English Harbour, Antigua
From the lofty confines of Nelson’s Point, overlooking a swathe of cobalt ocean, craggy inlets and the majestic Pillars of Hercules landmark, the only ones with a better view are the frigate birds circling overhead.
This spectacular eight-bedroom property has been chiselled into the hillside in camel-coloured stone with the expertise of a fine artist.
Its location at the mouth of English Harbour was a draw for its history buff owner, whose affection for the island’s colourful nautical past is evidenced in everything from the sailing prints adorning the interior to the cannons positioned among the fortress-style walls.
Nelson’s Point is one of a handful of exquisite homes already completed at the Windward Estate development. Spanning 93 acres of prime waterfront headland between Pigeon Beach and Windward Bay, the exclusive gated community is fast becoming one of Antigua’s most desirable addresses.
It’s the latest scheme under construction by the company responsible for the plush Galley Bay Heights development, and various high end beach villas in Jolly Harbour and Jumby Bay.
New Century Development has now turned its attention to creating 30-plus luxury villas within its 24-hour guard-secured surrounds, which will eventually also have a jetty and a five-star boutique hotel with expansive swimming pool and tennis courts.
Catherine’s Café – long a favoured haunt of discriminating foodies – also falls within the purlieus.
Windward Estate is being built in three phases, the first of which is already completed and sold out.
A major appeal for buyers is the fact that each home is custom-made, inside and out, to suit individual requirements. Standard guidelines ensure the area’s natural beauty and serenity are preserved. Buyers can choose from one of the developers’ three recommended architects or use their own.
Villa Lucia’s proud new owners enjoyed their first Christmas in the 14,000 sqft villa in 2014. The style here is elegantly minimalist, a world away from the colonial-inspired Nelson’s Point but every bit as exceptional. Its cleverly-designed open-plan concept allows all rooms to open up to an internal garden located in the centre of the property.
In addition to the spell-binding scenery, other benefits when purchasing a Windward Estate home include in-house assistance for all legalities and building permits, and no brokerage.
The scheme also falls within the government’s citizenship by investment programme, entitling buyers to apply for an Antigua & Barbuda passport which offers both tax and travel advantages.
English Harbour may be a world-famous sailing hub but it’s easily accessible by air too; just a 30-minute drive from the international airport serviced by daily direct flights to North America and Europe.
The lively locale is known for its vibrant seasonal nightlife, well-serviced marina, shops and restaurants, as well as its acclaimed annual regattas.
Another jewel in English Harbour’s crown is beloved Pigeon Beach with translucent waters, ivory sand and abundant shade. High up on the peninsula, the Windward Estate is just far enough away from the action to immerse oneself in the secluded tranquillity, topped off with breath-taking fuchsia sunsets.
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