Indian View – an oasis in the hub of the harbour

IMG 4885mainPrivate island living may once have been the preserve of Johnny Depp and Richard Branson. Today, however, one of the most exclusive addresses on Antigua’s world-famous west coast is accessible in more ways than one. The 33-acre oasis of Harbour Island – set in the heart of desirable Jolly Harbour – offers all the tranquillity of a secluded haven, without the prohibitive price bracket and loss of vital amenities. And getting there doesn’t even require a boat ride. The picturesque manmade isle is connected to the mainland by immaculately maintained concrete lanes.

One of the brightest jewels in its crown is Indian View which cuts an elegant figure against the striking blue waters of the marina. The aesthetic minimalist exterior is complemented by clean white walls and understated neutral environs. But its piece de resistance is the spectacular setting with perfectly framed scenes of local landmark, the Sleeping Indian hills, which lent this place its name. Couched among restrained tropical vegetation, the single-storey three-bedroom home boasts wonderfully cool temperatures both inside and out. Indian View was thoughtfully designed to make the most of the benign trade winds felt here all year round.

The front driveway has enough parking spaces for two or three vehicles, including a covered area for rainy days. Solid wooden doors open into a tasteful open-plan interior with a welcoming, homely atmosphere. Attractive artwork and objets d’art have been handpicked to enhance the impeccable styling throughout the villa. A perfectly proportioned kitchen with high-end chrome appliances, centre island and wine cooler gives way to a pleasant lounge with contemporary rattan couches and tables. Attention has been paid to fixtures and fittings, chosen both for style and longevity.

IMG 4879mainDeep mahogany-toned beds, chests, doors and blinds are exquisite against the bright white paintwork. High vaulted ceilings and tiled floors augment the light, airy ambience. To the left of the property is a generous air-conditioned master suite with its own lounge/dressing area, a luxurious en-suite with rainfall shower, and a walk-in closet. A double bedroom and a spacious twin are on the other side, both fitted with air-conditioning units and built-in wardrobes. They each have their own shower room decked out in stunning marble with hardwood units. There is an additional guest washroom along with a storage and utility room.

The glorious shaded verandah and sundeck can be accessed via glass doors from the lounge, master suite and second bedroom. This is where Indian Villa really comes into its own. The property’s proud new owners will be spoilt for choice when it comes to al fresco relaxation and entertainment. With an abundance of loungers and dining table for eight, the terrace backs onto a sun-drenched open deck where a centrepiece pool hugs the edge of the harbour. Here, flanked by arresting scenes of rolling hills and passing yachts, it’s hard to imagine a more idyllic paradise to call one’s very own.

Indian View is for sale at US$1,750,000 exclusively through Luxury Locations. Email or call (+268) 562-8174 for details or to arrange a viewing.

by Gemma Handy