Listing Type: Sale
Property Size: 3311
On roughly three quarters of an acre of prime hilltop real estate in Vigie, sits Villa Solimar, a 10,070 square foot enclave, complete with a 50 foot pool with deck and covered gazebo, separate gym and sauna, satellite office, maid’s quarters and 3 car garage. The two storey Mediterranean style villa offers the ultimate in privacy and understated elegance. Its unique location makes it truly one of the most incredible sites with breathtaking
views of the Castries harbour, Morne Fortune, the west coast and the sparkling waters of the Caribbean Sea. In fact, it commands a 300-degree view, only interrupted on the west by the picturesque Vigie lighthouse. From
capturing amazing sunsets in the gazebo by the pool deck to watching the twinkling lights from Martinique, the neighboring island to the north, from the roof deck on a clear night; Villa Solimar is a rare gem on the north west coast of St. Lucia.
Built in 1998, the owners commissioned architect Brian Camacho to design their dream home; an open plan concept with a classic aesthetic design combining bold accents with unique details that add style and casual elegance, maximizing the indoor/outdoor lifestyle that’s ideal for Caribbean living with all the modern amenities too.
Once inside the main house, the double height sky lit foyer and wrought iron staircase create a sense of understated elegance. Prominent architectural features employed throughout the home include keystones, columns, door and window trim all rendered in coral, high ceilings and pickled beams. The home is ideally suited for entertaining with its open floor plan. The layout is like an unfolded fan, each room flows out from the main entrance with the colonnaded veranda wrapping itself around everything. The overall colour palette of off-whites and beige coupled with ebony wood finishes exude an elegant yet lived-in lifestyle that holds universal appeal. Red has been used as an accent for dramatic effect.
The living room is in the centre of the home and is decorated with white slip covered furniture that is anchored by a large marble-top coffee table. Four huge impact glass French doors with overhead fanlights present the perfect backdrop for the grouping of furnishings and accessories and provide a glimpse of the pool and spectacular harbour and sea views beyond.
A double step up to the west of the living room takes you to the dining area. A ten-seater round pedestal dining table dominates the space. A silvered glass Sputnik inspired chandelier hangs overhead adding a touch of glamour and elegance to the room.
Adjacent to the dining room is the kitchen. Continuing the decor scheme, this space reflects the general style of the house. It has classic white cabinetry with grey/black quartz countertops. It includes a bar/breakfast area, a large pantry with second fridge/freezer and the convenience of pull out drawers. In fact it has all the amenities of a modern kitchen including a gas stove and oven, dishwasher, microwave, coffee/espresso machine and wine chiller.
The family/TV room is to the left of the living room and houses a large custom built entertainment centre, complete with TV, DVD/CD player, amplifier and surround-sound speaker system. It is the focal point in the room around which a comfortable upholstered sectional sofa and zero-gravity chair are arranged. Here again, touches of red add impact and flair.
Just off the TV room is a home office/library that is attractively decorated in a black, white and red theme. A large desk with chairs on opposite sides of it anchors the space; and there are handsome built-in wall cabinets made to specification to contain collections of books and media.
On the upper floor, the four bedrooms are designed for maximum benefit of the view and breeze. A light neutral colour palette consisting of white and off-white walls and porcelain floor tiles that resemble hardwood are used throughout. The bedrooms are decorated for comfort and beauty and all feature en-suite bathrooms, closets and air conditioning. The master is complete with sitting area and TV armoire; as well as his and hers walk-in closets, double sinks and a Jacuzzi tub.
Villa Solimar Exteriors
Going outside on the main level, a large wraparound veranda extends the living area to the outdoors, offering that quintessential indoor/outdoor lifestyle that is synonymous with Caribbean living. One is made keenly aware of the gorgeous views of the Castries harbour, Morne Fortune and Caribbean Sea framed by lush landscaping.
At one end of the veranda there is a lounge space with a hanging daybed perfect for catching an afternoon nap and at the other, an area for alfresco dining complete with an outdoor bar.
One step down from the veranda takes you to the pool deck area. The 50 foot long by roughly 12 foot wide pool is perfect for doing laps and has a semi-circular shallow area with jacuzzi jets for sitting and relaxing. It features solar heating so going for a swim never means having to dip your big toe in first to test the water. Another plus, is that it utilizes a salt system which eliminates red eyes, itchy skin and harsh odors. Adjacent is a covered wooden gazebo with gingerbread fretwork where one can sit and look out to sea to watch the famous Caribbean sunsets.
Adjacent to the gazebo is a wooden staircase that leads to a restored barracks brick building, from the time when the British ruled the island. This now houses a gym, infrared sauna and a pool changing/restroom facility. The entire surroundings are landscaped with tropical palms and plants that evoke the feeling of a truly private oasis.
Villa Solimar, a rare gem that evokes the feeling of a truly private oasis.
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