BVI Blue Water Horizon [Photo Gallery]
- April 3rd, 2013
- in PROPERTY
Blue Water Horizon Above Long Bay, presented by Sotheby’s
“A happy family is but an earlier heaven.”
– George Bernard Shaw
British Virgin Islands’ culture and inherent moral values encourage this ethos, and what better way to nurture family unity than in a luxury villa built to cultivate this ideal.
There is an immediate sense of seclusion and security with a Long Bay villa as all motorists have to pass the reception area of Long Bay Resort to reach the estate. With the property situated high above the resort, the privacy of the location amplifies the warm feeling of peace.
Photos by Dan O’Connor
After a short drive up the neat neighbourhood hillside behind Long Bay, we embark upon our destination—Blue Water Horizon. The forked driveway, which offers ample parking, is decorated with rich flora, instantly whispering of the villa’s hospitable nature.
Sotheby’s International Realty manager Maritha Keil introduced me and photographer Dan O’Connor to the property, with a tour of this private haven of tranquility. Wrought, iron gates invite us onto a sun-soaked tiled courtyard with a Hollywood-style swimming pool overlooking an endless view of the island-speckled Caribbean and Atlantic oceans. An alcove with a teak bar sits dug-out underneath a separate guesthouse, beckoning for a bartender.
Under Sotheby’s management, the unique property offers potential occupants the option of vacation rental or purchase. I can imagine a lively gathering of vacationing friends imbibing poolside, or a family barbequing a home-cooked meal, served underneath the outdoor dining area situated on the property’s spacious verandah.
With views soaring over the mile-long white sand beach of Long Bay, beyond the expanse of Sandy Spit, Jost Van Dyke and St Thomas, the perspective is reminiscent of a movie scene complimentary to any feel-good fiction.
The main pavilion doors welcome us into an open-plan kitchen, dining and lounging area fit for comfort, entertaining or relaxing. The kitchen is a custom built hardwood fit designed by OBM, adding a touch of modern elegance to the property’s relaxed, Caribbean style.
The home invites cool breezes and ample air flow into every room. Large doors open wide to fresh, flora-infused breezes, circulating through the main bedroom and tunneling through the living room. Outside the living room, a large verandah wraps around the length of the property for a protected view. During lounging days, the property’s dynamic geographical location offers boundless sunlight and comfort for acquiring that perfect sunbathing position.
We are led up an outside staircase to two guest bedrooms with a full kitchenette and lounge area, located in a separate wing overlooking the pool—great for guests or private renters.
The villa is an example of a new arm to Sotheby’s International Realty services; the company is assuming management of properties and raising them to the standard that the international agency demands. Refits include new fixtures and fittings to high quality aesthetics, repainting, landscaping and reconstructions of furniture.
As an added bonus, the amenities of the resort are available for villa occupants to enjoy whether they are on vacation or permanent residents.
Perfect location allows access to the beautiful white sand beach of Long Bay, renowned for romantic walks and its paradisiacal setting. Also in close proximity are Smuggler’s Cove and Apple Bay, offering various services for entertainment.
For those seeking excursions off the island, Soper’s Hole or West End Ferry Terminal are both in the vicinity, granting travel options to whisk you to your desired destination. The ferry service allows voyage to St. Thomas, permitting direct flights to the US for easy access to the mainland. Trips to Jost Van Dyke, St. John and other islands are also available.
At an asking price under a million dollars, affordability, security and serenity define this hillside slice of paradise.
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