Soon after our first vacation to Anguilla (2002), our family settled enthusiastically into the idea of living here. Coming from Montreal, Anguilla met all our criteria for "the perfect home"...
However, my parents had looked at land in many places we have visited, from Hawaii to Nova Scotia. Why were they serious this time?
As my Dad said to me once, "Nori, Anguilla ticks all the checkboxes for our perfect home."
Update 2015: Since writing this journal, my parents decided to add city living to their life after discovering Panama City three years ago. They fell in love with it and will be splitting their time between tranquility wrapped in blue and the buzz of Panama City. I will be staying here, renting a spot that's big enough for their frequent trips back.
Our home is too big for me alone and my parents don't want to maintain two residences. Looking forward to mixing it up, they have always lived their lives in 10 year cycles, so this is just about on schedule for a new life experience. That means that someone is going to get one of the most carefully built villas, our villa...
NEW to market, Anguilla Beaches Villa is now for sale and includes...
Since 2002, we have witnessed Anguilla real estate prices move through three phases...
We have covered a lot of ground (so to speak) on this site...
Today (2012-2015)? Excellent land is once again available at reasonable prices and building prices have decreased. It is an excellent time to be buying and building.
Jackie had found land for my Dad a few times before, some very nice oceanfront. Each time, though, he was too busy for "another project" and Anguilla's Internet was still too slow for his Internet-based business.
Three-and-a-half years after our first, fateful trip to Anguilla, we did ultimately find and buy land (high-speed access became available just before prices really soared, luckily). And we built our home in Anguilla, where we now live.
If you want to buy Anguilla real estate or rent a villa, I can't recommend Jackie highly enough. Use this form to reach her directly. You can also use it to sell your land or villa through Jackie (which is how we came to find the location for our new home!)
I'll let Dad tell the story from here, in the form of his "Caribbean construction journal." It's our detailed story about building and buying in Anguilla.
This section of Nori's Web site will grow until our Anguilla home is a reality. I hope you find it useful if you have decided to build on Anguilla. Here we go, step by step, from buying land in Anguilla to turning the key the door of your new home!
2) We buy!
6) Tropical Building! We break ground.
7) Building In The Caribbean Really Starts: The Big Dig
8) Our First Attempt At Building In The Tropics: AKA "Mike's Home"
9) The real building in Anguilla starts: Batter boards, cistern and the first cement pour!
A Side Trip
Anguilla Native Stone: We've found some beatiful local stone for our patios and terraces... and an exciting, passionate story!
10) An Intoduction To The Anguilla Builders and We Pour The Footings: An introduction to this fine team of men who I am beginning to know. And the perimeter footings are poured. I can see the outline of our future home!
11) Caribbean Construction Makes Steady Progress: The team forms and pours the cistern walls and footings.
12) Building In The Caribbean Continues: We lay foundation block.
A Side Project
Anguilla Septic System: We switch to a reusable septic system and the team starts building.
Update 2015: We have enjoyed, and continue to enjoy, living in Anguilla, more than we ever expected. We could never move back to a cold and over-taxed country (i.e. most of the developed world). However, it is time for Janice and me to blend in some city living.
Three years ago we discovered Panama and fell in love with the country, Panama City and its entrepreneurial, thriving energy. We bought a 2 story, 6000 square foot penthouse with a magnificent view of the bay and ships as they line up to go through the canal.
We plan on spending time in both Anguilla and Panama City - talk about opposite ends of a spectrum! However, the home in Anguilla is too big for Nori alone, who will be staying in Anguilla, and we do not want to maintain two residences.
Therefore, our meticulously built Anguilla villa is for sale!
I hope you find the journal to be useful if you are interested in building your own life, or seasonal villa, on this best of all Caribbean islands. If you do choose to live here, here is some information about living in Anguilla
And, to reach Jackie for information on real estate, send her an e-mail...
SOLD We've built a second villa, a project to keep the crew working for another year during the recession that has hit Anguillians hard. If you are intrested in buying rather than building, this anguilla villa for sale is probably the best value on-island. Contact us directly from that page.