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."
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 (2012-2013)? 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.
And that's it! We have been happily living in Anguilla for several years now. It's always warm (we'll never take that for granted!). And we've made so many new friends (including chefs who call us when local fishermen have pulled something special from the sea!).
I work remotely (Anguilla really is perfect for those who can "work virtually"). Janice volunteers at the Red Cross and with local after-school programs. Yuki attends university in New York, an easy "commute." Nori, after graduating summa cum laude, works full-time on her site here in Anguilla and plans to do an MBA focusing on Internet startups.
I hope you find the journal to be useful if you are interesting 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
We've even 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.
To reach Jackie, send her an e-mail...
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