Tara's Dream, Cayman Islands
Photography by Gary White and Stephen Clarke.
Aptly named, Tara's Dream sits high atop a stretch of pristine, sun-kissed beach so unthinkably deep, it almost defies belief. Depending on the tide, the beach depth can stretch out an unprecedented 200 feet from the property itself. From this elevated vantage point, sky meets sea in an endless panorama of blues – palest turquoise merging to crystal clear azure and darkest indigo – with hues too exquisitely wonder-full and plentiful to name. From here, the ocean runs for mile after mile of knee-deep, tantalisingly warm water. Whether it is a meditative stroll along the shoreline collecting shells or cruising the ever-calm waters of the tranquil sound counting sand dollars, the magnificent expanse of blue forms an unparalleled backyard playground for this beautifully appointed residence.
Just forty five minutes by car (or twenty minutes by boat) from George Town and the airport, twenty minutes from the new Countryside Shopping Centre and within a stone’s throw of the ever popular Kaibo Yacht Club and Rum Point, Tara’s Dream is the epitome of carefree living and surely one of the most enviable addresses in the Caribbean – the perfect getaway for anyone seeking refuge from the hustle and bustle of life in the fast lane. Located on one of several quays in the North Sound, and protected by the spectacular fringing barrier reef – one of the most celebrated marine protected ecosystems on the face of the earth – this sheltered island home offers the best in boating and beach life while maintaining its convenient proximity to the host amenities on offer island wide. Tara’s Dream takes it one step further: live the Caribbean dream while surrounded by a host of technological wizardry that keeps you connected with the global heartbeat through wireless ADSL. The property panders to every electronic whim, the automated home systems providing the utmost comfort and enjoyment, plus peace of mind while on or off island.
Designed by veteran Caribbean architect, Brian Eccles, along with the current and original owners who use it as their principal residence, Tara’s Dream is the quintessential earthly paradise. Solidly built on concrete pile foundations reaching deep into Cayman bedrock, the quality of construction is also worry free. The enchanting property stands firm and strong in the white sands of Cayman Kai – an area, it would seem, of never waning popularity with local and overseas investors. In fact, rarely do properties of such size and quality become available for sale or rent on this particular stretch of beach. The sprawling, estate-sized lot – nearly an acre in size – commands far reaching views of the famous Sand Bar and shaded terraces extend the, almost tangible, sense of space. As if to enhance this element, the cleverly designed infinity-edged pool spills its continuous sheet of water over and out into the endless beyond, creating an atmosphere of peace and tranquility seldom found it today’s busy world.
To the house itself, and there is little doubt that Tara’s Dream crosses its ‘t’s and hangs its ‘y’s on style. Passing through the double electric gates and along the brick paved driveway encircling the home’s front façade, one’s eye is drawn to the exotic array of palms and shrubs that, in keeping with Cayman tradition, make up the charming sand garden. Imported from far beyond Cayman’s shores, species include unusual specimens such as sago, bismarkian and zahita palms and even two mature bonsais thought to be well over a hundred years old. Past the double garage (with guest accommodation above), one is greeted by an impressive portico complete with marble water feature. The tone is one of elegance, setting the scene perfectly for the dramatic aesthetic of the interior.
The grand entrance hall is created by exploiting the perfect symmetry of columns in combination with a single arch, hanging chandelier and polished marble floors. The first impression is one of classical grandeur and sophisticated proportion. Fine finishes such as the solid oak burl wood veneer doors and quality details, combined with a flexible and well considered floor plan, make this the ultimate location for those looking to invest in the carefree lifestyle offered in this prime setting.
The great room, with its 27 foot high ceilings, allows light to suffuse the home, admitted through stunning French windows (all tinted, double glazed and with high hurricane ratings) which frame the out-of-this-world vista – glimpses of which are omnipresent due to the thoughtful design of this beautiful house. Meanwhile, the stately dining room opens out onto a screened breakfast and barbecue area – perfect for more casual entertaining, Caribbean style.
The property spans a total of 7,200 square feet of pure perfection – no stone has been left unturned on quality or comfort. Its strikingly appointed accommodations include a separate, more than spacious master bedroom suite complete with personal study, a private, screened patio, his and hers bathrooms featuring a spa bath, oversized shower, twin toilets, sinks, walk in closets and a fully fitted vanity complete with three way mirrors. To say that the previous owners have thought of everything is a vast understatement. There are four remaining bedroom suites – two of which come with their own living rooms and kitchens, not to mention private balconies. Separate guest/staff accommodations, featuring top of the line appliances by, among others, Sub Zero and Gaggenau, are linked together by an attractive pagoda which acts to unify the two buildings and maintain a harmony of design.
The state of-the-art, professional grade, chef’s kitchen boasts high quality, integrated appliances by Dacor and Miele, to name but two, and care has been taken to create a space with maximised storage potential while maintaining aesthetic integrity. To this end, granite countertops continue through to the pantry and the air conditioned laundry room and linen store are separate entities. Custom made ‘Redl’ cabinetry – produced via a process of curving, pressing, baking and hand polishing – is featured throughout.
For those wanting to catch their dreams, whether in the form of a relaxing weekend retreat or a complete lifestyle transformation, Tara’s Dream could be the reality they have been fantasising about. To make it complete, the dream package to this enchanting waterfront residence, includes the option to purchase three additional sandy cove lots, each by separate negotiation. Ideal for safe mooring or development, one features a one bedroom, self-contained cottage with L-shaped dock while another boasts a float on boat ramp, boat launch and charming thatched cabana. All that is left is to follow the footsteps in the sand…Tara’s Dream lies waiting.
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