Homes Abroad

Jordan KensingtonJordan KensingtonJuly 26, 2017
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Barbados is an island in the Caribbean region of North America. Situated in the western area of the North Atlantic, it is known as the ultimate luxury destination. Simon Cowell, Philip Green (Arcadia Group) and Kate Moss all boast properties in Barbados and now the island can hold claim to the title of one of the most successful female pop stars, Rihanna. If this and many more reasons don’t tempt you enough, then let’s try Crane Resorts. Its fractional ownership offering at the Beach Houses at Culpepper is a perfect attraction for property investors. The Beach Houses are available for potential buyers to view and we were lucky enough to get a sneak peek on our most recent trip to Barbados.

The beach homes encompass 50 acres of land adjacent to a national park and provide a secluded location on the east side of the island, boasting unparalleled views of the Atlantic Ocean. Each offers a luxurious interior of pale porcelain tiles, limewood flooring and wide walls of glass to showcase the ocean views. Owners will also benefit from unlimited access to all of The Crane’s five-star facilities only a 10 minute drive away, including Zagat rated restaurants, pools, tennis courts, a gym, duty free retail shopping and a full service hotel concierge. The development provides both an exceptional holiday spot, as well as optimising financial return for its owners, offering profit from rentals and significant capital gain on resale.

In addition to the Beach Houses, The Crane  also introduced Private Residences back in 2015. When we landed at the Crane, our first call was cocktails and tapas in Bar 1887 followed by dinner later that evening at the Zen Restaurant hosted by Paul Doyle, owner and developer of The Crane and Beach Houses. Doyle is ambitious, focused and consistently looking at ways to improve what The Crane has on offer. He commented “We are delighted to announce two exciting residential developments at a time when the property market is picking up again in Barbados, which will offer our owners both optimal financial returns in terms of profit from rentals and significant capital gain on resale.  We are offering a real ‘home from home’, allowing owners of The Crane Private Residences to customise the ‘shells’ by applying their own finishing touches.  With Beach Houses, not only are we excited to create a luxurious beachside development but also an intimate residential community with a restaurant, pool, full-service spa and a grocery store.”

After dinner, we called it a night and met up the next morning (Sunday) for Gospel Breakfast at L’Azure . It was like the scene from Sister Act, just imagine Whoopi Goldberg and choir serenading you as you have some lovely Barbados style breakfast. Who said full English? There is that too. But when in Barbados it is better to indulge all the way. After a sumptuous breakfast, we took a tour of The Crane and Private Residences which also included the historic hotel (rooms dating from the 1890s). The rooms looked amazing with their original coral stone walls and mahogany floors. From ground floor residences boasting large private pools to penthouse residences with private roof decks that command sweeping coastal views, dining gazebos and pools, The Crane Private Residences are ideal for long-term living. Bright and expansive, each residence  features granite kitchen counter tops and natural stone bathrooms as well as underground parking from which residents can directly access their foyer via a private lift. Ownership at The Crane Private Residences starts from $617,000 (£472,882) to $1.3 million (£996,348).

Designed by the internal Crane Resorts architect team, the external design of Beach Houses has been consciously created around the harmony of the surrounding natural environment to blend seamlessly into the landscape.  Each offers a luxurious interior with wide walls of glass showcasing ocean views, opening out to an external dining and entertaining area.  These private patios feature infinity edge pools with hot tubs, outdoor showers, hammocks and barbecues for the ultimate luxury retreat.  Interconnecting doors and a removable lock-off across the pool of each home allow for flexibility in owning a one, two, three or four-bed property.  Fractional ownership starts from $160,000 (£122,627) for four weeks and from $1.9 million (£1.5 million) for full ownership.

The tour was followed by a hosted sunset catamaran cruise on Bolador from Bridgetown, the capital of the island. Perfect ! It was our last day on the island and to send us off in style, Mel Harding, Guest Relations Manager at The Crane took us on an island tour of the picturesque East Coast, St. Nicholas Abbey, and the West Coast. With fantastic beaches, exciting culture, tasty cuisine and amazing locals – buying a property in Barbados is certainly well worth the investment.

