I'm pretty lucky among city dwellers to have an apartment with a balcony. Unfortunately, between traffic noise and the roar of the HVAC system of the building next door, it's not always the most relaxing place to sit. This house, though, has a positively dreamy outdoor space and a heavenly view to match. Grab your sunblock and sandals and follow me to St. Lucia.
The estate was built in 1895 by a sea captain, so naturally it's on a hill overlooking the Castries harbour on the island's west coast. How gorgeous is the crisp white paint on that gingerbread detail, not to mention the green metal roof?
And here's the porch. There's plenty of space to stretch out and read, plus a table at the far end for alfresco dining. The verandah continues all the way around the house, so you can follow the sun or shade as you please.
That stove may not actually date to 1895, but the sherbet-pink kitchen could use a little updating. Still, this is such an open, unpretentious room — the perfect spot to slice up a mango or breadfruit plucked from one of the trees on the 8-1/2 acre grounds.
The living space is open and airy, and I'm loving the contrast between the light blue walls and dark hardwood floors. Much of the floors, decorative transoms, wainscotting and even the gas light fixtures are original to the house.
The house has four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a separate little cottage that's ideal for napping. Thanks to the trade wind breezes, there's no need for air conditioning (but there are ceiling fans just in case).
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