March 13, 2017 / Property Spotlight

The Luxury Edition: Coastal Bermuda Estate

Exceptional in every way, Shell Point, a tranquil coastal estate in Tucker’s Town, encapsulates the essence and style of Bermuda’s irresistible draw

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Fringed with palms and bathed in balmy turquoise waters, the allure of Bermuda’s idyllic coastline is strong. And though this British Overseas Territory might be ringed by treacherous reefs, with infrequent storms breaking an otherwise ever-present blue sky, Shell Point, with its two glorious acres of lushly planted grounds in the community of Tucker’s Town, creates a sense of seclusion and safety that is stronger. That feeling is echoed in a secret inscription in the estate’s shoreline folly: “Storm tossed, safe at last.”

A town in name only, Tucker’s Town is a prestigious residential enclave that surrounds the private Mid Ocean Club—a select and discreet members’ club—and its world-class golf course. Developed in the 1920s primarily to appeal to affluent Americans, today Tucker’s Town welcomes a truly international set of residents, attracted by its exclusivity.“It’s a tranquil haven,” says Karin Sinclair of Sinclair Realty LLC, an Affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate, “a truly unique property in an outstanding location.” On an island of just 21 square miles, land is at a premium. Yet here there are two full waterfront acres, including a private promontory with deepwater dock, jetty, and boat slipway. And then there’s the view. “Shell Point is one of only a few properties that face east across the harbor to the fortified Castle Island, part of the St George UNESCO World Heritage site.”

Finishes inside the residence add an elegant, international twist to the authentic island architecture, from English cabinetry and stone fireplaces to Moroccan-style marble mosaics.The property at Shell Point offers 6,500 square feet of interior living space, spread across the main house, guest cottage, and additional apartment.

“The sunken walled garden at the home’s entrance offers a sunny haven, while maturing olive trees welcome guests at the front door,” says Sinclair. The property is “in essence, style, and design, Bermudian.” The simplicity of the whitewashed limestone roof and gently scalloped gables plays against more modern touches, with double waterside pergolas that artfully mirror the traditional roofline and lend an air of the contemporary to the estate.

Peppered with patios, terraces, and private nooks, the grounds have been designed for the enjoyment of Bermuda’s outdoor lifestyle.A reflecting pool is among the delights found within Shell Point’s paradisiacal grounds.“Shell Point is an attractive option for boaters, water sports enthusiasts, and golfers alike,” says Karin Sinclair.A sunken walled garden, maturing olive trees, waterside pergolas, many archways, and marble mosaics—as well as stunning views across the harbor to Castle Island—characterize the exteriors of Shell Point’s two glorious acres.

Once inside, the residence will appeal to those who appreciate understated elegance. “In a world of too much plastic and faux finishes, Shell Point’s Bermuda cedar windows, shutters, and doors bring a glowing, authentic beauty and warmth to the estate,” says Sinclair. “The interior, like Tucker’s Town itself, reflects an international perspective, and finishes include English cabinetry, white-painted wood floors, stone fireplace surrounds, and marble mosaics of Moroccan influence.”

“Bermuda cedar windows and doors bring a glowing, authentic beauty to the estate,” says Karin Sinclair

Located just a golf-cart ride or walk away from the golf, beaches, dining, tennis, and other amenities of the Mid Ocean Club and Rosewood Tucker’s Point resort, spa, and club, Shell Point was built in 1948, at a time when horse-drawn carts and bicycles were the most common forms of transport here. There’s still a one-car-per-household rule on the island, and the deliciously easy pace of life remains.

The master bedroom suite is a peaceful haven with its sumptuous spa bathroom in blue and white marble. The primary residence has a sumptuous master suite with its own terrace and pergola, as well as a second bedroom suite for guests, plus potential for further development.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY NGOC MINH NGO

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