In a world where convenience rules, why leave the comfort of your house, when you can bring home the luxury? That was exactly the thought of these home and villa owners, whose appreciation for lux living led them to enhance their residences with spaces that suit their fancy, as well as add property value. Allow KúYA to guide you.
Man Cave | Barbican, Kingston
It is a 1,200 square foot space, where the worlds of sport and music converge. And LIME Chairman, Chris Dehring’s man cave—also known as ‘CD’s Bunker’—holds too, a lifetime of memories. It is elegantly filled with memorabilia, paraphernalia and stories dedicated to the sporting personalities and people that shaped his life, and provides for Dehring a retreat from the world. “It’s my sanctuary…where I can lock out the rest of the world, from time to time,” he shares, “and surround myself with things that inspire me and make me happy. The space includes the television room, a bar and an external Cuban-themed patio and bathroom, complete with its own television,“so I don’t miss an important goal or wicket,”Dehring explains.
While the sanctuary may “lock out” the world, this does not include the world of sports. That world has unlimited access to CD’s Bunker. In fact, the space plays homage to sport. “Playing sports really helped to shape my personality and outlook on life, and my bunker is dedicated to some of my sporting heroes and icons who inspired me,” says Dehring. This includes large black and white autographed photographs from renowned cricketers such as Michael Holding, Garry Sobers, and Lawrence Rowe, as well as the legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, whom Dehring was privileged to meet a few years ago. “Footie scarves” as well as various used tickets collected from attending Arsenal matches in England, and all the FIFA football world cups since 1990, also contribute to the sporting mementos.
His photos have appeared in Esquire and the former Newsweek, Condé Nast Traveler and Departures. His blog is studded with pictures of visits to Ibiza and Southampton, but Wyatt Gallery, an actual human being and not a place where art is shown, is these days focused on something with a distinctly lower- key flavor: a quiet, haunting series of images documenting the Jewish experience in the Caribbean, from tiny, sand-floored synagogues in St. Thomas, USVI, to perfectly-preserved 18th century gravestones in a shaded jungle far upriver in Suriname.
Wyatt Gallery considers the West Indies his second home. The fascination with the region began on a trip with friends to Costa Rica in 1996, while a student at New York University (NYU). Trading a job as a photo editor at Entertainment Weekly for some time on the beach, Gallery found himself on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica where he was amazed by the Jamaican influence, one that he had come to know from living in New York. After living on the beach for two months with a group of hybrid Jamaican-Costa Ricans surfers, Gallery took his first photos of religious sites.
An eye for detail comes easier to some than to others, but for Kevin Bryan, this seems to be a gift he’s been blessed with. those who have been lucky enough to work with this Montego Bay based designer say that his talent seems effortless. this native ‘Kingstonian’, is head of KdB designs and has carved out a niche for himself within the marketplace, successfully integrating himself into the tapestry of Jamaica’s design rolodex.
in 1983, Kevin started to chase his design dreams by enrolling at the College of Arts, science and technology (CAst), now the university of technology. Kevin continued on to the new york institute of technology, where in 1987, he completed his Bachelor’s of science in Architectural technology. His first taste of corporate design came in the form of a three-year position working with one of his role models, architect and now proprietor of the Kingston restaurant red Bones, evan Williams, at design Collaborative.
the next chapter in Bryan’s design history, was a successful two year engagement with another one of Jamaica’s highly acclaimed architects, Clifton yap in 1993, honing his craft while learning about proportion, function and flow of spaces. A lengthy stint with Plexus Architects in 1995 followed before Kevin got the itch to start his own firm. His goal since then has been to build his own independent design firm primarily focused on the residential side of the market.
Bryan’s commercial experience started in 2005, after Hurricane ivan, when he was approached by the executive management team of Margaritaville to assist with the reconstruction of the restaurant and the creation of the brand new Blue Beat lounge. thereafter, Kevin was integral in the design of the rainforest seafoods head office in Montego Bay and the Margaritaville restaurant in turks and Caicos.
Montego Bay businessman Brian Jardim summed up working with Bryan in one word, “awesome.” He went on to explain that he worked with him on several projects in Jamaica and overseas and “cannot say enough about his ego-less, understated talent as an architect and conceptualizer.” Jardim added, “Kevin’s sense of perspective and space is unique and his ability to accommodate a client’s feedback without resistance is so refreshing…nothing is too much or too challenging for him.”
It’s another hot summer in Jamaica! I hope that as you flip through the pages of this issue you are keeping cool, by the sea, in the hills or relaxing in a place of comfort. On the cover of this issue of KúYA, we feature Rivendell, a recently constructed villa in the South Coast town of Whitehouse. We chose to feature this house, to highlight how real estate in Jamaica is constantly evolving.
Identifying the right location, moving at the opportune moment, using debt financing wisely and controlling costs are the key ingredients for rewarding real estate investments, according to Matthew Wright, a real estate investor and founding partner of IWC Capital Management.
Wright has always had an interest in real estate and first caught the real estate bug while working at Citibank in Kingston. Ironically, it was a Coldwell Banker agent who presented Wright with an opportunity to buy an apartment pre- construction in Norbrook and the deal proved to be a solid investment when the property sold for multiples of the purchase price five years later. Wright went on to acquire several more residential rental properties in Kingston.
After a great 2013 and a lovely holiday season, everyone at Coldwell Banker Jamaica Realty is refreshed and ready to embrace 2014. As we embark on this new year, we have many goals in mind, but our main priority is to give our clients the best possible service that they can get from a real estate agency.
Our numbers were up from the 2012 figures and sales remained steady in the $20-$40 million dollar price range for apartments and townhouses. The landscape for 2014 is shaping up to be very interesting, as we have noticed a trend that international buyers are coming back to the market. The need for additional resort properties will be met in 2014 with the completion of developments such as Miramar, Green Castle Estate, Old Fort Village and the newly finished ocean view two bedroom apartments at Whispering Seas, located in the heart of Ocho Rios.
Coldwell Banker agent Sandy Tatham takes a spiritual journey throughout Northern Spain
I love to walk – in meditation, in prayer, to be alone and to reconnect. I walk to celebrate life and to enjoy the beauty of our blessed Jamaica. So when I turned 40, I decided to mark the occasion by going for a special walk, an extra long walk…a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. The Way of St James (also known as “El Camino”), is an ancient pilgrimage across northern Spain, to the tomb of Christ’s Apostle, St James (‘Santiago’ to the Spanish). Read More