Calgarians find Caribbean haven
Couple buys luxury villa within Dominican Republic
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-
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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.
Terry and Anick Richard in Calgary with a photo of their Dominican Republic property.
Porcelain accent tile in the bathrooms at Bayrock.