Vela, Grand Cayman
Words by Natasha Were. Photography by Deep Blue Images www.deepblueimages.com
Vela, Davenport Development’s sleek, ultra-modern residential development across from Red Bay dock in South Sound, exemplifies the brand’s commitment to delivering fine design, high quality construction and exceptional lifestyle amenities at an affordable price point.
Phase III of the South Beach-style development is now selling and replicates the layout and design of previous phases. Condos and townhouses are positioned around a central landscaped garden, the centrepiece of which is a sleek 50-metre palm-lined swimming pool, complete with lap lanes, fountains and sunbathing shelves. Parking and thoroughfares are located around the perimeter, ensuring all homes have unobstructed views of the shared green space.
The contemporary design aesthetic, characterised by sharp architectural lines, cool white colour schemes and expansive doors and windows is complemented by Davenport Development’s trademark focus on outdoor living spaces: access to homes is via a private courtyard, each has a shaded patio that opens onto the pool and gardens and townhouses feature breezy sea-view roof terraces perfect for evening barbecues and stargazing.
As with all Davenport Developments, energy saving measures are integral to the design. The combination of highly insulating ICF walls and hurricane-proof, reflective Eurotech glass keeps cooling costs down, while energy-efficient air-conditioning units from local purveyors Otis Air and propane-powered ranges, water heaters and washer-dryers further reduce electrical consumption. Intuitive Nest thermostats decrease utility costs even more and installing solar panels on rooftops is an added option.
Created with active, busy professionals in mind, Vela puts lifestyle first, with resort-style amenities including an Olympic size swimming pool, two tennis courts, two gyms, a yoga room and a running track. Conveniences to suit long-term residents include additional storage, boat parking spaces, a concierge service to take care of domestic chores, and whilst away the installed security system provides additional peace of mind.
Six different floor plans, ranging from one- to four-bedroom condos and townhouses are offered with customisation options available to early purchasers. High end Bosch kitchen appliances from Bon Vivant, sleek Kohler bathroom fixtures from A. L. Thompson's and cool porcelain tile flooring come as standard. For time-strapped professionals, the developers have partnered with interior design firm IDG to offer a variety of furniture packages from their elegant but affordable Dwell line. The low profile, modern furniture sits easily against crisp white walls and recessed spotlights.
Textured wallpapers, statement lamps and wood, wicker and stone accents in a pale palette of whites, creams and greys create a soft but sophisticated ambience that is the essence of Vela’s style.
For those seeking sophistication, sustainability and first class amenities beside the beach and close to town, Vela ticks all the boxes.
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