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September 2011
Features
An Architect's Vision

An Architect’s Vision
Meets an Owner's Insight


I’ve found it nearly impossible during my villa visits to embark upon a Belmont Estate home with views that fail to impress. And on my re...
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Molding Metals

Molding Metals
From the VI to China


In a large gymnasium in Changchun, China, artists from 106 countries and territories are happily working on sculptures to be displayed in parks throughout the city...
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The Virgin Sisters

The Virgin Sisters
The BVI and USVI as One Yachting Market

Somehow the two different, politically dependent territories have forged a mutual business relationship, where each complements the other in ...
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Editor's Notes
Editor

Editor's Letter

Here’s to one less division among these beautiful islands.

Sure, you’ll need your passport when traveling through the invisible boundary that divides the United States and British Virgin Islands. And, yeah, custom fees and rules and regulations will need to be recognised—that all comes with the territories’ divide under dual ownership. But with one sm...
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BVI's BEST
BVIís BEST

Readers’ Choice Awards  
BVI’s BEST

You've seen the properties, visited the resorts, sailed the waters and imbibed in all that is the BVI. Now it's YOUR turn to chose. BVI Property & Yacht cordially calls upon you, the reader, to decide who ranks as the "best of" in the BVI. Take a moment, fill out our survey, and earn your chance to win a dinner for two at the restauran...
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ONE Virgin Island
ONE Virgin Islands

Investing in ONE Virgin Islands
A Practical Guide for Potential Purchasers


BVI

Current Trends
In the midst of a challenging market, real estate in the BVI is still regarded as a solid investment. The appeal of owning property in the BVI is enhanced by prevailing lower home prices. The islands are already quite attractive because of the variety of properties available, the pristine and calm waters...
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Vernacular
Vernacular

A Contemporary Vernacular

A contemporary architectural idiom that reflects the traditional vernacular, character, climate and culture of a place is an interesting challenge. For many architects this is the Holy Grail, allowing a freedom of “modern” design but being duly respectful of context.

We have recently had a number of clients requesting design that reflects “a contempo...
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Creations Gone Gold
Creations Gone Gold

BVI Culinary Creations Gone Gold

Their performance was the antithesis of a flash in the pan. A few well orchestrated culinary flashes, seasoned with teamwork, team spirit and practice, and marinated with enthusiasm simmered to the right consistency, allowed the BVI National Culinary Team 2011 to bring home an array of medals from June’s Taste of Caribbean in Miami: five gold, one silver ...
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Caught in the Act
Caught in the Act

Caught in the Act
Frigate birds fly into troubled waters

Hundreds of feet above sea level, the magnificent frigate birds stalk the azure waters below, waiting for the opportune moment to snatch their lunch from an unsuspecting boobie. The quick and agile creatures use their abilities to swoop down on other seabirds to attack and harass them until they give up their meals. Like a menacing schoo...
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Underinsurance
Underinsurance

Underinsurance
A Recipe for Financial Disaster


In the months leading up to June, with the uncertainty of the impending hurricane season, now is a good time to make sure that your home or business premises are insured sufficiently, against not only hurricanes, but also against other perils such as earthquakes and fire.

True, the British Virgin Islands has not been effectively flattened by a hu...
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Don't Kiss
Don

A Frog You Don't Want to Kiss

“Our tiger was outside playing with a huge frog,” my boyfriend Richard said as he came through the door holding our new kitten Axl under his arm. A few minutes later when we sat down to dinner, Axl cried to be let out again.

“Go play with your new friend,” I said as I opened the door for him.

After a few more bites of palak paneer, we hea...
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Just a Small Painting
Just a Small Painting

Just a Small Painting

One of the reasons I pursued the task of saving the Old Government House from demolition was to preserve the murals painted by Margaret Barwick, the wife of former Governor David Barwick (1982-1986).And while I was working on the new Government House in 2003 I saw there was a four-inch floodlit recess being built into the living room wall, which I thought would be an idea...
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