Ultimate urban living

When Diana and Nick Joseph decided to sell their house in Patrick’s Island, they began looking for a temporary space to live while in transition.

The Terraces at Camana Bay fitted the bill, with all the amenities of urban living right at their doorstep.

“I do love it here – it’s really convenient living,” says Diana. “It works for professionals, it works for singles, it works for couples with kids.”

Nick and Diana have an eight-year-old daughter, Callie, as well as a three-year-old Yorkshire terrier named Daisy. Their tiny dog was a big influence in choosing The Terraces as the executive apartments are pet-friendly.

“We wanted to enjoy a couple of years in the centre of the Seven Mile Beach area before building our next home,” says Diana. “We found, and attempted to rent, a beachfront condominium, but were prevented from doing so due to its pet policy. We then looked to Camana Bay and were immediately impressed by not only the quality but the warmth of its team and the remarkable convenience of every aspect of life here.”

Their two-storey apartment in The Terraces – located in the heart of Camana Bay’s Town Centre – has two bedrooms and 2.5 baths, and spacious private balconies overlooking the picturesque harbour. The view is just the beginning of a long list that sold them on leasing this luxurious 1,574-square-foot space.

Apartments_Cayman.kitchenAt the top of the list: location and convenience, with a great side benefit of reducing their carbon footprint.

“It represents an ‘easy button’ on daily life,” says Diana.

“There are many weekends where we can enjoy life to the fullest – head to the beach, enjoy a movie, have dinner with friends, visit the book store, pick up a bottle of wine at West Indies Wine Company, have a haircut or shop at Bay Market, and accomplish all of this without stepping into our car.”

“We even have the convenience of jumping into a boat at the dock,” adds Nick.

The ease of lifestyle also means being able to spend more time as a family. The couple both have demanding careers so Diana says having numerous household chores conveniently taken care of makes a big difference.

“There are no home-related chores – no cutting of grass, no cleaning of pool, no refilling of BBQ gas tanks or worrying about AC servicing or window cleaning,” Diana points out.

Scaling back

Their former home in Patrick’s Island was 3,500 square feet – nearly 2,000 square feet more than the apartment – but the transition to a smaller space was surprisingly easy.

“There is a lot more storage space integrated into the unit than we first anticipated,” says Diana.

“We have also found the reality to be that no matter how large your home, your waking hours are spent in the family/living room, the kitchen and the outdoor areas – the only real difference we have found is that the walking distance between these areas is less.”

Apartments_Cayman.bThe smaller space also works with their personal taste. “Clean, modern and uncluttered is our chosen style,” says Nick. “The excellent storage certainly made the being ‘uncluttered’ part easy.”

The couple turned to a local furniture and design company to incorporate all elements, including many items collected during their travels, into a workable and welcoming space.

“IDG was invaluable at selecting furniture elements that were functional, proportioned to the space, as well as warm and inviting,” says Nick.

“They were terrific at creating a beautiful and workable living area for us and were able to incorporate many of the pieces we have collected during our marriage with new pieces.”

Artwork features prominently in their lives, and is showcased in their home. Early in their 14-year marriage, rather than buy gifts for each other at Christmas they decided they would buy a painting instead, usually by a local artist.

“We have always loved and collected art,” says Nick. “We are particularly fond of Joanne Sibley and Charles Long, both of whom feature prominently in our home. Art is a wonderful way of personalising your home and making it your own.”

The town home’s contemporary interior spaces are light, airy and private. That is one aspect Nick appreciates the most, describing the soundproofing on the units as being remarkable.

Apartments_Cayman.Garden.jbThere is an elevated outdoor pool which overlooks a lush garden courtyard, yet provides privacy for relaxing and socialising. The area is equipped with an outdoor kitchen so residents can have a barbecue or party. And there are no worries about tidying up afterwards – all public spaces in the complex are cleaned every single day.

Nick and Diana appreciate the three private balconies in the home: their daughter’s bedroom has one; there is another off the upstairs master suite; and a third balcony out from the living room, where the family spends a lot of time. The balcony space means the family can take in events such as the annual Parade of Lights or the fireworks on New Year’s Eve high above the crowds.

Weekends

A favourite weekend spot for the Joseph family is relaxing by the dock and sand island in the early morning.

The island, a man-made beach in the harbour, along with the private beach park on Seven Mile Beach is among their daughter’s – and Daisy’s – favourite hangouts. Beach chairs, hammocks, kayaks, Yolo boards and fresh water showers are provided at the beach park, which is surrounded with natural vegetation.

Callie is also a big fan of the Häagen-Dazs ice cream shop, and she and Daisy both love going for a stroll along the landscaped “secret path” that leads to West Bay Road. Camana Way is filled with lush and natural vegetation representing more than 100 different native and indigenous plant species.
Nick and Diana say the landscaping, fountains and gathering places – including parks, courtyards and gardens – throughout Camana Bay are another big plus of living at The Terraces.

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The couple also enjoy the variety of shops and restaurants at Camana Bay, all within easy walking distance. Diana’s favourites are sushi at Mizu and the cheese counter at Bay Market.

Safety also comes into play at The Terraces, which is comprised of 61 luxury apartments of varying sizes and floor plans. There is secure underground parking with elevator access, around-the-clock security, property management services and a video-entry system. The apartments are also built to hurricane standards..

After two years at The Terraces, the Josephs are planning to move into their new home back at Patrick’s Island in late 2013.

“There’s no doubt we will miss it – the location and convenience of everything,” says Diana.

But there’s no question they want return to Camana Bay one day.

“We will end up back here – without a doubt,” she adds.

Justin Uzzell