Cal­gar­i­ans find Caribbean haven

Cou­ple buys lux­ury villa within Do­mini­can Repub­lic

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Acrowded, buzzing va­ca­tion re­sort can some­times be the last thing on the wish list for peo­ple seek­ing to es­cape the bus­tle of big-city life.

Those who re­treat from work stress with day­dreams of stretch­ing out on a pri­vate beach at a trop­i­cal get­away are prob­a­bly en­vi­sion­ing some­thing sim­i­lar to the re­al­ity at a new Do­mini­can Repub­lic prop­erty.

Bay­rock is a 21-unit condo de­velop- ment on the north coast of the Do­mini­can Repub­lic.

The first phase of the project has been com­pleted. The sec­ond phase will start con­struc­tion in early March and is ex­pected to take 12 months to fin­ish.

The size of the de­vel­op­ment is a sell­ing point for many peo­ple seek­ing a peace­ful change from the daily grind, says Colleen Va­le­rio, Al­berta owner of Do­mini­can Repub­lic Prop­er­ties.

“This is a bou­tique prop­erty — it’s not part of some mas­sive com­plex,” she says.

The con­dos of­fer views of the North At­lantic and open on to 40 me­tres of pri­vate beach. “You look out your pa­tio door and there’s the ocean,” says Va­le­rio, adding that ev­ery Bay­rock res­i­dence has a prime view of the water.

“I’ve had clients who have come down to buy a house and they bought a condo be­cause they just can’t get past that view, it’s so awe­some.”

Condo floor plans range from 1,098 to 1,736 square feet and come in two and three bed- room units. Unit prices start at $221,000 U.S.

The con­dos are decked out with im­pres­sive fin­ishes, in­clud­ing mar­ble and porce­lain tile floor­ing and solid oak doors and cab­i­nets.

Kitchen fea­tures in­clude gran­ite coun­ter­tops, an is­land and eat­ing bar, three stain­less steel ap­pli­ances and an un­der­mount kitchen sink.

The bathroom comes with a glass wall shower and ves­sel, or ceramic drop-in baths and sinks.

To stay com­fort­able on a swel­ter­ing day, each be­d­room comes equipped with an air con­di­tioner. A washer and dryer are also avail­able in an in­unit laun­dry area.

Two swim­ming pools and a Jacuzzi spa are ideal for an af­ter­noon of loung­ing in the sun­shine. An ocean­side club­house is a des­ti­na­tion for so­cial­iz­ing at Bay­rock.

Two park­ing stalls come with each unit.

For those who like to keep busy, the neigh­bour­ing com­mu­ni­ties of Puerto Plata and Cabarete, and the tourist vil­lage of So­sua, are not short on re­cre­ational op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“It doesn’t mat­ter what you want to do, it’s rep­re­sented here,” says Va­le­rio. “If you want to be part of an elec­tric car club, it’s here.”

There are three golf cour­ses within driv­ing dis­tance of Bay­rock and one more is presently be­ing de­vel­oped, says Va­le­rio.

Some peo­ple who buy prop­erty in the area also dis­cover new in­ter­ests, such as wind­surf­ing and snorkelling.

“Peo­ple will take up snorkelling — for those from Al­berta, it’s hard to snorkel (there),” says Va­le­rio.

To that end, the area has seen a grow­ing in­ter­est from Cana­dian buy­ers.

In­cluded is Casa Linda, a gated com­mu­nity by Do­mini­can Repub­lic Prop­er­ties about a 10-minute drive from Bay­rock.

Terry and Anick Richards of Cal­gary bought a two-be­d­room villa in the com­mu­nity two years ago.

“All of our neigh­bours are Cana­di­ans,” says Terry, a fi­nan­cial bro­ker, adding that he’s met peo­ple from Al­berta, B.C. and Saskatchewan.

The tucked­away ap­peal of the prop­erty is what stood out for the Richards.

“We didn’t want the hus­tle and bus­tle,” says Terry. “You can sit by the pool and not worry about be­ing both­ered.”

The Richards plan to pur-

C MVisit our web­site un­der the head­ing, ‘Rec Prop­er­ties,’ for more sto­ries and photo gal­leries. chase more prop­erty in the Do­mini­can Repub­lic af­ter re­tire­ment, says Terry.

Many of those in­vest­ing in a re­treat at Bay­rock have not yet en­tered re­tire­ment, says Va­le­rio, adding that the units can make money for own­ers through a rental pro­gram.

“There is such a huge va­ca­tion mar­ket here, so (the units can) make money for the own­ers when they’re not us­ing them,” she says. “Then even­tu­ally they’ll plan to re­tire here, at least in the win­ter time and then they’ll go back to Canada in the sum­mer.”

Units fea­ture mar­ble floor­ing.

Kitchens at Bay­rock in­clude un­der­mount sinks.

A 96-square-me­tre pool is an ideal place to lounge in the sun­shine at Bay­rock — a 21-unit condo de­vel­op­ment on the north coast of the Do­mini­can Repub­lic.

Ted Rhodes, Cal­gary Her­ald

Terry and Anick Richard in Cal­gary with a photo of their Do­mini­can Repub­lic prop­erty.

Cour­tesy, Bay­rock

Porce­lain ac­cent tile in the bath­rooms at Bay­rock.

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