Casa Blanca, Nassau, The Bahamas
A Dream Realised. Casa Blanca blends romantic island living with princely luxury in Nassau, The Bahamas.
Words by Caroline Key. Photography by Greg Demirjian.
Rarely does a home marry casual warmth with such impeccable style, but then Casa Blanca is no ordinary dwelling. What began as a distant dream under dreary skies soon became a blissful reality complete with cocktail sunsets and white sand beaches for a London property magnate and his family. Swapping cold weather and a hectic pace for relaxation and friendlier climes was an easy decision but not without its challenges, explains the owner. “Our children were four, five and seven at the time and we had a beautiful home in north London. We knew absolutely nothing about the island but fell hopelessly in love with the idea of living on the beach.” The tranquil shores of New Providence were calling and some three years on, the family has created the perfect beachside idyll – a stunning four-bedroom water’s edge property nestled in the peace and privacy of the exquisite gated community of Lyford Cay. Sandy feet welcome.
Strikingly beautiful inside and out, this manor represents an effortless blend of carefree island living with modern glamour. “We wanted the house to be easy living,” says the owner, who took an active role in every aspect of the design. With ample living space and fringed by immaculate grounds, lush tropical terraces and a stunning geometric koi lagoon, Casa Blanca promises comfort, luxury and a sophisticated aesthetic.
Enter through the stylish foyer and you are met with a chic, boutique hotel feel. Leaning to the avant-garde, Asian accents are softened by a touching collection of black and white family photographs. Timeless, versatile – the interior echoes simplicity and light. A palette of crisp whites, soft beiges and creamy sands interspersed with deep ocean hues provides depth; flourishes of silver and steel appeal to the discerning contemporary eye.
Testament to the couple’s enduring style, a chandelier hangs demure in the intimate dining room; a grand piano blends seamlessly into the landscape; a guest house, set back within lush tropical foliage and swaying palm trees, overlooks a stunning palazzo-style pool.
But true elegance lies in the detail. Exposed beams, Victorian bead board and tongue and groove ceilings lend the palatial home a traditional beach cottage feel. While hardwood floors, white marble, oversize furnishings, and the master bath spa tub – overlooking a private courtyard and fountain – remind you that luxe living is very much at the fore of Casa Blanca’s raison d’être.
West-facing with uninterrupted views of Clifton Bay, the main house lies on a north-south axis bringing over 150 feet of oceanfront into view. Maximising the aspect, light-filled cathedral ceiling rooms open onto sweeping covered patios – perfectly framing the glistening horizon beyond and creating an ideal spot to unwind with friends and family.
Outside, the grounds are nothing short of breathtaking. Manicured lawns frame the oceanfront whilst intricate Seagrapes and bright Poincianas provide splashes of colour and outline. The ultimate cinematic backdrop, blossoming native shrubbery and sculpted tropical planters line the alfresco patio and dining courtyard. Built to withstand all manner of inclement weather, the design specs are equally as impressive. Reinforced concrete, state-of-the-art impact shutters and automated technologies ensure everything is as it should be. From ambient outdoor lighting to room-to-room climate control, Casa Blanca delivers idyllic island-living with all the contemporary comforts.
A laid-back, family residence with all the modern conveniences, it is a place of sanctuary to whomever visits. A definitive interpretation of the owners’ vivid imagination, Casa Blanca captures the essence of Caribbean life, blending style and luxury with classic beachside living. Now that is a dream worth living.
For more information about Casa Blanca, please visit: www.casablancalyfordcay.com
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