Crane Resorts is tempting owners to be with two exciting developments to be unveiled on the secluded east coast over the next 18 months, available to purchase either outright or with the resort’s fractional ownership scheme. Those keen to have a slice of Caribbean paradise to return to each year can choose The Crane Private Residences, a luxury gated residential community within the Crane Resort, or the Beach Houses, a development of 63 single storey studio to four bedroom beach homes overlooking the incredible natural beauty of Skeete’s Bay and Culpepper Island.

For further information on The Crane Private Residences, please visitwww.thecraneprivateresidences.com

For further information on Beach Houses, please visit beachhouses.bb


Jordan KensingtonJordan KensingtonMay 21, 2017
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The combination of sleek technology and luxury home living provides the inspiration behind the ‘Smart APPartment’, the newest innovation in smart living from home automation experts Cornflake. Chelsea Monthly visited the apartment to discover the latest Series 5 range from Linn in the lounge, showcasing the incredible style and sound of the speakers in the hub of the apartment. With cutting-edge technology in every room, the ‘Smart APPartment’ showed  just how luxurious every aspect can be, from the way you enter your homes to the exquisite sound provided by Linn.

The latest Series 5 range from Linn offers two options for the discerning music connoisseur; the elegant Linn 530 System which provides power, precision and incredible musical accuracy, while its little sister, the Linn 520 System exudes musicality and style with a discreet form factor.

For its Series 5 range, Linn has teamed up with luxury designers Harris Tweed and Timorous Beasties to create a beautiful range of exclusive changeable covers – fit for the homes of the most style conscious music lovers.
A Series 5 system complete with Harris Tweed and Timorous Beasties covers are available to order now starting from £9,600 with additional covers available from £350. Visit www.linn.co.uk for more information.


Jeff ArmstrongJeff ArmstrongAugust 18, 2016
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When we think about Mexico, we usually imagine white sand beaches, margaritas and a fun-filled vacation in the sun. But what if you are done with imagining yourself in Mexico on vacation that always ends too soon, and decide to make it your permanent reality – your home?

 

 

It is estimated that around 1 million American citizens live in Mexico, and the number keeps increasing every year. The Riviera Maya, a region on the Mexican Caribbean coast, has been especially popular among retirees and families. Each family has different reasons to move to Mexico, but those who move to the Riviera Maya, and especially Tulum, often do so to run away from their daily stress and to immerse themselves in the relaxing, easy-going atmosphere of the Caribbean. Many also choose Tulum because it offers the fastest-growing real estate market in the world.

Here is some basic advice to everyone who is planning to relocate to Mexico.

  1. Buying property in Mexico as a foreigner

There are simple procedures that all foreigners have to follow when they buy property in Mexico, especially in the coastal regions. A foreigner buying land in Mexico within 32 miles (50 km) from the coastline has to use a bank trust (fideicomiso) or establish a Mexican corporation to complete the purchase.  You can choose your bank – HSBC, Scotia bank, Banamex (Citigroup), etc – that will act as your trustee, with you maintaining full control over the trust: you will be able to lease, sell or pass the property on to your heirs. Make sure you choose a trustworthy local real estate agency that will take care of all the steps of buying your property.

  1. Becoming a resident in Mexico

If you are coming to Mexico as a tourist, you don¹t need any visa – you will simply get entry permit as a visitor at the border, usually for 180 days, with no permission to work. In order to apply for Mexican residency, you must do so before going to Mexico at the Mexican embassy or consulate.

Temporary resident visa is issued for up to 4 years, and is meant for those who wish to spend more than 180 days in Mexico per year – it¹s perfect if you own a second home in Mexico. You would need to show monthly income of at least $1,553 per person and at least $520 per month per dependent. You can also get temporary resident¹s visa by showing a bank statement with a balance of about $25,880. There is also a way to get your temporary status by proving you own property in Mexico that has the value of $207,046 or more. When temporary residence card expires, you have to either leave the country or apply for permanent residency.

