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August 2009
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Makere House

The turquoise pool mimics the blue of Cane Garden Bay, and the verdant lawn copies the green of the mountainside. The multi-level Makere House welcomes lounging and relaxing while admiring the sublime...
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Welcome to Festival

Why Do We Jump Up?

Old pirates, yes, they rob I;
Sold I to the merchant ships,
Minutes after they took I
From the bottomless pit.
But my hand was made strong
By the hand of the almighty.
We forward in this g...
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OBM Small Works

In small proportions we just beauties see;
And in short measures, life may perfect be.

– Benjamin Johnson

This month, OBMI formally launches our “Small Works” division in the British V...
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Editor's Notes
Editor

Welcome to the August issue of Property Guide  -  The island is in bloom! This morning, after navigating through my berry-splattered patio and bougainvillea-covered steps, I walked down the Ridge Road toward Great Mountain Road and noticed more blossoms and fruit than I’d seen since I’d moved in to my hilltop room in March. I had to pause and mentally photograph the cinnabar ...
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State of the Market
State of the Market

Global Focus on the BVI  -  The British Virgin Islvands not only offers tropical beaches but also financial stability and is therefore an ideal place to invest in bricks and mortar. With housing prices still tumbling elsewhere, the BVI real estate market remains buoyant. While it has become more of a buyers' market over the last year, sellers still do not have to reduce their asking ...
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Green Living
Green Living

Cool It Down  -  Everyone loves the summertime, the season when lifelong memories are made. Families vacation together, college students break loose and friends catch up with each other at summer events and festivals. But with all the fun of summer, there is usually one thing that I must admit I have to mentally prepare myself to manage—the heat.

As the years go by, and as climate ...
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Art Collectors in Paradise
Art Collectors

Art Collectors in Paradise  -  Here in the BVI, most of us have a breathtaking view outside our windows. So, what’s on the walls? How about some art. To invest in art is to be passionate about another human being’s creation and to be sensitive to one’s own visual, emotional and spiritual well-being. Art compels us to think and feel differently, freely, openly. It can ev...
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Old Wood, New Designs
New Designs

Old Wood Inspires New Designs

“If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing beautifully.”
—words of a Balinese carver as told to Made Wijaya, author of Architecture of Bali (2002).

Reclaimed teak furniture is constructed of wood salvaged from the demolition of old homes, railroads, docks, boats, cattle markets and furniture in Indonesia. Craftsmen in Indonesia then strip and c...
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Saline Secrets
Saline Secrets

Jost Van Dyke  -  Many persons visit Jost van Dyke for the beaches and the bars. Others come to enjoy a soak, swim or snorkel in the sea. Fewer visitors pay attention to the seven salt ponds found across Jost van Dyke. Yet these salt ponds are ecological jewels, which hold clues both to the mysteries of the past and keys to solving the environmental challenges of the present.

For example...
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