A Coastal Community, Salt Creek

The
concept of community seems like a relic from days gone by. 

But at
Salt Creek, Dart Realty’s stunning, canal-front development, community is at
the heart of the emerging neighbourhood. 

Located
within the breathtaking surrounds of North Sound, a stone’s throw from bustling
Seven Mile Beach, Salt Creek is a place where tradition and modernity exist in
harmony; a place where community is not an abstract idea and where contemporary
family life is given space to thrive.

“Salt
Creek is a gem that most people aren’t familiar with,” says John Hillman,
director of residential sales for Dart Realty. “We wanted to create a place
that had a neighbourhood feel, but also had consistency and quality.”

Home to 22 waterfront lots,
ranging in size from a quarter acre to an acre, the development captures the
attention to detail and exceptional standards that have come to define Dart
Realty’s residential projects. Marrying contemporary living with traditional
coastal design, Salt Creek is unlike any community in Cayman. 

“At
Salt Creek, the architecture was planned both individually and collectively,”
John says of the development, which will feature two phases. “So much thought
has gone into Salt Creek, in the amenities, the finishes, the architecture, the
environment. It is one of the few neighbourhoods in Cayman to have its own
architectural covenants.

“We
wanted Salt Creek to be close to everything, only minutes from Seven Mile
Beach, but yet feel like it was far away.”

Salt
Creek is positioned at the site of the former Cayman Turtle Farm, in a small
enclave overlooking the waterways of North Sound. The history of the location
has not been lost. Dart Realty was careful not to disrupt the environmental sensitivities
of the area, preferring to work with the landscape rather than against it. To
this end, homeowners are severely restricted in what they can do to the
mangroves and are allowed only to remove mangroves for dock space. This allows
for the repopulation of the mangroves, which in turn has a positive effect on
the sea life.  

John
says it is an example of the level of thought and care that has gone into the
project. Every aspect of Salt Creek has been designed to create the ideal
location for the homeowner.  

A range
of amenities, including tennis courts, a children’s playground, and a
neighbourhood park, accentuate the feeling of community and provide ample room
for recreation. 

Sidewalks
and trails encourage residents to have fun with fitness and enjoy the island’s
perpetual sunshine. 

Lush landscaping, designed by
Sandy Urquhart, evokes the beauty of Cayman’s natural surroundings and provides
the utmost privacy for residents. The common areas are maintained by Camana Bay
Nursery, which ensures every species of plant works within Salt Creek’s unique
climate and environmental conditions. 

There
is a strong connection between the homes and the water, as every lot has views
of the canal and a private boat dock. 

“The
amenities and the landscaping were not afterthoughts,” John explains. “The
amenities were one of the first things we did, and the homeowners really enjoy
them. The kids in the neighbourhood play together in the parks. The homes are
very focused on the connection between outdoors and indoors. The landscaping is
very detailed and the homes seem to blend into the surroundings.

“We
wanted to create a neighbourhood that spoke to the notion of community. We
wanted open spaces that would encourage neighbours to connect with one
another.”

When it
came to the architecture, the homes were based around a style that John
describes as “traditional coastal living”. There was no overall architect for
the project; rather, homeowners commission their choice of architect, as long
as the chosen firm adheres to Salt Creek’s architectural guidelines. John
believes the aesthetic captures the romance and casual elegance of Cayman’s
coastal lifestyle.

Salt
Creek’s superior quality, unparalleled amenities and dedication to community
has proved popular with investors, with approximately half of the first phase
sold. John believes the development will continue to surpass expectations, as
more homeowners are drawn to the combination of location and quality.

“That neighbourhood feel is something that existed in
Cayman before,” he says. “So many new neighbourhoods are being developed, but
they don’t have that sense of community of Salt Creek.” 

Community, comfort and care; the very definition of
luxury living.   

Coastal Community

Dart