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Hurricane Preparedness 2015

 

 

 

 

Hurricane Preparedness 2015

 

Hurricanes are a yearly concern for us in the Caribbean and though Barbados has been lucky not to experience any for over 50 years, it’s always smart to be prepared.

 

 

Before the Hurricane:

 

Know Your Shelters

  • Create a list of the closest shelters to you and make a plan to get there if you need it.
  • Know your local Animal Shelters as animals aren’t allowed in most animal shelters.

Build an Emergency Kit

  • You should stock up on food, water and medical supplies for each member of your family and pets for at least 72 hours.
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Cash
  • First Aid Kit
  • Battery operated radio
  • Gas for cooking

Prepare to Secure Your Home

  • Keep on hand the storm shutters, pre drilled plywood panels, tape and straps needed to secure the home. Don’t wait until the hurricane warning to source these security measures.

Clean the Yard

  • Keep trees and bushes trimmed to make them more wind resistant. Remove any weak or dead branches to prevent those becoming airborne missiles.

Home and Auto Insurance

  • Confirm that your insurance policies cover for Hurricane damage and are valid.

 

 

Under Hurricane Watch:

 

Fuel the Car

  • Make sure you have a full tank for any emergency.

Clear the Yard

  • Bring all outdoor furniture and garden tools indoors.
  • Anchor any objects too large to be brought indoors.

Secure the House

  • Install storm shutters, plywood panels and straps to doors and windows.
  • Remove small antennae from the roof.

Food Preparation

  • Turn refrigerator and freezer to the coldest settings and only open when absolutely necessary.
  • Store drinking water in clean jugs, bottles and pots.

Stay Aware

  • Listen to the radio and watch the television for weather updates.

 

 

During Hurricane Warning:

 

Safety Precautions

  • Turn off cooking gas ESPECIALLY if the bottle is situated outside.  If the bottle is indoors, only turn on the gas while cooking.
  • Avoid open flames such as candles and kerosene lamps, opt for battery operated light sources.

Hygienic Preparation

  • Fill tub, sinks and other large containers with water for sanitary purposes such as cleaning, hand washing and flushing toilets.

 

Protect Valuables

  • Keep personal documents, jewelry, electronics and photos in waterproof containers in an elevated spot in the house.
  • Turn off major appliances to reduce a power surge when electricity is restored.

Keep the Lines Open:

  • Even though we all have cell phones, landlines are perfect in a power outage.

Stay indoors away from windows and glass doors.

Be Prepared to Evacuate if:

  • You are directed by local authorities to do so.
  • You live on the coast, in a flood zone or waterway.
  • Your house becomes unsafe.

If You Cannot Evacuate:

  • Go to a wind safe room (small interior room, hallway or closet).
  • Close all interior doors.

Affordable Homes For Sale!

 

 

 

 

 

For the month of May we're highlighting three great affordable houses for sale.

 

2nd Ave. Hart's Gap

For Sale: USD $175,000

http://www.bribarbados.com/listings/detail/listID/172170

 

This comfortable family home is new to the market and is located on a corner lot in a quiet central neighbourhood. The interior benefits from open plan living and dining space. The home has been recently renovated and has 3 bedrooms with plenty of cupboard and storage space. Great curb appeal and fully enclosed with a large backyard. Property is being sold unfurnished. Close to the South Coast and all its amenities; beaches, restaurants and shopping. 

 

Serenity Hill, St. John

For Sale: USD $185,000

http://www.bribarbados.com/listings/detail/listID/164343

 

This charming 3 bedroom 2 bathroom house sits on 6498 sq ft of land in this quiet country location which is about 15 mins drive from the Six Roads commercial area.There is an open plan layout of the living and dining area and also a spacious kitchen area.The bedrooms are generous in size and there are ceramic floor tiles throughout.There is a carport with laundry facilities as well as a solar water heater,and also a basement area that can be developed.

 

Maycocks Terrace

For Sale: USD $192,500

http://www.bribarbados.com/listings/detail/listID/162001

 

This well laid out 3 bedroom 2 bathroom property is found in a quiet, northern neighborhood. There are ceramic tiles throughout and the property comes fully furnished.

 

Interested? Give us a call at (246) 423-4770 or send us an email at info@bribarbados.com.

 

Affordable Rentals – Update!

This week has brought with it three new affordable listings that we are excited to share with you!

 

Constable Cottage 

For Rent: US $475/month

http://www.bribarbados.com/listings/detail/listID/170901

Fully furnished cottage in an established neighbourhood. Well appointed 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom property with laundry on a corner lot.

 

Rock Dundo Apartment

For Rent: US $550/month

http://www.bribarbados.com/listings/detail/listID/170920

This 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom apartment is available fully furnished in an established neighbourhood. The rooms are all spacious and bright with an eat-in kitchen leading into the living space. There is ample parking and mature gardens.

 

Meadow Vale Heights

For Rent: US $950/month

http://www.bribarbados.com/listings/detail/listID/171037

Charming 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom house in a coveted neighbourhood. This home is breezy with a roomy kitchen, air conditioned master bedroom with newly built walk in closet. The outdoor living space consists of a spacious covered patio, large garden and the lot is fully enclosed. Being rented unfurnished.

 

Interested? Give us a call at (246) 423-4770 or send us an email at info@bribarbados.com.

