St Lucia Real Estate Tips: 3 Locations With the Best Views on the Island

No matter where you are in St Lucia, there is something beautiful to behold, be it the sparkling Caribbean Sea or mountains cloaked in verdure. With amazing views everywhere you turn, choosing my favorite locations was a daunting task! However, after much site seeing I have managed to narrow down the 3 best locations for St Lucia real estate with eye-popping views!

Morne Fortune

Morne Fortune is one of the most enchanting parts of St Lucia. At 900 ft high, the Morne, as it is commonly called, towers over the capital city and commands views of the entire northwest coastline of St Lucia, with all its bays, beaches and rugged beauty. On clear nights, the lights of cars driving in Martinique, across 50 miles of Caribbean Sea, are as clear as if they were in Gros Islet.

The Morne is steep in gradients and steeped in history. It is the site of colonial mansions such as Government House, the Johnson’s Memorial Home and the Pink Plantation restaurant. At the summit of the Morne, draped in clouds, is the 18th century brown brick military fort, which is the campus of the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College. The college is a popular stop on island tours where people visit the scenic war monument as well as the namesake Nobel Laureate’s grave. All over the Morne, there are gigantic trees, which look like they have stood for centuries.

Rodney Heights

The upscale Rodney Heights neighborhood is usually high on the checklist for people seeking St Lucia real estate with sea views. As the name indicates, Rodney Heights is on a hill overlooking Rodney Bay. Depending on their exact location, houses at Rodney Heights boast views of Pigeon Island, the Caribbean Sea or the Rodney Bay marina. At night, with the town lit up, the views are electrifying!

One of the strongest features of Rodney Heights is its convenient location. All of the homes in this area are within a 5 minute drive of the beautiful beaches at Reduit and Pigeon Island. Rodney Bay is also alive with shopping malls, restaurants, bars and St Lucia’s only casino. This is an in demand area, suited for people who want high quality St Lucia real estate. Sea view villas average about US$1,000,000.

Vigie

St Lucia real estate in Vigie is unique for many reasons. It is a peninsular accessible only via a scenic drive along the most popular beach in Castries. Almost completely surrounded by the sea, practically every house at Vigie has a spectacular view. North facing houses overlook Vigie beach, Choc Bay and Pigeon Island. South facing houses overlook Castries harbor, and La Toc beach.

Though only 5 minutes from the city of Castries, Vigie feels like it is tucked away. Homes tend to be on relatively large lots, which gives a sense of privacy. It is a well established neighborhood and is home to many institutions such as the Mexican, French and Venezuelan embassies. The Vigie lighthouse, with its 360 degree view, is a popular look-out point.

St Lucia real estate is all about amazing views! There are so many great locations to choose from, house hunters may have a hard time picking their favorites, I certainly did! From historic to modern, secluded to urban, there is an amazing variety to from which to find your dream home!

St Lucia Real Estate Tips: 5 Ways for Green Living on the Caribbean Island

St Lucia’s rich biodiversity and natural beauty play a significant role in the island’s culture and economy. The island’s 2 major industries, tourism and agriculture, both depend on sustainable environmental practices. In 2004 the Pitons were inducted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to their outstanding beauty and unique ecology. Environmental awareness is therefore a crucial part of life in St Lucia. Every human interaction with nature leaves behind an indelible fingerprint. When building a home in St Lucia you should be vigilant to minimize the impact on the environment. Here are 5 easy ways in which you can do so.

Do not clear land indiscriminately. Before starting construction, consider how your home will impact the tree cover in the area. St Lucia is a heavily vegetated country. The prevalence and variety of trees is one of the things which makes the island unique. Save as many mature trees as possible. Incorporate existing foliage into the design and layout of your house. This ensures that the island remains green. Mature trees also add majesty and beauty, while keeping a property cool.

Use renewable energy. Sunlight and wind are two of St Lucia’s most abundant natural resources. It is now possible to have one’s home completely powered by solar panels and wind turbines. Whether you use wind, solar or a combination of the two depends on the location of your home. For instance, home sites on the island’s east coast have a constant Atlantic breeze, and are well placed to utilize wind power. While solar or wind power will increase your construction costs, it will eliminate utility bills in the future. In St Lucia, electricity is the most costly utility and the savings will add up in the long run. Renewable energy also reduces the burning of fossil fuel and helps to keep the air clean while reducing the island’s carbon footprint.

Harvest rain water. St Lucia has approximately 2000 mm of annual rainfall. Using drainage systems, it is easy to collect rainwater, which is stored in tanks or underground cisterns. This helps conserve the island’s public water supply. It also ensures that you have a backup if there are shortages after a hurricane.

Maximize natural ventilation to minimize cooling costs. In St Lucia, air conditioning units are major culprits when it comes to high energy usage. Keeping your house naturally cool will significantly reduce your consumption of electricity. High ceilings, large windows, insulated roofs and cross ventilation are just a few ways in which your house can be designed to remain cool. Many homes in St Lucia are located on elevated hillsides where there is a constant breeze. A well ventilated house can eliminate (or at least greatly reduce) the need for air conditioning. (Besides the practical benefits, high ceilings and large windows are great for admiring those amazing St Lucian vistas!)

Grow a kitchen garden. Gardens flourish in St Lucia’s rich, volcanic soil and tropical weather. It is common for backyards to be laden with tropical foods such as mangoes, guavas, dasheen or breadfruit. Eat your own organic, delicious fruit, vegetables and herbs grown right in your back yard! Once you’ve gotten your garden started it’s easy to maintain. The prevalence of backyard gardening helps ensure the island’s food security and preserves the indigenous foliage. The rewards are delicious and good for both you and the environment!

These are just a handful of ways to live a nature friendly lifestyle if you have decided to buy St Lucia real estate. The island is loved for its lush, green beauty. Everyone in the country must play their part to maintain this. Cautious real estate development can enhance rather than diminish the island’s natural environment. Energy efficiency is also a great investment as it will make your home more appealing to buyers should you ever decide to sell.