- December 24th, 2021
- in Lifestyle
Check out some of the most desirable investment locations in Virgin Gorda’s hottest North Sound and surrounding neighbourhoods By Sara Sherman
Whether you’re looking for a private place to create a dream island getaway or for an investment property to generate turn-key income, look no further than Virgin Gorda’s North Sound. Bustling with rejuvenated resorts, restaurants, shops and more, this is the place to see and be seen in the BVI. Against the stunning backdrop of the sparkling sea and islands dotting the horizon, there is no bad way to experience Virgin Gorda.
Mango Bay Resort
Photos by Alton Bertie
Quietly nestled in the lush embrace of Virgin Gorda’s Mahoe Bay, a gently curving coastline and turquoise lapping waves are the backdrop to a stunning boutique property: Mango Bay Resort. Perfect for commercial investment or an incredible private family getaway compound, Mango Bay is protected by a coral reef, creating a serene, family-friendly place to relax.
Mango Bay covers two acres and houses seven cheery villas with a total of 22 bedrooms and bathrooms that were newly renovated in 2019. Three of the villas are directly facing the sand, meaning a dip in the ocean or a walk on the beach are just steps from the patio. Two other villas have fantastic ocean views and two additional villas enjoy views of the lush tropical landscaping. Manicured pathways connect all of the villas, making this a great getaway for large families or gatherings.
The beachfront villas feature two 2-bedroom villas and one 3-bedroom villa, each with covered patios to relax in the shade and enjoy the tranquil sound of the waves and the impeccable island views. The two ocean-view villas each have three bedrooms, and one of them features an upper-floor studio. The two garden-view villas each have four bedrooms with ample space for groups.
Mango Bay also includes an additional half-acre for dock development with a 160-foot seabed lease, independent sewage system, main-grid electrical and a 260-kVA generator. The property also comes with pre-approval for an on-site restaurant, should an investor want to pursue a diverse commercial operation. A nature lover’s dream, a property on Virgin Gorda is uniquely situated to appeal to a wide audience of visitors. Excellent snorkelling is just a few fin kicks from the beachfront property of Mango Bay Resort, while sky-high boulders, saltwater pools and hiking trails through lush vegetation provide ample activity for anyone wanting to see and get to know the beautiful island. Secluded yet accessible, Mango Bay Resort offers the best of both worlds: Caribbean living with privacy, plus easy access to high-end shopping, dining and outdoor activities.
Nestled in a lush natural paradise, a secluded enclave lies on Virgin Gorda’s Mahoe Bay. Aquamare’s three stunning villas can accommodate up to 36 guests in its 15 bedrooms. An exceptional waterfront property, this beachfront compound makes guests feel like they have the island all to themselves.
Each beachfront villa boasts 8,000 square feet of living space and five expansive suites, three of which are masters with en suite marble baths, known as spa suites. A sheltered and private outdoor shower room opens up to the beautiful outdoors with huge 12-inch diameter rainshower heads for a spa-like experience. If the outdoor shower isn’t enough “spa time”, step into the large jacuzzi and soak up the tranquillity of the space.
In addition to the three master suites, a double room and a junior suite round out the accommodations, meaning each bedroom has more than 1,000 square feet of space to relax in. The large living areas and terraces provide more than enough space for up to 12 guests to enjoy the quiet luxury that Virgin Gorda has to offer.
The villas each enjoy their own private infinity pool and each bedroom has a large private balcony to enjoy the picturesque views of the sea beyond, making each moment at Aquamare an absolute dream.
Spacious open-air living areas seamlessly blend outdoor and indoor living, inviting the beautiful Caribbean landscape to provide the backdrop for each day and night. Gourmet kitchens in each villa, along with local stonework, rich hardwood floors and detailing, and 30-foot vaulted ceilings provide guests with the ultimate luxury getaway experience. The grounds surrounding the villas feature ornamental gardens filled with native Caribbean species of plants and flowers that offer maximum privacy as well as a colourful and relaxing background that fades into the lush tropical setting.
At the heart of Aquamare is the view and private white sand beach, known as Beach Park. Located in front of the villas and slightly raised for better views, Beach park is set back from the shoreline and is perfect for unwinding with a good book, enjoying a cocktail at sunset, or sitting back and watching children enjoy the sand. A thatched palapa, lounge chairs and a signature king-sized swinging “dream bed” are all available to maximize the serenity of the waves in the background.
