Choosing Your Perfect Property – From Seaside to Hillside
- August 9th, 2014
- in PROPERTY
Choosing Your Perfect Property – From Seaside to Hillside
The Roost and Dos Sols Villa
Photography by Skyvision VI and courtesy of Coldwell Banker
Amongst the agonising decisions a potential homebuyer has to make in the BVI—apart from which stunning and unique island to call home—is whether to live high in the hills or much closer to the water. The dream is often said to be living as close as possible to the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean with the obvious benefits of stepping from your deck or even your Master bedroom straight into the sand and then plunging in for your morning dip. And perhaps, under certain, perfect conditions, mooring your yacht, just off your deck. The waterfront tends to be a little busier with beach dwellers, bathers and yachts to follow as they float by.
Yet, those who have lived in the islands for a little longer will quite often be heard extolling the virtues of living higher up in the mountains, particular in the long hot summer when the difference in temperature between beach and ridge top can be in the region of five degrees. Depending on your perspective, privacy and tranquillity might more easily be assured, the views can be more expansive and the wonderful cooling tradewind breezes captured more easily.
Two homes currently listed for sale in the BVI illustrate the decisions that have to be made by a future purchaser. ‘The Roost’ and ‘Dos Sols Villa’—two great value residences on the market, located in BVI Tortola and BVI Virgin Gorda respectively.
The Roost is perched in almost three pristine acres of BVI hillside above renowned Cane Garden Bay. This three bedroom family home has unrivalled island, ocean, and sky views and offers unparalleled privacy. Built with an exceptional degree of love and care some 26 years ago, the west facing home currently benefits from the shade provided by mature indigenous trees. The fortunate new owner may decide to trim the trees to take advantage of the absolutely breath-taking sunsets.
Situated five minutes by car from Cane Garden Bay beach for lively socialising, yet a sufficient distance to only hear the sounds of nature when on property, this home provides the best of all worlds.
A sophisticated and thoughtfully landscaped garden with well-finished local stone walls at the entrance to the property, welcomes owners into the home. Surrounded by a lush tropical enclave of indigenous trees with the alluring self-sustaining bonus of bananas, mangoes, papayas, tangerines, plums, and avocado trees, privacy, shade and coolness are functional features of this hillside haven.
With strong foundations and traditional architecture, The Roost has been immaculately maintained. Accommodation provided includes three spacious bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen and lounge area leading onto covered decks with tiled floors permitting easy maintenance. The lower floor is comprised of a utility room, an ample workshop, and garage. This is a true family home in the islands with plenty of room for future expansion.
Dos Sols Villa
Alternatively, Dos Sols Villa is the idyllic example of a home within walking distance of a beach, a dock, and a beach bar. Perched on near an acre of freehold land above Little Leverick Bay beach in the North Sound of Virgin Gorda, this pleasant abode has spectacular views, cool breezes and easy access to the beach.
The property is 50 yards from the closest white sand beach in ideal proximity to all the water sports activities in the North Sound, including impeccable snorkelling opportunities directly in front of the villa.
With a nearby boat yard, boat ramp, moorings, and a full service marina at the Leverick Bay Resort, this villa is perfect for homeowners who wish to explore the neighbouring islands and all the local hotspots in the North Sound. The true north orientation of this villa, plus steady easterly tradewinds makes it a dream come true for windsurfers, kite surfers, kayakers and sailors.
An attractive amenity, the gourmet kitchen features native stone accents and new stainless steel appliances. The unique architectural design separates each bedroom from the main villa, allowing family and friends to gather on the large covered veranda or pool deck, while providing the privacy and intimacy of separate bedroom cottages.
Bedrooms encompass three detached cottages and one lower level main villa bedroom located adjacent to the pool all complete with en-suite baths – each with a comprehensive set of home comforting amenities.
A total of four bedrooms plus a den with accommodations for up to eleven individuals, each is air-conditioned with Caribbean-style outdoor showers overlooking the water. Bedrooms are clustered on different levels around a freeform pool and native stone deck.
The pool is comfortably heated allowing for continued enjoyment of the water during winter months of shorter daylight hours and brisk breezes.
The grounds of Dos Sols Villa are tended to by a private gardener with pathways that grant admiration of the beautiful tropical flowers and trees. Bananas, mangos, limes, oranges, pineapples, papaya, and coconut are some of the many fruits grown on the property and available while in season.
In walking distance to Leverick Bay Resort, residents can experience shopping, a fine dining restaurant, a fun beach bar restaurant with live music, a spa, a laundry facility, a full service Marina, a dive shop and a grocery store with plenty of gourmet selections to choose from.
For potential buyers, there are some tough decisions to make. But, who wouldn’t give their right arm to be blessed with such choices.
For more info, please contact Coldwell Banker BVI