Sunset Point, Cayman Islands
Epic by design: Grand Cayman's own sumptuous stately home.
Words by Juliet Austin.
Beyond the impressive wrought iron entry gates of Britannia Estates, Grand Cayman's 21-acre upscale residential community, located between the world famous Seven Mile Beach and the protected watersports' playground of the North Sound, Sunset Point strikes an elegant pose. Built twelve feet above sea level and set amid lushly landscaped grounds punctuated by indigenous and tropical foliage, the home overlooks the majestic reef-protected sound to the east and Jack Nicklaus Championship golf course to the south. A haven-within-a-haven, the island's standing as a sophisticated, safe and friendly offshore financial centre, coupled with its stable social and political environments, breathtaking marine life and year-round tropical climate, make it a popular choice for wealthy investors and expatriate residents alike, all chasing the Caribbean dream that is alive and well at Sunset Point.
Comprising two lots totalling approximately 1.12 acres, with the main residence sitting on half an acre of beautifully manicured gardens, Sunset Point ascends three storeys, affording stunning panoramic views. Meticulously designed and crafted over four long years, it showcases only the finest standards of construction and craftsmanship, employing quality materials and techniques with the greatest possible attention to detail. Yet, while substantial in scale, it cleverly succeeds in achieving the perfect balance of a grand, yet highly liveable, family home. Grand steps lead to elevated double mahogany doors, opening to reveal a stunning entrance foyer, complete with baby grand piano and dazzling Austrian cut-glass crystal chandelier. Featuring coffered ceilings and Jerusalem stone floors with decorative marble inlay, a curved, intricately ornate staircase with gold painted handrails ascends to the second and third floors, while another descends to the cedar-lined, professionally designed, state of the art wine cellar, constructed to Chateau specifications below ground level. Add to this the highly functional, yet inviting kitchen, with its hand-painted solid oak cabinetry, granite countertops and high-end appliances by La Cornue, Subzero and Miele, and it is clear that this property was made to impress.
Characterising the interiors, double vaulted ceilings, vast dual aspect picture windows, marble of many descriptions and sumptuous Jerusalem Stone in polished, tumbled and honed finishes, lend the home a palpable sense of grandeur. Decorative elements, like the stunning Trompe L'Oeil on the galleried landing, custom-made Canella olive root furnishings and millwork and an abundance of antiques, deliver old world charm, while Lutron controlled art-lighting and Linn Klimax audio systems, a fully-equipped home theatre fitted with luxury electric reclining loungers, and a host of other automated technologies controlled by the AMX Home Automation System - offering full remote access, viewing and control capability from anywhere in the world - support every modern luxury imaginable.
Bedrooms, including the ground floor guest suite with French windows leading onto the patio and pool area, are all predictably spacious and generously proportioned with fine furnishings and finishes and scrupulous attention to detail at every turn. Large walk-in closets, oversized showers and Jacuzzi tubs make for a life of easy living, while romantic balconies provide the perfect platform for stargazing under Caribbean skies.
However, Sunset Point's exquisite third floor penthouse achieves new heights of luxury. Accessed via an eight-foot high arched olive root doorway at the top of the staircase, or the elevator, if you please, the master suite is a sumptuous sanctuary boasting customised furnishings like the magnificent Canella bed head encasement upholstered in rich velvet. A spectacular eleven-foot high coffered ceiling in Canella olive root features twenty veneered inset trays and seven Austrian crystal candelabras, combining with intricate finishings and regal décor to create a decidedly stately effect. Offering the unique option of not only 'his and hers' dressing rooms, but 'his and hers' master bathrooms, each 'room of one's own' includes Smallbone of Devizes millwork and cabinetry, with 'his' solid walnut and a 'her' hand-painted oak finishes. What is more, the master suite enters onto a spacious private patio with far reaching views from pool and grounds over the North Sound to the mesmerising deep blues of the Caribbean Sea beyond. Loungers and patio furniture allow views and warm breezes to be enjoyed year round.
And it is this, above all else - the joy of living carefree out in the elements; experiencing the full bounty of nature's glory - that is Sunset Point's pièce de résistance. Designed to accommodate expansive outdoor living, the large rear deck area is intended to appeal to every whim or desire. For serenity seekers, the oval saltwater pool - heated for those cooler winter months and with its own separate spa - is the perfect place to wile away the hours under the warm tropical sun. Alternatively, covered patio areas provide ample shade and are complemented by a substantial, standalone, 'Jamaica-style' pavilion - a luxurious gazebo enclosed by retractable shutters… just the ticket for entertaining Caribbean style. Boasting a fully fitted kitchen with marine quality stainless steel cabinetry, the gazebo includes a wealth of stainless steel appliances from fridges, ovens and a microwave to icemaker, a piped-in gas barbecue, and a to-die-for cocktail and wet bar. There is even a flat screen TV, music and access to the main residence's digital audio-visual system… if you really must. A home with epic scope, Sunset Point's flawless pairing of the lavish luxury of a bygone era with every modern convenience under the sun is second to none. Palatial in its splendour, it stands… a fitting tribute to the monumental beauty of its Caribbean setting.
For further information contact:
International Realty Group (IRG), Cayman Islands
Tel: 345 623 1111
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