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October 2010
Features
Drakes Traders

Anyone who has lived here for 25 years will know Drakes Traders and will know how they started humbly by selling tiles out of a spare room, catering to a niche in the BVI market.

Many things may have c...
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Just Add People

A fast-growing trend in the homebuilding industry is the development of move-in-ready homes. Here the property developer builds a community of homes or apartments that offer the buyer more than just a...
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Watching Paint Dry

Well, it’s an expression, and in getting to know a little about new types of paint in an ever green-aspiring world, having the wrong paint dry, as the partners at Caribbean Colours in Fish Bay t...
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Editor's Notes
Editor

Welcome to the October issue of Property Guide.

After a hurricane, the BVI may look its worst, but the people are at their best. Neighbours share recovery tips, water for showers, refrigerator space, internet connections and fruit from downed trees. I've eaten more local limes this week than I have all year. And the bananas? They seem to be everywhere as a result of the fragile trees toppling o...
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Importing Bali Style
Importing Bali Style

“The outside world is a mirror to the Balinese with which they can reflect what is most important.” —Bali Style

Due to similar climates, it’s easy to understand why Bali style is popular in the BVI. Balinese furnishings and fittings utilize durable materials such as teak, bamboo and stone that can be used both in and out of doors. This makes sense because, like BVI homes, st...
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Tourism Development
Tourism Development

The tourism industry and its economic bedfellow, tourism development, have taken a beating in the current economic recession. The first target in a weak economy is discretionary spending, and the nature of tourism is that it’s a luxury, not a fundamental need for an individual.

Visitor numbers have inevitably declined as potential tourists everywhere have tightened their belts. However, for m...
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Cliffside Pools
Cliffside Pools

When you are new to our Islands, the hills and invariable, steep roads will most likely leave a lasting impression. The sheer drops and relatively radical switchbacks in our road systems are not for the faint of heart.

If you have been around for a while, this all becomes second nature, and you certainly have arrived when you've tamed the treacherous “Elevator” a number of times.
Whi...
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Building Information
Building Information

Green building design attempts to control the biggest impact on the natural environment—the built environment.

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), a metric that has been developed to measure the level of sustainability, or greenness, of a structure, acknowledges the owners’ commitment to green building, depending on the design and technologies implemented.

It is much mo...
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BVI Modern Farming
BVI Modern Farming

High above the North Shore's Trunk Bay, Aragorn Dick-Read has created a working market garden and farm, Good Moon Farm, that promises to become a source of inspiration as well as a source of organic greens and fruit.

Aragorn is best known as the impresario of Trellis Bay, where his eponymous Art Centre stands with Jeremy Wright's Cyber Cafe as the spiritual hub of Burning Man culture in the...
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State of the Market
State of the Market

Whilst marketing agents boast of “best time to buy” and “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunities in the realty world, the reality of that rhetoric in a slightly fragile global economy is starting to wear thin as to progressive investments on a quick return versus substance.

What is happening in the BVI market is that developments still continue to plough on with solid financial ba...
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