Mahoe Bay itself hosts two beautiful live reefs housing a myriad of underwater life, like turtles, Parrot Fish and hundreds of other species. The unforgettable tropical surroundings make Aquamare an incredible place to call home.
Little Bay Estate
The only truly private beachfront estate available in the BVI today, this magnificent property includes nearly 2000 feet of oceanfront and is accessible only by boat or helicopter for ultimate privacy. Little Bay provides a sanctuary in the Caribbean where the weather is perfect and the protected waters of the North Sound in Virgin Gorda provide a safe anchorage in a pristine environment. Two brand new private docks, the larger of which is 180’ long with a 10’ draft, offer unparalleled water access.
The newly-constructed contemporary beach home with guesthouses on Camelia Point provides sumptuous views of the North Sound, Bitter End Yacht Club, Biras Creek, Moskito Island, Prickly pear, Necker Island, Saba Rock and Eustatia Island.
The Beach House + Camelia Point Guest Cottages
The minimalist, classic and timeless style of the interiors of the property allows the breathtaking Caribbean view to be the star of the show. Four bedrooms and six and a half bathrooms provide more than ample accommodation for owners and guests to enjoy the unique and magical serenity of the North Sound and Virgin Gorda.
The Great Room, illuminated by the natural light, provides a comfortable space for dining and entertaining in the central area of the home. Modern, minimalist European furnishings throughout the home contribute to a relaxed, elegant feel. Just a few steps from the sand, the surrounding hardwood covered decks are deep enough for dining al fresco, relaxing with a morning coffee, or entertaining guests with cocktails just inches from the ocean.
A professional gourmet kitchen with a professional gas range, large island, two sinks, two dishwashers and loads of cabinet and drawer storage offer home cooks a chef’s paradise or ample space for a private chef to create impeccable dishes. A generous pantry with sub-zero refrigerators and freezers along with a prep station and wine cooler fridge provide plenty of space for any and all ingredients. A breakfast nook just off the kitchen is the perfect place to enjoy coffee and the view.
With approximately 1500 sq ft of interior space, the two guest cottages guests with complete privacy from the beach house. The first is a one-bedroom, one and a half bathroom cottage, and the second is a two-bedroom, two-bathroom cottage. Both are bordered by spacious covered and uncovered terraces.
The very safe and protected beach at Little Bay is quite simply perfect for storing and launching a Hobie Cat, kayak or paddleboard. Easy snorkelling right off the beach and towards either of the two rocky headlands will take you into a mysterious underwater world of turtles and tropical fish. The owner has chosen not to build a swimming pool, enjoying instead the natural beauty of the ocean, but it would be very possible to construct a pool on the flat grassy area just behind the beach.
Estate Lot 15, Oil Nut Bay
On the far eastern tip of Virgin Gorda, an ultra-luxurious community provides the ease and amenities of resort living with the privacy and seclusion of a private island getaway. Oil Nut Bay was developed by David Johnson of Victor International and has been lovingly cultivated into an extraordinary resort residential estate with sustainability at the heart of every single part of the community.
Estate Lot 15 is a 5-acre ridgetop lot offering the best views of Necker Island, Eustatia Island, the North Sound and the sea beyond. The location’s simplly stunning sunsets and cool breezes make it an exceptional place to build a dream home. The site has already been prepped and levelled for a world class home, with retaining walls already in place and the Oil Nut Bay team ready to continue construcion. The site comes with full architecture plans for the exquisite home, which was the last project to be designed by the late Dr. Ken Kao before his passing in 2017. A dearly loved and influential professor and lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and author, his incredibly talented Boston-based studio Kao Design Group (formerly KDG, now DSK) designed the new Great House for Necker Island after the fire of 2011 along with other homes on Necker Island and Moskito Island, and also the home of David Johnson at Oil Nut Bay.
Along with dock membership in the modern marina, Oil Nut Bay is flush with resort-style amenities to enjoy. A newly-built Marina Village includes a gourmet market, coffee shop, boutique and more. Oil Nut Bay also features a beautiful beach, swimming pools, restaurants, bars, kids’ centre, tennis courts and more. Everything residents and their guests would need is at their fingertips, while still feeling a world away from the stresses of everyday life.
