La Dolce Vita – A St Thomas gem in a premier gated community
- October 30th, 2016
- in PROPERTY
La Dolce Vita is Italian for ‘the sweet life’ and this well-designed tropical home gives credence to the name. In Italy, it means a life of simple pleasures and luxuries; about enjoying the good things and valuing them. The design of the villa reflects this attitude with an emphasis on creating an environment that is all about wellness.
The welcoming entrance to the villa is graced by majestic queen palms and Doric columns with portico. There is easy access to the residence only a few steps from the driveway. Entry is through double mahogany doors into an open-plan great room with 20’ vaulted ceilings of cypress finished to a rich patina, a critical element of the design and feel of the great room.
The flow of the space is perfect for entertaining and the easy living the name of the villa elicits. A loft area above the great room with wide plank tropical hardwood floors, serves as a spacious in-home office for the owners yet is still integral to the rest of the living area.
Double mahogany doors lead from the great room onto a covered deck which stretches the length of the home, greatly increasing the living and entertainment area; this offers a perfect spot to lounge in the shade and cooling breezes of the trade winds.
On the east side of the villa is the pool, beautifully landscaped grounds abundant with flowering plants, and a gazebo for alfresco dining. This garden retreat is an idyllic location whether it’s a Sunday brunch, lunch with friends, a romantic dinner, or cocktails under a starry night sky.
Within, the home features travertine floors and custom mahogany cabinetry and doors. Friends and family may gather in the kitchen and the ample island offers seating for five to keep the chef company.
The master bedroom has a walk in closet and en-suite bathroom enhanced by natural radiance from a skylight and ‘his and hers vanities.’ Two guest rooms are fitted in the same comfortable style and share an equally tasteful bathroom. Also on the main living level is a generous sized laundry room. The home is solar powered with an 8.3KW solar array and has high efficiency split ACs.
A two-car garage—not a common feature for island homes—complete with overhead racks for storing paddle boards and kayaks, fishing poles and other assorted water toys is located at the end of the driveway.
A 700 sq ft apartment found on the lower level of the villa is finished with the same quality materials as the main residence and is accessed from a separate driveway insuring privacy for the owners as well as their tenants or guests.
The villa is situated in the premier community of Sydney’s Fancy in Estate Peterborg which is gated and has underground utilities. Facing north, the residence offers expansive sea views with yachts sailing along the north coast of St Thomas and at the right time of year, you may spot whales.
Hans Lollik and to the east the British Virgin Islands of Tobago, Jost Van Dyke, and Tortola provide a tropical panorama.
Just five minutes away, you will find the world renowned Magen’s Bay Beach, a 500-yard stretch of palm lined, powder sand beach. With its pristine waters, nature trail and the adjoining 50 acres of Nature Conservancy land, it is a true island treasure. Whether you enjoy running, walking, swimming, paddle boarding or kayaking, it is the fitness enthusiasts ‘go-to spot’ where you are likely to see your neighbours.
The owners, who designed and built the home, both have a clear sense of pleasing aesthetics as reflected in their chosen professions; the husband’s career path has moved from aeronautical engineering to yacht design for a number of America’s Cup challenges to luxury home design and construction and the wife is an artist. Their residency for a time in Europe and their life experience and expertise are found in the many architectural details, including the use of Doric columns, banded window details, the decorative pathways, and the moulded concrete cornice gutters.
The exacting construction and attention to detail, sets the villa apart as an exceptional island abode.
La Dolce Vita
- Sits on .505 acre beautifully landscaped parcel with underground utilities
- Built 2004 – shows as new
- 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms on main level with laundry room and a loft used as office
- Covered deck runs the entire length of the home expanding your entertaining and living area
- Lovely pool with tiled deck bounded by grassy yard and garden with gazebo for alfresco dining and a built in barbeque
- 2-car garage
- On the lower level, a well-appointed one-bedroom apartment with expansive covered deck, washer/dryer and its own separate drive from the lower road
- 20ft tall cypress ceilings
- High efficiency Split ACs throughout
- 8.3 KW Solar Array
- Spacious laundry room for main level
- Corrugated galvanised roof with custom colour
- Cistern size 33,000 gallons
- Utility room with plenty of storage space
Suzanne Mabe, CRS, GRI
2015 Realtor of the Year
Photography by Don Hebert