If you decide you are moving to Mexico permanently, you can apply for permanent residency immediately. The process will be similar as applying for temporary status, but you will have to show higher levels of income: investments with approximate monthly balance of around $103,523 over 12 months or monthly income of $2,588 per person over 6 months.

 

  1. Cost of living

 

The cost of living in Tulum and the Riviera Maya depends strictly on your lifestyle. For example, the cost of renting a property on the beach can be a few times higher than a few blocks inland, while still being a few minutes away from the beach. Also, Tulum is full of expensive gourmet restaurants – but also has plentiful local markets that are very affordable. So it¹s completely a choice of each family how to spend their budget. Similarly, you can spend $2,000 for a fancy penthouse condo in Playa del Carmen or $500 for a lovely one-bedroom in Tulum. Utilities – not cheap in Mexico – would come down to about $300 per month, groceries would cost around $400, and a maid would come down to about $60 (once per week). Thus it¹s safe to say that $2,000 budget per couple per month would be sufficient to lead a comfortable life in Tulum

 

  1. Safety

Is Mexico safe? That¹s a thought that often crosses the mind of many would-be retirees in Mexico. Mexico, in fact, is considered to be one of the best countries for expats in the world. InterNations, which is a popular expat website, named Mexico as a top place to move to because of quality of life, ease of settling in, work opportunities, family life, personal finance and general satisfaction with life. Certainly, every foreigner in Mexico should exercise common sense and caution, as anywhere in the world. Touristy regions as the Riviera Maya are completely safe, but such violent states as Guerrero, that includes Acapulco, the once-glamorous beach town, are not recommended at all.

  1. Healthcare

Mexico offers great and affordable universal healthcare, and its private healthcare is amongst the most affordable in the Western hemisphere. Locally, there are a few smaller hospitals in Tulum and modern healthcare centers in Playa del Carmen and Cancun.

 


Jeff ArmstrongJeff ArmstrongJune 9, 2016
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With everyone consistently on a tight schedule, it’s often a challenge to plan a luxury holiday especially when you want the best money has to offer. Location is key and access to a range of destinations is happiness! Where do you find the time to get the perfect home away from home?  Introducing.. The Hideaways Club, an alternative form of foreign home ownership, which allows members to invest in, and holiday in, a collection of luxury homes in fantastic locations across the globe.

The Hideaways Club is designed for those looking to invest in a second home, but who want the flexibility of travelling to different locations, rather than being restricted to holidays in the same place every year and who don’t want the hassle of maintaining a foreign property.The properties are all hand-picked for their outstanding location and access to great holiday activities and are all worth more than £1.2 million.

Investing in the Hideaway Club makes sense and you will be good company. Tim Henman is a member of the Club. The global portfolio now consists of  Villas in France, Italy (including Sardinia), Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, Croatia, Mauritius, South Africa and South East Asia as well as Ski Chalets in France, Switzerland and Japan.

There is also a concierge service for consumer that require the additional touch. So, if you have ever considered second home ownership, but want to have the flexibility to literally pay once for the price of several home options worldwide. Then the Hideaways Club is certainly the perfect choice.

For more information. Go to: http://www.thehideawaysclub.com


Federica TadiniFederica TadiniNovember 27, 2015
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The French Riviera has been a quintessential destination for the rich and famous for more than a century. Wealthy and aristocratic northern Europeans have been visiting the Cote d’Azur since the 1800s but the Riviera quickly gained popularity as a summer destination in the 1920s due to the likes of Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso, and Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. The beautiful landscape, warm climate, and easy access made it the prime location to host what has become the most prestigious annual film festival. The first Cannes Film Festival was held in 1946 and the Riviera’s romantic appeal has since captured the imagination of filmmakers around the world.