Estate Lot 15 at Oil Nut Bay represents a rare opportunity to create and enjoy a truly special and unique legacy property. Generations to come will appreciate the attention to detail and sustainability elements that have been carefully curated to make this incomparable community a reality.
Mooney Bay Estate
A truly unique opportunity lies within the 22+ acres of land (with freehold title) at Mooney Bay Estate, the largest privately-owned property with oceanfront on the North Sound that is not part of a larger community development, meaning it can be exclusive and entirely secluded. Due to damage during Hurricane Irma, the property is a blank slate for which a buyer can build their very own Virgin Gorda dream.
Whether looking to build a luxurious home or for an enticing commercial opportunity taking advantage of the North Sound beach frontage, Mooney Bay Estate provides an excellent base in the hottest Virgin Gorda market.
Ideally situated on the north coast of Virgin Gorda towards the western end of North Sound, with Leverick Bay Resort and Marina located to the east and the Blunder Bay Resort to the west. The property overlooks Moskito Island, a luxury residential development and sub-division.
The island’s rolling hills create a beautiful backdrop for the estate, which is currently only accessible via boat. There is a sea-bed lease for a dock, along with space for a swim platform extending from the beach in front of the villa, although both were damaged by Irma leaving just a small main jetty with a barge ramp adjacent. As part of the development of the property, the owners have obtained outline planning consent for the reconstruction of the original dock and an extension giving a total length of 208 feet with an arm of 120 feet. The water depth at the end of the dock extension is around 16 feet. The owner is in the process of applying for full planning consent for the dock extension.
Debris from the hurricane damage has been cleared but no repairs to the property have been made. The villa consists of nearly 3000 feet of enclosed living space, meaning endless possibilities for designing a home or rental property. The main villa pavilion has a master bedroom suite along with two other bedrooms while two other adjacent pavilions also provide private suites with two bedrooms each. An expansive dining area and covered lounge area offer stunning views of the bay just next to the freshwater pool. Other property amenities include a manager’s cottage with two bedrooms and storage space beneath, a full-size tennis court and large cisterns.
With absolutely stunning views and privacy nearly unattainable anymore, Mooney Bay Estate offers an incredible place to call home. A developer’s dream, the commercial opportunity of this property is also a rare gem for someone with a vision for a North Sound lifestyle.
With a picture-perfect view of Leverick Bay overlooking the stunning North Sound, Tamarind Villa offers a highly-desired location to call home. Whether relaxing at the pool or enjoying a cocktail as the megayachts go by with views of Prickly Pear, Saba Rock and Moskito islands, this Virgin Gorda property is nothing short of amazing.
A beautiful villa styled with understated Caribbean flair, Tamarind Villa’s main house features a spacious great room including the living area, dining room and kitchen. Designed with native stone, the large kitchen island boasts ample counter space with granite countertops and all the appliances and amenities needed to host dinners for friends or visiting family. The large great room is open on three sides to an expansive covered patio, blending indoor and outdoor living and creating the best of both worlds for Caribbean living.
The master suite overlooks the North Sound from the private terrace and has a walk-in closet and en suite bath. Two other guest rooms offer newly renovated bathrooms and their own private patios with views of the sea to enjoy day and night.
Across the newly-resurfaced and spacious pool deck, a new guest cottage with two more bedrooms and large en suite baths provides ample space and privacy for guests. A cool freshwater pool overlooking the sea is positioned to enjoy the Caribbean sun all day long. Along with independent air conditioning in each room, a completely independent apartment with a private deck and separate entrance are also housed beneath the main villa.
Located just a short walk from the beach on three-quarters of an acre of lush hillside, Tamarind Villa is part of the Leverick Bay Estate and is just minutes from entertainment for everyone. Owners and guests enjoy resort privileges and can indulge in all the amenities offered, including the beach, large swimming pool, two excellent restaurants, marina and dockage, watersports, gift boutiques and spa. Ownership of the villa also includes two mooring balls in Leverick Bay as well as access to the private jetty to keep a small boat.
Tamarind Villa has been lovingly renovated after Hurricane Irma and will make an excellent vacation home or rental income property. With its ideal location in one of the hottest Virgin Gorda neighbourhoods as well as turn-key rental potential, Tamarind Villa is a property that will make a perfect Virgin Gorda home.