-Bathroom cottage set on 2 acres of beautifully manicured grounds. • FOR SALE: US$3,750,000

Completed to the highest standard, ‘Jus Chillin’ townhouse is equipped with air conditioning throughout, marble bathrooms and floors and a superb fully equipped Miele kitchen with granite worktops. • FOR SALE: US$1,650,000

Spectacular East Coast Views. Could be an Eco-homesite consisting of over 3.75 acres (2 adjoining lots zoned agricultural) overlooking the East Coast with spectacular Ocean and woodland panoramas. • FOR SALE: US$615,000

This 5 bedroom Villa is located on the much sought after Polo Ridge. This spacious property has stunning views of the ocean and West Coast of the Island. • FOR SALE: US$2,950,000

206 Oyster Bay is a lovely 3 bedroom villa located in the stunning Atlantic Shores neighbourhood. It boasts sea views and illustrious gardens which compliments the peaceful atmosphere of the area. • FOR SALE: US$725,000

Number One Porters Court is an immaculate 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom villa within walking distance to one of the best beaches on the West Coast with exceptional rental bookings. • FOR SALE: US$500,000

Nestled among the lush tropical gardens of Glitter Bay Estate is where you will find this exquisite 3 bedroom penthouse apartment The Princess Suite, overlooking the calming waters of the Caribbean Sea. • FOR SALE: US$2,250,000

This unit has 3 bed/2.5 baths, spacious patios with its plunge pool. The towhouses are finished with high quality finishes throughout like porcelain floor tiles, granite kitchen countertops and marble vanities. • FOR SALE: US$725,000

#480 Jasmine Ave is located in the residential area of Ruby Park, St. Philip. This 4,836 sq. ft. end plot is perfect for a lovely home. The land is ideally located in a cul-de-sac securing privacy. • FOR SALE: US$75,000



Property Listings Seaside Realty, #11 Porters, St. James, Barbados. Tel: (246) 439-7010 or (246) 419-4510 Email:


Prior Park Gardens, St. James

At 10,804 sq ft, this slightly sloping lot is located in the highly sought after area of Prior Park. • FOR SALE: Bds$290,000

Pickerings, St. Lucy

A large 2.5 acre lot located near to St. Lucy Secondary School in a rural area. Covenant on this lot allows one house and a cottage. • FOR SALE: Bds$500,000

Banyan Court, St. Michael

A top floor, fully furnished 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom apartment located just across the road from the Barbados Yacht Club, and more importantly the beach. • FOR SALE: Bds$550,000

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Valley View, St. Thomas

Dover Palms, Christ Church

Atlantic Shores, Christ Church

Heron Court, St. James

Lancaster, St. Thomas

Millennium Heights, Warrens

3 Bed /2 Bath home set on a cool ridge with panoramic views across the island. Valley View is a new gated community situated adjacent to the very desirable Countryside neighbourhood. • FOR SALE: Starting at Bds$722,109

A very modern, unfurnished, 3 Bed / 2.5 Bath duplex located in a secure development just a short walk from glorious West Coast beaches. • FOR RENT: Bds$3,500



Located close to the popular St. Lawrence Gap on the South Coast, Dover Palms is a 37,208 sq. ft. parcel of land made up of 3 individual adjoining lots with Town & Country approval for the erection of 10 townhouses. • FOR SALE: Bds$1.5 Mil.

This two storey property is fully enclosed and offers 4 bedrooms with 4 en-suite bathrooms, stainless steel appliances, a two car garage, storage room, alarm system, security grills and wireless internet access. • FOR RENT: Bds$6,800

This captivating home offers 4 spacious bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. It is fully enclosed and has a Jacuzzi, large patio and swimming pool and sits on 12,098 sq. ft. of land • FOR SALE: Bds$1.45 Mil.