The French Riviera continues to appeal to the discerning travelers of today. The turquoise waters and sandy beaches, nearby mountains, the exquisite yachts, casinos, fabulous restaurants and entertainment provide the perfect setting for a travel destination. Rich in history and rooted in French culture, you can explore the glitz and glamour in the famous seaside towns of Monte-Carlo, Cannes, and St. Tropez as well as the old world charm of the medieval villages such as Eze, St. Paul de Vence, and Mougins. From an adventurous family vacation to a relaxing romantic getaway, the French Riviera sets the standard for beautiful living and captures the essence of “la joie de vivre.”

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When visiting the French Riviera, experience this region in the finest way possible. A.M.A Selections, the French Riviera’s leading travel authority, is a luxury vacation rental agency built on superior service, intimate knowledge, attention to detail and 24/7 prompt customer. In keeping with their philosophy, Cofounder Mariek Anselme says, “We believe that the travelers of today are looking for a more authentic and meaningful experience that they can share. We create these five star experiences in a home.”

With the company’s recent launch, A.M.A Selections now offers an exclusive portfolio of just under 100 villas for rent from Monaco to St. Tropez ranging from 7,000€ to 120,000€ per week, complemented with a range of services such as private jet and yacht charter, live-in concierge, private chef, car service, and more.

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In addition to A.M.A Selections à la carte services, the company offers their Premium Experience which is designed to provide all of the luxuries of a five star hotel in the privacy of a home such as airport transfers, a live-in concierge, daily continental breakfast, and jet lag massages, to name a few. Furthermore, A.M.A Selections will be launching their new collection of experiences this December to offer to their discriminating clientele. These unique experiences include a private cheese and wine tasting with a sommelier awarded as the best in Europe, a personal photography tour in a beautiful medieval seaside village, an afternoon enjoying water sports alongside the world champion of jet surf and more.

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When booking with A.M.A Selections, every recommendation that guests receive is guided by personal experience and insight. Through the extensive network that the A.M.A Selections team has built and their passion and knowledge of the region, clients are treated to unparalleled service and experiences. A.M.A Selections is dedicated to perfecting the travel experience and is building an unrivalled level of reliability, trust and personal connection with their guests.

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For more information on A.M.A Selections. Please visit :

Jeff ArmstrongJeff ArmstrongApril 26, 2013
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 A Weymouth-based Holiday Group, which includes Waterside Holiday Park & Spa, Chesil Vista Holiday Park and Osmington Holiday Park, has introduced a number of new caravan and luxury lodge models at its three parks ready for the 2013 holiday season. The new accommodation gives the opportunity for more holiday goers the chance to soak up the Dorset sun, in one of the most sought-after locations in the United Kingdom, for up to ten and a half months of the year. 

At Chesil Vista Holiday Park, the new show lodges, available for viewings from April, are designed by leading manufacturer Prestige and are state-of-the-art holiday homes. There are two models – the flagship ‘Matrix’, offering over 800sq ft. of interior space designed in a style that gives a feeling of spacious, modern loft living. The other a ‘Sky Deck’ possesses a perfect feature of a roof terrace accessed by a spiral staircase, making the most of the spectacular views. These fantastic lodges start from £189,950. Chesil Vista Holiday Park also has a range of caravan holiday homes available on site which includes the ever popular BK Sheraton, featuring double glazing, central heating, panoramic window, en-suite and walk-in-wardrobe. Prices for brand new caravan holiday homes start from £34,250 with pre-owned models also available. 

At Osmington Holiday Park, March saw the launch of two spectacular new show lodges located on its Smuggler’s View development which have already sold, plus another three new lodge bases arrive in another section of the park in the same style as Smuggler’s View. The lodges here are cedar-clad and all have more spacious than usual plots with great views, set alongside a stream. As at Chesil Vista Holiday Park, these lodges are designed by Prestige and Wessex, and are state-of-the-art. They also offer the ‘Enhance Pack’, so buyers can personally specify their requirements to suit them. These lodges start from £199,950.

Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year with the addition of an American style sports bar, two-storey soft play area and coffee shop,Waterside Holiday Park & Spa has a wide range of caravan holiday homes on show from the leading manufacturers in the industry including Willerby, Prestige, Regal, Swift and Victory.  Long considered one of the most sought after parks upon which to own a caravan holiday home, Waterside has to be seen to be fully appreciated.

