Cypress Pointe is a name synonymous with luxurious yet affordable family living, a community of 19 Tuscan-style villas that sit overlooking waterways connecting to the North Sound just off the West Bay Road at Crystal Harbour. For anyone who has always dreamed of owning a home with such stature developers NCB Homes have some good news – recently announcing a brand new development named Cypress Pointe North adjacent to the original development. Business Editor Lindsey Turnbull reports.
Visit the Cypress Pointe development at Crystal Harbour and you will be struck by the community feel of this upscale part of Cayman. Neatly kept spacious homes with a Mediterranean flair line the plot, all clearly geared to provide families with a comfortable yet elegant spot to call home.
Philosophy that builds communities
Matthew Wight, Managing Director of developer NCB Homes says the entire development was built on the philosophy of community building. “We take a unique viewpoint at Cypress Pointe because we only sell plots of land to those individuals who confirm they are ready to construct their home. We construct all the properties in-house so, although there is some room for customisation, owners are safe in the knowledge that all homes will be built with consistency in terms of quality and style,” he explains.
The original Cypress Pointe (now known as Cypress Pointe South) was born out of a desire to create homes for mid to upper management executives who wanted a larger home than a condo but without the additional maintenance of a large house lot. Thus NCB Homes produced a raw land strata and divided the plots into slightly smaller lots than usual (8 to 10,000 square feet as opposed to the usual 12,500 square feet). The owner has title to the land as well as a large home, pool and dock and all homes are constructed along similar lines – i.e. their distance from the road and each other is uniform, as the overall style of the property.
“Owners have the opportunity to customise their homes such as install shutters, screened in porches etc, but they will never have to worry about plots of land remaining undeveloped for any extensive length of time or the development of a house not in keeping in style with its neighbours,” Matthew explains.
“The size of the plot is manageable and owners are also free to choose their own landscaping and gardeners for the upkeep of their grounds.”
Cypress Pointe owner Sharon Galloway confirms: “We’ve lived at Cypress Pointe for five years with our four children and we value the community feeling a great deal. It’s a gated community that is particularly geared up to providing children with a safe and secure environment. Our home is spacious and benefits from having its own pool and garden. We thoroughly enjoy living at Cypress Pointe, joining the community here was a good move for our family.”
Brand new development – more variety, same quality
Building on the success of the first development at Crystal Harbour, NCB Homes have just launched their next project – Cypress Pointe North, which will mirror the existing community in many ways, as well as bring with it some exciting new enhancements that will offer a wider choice of home for prospective purchasers.
“We wanted to provide the same level of quality and consistency but give more variety so that people can afford to live in such a sought-after development,” Matthew says.
Thus Cypress Pointe North offers two great houses, with a mansion-like feel that offer gracious living with affordability. Walk through the main entranceways and you will enter a courtyard from which eight separate units can be accessed, four at ground level and four above. There are four one-bed units and four three-bed apartments, all still catering to those who want luxury but now specially designed for single individuals as well as families.
“As Cayman’s demographics change, with more single people living and working here, we felt the need to provide spacious accommodation that is both affordable and in keeping with the Cypress Pointe philosophy,” Matthew confirms. “Thus our one-bed apartments have around 800 square feet of comfortable living in an open plan unit with balconies and access to a communal pool, tennis court, gym and outdoor kitchen.”
Matthew says the three-bed apartments are orientated towards families who are also looking for space (the three-beds are around 1700 square feet) but with the benefit of a great price. One-beds are priced from US$350,000 and three-beds from US$650,000.
Six semi-detached homes, named ‘Villa Toscano’s’ also reach out to those who don’t want to spend more than US$1 million and are well-priced from US$950,000 for three-bed plus den homes built with quality and style. They are well-sized at 2,700 square feet and offer owners the chance to purchase their own home in Crystal Harbour with all the amenities that such a location brings.
For individuals looking for even more space, the detached 4,000 square feet luxury villas at Cypress Pointe North will offer homes of distinction without a killer cost. Villas start at US$1.3 million and will provide families with a style of living hard to beat anywhere in Cayman. A large pool area complete with deck provides a focal point for the villa with a glass atrium running the height of the home which offers fantastic views of both the pool and the waterways beyond as well as providing the home with ample light.
The Mediterranean theme will continue throughout the new development, in keeping with its Cypress Pointe South neighbour, which will include a warm Tuscan palette of colours from which home owners can choose, as well as touches such as wrought iron railings and Italian-influenced balustrades. Each villa will have a balcony as a focal point upstairs looking out over the development, in keeping with the community feel. Inside the lounge, dining area and kitchen will be open plan to add to the comfortable flow of the design. Purchasers can choose from a variety of floor plans to suit their own individual needs and taste.
NCB Homes are currently clearing the land in preparation for construction, which is scheduled to break ground in June.