Ocean Home

December/January 2014

Ocean Home magazine is for people who love the luxury oceanfront lifestyle, from home design and decor to world-class beach resorts, villas, hotels, and destinations.

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Ocean Views Hide away from the world on your private sun terrace at Le Sereno. best hotels), Le Sereno's service excellence is a refreshing reminder of true global five-star service standards. St. Barths homeowners have adopted the island's best hotels as their own. It's not uncommon for locals to lunch at Le Sereno, lounge on the beach at Eden Rock - St Barths, and dine later at Le Toiny — even in a single day. While neophytes might find this marathon a bit much, at some point in your St. Barths sojourn, be sure to lunch on the salt-crusted, day-caught fish and purple barigoule artichoke salad at Restaurant des Pêcheurs at Le Sereno. Alternatively, opt for a gourmet feast at Brunch du Toiny at Le Toiny's award-winning Le Gaiac restaurant. Cool down with creative cocktails, feet in the sand, at La Cabane de l'Isle at Hotel Saint-Barth Isle de France, or dine above at the resort's La Case de l'Isle, where you'll savor iced pea soup, local lobster carpaccio, and classic sole meunière in a serene beachfront setting. Of course, foodies will want to indulge in just about everything at On the Rocks with Jean-Georges at Eden Rock - St Barths. Iconic chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten has created a worldly, beach-inspired menu with appetizers such as crispy sushi and local fish tartare, and mains like lobster in a citrus reduction and porcinicrusted salmon in leek vinaigrette. Despite a major spike in upscale competition throughout the Caribbean, St. Barths still dominates the region as the ne plus ultra of tropical chic. On an island where even celebrities people-watch, St. Barths' larger-than-life reality lures the privileged year after year to frolic in a place where la belle vie never ends. edenrockhotel.com, hotelletoiny.com, lesereno.com MARKET WATCH: ST. BARTHS LOOkInG TO Buy? We aSked Tom SmyTh, vIce PreSIdenT OF ST. BarTh PrOPerTIeS SOTheBy'S InTernaTIOnaL reaLTy FOr hIS InSIGhT On The LOcaL PrOPerTy MarkeT. Is this a good time to buy, and why? The St. Barths market has seen a substantial increase in activity this year and all indications are this will continue into 2014. Inventory is never overly abundant but we have seen things tighten even more this year. We were fortunate the global economic crisis did not affect St. Barths in the same way it did the rest of the world, and although we did see a bit of a slowdown and some leveling of pricing, it appears prices are poised to begin a steady rise once again. What are the current property trends? Many buyers seek beachfront which is an exceptionally rare and valuable commodity in St. Barths, but it is really a matter of matching the buyer with the right opportunities. We are seeing a steady blend of those seeking "turnkey" properties with those prepared to renovate or tear down an existing home to create their own masterpiece. Our company lists the majority of available inventory that allows us to assist buyers in finding the perfect choice for their needs. A signature property you are listing? La Baie aux Fleurs is an incredible parcel of land on the Gouverneur hillside with more than nine acres stretching to the coastline (not beach), and surrounded by conservation land. Permission was recently granted for the construction of a luxury four-bedroom villa that will surely be one of the more beautiful properties on island. The setting is stunning and the year-round sunset views are unmatched. It's listed for €19,500,000 (with the permits) and the buyers can start construction at their convenience. sothebysrealty-stbarth.com 95 OH_DecJan13_FE_StBarthEdited.indd 95 10/11/13 10:32 AM

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