All three parks are no more than five miles from Weymouth town centre and all enjoy nearby beaches, picturesque landscapes and plenty of opportunities for adventure and excitement, as well relaxing and recharging your batteries. Waterside is right on the beach at Bowleaze Cove, Chesil Vista is right next door to Chesil Beach and Osmington is a short stroll from the magnificent views from the headland.Graham Frampton, General Manager at the Waterside Holiday Group, said: “With golden beaches, picturesque countryside and pretty villages aplenty, Dorset is enough to rival the French Riviera – and at half the cost! All of the park’s locations have luxurious surroundings, and the parks are no exception with five star holiday accommodation and facilities. Now we have these fantastic new lodges and caravans available, plus great facilities and recent developments at all three parks, this is definitely going to be an exciting year for us at the Waterside Holiday Group.”Lodge and caravan owners at all three parks receive fantastic benefits, including:
·        Owner’s Loyalty Card, offering 10 per cent off on all the park’s bars, restaurants and take-aways
·        Free use of seasonal leisure facilities for owners and immediate family
·        Free membership to bars and restaurants
·        Free membership to children’s entertainment facilities and events 
·        Free bus travel for owners to and from Weymouth
·        Invitations to exclusive owner’s events
·        Freedom to visit throughout the season – 1st March to 15th January
·        Clear licence agreement
·        Manufacturer’s warranty for at least a year for every new holiday home
·        Quality check with high standards for all pre-owned models


GraziellaGraziellaAugust 5, 2011
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Villa Urbana, truly the best of what modern architecture, engineering and design has to offer. Sited to take maximal advantage of dramatic water-front views, the project was 3 years in the making and was finished in 2003. This grand 21,600 square foot residence is equally well suited as a spacious private residence, or as a truly elegant corporate headquarters that makes a design statement. Four expansive master suites, each with en suite bathrooms, could serve as office space if utilized as a corporate headquarters. Walls of glass overlooking the water, skylights and expansive 3 story ceilings with open foyer space between public rooms, affords great flexibility to use spaces such as the living, dining and family rooms as conference, banquet or ballrooms. These ample spaces are conveniently designed for large scale entertaining of hundreds of guests/clients but work equally well for a family, allowing one to escape without being cut off from the rest of the household. The expansive main kitchen is a sleek and modern gourmet chef’s delight. Other features include an indoor pool, mirrored gym, wet and dry saunas, wine cellar, fireplace, billiard room/library, home cinema, elevator, 6-car garage, security room, service floor, basement and additional storage rooms and expansive grounds.
Bob

+1310-477-8865


GraziellaGraziellaAugust 5, 2011
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This stunning waterfront is located on an extra-wide beach with breathtaking views and sunsets from every room. There is a gourmet eat-in kitchen and vaulted ceilings. The master bedroom suite bath has a steam shower and Jacuzzi tub. The large family room includes a loft and deck. The residence also boasts bi-level decking on a beautiful landscaped 1.38 acres. Moor your boat directly off the beach; Riparian rights.

 

Lynda  

+1 631.549.4400


GraziellaGraziellaAugust 5, 2011
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A unique opportunity to acquire a superb property of 300 m2 in a Californian style set in magnificent fully enclosed mature grounds of 1990 m2 in the heart of the exclusive Super Cannes estate, 10 min from the city centre. Enjoying a sea view and exceptional aspect, the fully refurbished never-lived-in villa offers luxury appointments. 4 bedrooms, vast reception room with fireplace, equipped kitchen, wine cellar, outbuildings. Infinity pool with beach-type access for the children, stunning terraces, BBQ, summer pergola, indoor and outdoor jacuzzi, water wall, stunning exotic vegetation, very modern home automation features. Carports, alarm system, CCTV. Exceptional property. No work needed. Energy rating: NC.

 

DIRECT PROPRIÉTAIRE    

+336.16.79.20.90



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