Vela, South Sound, Grand Cayman
Davenport Development's latest residential project in Grand Cayman, marries South Beach style with tropical living.
Words by Natasha Were.
Ultra-modern in design, with clean lines, sharp edges and ample use of glass, Vela was conceived to bring contemporary, luxury living and a level of amenities usually associated with Seven Mile Beach to the quiet shores of South Sound, but at much more competitive prices.
The 20-acre lot across from the Red Bay dock will be developed in three phases, the first of which is slated for completion in February/March 2016. Each phase will be built around an Olympic-length pool and will offer flexible floor plans for one-bedroom condos, and one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom townhouses. With over 98 per cent of residences in phase one sold prior to construction beginning, Davenport Development’s reputation as a quality real estate developer clearly precedes it.
Continuing the firm’s tradition of maximising outdoor spaces and encouraging alfresco living, Vela residences feature rear courtyards, covered terraces facing the pool and breezy roof terraces.
Designed so that access roads and parking are at the rear of the properties, residents benefit from unobstructed views into lush gardens planted with exotic, fragrant trees and shrubs, with a mosaic-tiled 50-metre pool at the centre. Each pool offers a shallow children’s play area at one end, submerged sun loungers and bubble jet areas for adults at the other, and a shaded cabana for outdoor gatherings.
Ideally suited to young professionals and families, on-site amenities include two raised tennis courts with storage underneath, boat parking, two gyms, a beachfront cabana and a clubhouse. Available for more formal parties and functions, the clubhouse includes a fully equipped kitchen and exercise room where yoga or other recreational activities can be practiced.
Busy professionals will enjoy the peace of mind of knowing a property manager is on-site full time, and will be able to make use of the for-hire concierge service should they lack the time to arrange for groceries to be delivered, pictures to be hung or any one of a hundred other odd jobs on their to-do lists.
Vela residences will be built to the same high standards and with the same faultless finishes Davenport Development is known for. Kitchens will be equipped with sleek Whirlpool White Ice appliances, glass cook tops, granite countertops and eye level stoves, and bathrooms fitted with top-of-the-line Kohler appliances.
Staying true to their commitment to build sustainable, energy-efficient homes, Vela will be constructed using Flowers Insulated Concrete Forms and insulated, impact-resistant Eurotech Windows, which will withstand the most extreme weather and save significantly on cooling costs. Flat roofs mean owners will have the option of installing solar panels while water heaters, washer-dryers and ovens will be run on propane to ensure maximum energy efficiency. Looking to the future, each room will also be smart wired to be fibre optic ready.
Partnering with local design firm, IDG, Vela residents will have the opportunity to take advantage of contemporary furniture packages from IDG’s new line, Dwell. A moderately priced, contemporary range of quality home furnishings, Dwell incorporates natural materials and up-to-date design to make living in style affordable for all.
Designed to create the ideal environment in which to enjoy tropical, oceanside living, Vela offers all the security, sustainability and luxury that Davenport Development is famed for, without a prohibitive price tag.
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