1, 2 & 3 Bed options available in this large and very open gated community. Amenities include two big pools, two tennis courts, clubhouse with gym and a walking track. • FOR RENT: Starting at Bds$3,000 up to $9,500

Property Listings Seaside Realty, #11 Porters, St. James, Barbados. Tel: (246) 439-7010 or (246) 419-4510 Email:

Pine Commercial, St. Michael

St. Lawrence Gap, Christ Church

Welches, St. Michael

Hastings Main Road, Christ Church

The Belle, St. Michael

Peronne Village, Christ Church

Lower Estate, St. Michael

Warrens Industrial Park, St. Michael

Orange Mall, Warrens

A large 27,676 sq. ft. lot situated just off the ABC Highway. This positioning offers equal advantages of accessibility to the airport, Bridgetown and Warrens. • FOR SALE: Bds$775,000

Located on the main road, this commercially zoned 2,500 sq. ft. property offers great potential. Direct access to the beach. • FOR SALE: Bds$2.1 Mil.

Brand new commercial warehouse space in a central and convenient location. • FOR RENT: 10,000 sq. ft. Bds$12,500 1,000 sq. ft. Bds$2,000

This two story four bedroom, two bathroom property offers numerous options to any purchaser. Be it a holiday home, vacation rental or commercial property. Being offered fully furnished as a turn key operation. • FOR SALE: Bds$1.35 Mil.

550 sq ft is currently available for rent in the popular complex of the Belle and located on the upper level of the main office building. • FOR RENT: Bds$1,334

A two story office building - Ground floor measures 1,712 sq. ft. / Upper floor measures 2,060 sq. ft. Both floors have AC units. • FOR RENT: Bds$6,000 each

This commercial lot measures just under 2 acres and is located just off of Highway 4 towards My Lords Hill. The lot gains access between two private residences. There is a dated building on site. • FOR SALE: Bds$2.1 Mil.

This commercial space is situated at the back of Big B Supermarket in the busy Peronne Village. Great ambience and location, ideal for shop or office. • FOR RENT: 330 sq. ft. Bds$1,786 •350 sq. ft. Bds$1,880 •493 sq. ft. Bds$2,544

Centrally located building housing retail and commercial office space. Upper level is 6,488 Sq. ft. office space (3,200 sq ft. 2,400 sq ft. and 888 common area), as well as 1,600 sq ft. Downstairs has 585 sq. ft. of retail space available. • FOR RENT: Bds$4.30 per sq. ft.



Property Rentals Barbados Realtors Limited, Holetown, St. James, Barbados. Tel: (246) 432-6930 Fax: (246) 432-6919 Email:

Palm Beach, Christ Church

Coco, Mullins Bay, St. Peter

Tara, Sunset Crest, St. James

Sandalwood House,Sandy Lane

Glade House, Gibbes, St. Peter

Buttsbury House, Polo Ridge

Ocean’s Edge, Merlin Bay, St. James

Halcyon Heights, St. James

Ceiba, Sandy Lane, St. James

• Newly built beachfront Condominiums • 3 air-conditioned en suite bedrooms • Large patio with seating and dining • Open plan kitchen/living area • Access to communal pool and gym • FOR RENT: From US$325.00

• Sits on over 1 acre of landscaped gardens • 4 bedrooms in villa, 2 bedrooms in cottage • All bedrooms air-conditioned and en suite • Beautifully outfitted and furnished • Private cabana at Sandy Lane Beach • FOR RENT: From US$750.00

• Lovely beachfront split level townhouse • 3 air-conditioned en suite bedrooms • Open plan kitchen/dining/living area • Soaking pool, plunge pool and roof deck • Access to large communal pool • FOR RENT: From US$500.00



• Elegant townhouse in gated community • 4 air-conditioned, en suite bedrooms • Lovely patios on every level • Outdoor dining and courtyard area • Communal pool and access to Sugar Hill • FOR RENT: From US$475.00

• Open plan living/dining room • 3 air-conditioned bedrooms • Patio with seating and outdoor dining • Large pool with deck • Short drive to the beach at Gibbes • FOR RENT: FromUS$375.00

• Enchanting 2 storey colonial-style home • 5 air-conditioned, en suite bedrooms • Beautiful views of the coast and ocean • Patio on both levels, including dining patio • Lovely pool and deck area • FOR RENT: From US$490.00

