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Building with Quartzite Stones

Building with Quartzite Stones in the Caribbean

White Quarzite tiles

White Quartzite tiles

Quartzite is a great alternative to mass produced ceramics and other common flooring options where durability and natural beauty are required.

Finishing touches to the floors of Caribbean properties can be a hectic phase for homeowners. The choice of flooring material is always dependent, firstly, on whether it is an indoor space (kitchen) or an outdoor space (garden paths or pools) and secondly the type of material that will give the best finish.

By choosing quartzite, you have a solution that gives both a first class finish and that is durable both indoors and outdoors. Additionally, it is easily accessible being available in Trinidad and Tobago!

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Moving to the Caribbean?

Moving to the Caribbean?

Colonial Plantation style home in Barbados

Colonial Plantation style home in Barbados

You have considered moving to an island retreat in the Caribbean. Living on an island can be an exciting time in your life, a great new way of living, filled with many opportunities and changes in lifestyle. What you need to consider as well, however, is that such change is challenging and it should be approached responsibly and carefully. By doing this you can ensure a proper and smooth transition. Continue reading

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Buying Caribbean Real Estate 5 Key Steps

Buying Caribbean Real Estate 5 Key Steps

What Sort of Lifestyle is it going to be?

Buying Caribbean Real Estate - Private home in the BVI

Buying Caribbean Real Estate

This is the big question revolving around desire and circumstance!

Do you want lie on a beach all day? Play golf? Write that book?  Spend your day teaching local children how to swim? Build a rammed earth house and be self sufficient in food? Winter in the Caribbean and summer back north?

All things are possible, but your strategy for buying Caribbean real estate in the islands or Central America will be based on your actual circumstance.

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Pool Designs for a Caribbean Home

Pool Designs for a Caribbean Home

Pool Designs for a Caribbean Home

Pool Designs for a Caribbean Home

The only place to put a swimming pool in the Caribbean is outdoors!  Unconstrained and unconfined, you can place your pool anywhere under the sky, on the sea, a river or the good green earth!

When planning the swimming pool for your new Caribbean home, there will be design and budgetary decisions.

When it comes to style and design, choose how big a part of your lifestyle the pool is going to play.  In cooler climes the warm kitchen or a roaring fire in the living area is the heart of the home, in the tropical Caribbean a cool well designed pool can be the heart of the home.

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5 Luxury Homes in Central America

5 Luxury Homes in Central America

Deciding in which Central American country you would like to live and spend some or all of your year, requires very careful thought and planning! Read our blog on 5 Steps on to Buying Caribbean Real Estate.

5 Luxury Homes in Central America

5 Luxury Homes in Central America

To give you an idea of available luxury property for sale, we briefly compare four very different Central American countries and showcase 5 different properties in Honduras, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Mexico.

Nicaragua is a country of lakes and volcanoes and will be the site of the second trans-americas canal bringing shipping from the Caribbean through to the Pacific.

This will bring prosperity and jobs and Nicaragua will change, in the same way that Panama adapted to its world class status over the last hundred years as a result of its Canal.

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Invest in Montserrat Five Good Reasons

Invest in Montserrat – Five Very Good Reasons

An Active Volcano
Yes! Monserrat has an active volcano! But this is’nt everything there is to know about modern Montserrat. There was a time and a life ‘before’ the volcano, but today daily life is about living and working side-by-side with this powerful potential of construction and destruction.

An internationally manned Observatory, which is well funded, ensures that the volcano is carefully monitored 24 hours a day.

The volcano itself, is still considered to be a danger to the southern part of Montserrat, but not to the northern half with its lush green hills, and beautiful bays.

 

It has been 18 years since the dormant volcano first roared into life with a huge event that buried the capital city of Plymouth in ash, known as the new Pompeii.

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5 Romantic Homes for Sale

5 Romantic Homes for Sale this Summer in the Caribbean

Time for a little summer romance. This week we have five of the most romantic homes that we could find on the market.  Perhaps the first definition of a romantic home bought to enjoy those special moments for two, is that it must be a private hideaway.

5 Romantic Homes for Sale

5 Romantic Homes for Sale : Luxury Hideaway in the Dominican Republic

Second it must have a beautiful setting, with lush tropical gardens to be enjoyed under the stars. The home itself will have charm, interest and potential.   Potential, because any loving couple will want to add their own brand of personal partnership and energy on the internal spaces.

The views from this romantic hideaway must inspire and reinforce the feeling that there is just the two of you and that there is only this moment!  It maybe that you can only spend a few weeks each year enjoying your romantic home hideaway, so the whole ambience must be remarkable.

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2 Beach Properties August 6

2 Beach Properties August 6th

2 Beach Properties - Martinique studio apartment for sale.

2 Beach Properties – Martinique studio apartment $86K

2 beach properties for approximately $86 K each;  a piece of beachfront land in Nicaragua and a studio apartment in a Martinque beach resort.

Comparing these two very different countries connected by the Caribbean sea makes for an interesting read.

Martinique is one of the Windward Islands facing the Atlantic and lies between Dominica and St. Lucia to the south. It is a French jurisdiction and culturally it is France with a tropical attitude! From the language, the architecture, the arts through to the Law and the social structure; any Francophile will feel at home!

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Brazilian Hardwood Kit Homes

Brazilian Hardwood Kit Homes Flatpacked for the Caribbean

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Brazilian Hardwood Kit Homes and Houses

Brazilian Hardwood kit homes cannot be home-produced in a sustainable or cost-effective way in the islands.

The local islands do not support large forests of hardwood trees, and although most of the islands do have a solid infrastructure for sustainable forestry there is not enough acreage to create a commercial timber industry.

The mountainous terrain on most of the forested smaller islands prohibits extraction of large trees and would mean planking in situ on steep mountainsides and then walking each plank out.

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Costa Rica Properties

Properties in Costa Rica

Costa Rica properties are getting a lot of interest from potential buyers. Costa Rica is the flavour of the month with Google’s search results for ‘costa rica real estate’ with up to 90,500 searches for this term per month.

According to Costa Rican newspapers and realtors, there is ‘guarded optimism’ that the valley of the economic crisis is on it’s way behind and out of view for real estate affairs.

A program named Happy Planet Index, which was introduced by the New Economics Foundation – measures ‘happiness’ in terms of human well-being and satisfaction and the environmental impact caused by the country. Costa Rica was No 1 of 143 countries measured in 2009. That isn’t an easy success I’m sure. The country is planning and working it’s way to becoming the first country to be ‘carbon neutral’. This is planned for 2021.

A 1987 Nobel Peace Prize is held by the president of Costa Rica, Oscar Arias, for his work towards bringing peace to Latin America when it was going through a period of turmoil. He has also changed the economic focus of the country onto a more modern agricultural focus (flowers and exotic fruits) and tourism as opposed to coffee and bananas. However, production of gourmet coffee beans is bringing an income for the country.

That isn’t all for Costa Rica to bring to the party though…. in terms of tourism, Costa Rica is known for it’s great surfing opportunities and it’s ecotourism. It rates 2nd in the Caribbean, just behind Barbados and 1st out of the Latin American countries on the scale of attractiveness for developing a travel and tourism business (Travel & Tourism Competitive Report – 2009).

With all of these factors combined, does this mean that Costa Rica is one of the first to emerge from the world’s downturn with it’s real estate focus…? We will have to wait and see, but it seems that Costa Rica properties are under the spotlight for investors right now.

If you would like to know more about Costa Rica properties, please visit our page on Costa Rica Properties or contact our sales agents.

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