The best partnerships are often born of friendship, as the
trio behind Davenport Development will attest.
Established in February 2007, the company has completed one
successful development after another, quickly establishing itself as one of the
premier real estate developers in the Cayman Islands.
Ken Thompson and Ray Hydes have known one another since
childhood, having both grown up in Cayman. Paul Pearson was employed as general
manager of Hard Rock Café, then owned by Ken Thompson. Paul therefore got to
know Ken and through Ray.
Looking for a change from the hospitality industry after
Hurricane Ivan in September 2004, Paul approached Ken with the idea of starting
a property development business. The pair invited Ray to join them, recognising
that each had valuable skills to contribute.
Paul, who had travelled the world during his years in the
hospitality industry, had gained extensive project management experience and
had developed a unique management style, a skill he continues to use every day
in his role as managing partner.
Ken, whose family owns Island Taste, had a wealth of
business experience having owned and operated restaurants in Cayman for 25
Ray, along with his father and brother, had set up Hydes and
Sons, manufacturing aluminium products and hurricane shutters 20 years
beforehand. He had also just finished building Willow Point on Poindexter Road
in Spotts, so brought his construction experience to the table.
The guiding principle behind Davenport Development’s
projects is, and always has been, affordable luxury. After Hurricane Ivan, Paul
saw there was a gap in the market for smaller, more affordable homes, but homes
that would be built to the highest standards nonetheless. He, Ken and Ray had a
vision of beautiful, well constructed homes that could be sold at reasonable
Their earliest developments were aimed at first and second
time buyers – those looking to get out of the rental market, says Paul. The
first project the trio embarked on was Valencia Heights on Crewe Road, a 33-unit
apartment complex that offers the sophistication of Seven Mile Beach, but in a
more affordable area and conveniently close to George Town.
Set amid lush landscaping with a large pool and children’s
play area, each unit offered well lit, open rooms with high ceilings and crown
moldings. Kitchens featured all wood cabinetry, granite countertops and
Whirlpool appliances. All aspects of the development were finished to the
highest of standards.
“The greatest challenge was creating such a place for the
specific low price we wanted,” says Paul.
“[We also had to] change people’s
minds in Cayman that you can get an excellent product designed and built for a
reasonable price. Also, it was just after Hurricane Ivan and labour prices were
at a premium .. .. that was a challenge considering we wanted to sell at a
They clearly met these challenges head on and just a year
after the company was formed, in February 2008, Valencia Heights was completed.
Success was almost immediate, with every unit sold out soon
Davenport Development’s cooperation with Scotiabank no doubt
contributed to this success, enabling many who had previously been turned away,
to secure mortgages.
The next development, Lantern Point, was begun in October
2008. Built in three phases, the private residences features a more European
than Caribbean style, with Spanish tiled roofs, spacious patios or balconies in
each apartment, elegant balustrades and the signature lanterns that lend the
complex its name.
Located at Old Prospect Point, the development boasts three
pools and tropical gardens and is only minutes from the amenities of Grand
Harbour and just a little further from George Town.
Many would be tempted to sit back and take a breather,
following the highly successful completion of two major development projects;
not the driving forces behind Davenport Development, however.
Phase one of their third development, San Sebastian, was
competed in June 2011. This upscale gated community lies across the road from
South Sound Beach and offers convenient access to schools and George Town
Designed to maximize the outdoor living opportunities that the
Caribbean climate offers, the town houses are positioned around the free form
swimming pool and are surrounded by lush, landscaped gardens with fountains and
water features. Each home is accessed via a private gated courtyard and has a
flat roof terrace, some with sea views.
Inside each home the attention to detail is impeccable as
well. Granite counter tops, solid wood kitchen cabinets, stainless steel
appliances and solid hardwood floors are just a few of the beautiful interior
It is the attention to detail, both in integrity of
structure and in the interior finishes that has set Davenport Development apart
from the rest. “Every inch of the design of the properties is carefully
examined. We build as though we will live in the developments ourselves,” says
In all of their projects Davenport Development builds solid
structures, designed to withstand the ravages that hurricane season can bring.
They use Insulated Concrete Forms in all their walls.
These lend tremendous
strength to the structure and are also excellent insulators, which in turn
reduce utility costs and are more environmentally sound. The roofs are of the
highest quality and windows are Winguard Hurricane windows from PGT, which
means no hurricane shutters are needed.
Their latest two projects have marked a move into new
territory, leaving behind the affordable community model and venturing into
ultra-chic South Beach style luxury homes. The Opus I and II project, which is
due to be completed in early 2012, will be situated on a reef protected beach
ridge in the prestigious and exclusive Old Prospect neighbourhood.
concept, the striking black and white façades only hint at what is to be found
Entire walls of glass exploit breathtaking ocean views, and
the sophisticated yet simplistic open plan interior takes further advantage of
the waterfront position. Each of the 6,000-square-foot residences will feature
an L-shaped pool, wine cellar, vast master suite with private terrace and
26-foot ceilings in the living room.
The most recent project, which began in May this year, is
the equally impressive and luxurious Crystal Cove, a development of six private
family homes overlooking the North Sound. Designed for boat people, each home
will have a private boat slip and a magnificent rooftop infinity pool, among
other chic features.
In just over four years Davenport Development has put its
name to some truly exceptional developments in Cayman. Styles may run the gamut
from traditional Mediterranean to avant garde South Beach and homes may range
from one bedroom starter homes to five bedroom luxury beach houses, but the
quality of construction, value for money and craftsmanship that goes into each
and every home is consistently top notch.