Priced to $1.2 mil­lion

Calgary Herald - Calgary Herald New Condos - - Recreation & Investment Properties -

A na­tive of Kitch­ener, Ont., Ayer pur­chased a home of his own in the Turks and Caicos Is­lands in 2002. Af­ter talk­ing with peo­ple, he came to rec­og­nize a need — and de­mand — for more res­i­den­tial devel­op­ment.

Con­struc­tion be­gan in 2007 on the ho­tel, which is lo­cated about 400 feet off the trendy Grace Bay Beach.

As the devel­op­ment pro­gressed, Ayer was shrewd enough to know that if he was go­ing to chase the more af­flu­ent mar­ket, he would need a brand name.

En­ter the Gan­sevoort Ho­tel Group of New York City, which has high-end ho­tels in the Big Ap­ple, Mi­ami and Toronto. In 2009, Gan­sevoort came on board to man­age the ho­tel.

“We’re about 75-per-cent sold and 11 of those sales went to Cana­di­ans, mostly from Toronto, Ot­tawa and Mon­treal,” says Ayer. “We’ve had vis­i­tors from Cal­gary and Van­cou­ver, but no sales from out there, yet.

Vis­i­tors in­clude for­mer Cal­gary Flame Dion Pha­neuf, who spent some vacation time there be­fore he was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs, says Ayer — whose own Cana­dian roots tend to show them­selves dur­ing the course of a win­ter.

“Ev­ery once in a while, when there is some spe­cial hockey game go­ing on, we set up a big-screen TV on the beach, have a bon­fire and some cold beer and watch it,” he says. “Oh, yeah, we have frites and pou­tine, too.”

But it was a wind­ing road from Kitch­ener to the is­lands for Ayer and his fam­ily. In be­tween, there were stops in Van­cou­ver, Seat­tle and Ne­vis Is­land in the Lesser An­tilles re­gion of the Caribbean.

Rob Ayer, pres­i­dent of Apollo De­vel­op­ments, at the Gan­sevoort Turks and Caicos project.

The devel­op­ment is along this sparkling Caribbean beach.

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