Located on almost half an acre, 53 Bird Island is truly one of the most remarkable estates in the Cayman Islands with a level of quality rarely seen. Meticulously designed, decorated, and built, the main level consists of three separate “pods” connected by way of outdoor space on the ground floor and by a unifying upper floor.
Designed by Canadian Kariouk Architects, an American Institute of Architecture National Design Award-winner, the most venerated design award in architecture in the US, 53 Bird Island, located in the gated and prestigious Vista del Mar community, is a spectacular mix of cutting-edge yet traditional design and sustainability and was featured in The Globe and Mail, Canada’s national newspaper.
The series of interconnected “pods,” with discrete ground floor volumes to house the garage and games room, kitchen and living area, and canal-side dining room, is all underneath a linear bank of bedrooms. The interconnecting spaces result in pleasantly shaded spaces outdoors, and, inside, a relaxing flow from communal gathering zones to more private escapes.
With 5 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, and spanning 8,295 sq. ft., this home also includes a library, home gym with soft floor coverings that offer sound & impact protection, an office, a kids’ den, a pre-kitchen pantry, a dedicated home cinema with Epson TV, poker room, and a secret speakeasy. With a level of quality not seen in many homes, the spa-like master bathroom features Greek Marble floors, along with bevel-edged glass tiles, and waterfall shower heads. The children’s rooms are a kid’s paradise with built-in trampolines, interconnected from the top for maximum play opportunities.
The attention to detail throughout this breathtaking, one-of-a-kind estate home is seen from every window which perfectly captures the luxurious views surrounding the home from the framed view of pool and out past the canal to mangrove island through a picture window at the end of a hall.
The stained glulam wood roof has an asymmetrical slope that seems to hover over a continuous clerestory of glass that tapers to a point at one end. The roof is very carefully conceived to not impede on the elegance of the architecture below. This floating effect creates a clever, almost cheeky trick of the eye, giving the illusion that the volume it caps is actually a crisp, flat-topped, entirely modern space.
The white-washed glulam roof trusses come from Germany, whereas the upholstered furniture, the windows, the tiles and countertops, and the extensive custom millwork, fashioned by Handwerk, come from Canada. Fantini luxury plumbing and high-end lighting fixtures, Gaggenau appliances, and high-end furniture from Edra, B&B Italia, Dedon, and Minoti adorn every room. In addition, there are high-end Haiku fans, a Lutron automation system, custom automated blinds, security cameras, and BlueTooth locks. The glass is UVtinted to improve efficiency with a reserved place for photovoltaics within the landscaping.
The outside is almost as astounding as the inside with water views from an expansive covered terrace area, complete with an outdoor kitchen. Touting 117’ of water frontage, the backyard features a heated inground saline pool, jet ski dock, impeccable landscaping with a synthetic grass primary lawn, and a private outdoor shower directly off the master bedroom ensuite.
The residence also features a two-car air-conditioned garage, and the driveway is built of reclaimed brick from turn-of-the-century, abandoned Chicago factories.
This stunning Vista Del Mar home benefits from 24-hour security, a gated entrance, a community tennis court, a pickle ball court, boat trailer storage, and meeting spaces with easy boat access to the North Sound.
This estate home is shown by private viewings only.