Seaview getting a major redo

The Seaview Hotel on South Church Street is about to undergo an extreme makeover.

For decades the Seaview was home to tourists – divers in particular – as well as locals who loved to congregate at the bar or buffet for good drink, good food, and good times.

However, the Seaview, which was already in need of some upgrading and repair, suffered severely during the ravages of Hurricane Ivan. The hotel was deemed to be damaged beyond restoration, and its future and the future of the site had been in doubt, states a press release.

Recently the Seaview site was purchased by James Lagan of Caribbean Property Corporation, the property arm of Bronte Capital Group, a niche investment consultancy, which is the brainchild of Mr. Lagan and business partner Sean Scott. The site will be transformed into a three-story, 23-unit luxury condominium complex. It will be called The Seaview Residences.

Because the Seaview is literally within walking distance of downtown George Town, the residences are expected to attract professionals in the financial industry who work nearby.

While the architectural plans for the property are anything but modest, the residences themselves will be kept in scale of the surrounding community. This project was conceived by Derek Serpell who is director/architect and project architect Eduardo Bernal, both of Kariba, a local architectural and development company in the Marquee on Seven Mile Beach.

According to Realtor Paul Aiken of RE/MAX Cayman Islands, the sleek modern design of the residences is unique in comparison to the condominiums being built along Seven Mile Beach.

Offering owners glass balconies and floor-to-ceiling hurricane-resistant glass facing the sea, each residence will have an unobstructed view of the ever-changing landscape/seascape with the ships criss-crossing and entering the harbour.

While each residence will be individually configured, all will have two bedrooms with two and one-half baths. Some will offer private elevators opening directly into the residence. Some residences will be on one level, others split over two and three levels. All finishings will be first class and will include granite countertops, hardwood cabinets, designer Kohler faucets and fixtures, porcelain tiles, and elegant crown moulding throughout. The ground floor will be a minimum of 15 feet above sea level (one of the highest elevations on Grand Cayman), and all residences will overlook a spacious infinity-edge pool which, in turn, will overlook the Caribbean Sea.

Mr. Aiken said the price of these units will be well under US$1 million with attractive pre-construction pricing available. For more information, call Mr. Aiken at 345-916-4900 or 345-945-8776.

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