From starter homes to developments
- May 1st, 2022
- in Lifestyle
Available properties on Great Camanoe are rare, and even more rare is one as well-appointed, protected, and boat-friendly as Indigo Breeze Estate.
Great Camanoe is an exclusive, secluded two-and-a-half-mile-long island off the northeastern tip of Tortola. With its two separate halves — north and south — connected by a low, narrow isthmus between them, Great Camanoe’s topography resembles Virgin Gorda, but on a smaller scale, with its highest peak reaching 570 feet. The two bays separated to the east and west of the narrow isthmus are Lee Bay and Cam Bay, both stunning beaches with snorkelling spots that are teeming with sea life. In the article “Some Virgin Islands Secrets” in Yachting magazine, one charter crew member described it as “like an aquarium.’” Additionally, the flora and fauna above the sea are equally stunning with rare species of plants and wildlife.
Indigo Plantation is the community that owns this exclusive part of the island. While other resorts with homeowners’ associations charge exorbitant fees and demand unrealistic control, Indigo Plantation is truly a community owned by the landowners, with communal grounds that are shared by all. You become part of a community that votes to decide how to spend your contributions to improve the experience of all of the members of the community. Current projects include the refurbishment of the marina and the racket courts (did someone say pickleball?) And unlike some of the resorts in North Sound, VG, the homes on Great Camanoe are within a short boat ride to shops, bars, restaurants, and the airport. Homeowners have the full privacy, seclusion, security, and safety of living isolated from others, but with more interaction and links to nearby amenities.
Great Camanoe is the ideal spot for boaters looking for an isolated homebase from which to zip around the other 50 islands, islets, and cays that make up the British Virgin Islands. Due to its central location, all the best locations in the BVI are only a day trip away, including Anegada, Jost van Dyke, The Baths, Cane Garden Bay, and Cooper Island. Indigo Breeze Estate comes with its own slip in the private, protected, palm-tree-lined marina, which is only a 15-minute hop from Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport on Beef Island.
After parking your boat, pick up your Jeep and cruise the well-maintained roads leading from the private marina to Indigo Breeze Estate. Once you pull between the granite-clad pillars, you’ll know you’re home. Park your car in the two-car garage and enter your 2.1-acre private paradise. Everywhere you turn, you have a view of the sea and the neighbouring green, hilly islands. Encompassing these vistas is the ever-changing and infinite sky, where you’ll find double rainbows, staggering sunsets, twinkling stars, or most often, a cloud-dotted canvas bejewelled by sea birds. This is why people live in the BVI: to be surrounded by a beauty that is soul-edifying and nonexistent anywhere else in the world.
Once inside the home, if you can look away from the views for a few moments, you’ll be impressed by the fortress-like construction of the sprawling rooms, passageways, and covered terraces. Travertine tiles caress bare feet as you step from room to room. Though Great Camanoe was hit hard during recent storms, Indigo Breeze House suffered very little damage due to its robust structure. The four-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bath estate comprises a rambling one-level home with over 4,000 square feet of enclosed living spaces, over 1,200 square feet of covered porches and terraces, and 1,600 square feet of uncovered patios, plus a wraparound pool and lush gardens with palm trees, hibiscus, bougainvillaea, and toe-tickling lawns.
The octagonal sunken sitting room provides the heart of the house. It’s an ideal spot for entertaining guests for cocktails, relaxing with family, or curling up with a gripping novel. Off the sitting room are a dining room, foyer, garden, patio, and terraces. All have those too-good-to-be-true views. The enormous, modern, and well-equipped kitchen features all of the luxury appliances that you would expect from a home of this calibre, including two wall ovens, a six-burner propane stovetop, wine fridge, dishwasher, ice maker, and trash compactor. The quartz countertops cover all the surfaces including an island breakfast bar that seats six.
The fully air-conditioned master suite, in a separate building, has 270-degree views from the bedroom’s three open walls that overlook the pool, Beef Island, and beyond. Wake up, and no matter where you turn, you can’t escape the breathtaking beauty. A separate, air-conditioned guest house comprises two additional bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms. The bedrooms are all meticulously appointed with plenty of closet space, cathedral ceilings, ceiling fans, sliding glass doors, and outdoor access. A fourth guest bedroom in the main house also has its own full bathroom. With so much in one place, you will never want to leave.
Summer Breeze Villa
While prices are skyrocketing in the United States and United Kingdom, the BVI still has many opportunities for investment, whether from first-time buyers or property developers.
Summer Breeze Villa is an ideal first home for a young family or couple who want to move straight into a cosy, two-bedroom, two-bathroom home with stunning views over Nanny Cay, loads of outdoor space, and every convenience you can imagine. The former owner was an engineer with an eye for detail and a gift for creating practical solutions to some of the challenges of living in the Caribbean, such as a wired-in generator that enables residents to simply move their electronics to another plug when the power goes out. The property also boasts a full apartment below that could be rented long-term or as an Airbnb. The house currently has a hot tub with space available for a pool. All of this is available for only $925,000.
Eastover Estates offers affordable plots of land on Beef Island that are the perfect location and opportunity for managers and contractors who work in the North Sound but who want to live on Tortola. The property is within walking distance to some of the best beaches and a short drive to Cedar International School, the airport, or ferries to Virgin Gorda and Anegada. Lots start at $175,000. This could be the next young community for middle-income families.
For a serious investor and established property developer, Cooper Bay, centrally located on Tortola’s North Shore, is a rare opportunity to own 64.43 acres of hillside and beachfront land. This bay is one of the last undeveloped beaches on Tortola and could be the next exclusive neighbourhood for current residents or individuals looking for a sanctuary in the Caribbean. At $7,750,000 for the entire property, it is one of the best values per acre of land in the BVI.
Manatee Condos at Manuel Reef could be a lucrative development opportunity for someone starting to build their property portfolio. Three condos and a plot of land comprise this development. With the addition of a seabed lease (currently in application), the development is close to Nanny Cay and Road Town, and is just a short boat ride across the Sir Francis Drake Channel to Cooper, Ginger, Peter, and Norman Islands.
Contact Maritha Keil, Managing Director/Lead Broker BVI Sotheby’s International Realty Tel: +1 284 494-5700 Cell: +1 284 340-5555 email: [email protected] bvisothebysrealty.com