• Newly built villa in lovely area • 4 air-conditioned bedrooms • Patio, pool and deck with gazebo • Close to all amenities at Sunset Crest • Use of pool at Beach House Restaurant • FOR RENT: From US$375.00

• Villa on ridge by Holders polo field • 5 air-conditioned, en suite bedrooms • Built around large central pool and deck • Lounge with lovely picture windows • Views of the ocean • FOR RENT: From US$640.00

• Situated on the Sandy Lane Estate • 3 bedrooms in main house, 1 in cottage • Large lounge/dining area • Outdoor dining and seating on patio • Pool and landscaped gardens • FOR RENT: From US$400.00

Property Sales Barbados Realtors Limited, Holetown, St. James, Barbados. Tel: (246) 432-6930 Fax: (246) 432-6919 Email:

15 John’s Plain, St. James

402 Terraces, Christ Church

29 Westport, St. James

2 Kent Ridge, Christ Church

Cliff Plantation, St. John

48 Seaview Road, Christ Church

Vervan, Christ Church

Boxhill, Christ Church

Westerley, Christ Church

• Modern, spacious home in residential area • 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms • Large patio, pool and deck area Covered Area: 4,342 sq. ft. (approx.) Land Area: 11,620 sq. ft. (approx.) • FOR SALE: US$1,399,999.00

• Set in immaculately maintained gardens • 3 A/C bedrooms, 3 bathrooms • Open plan living/dining. Patio, ocean views Covered Area: 2,756 sq. ft. (approx.) Land Area: 21,000 sq. ft. (approx.) • FOR SALE: US$1,500,000.00

• New Apartment close to the beach • 2 A/C bedrooms, 1 ½ bathrooms • Communal swimming pool and parking Covered Area: 960 sq. ft. (approx.) Land Area: 20,000 sq. ft. (approx.) • FOR SALE: US$237,500.00

• Ian Morrison development close to beach • 3 A/C bedrooms, 3 bathrooms • Open plan with patio and ocean views • Modern, well equipped kitchen Covered Area: 1,600 sq. ft. (approx.) • FOR SALE: US$405,000.00

• Wonderful Plantation Style home • 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms • Large secluded pool and deck area Covered Area: 5,782 sq. ft. (approx.) Land Area: 297,079 sq. ft. (approx.) • FOR SALE: US$1,625,000.00

• Well maintained and spacious family home • 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms • Patio on lower and upper levels Covered Area: 3,712 sq. ft. (approx.) Land Area: 8,779 sq. ft. (approx.) • FOR SALE: US$750,000.00

• Landscaped gardens with pool & deck • 2 A/C en suite bedrooms + extra bathroom • Close to amenities and beaches Covered Area: 2,731 sq. ft. (approx.) Land Area: 9,500 sq. ft. (approx.) • FOR SALE: US$1,100,000.00

• Newly constructed Mediterranean style villa • 3 bedrooms in main house, 2 in apartment • Open plan living areas with patio and pool Covered Area: 4,335 sq. ft. (approx.) Land Area: 16,266 sq. ft. (approx.) • FOR SALE: US$1,050,000.00

• Spacious property with modern kitchen • 5 A/C bedrooms, 4 bathrooms • Large patios, pool and pool house Covered Area: 5,633 sq. ft. (approx.) Land Area: 18,008 sq. ft. (approx.) • FOR SALE: US$1,200,000.00



Property Listings Ron Karp Realty Ltd, Dacia, Golf Club Road, Rockley, Christ Church. Tel: (246) 436-7440 Fax: (246) 436-3204 Email:

Hastings, Christ Church

Clerview Heights, St. James

Brittons Hill, St. Michael

Rockley, Christ Church

Ridge View Estate, Christ Church

Paradise Heights, St. James

Southern Heights, Christ Church

Crane Garden, St. Philip

Lovely 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom penthouse condo within walking distance of South Coast beaches and shopping facilities. Shared pool and gardens. • FOR SALE: Bds$630,000

