RELAX AT VILLA V
- May 3rd, 2007
- in Yachting
Nestled in the quiet hills of Belmont Estate – Villa V is truly a treasured gem in Nature’s Little Secrets. This three bedroom, three bath villa sits on 0.049 acres of land in a quiet condominium community on the western end of Tortola.
Designed by renowned architect James O’Halloran and built in the late 1970s, Villa V is the perfect mix of old time charm and modern sensibility.
O’Halloran’s trademark multiple balconies, sweeping curves and high-set arches melded with Mediterranean and West Indian architectural styles provide this home’s owner with open plan living, supplemented with extra windows through which the cool seaside air and shining sun of the Belmont area flow, filling every nook and corner.
The heavily timbered ceiling adds height to the property and allowing the cool island breeze to circulate throughout all the rooms, while high windows and arches add to its elegant grandeur. With a modest Caribbean décor of white walls, simple furnishing and antique accents, the main living area sits on three levels.
Walk into Villa V and its short foyer guides you to the home office, which has built in shelves, great storage and a comfortable working environment for more than one. Across the foyer sits a functional eat-in kitchen with modern appliances and cluster free style. Chalet cabinets give you lots of storage, as does the side pantry. Need extra seating for dining? The sunken living room’s main wall offers built in extras to provide you with just that.
Just up a few short stairs you will find the first bedroom and bathroom. Close together and, as with all rooms in the home, the simple design allows you to enjoy the convenience of its effortless simplicity, or gives you an opportunity to implant your own style. Hardwood floors and a balcony overlooking a flourishing coconut grove add a touch of Caribbean charm and authenticity, whilst cooling breezes ensure relaxation and a good night’s sleep.
Ascend those stairs to the uppermost storey and you’ll be greeted by a truly captivating view. From the balcony, amidst flourishing vegetation and gentle breezes whispering through the coconut palms, and enshrouded by the lush green hills of Belmont Estate, the vista proffers the sparkling blue waters of one of the Territory’s best beaches, Smuggler’s Cove, or your second choice, the dazzling three-quarter mile white sandy beach of Long Bay.
Step down from the foyer and you will find yourself in the deep-set living room with an abundance of comfortable living and entertaining space. The living room furniture, mostly light bamboo and teak accents, adds to the tropical feel of the place. On the same level is the second bedroom. An en suite bathroom makes for privacy, and large plate glass windows invite you on to the adjoining balcony to soak in the truly tremendous view. Sunlight easily makes its way into the room and warms up your sleeping quarters. There will be nothing but pleasant dreams here.
O’Halloran’s designs always include plenty of deck space, and this home is no exception. The main deck looks over to Jost Van Dyke and offers built in seating, making it the perfect venue to gather with friends or family dining. Backlit by the BVI’s blue horizons or a spattering of stars on a velvet night sky, a truly magical experience awaits you on this patio. If you don not feel like entertaining, a private reading quarters with nature’s soundtrack is another option.
A staircase at the side of the home takes you down to the third bedroom. This quaint studio comes complete with a serviceable kitchenette, bathroom and patio from which to enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner and the sweet, heady scents of the nicely groomed garden. The sounds of nature, seashore included, greet you in this secret setting.
From a practical perspective large storage closets, including two owner’s closets and a large utility or laundry room, make this island escape both functional and comfortable. This three-bedroom villa is situated just above the swaying coconut grove and is an easy short walk from Smuggler’s Cove: a perfect holiday getaway or long term residence.
Investing in Villa V will allow you to join a private community of seven villas. All current residents are long time owners, providing a real sense of community in this dwelling. Each owner has crown title to their property and a share of ownership of the common ground. The community shares in the landscaping and gardening and maintains the externals of all villas ensuring continuance of property values.
Villa V provides the perfect blend of tropical and practical. Go to bed or wake up in the morning to the sound of waves crashing ashore; listen to the rustling of coconut trees and palms, or perhaps take a step out of any of the bedrooms on to their patios to watch the magnificent spectacle of a BVI sunset. Perfect for a relaxing holiday getaway or a quiet residence, going for $795,000, Villa V is simply a pleasant investment for any length of stay.