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February 2009
Lizard Junction

Some properties will simply carry you away at first blush. It is a combination of how a given property is presented and careful attention to detail that says to a purchaser that this is the home for h...

Lone Palm Villa

Strong and simple, in traditional Caribbean style but elegant in its execution: these are words that describe Lone Palm Villa. The giant king palm that towers above the property in its front drive was...

Small is Beautiful

There’s no escaping the fact that building in the British Virgin Islands is expensive. New houses in the BVI are built with lots of concrete and hefty wooden structures to withstand hurricanes a...

Editor's Notes
Editor Welcome to the February issue of the Property Guide  -  Consider the BVI slightly unique to the rest of the world property issues within the current recession.

We live and work in a territory that only allows restricted work permits for the work force. To a certain extent we have little unemployment and due to the pricing of houses, for many buying or building a house is unaffordable. ...


Off The Wall
Off The Wall

Sculptural Lights  -  "Ever since we crawled out of that primordial slime, that's been our unifying cry, 'More light.' Sunlight. Torchlight. Candlelight. Neon, incandescent lights that banish the darkness from our caves to illuminate our roads, the insides of our refrigerators. Big floods for the night games at Soldier's Field. Little tiny flashlights for those books we r...

Water's Edge

A crisis ththat may be good for us  -  Limiting financial spending while scrutinizing your carbon footprint can indeed be a fruitful yet sobering excercise. For years we have lived in the land of plenty, as our homes grew larger and our appetite for electronic gadgetry reached all-time heights. Now we’re faced with having to take a serious look at our surroundings.

Many of us will b...

Sure Way to Sell
A Sure Way to Sell

Even in these times The January 2, 2009, CBS Evening News broadcast ran a headline that proclaimed, “Once Booming Dubai Goes Bust.” Persons who might not have been living on planet Earth these past 10 years might not know about the almost absurd amount of money that was invested in developing real estate in the oil-rich country. So much money that developers managed to en...

Green Living
Green Living

The British Virgin Islands and the rest of the world for that matter are officially one month into 2009. We hope your 2009 resolutions are still in the foreground and you are determined to make those pledges become reality. In this issue, we are going to help you make your resolution of living a greener lifestyle practical and even delicious.

In our quest to live in harmony with the environment the...

The Market State
The Market State

Fear not…there’s hope! (…hopefully)  -  Driving past the airport at Beef Island on New Year’s Eve, you would be forgiven for thinking that the global recession was a thing of the past and that rosier times must surely be ahead. I counted 23 private jets sitting on the tarmac. That might not sound a lot but for a little island like Tortola that’s a huge num...

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