In desirable location, 3 bedroom, 2.5 Bathroom townhouse with shared pool, tennis court and gardens within walking distance of beaches and many amenities. • FOR SALE: Bds$750,000

Well-maintained 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom house in quiet residential area within minutes drive of West Coast beaches and amenities. • FOR SALE: Bds$650,000

Lovely 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom townhouse with shared pool, tennis court and gardens in cool countryside location. • FOR SALE: Bds$790,000

Elegant 3 bedroom townhouse in gated community within 5 minutes drive of South Coast beaches and shopping facilities. Shared pool and terrace. • FOR SALE: Bds$750,000

This recently upgraded 3 Bedroom, 2 bathroom house has an open floor plan and offers wonderful views of the coastline and the sea from its cliff-edge location. • FOR SALE: Bds$795,000


Uplands, St. John

Traditional 4 bedroom estate house in need of some TLC in a cool and quiet countryside location. • FOR SALE: Reduced to Bds$875,000 (nego)


Executive 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom house with light and airy open plan living area on fully enclosed and landscaped corner lot. • FOR SALE: Bds$895,000

Lovely 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom family home with pool and many extras in quiet location and within walking distance to the stunning Crane Beach. • FOR SALE: Bds$920,000

Property Listings Ron Karp Realty Ltd, Dacia, Golf Club Road, Rockley, Christ Church. Tel: (246) 436-7440 Fax: (246) 436-3204 Email:

Southern Heights, Christ Church

Atlantic Shores, Christ Church

Large 4 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom house within walking distance of beautiful Miami Beach. • FOR SALE: Bds$1,500,000.00

Long Bay, St. Philip

Well-maintained 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom house with high quality finishes, modern built-in appliances and pool set in beautifully landscaped gardens. • FOR SALE: Bds$1,100,000

Chancery Lane, Christ Church

Cane Garden Park, St. Thomas

Prior Park Gardens, St. James

Colleton, St. Lucy

Yorkshire, Christ Church

6,447 sq. ft. in quiet residential neighbourhood with easy access to Oistins. • FOR SALE: Bds$171,584.00

Mount Wilton, St. Thomas

18,809 sq. ft. Elevated location with fantastic views of the countryside and sea. • FOR SALE: Bds$510,000.00

12,896 sq. ft. corner lot in cool and breezy location. • FOR SALE: Bds$275,825.00

3.7 acres with Town & Country Planning Permission for one house. Within minutes of Speightstown and beaches. • FOR SALE: Bds$550,000.00

Fabulous 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom house with pool, gazebo and many other features in amazing seafront location. • FOR SALE: Bds$3,000,000.00

10,804 sq. ft. in desirable location within minutes of Warrens or West Coast attractions. • FOR SALE: Bds$290,000.00

2.5 acres with beautiful views of the countryside. • FOR SALE: Bds$800,000.00 (nego)



Map of Barbados


1 The Crane 2 Apes Hill Club 3 Palisades 4 Ocean 2 5 Palm Beach 6 Sugar Hill 7 Royal Westmoreland 8 Coral Cove 9 Sandy Hook 10 Portico 11 Heron Court 12 Terraces 13 Beachlands 14 Water Hall Polo Villas 15 Somerley 16 Claridges 17 Sapphire Beach 18 Limegrove 19 Maxwell Beach Villas 20 El Sol Sureno 21 Sandy Cove 22 Golden Acre 23 Silver Point 24 Lion Castle 25 Bow Bells 26 Tamarind 27 Vuemont 28 Ron Karp Realty 29 Adam’s Castle 30 Ocean Reef 31 The Villages at Coverley 32 Saint Peter’s Bay 33 Home for sale in Atlantic Shores 34 Home for sale in Uplands 35 Land for sale in Colleton, St. Lucy 36 Home for sale in Crane Gardens 37 Valley View




Living Barbados April 2012 edition  

Our 5th issue

Living Barbados April 2012 edition  

Our 5th issue