 

YouTube Updated!

We are trucking along converting all of our listings into a video format. Follow the links below to see our newest video listings and if you like them, give them a thumbs up and subscribe to our channel.

 

Dover Mews

For Sale: US $397,500.00

For Rent: US $1,875.00

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flUt8FR_cOI

Recently constructed, 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom townhouse in the well established Dover neighbourhood. Easy walking distance to beautiful beaches and the very popular St. Lawrence Gap with it's bustling night life, restaurants, and shopping. The house offers spacious open-plan living/dining and kitchen on the ground floor, with a smaller room adjacent to the living area, complete with an en-suite bathroom, that can be used as either a bedroom or an office. The modern kitchen is spacious and fully equipped with electrical stainless steel appliances. Upstairs are the master with en-suite, 2 other bedrooms, and a full bathroom. All the bedrooms feature built-in closets and have A/C as well as ceiling fans. The staircase and the floors upstairs are beautiful greenheart wood finish, while the ground floor is porcelain tiled throughout. The unit has a single port garage with automatic garage door and access door to the inside, a laundry room, and a small patio to the back with enclosed garden space.

http://www.bribarbados.com/Listings/Detail/listID/164155

http://www.bribarbados.com/Listings/Detail/listID/164526

 

Wales End

For Sale: US $850,000.00 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLpmgoGqLFE

 

This beautiful 4 bedroom holiday home is being offered for sale. Located on a large parcel of land with subdivision, this 2 storey home offers on the upper and main level, 2 bedrooms, kitchen, TV room and powder room. There is a large dining terrace that opens on to a magnificent full size pool. The lower level offers the additional 2 bedrooms with outdoor entrance and laundry room. A sweeping driveway separates the two lots with the house on one lot and mature trees on the other. All bedrooms are Air-conditioned with en-suite bathrooms and the property is being offered fully furnished. There is excellent investment opportunity through short term rental income.

http://www.bribarbados.com/Listings/Detail/listID/161597

 

Cliff Plantation

For Sale: US $1,200,000

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-sMsvZsH1c

 

This lovely plantation home sits on 6.82 acres of land in the beautiful countryside of St. John. The spacious house and accompanying yard is an ideal place to raise a family. The yard space and gardens are ample and the property offers stables to accommodate 10 horses. The gardens are mature and is an ideal place to have your private functions. The house is well laid out and is open plan with the kitchen just off of the living and dining areas. The bedrooms are located upstairs and over look the beautiful countryside of St. John. The house is cool and breezy and offers quiet country living.

http://www.bribarbados.com/Listings/Detail/listID/164345

 

Esperanza

For Sale: USD $650,000.00

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHPXeXr9q1U

 

This lovely Spanish style property sits on top of a hill that affords spectacular views that extend from the southern coastline of the island to the west coast. There is a foyer as you enter through the main entrance which is the main level that also has 2 bedrooms, living room, dining room, kitchen, sunken family room and a courtyard that leads to terrace area that offer great views. The upper level has a room that can either be used as a study or bedroom, and the master suite. The master suite has a large walk-in closet with an accompanying large bathroom and balcony. The attached cottage is self contained and consists of 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom. The kitchens and bathrooms have all been recently updated with granite countertops and new cupboards. The floors interchange between hardwood floors, clay tiles and ceramic tiles throughout the property.

http://www.bribarbados.com/Listings/Detail/listID/164451

 

Seaview

For Sale: US $1,950,000

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0CSd_V-a8o

 

This very large and attractive property sits on a ridge affording unspoilt views of the Chancery Lane wetlands and the beautiful Long Beach area below. The property is divided into the main house, two adjoining cottages, and one chattel cottage near the entrance containing staff quarters, a laundry, and 1 bedroom/ 1 bathroom accommodation. The two very cozy private cottages near to the main house each have 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, and a small kitchenette. They also have comfortable outdoor patio space. The main house features a very large and open living/dining area which opens out to the lush gardens, the patio/pool deck and the jacuzzi all overlooking the cliff. This very open architecture perfectly incorporates the outdoor surroundings with spacious indoors and lends to the overall atmosphere of a hidden tropical paradise. The main house also features an open alley-styled kitchen overlooking the living/dining, two large bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a large office with its own entrance from the outside as well as from the master bedroom. The property is surrounded by a 7' wall, with a long 3' wall on the cliff side allowing for the stunning unobstructed views. Entrance is through a large electric gate, and there's a long paved driveway leading to a two port garage with automatic garage door. Immaculately kept and incredibly beautiful gardens surround the entire property. There are also two large water storage tanks on the compound for use in irrigation and for portable water.

http://www.bribarbados.com/Listings/Detail/listID/164109

 

Kent Ridge

For Sale: US $1,125,000

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfBgnFNEWg4

 

A lovely well maintained 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom home situated on a ridge with views of the south coast. The main level features a spacious kitchen with an open plan living and dining area, flowing on to the patio with fantastic views. There is an additional room off the living that can be used as a TV room/office. The upper floor features 3 bedrooms. The master is en-suite while the other two bedrooms share a “Jack and Jill" bathroom. Both bedrooms lead out onto a large patio with lovely views of the south coast and mature gardens below. Truly a great house for entertaining.

http://www.bribarbados.com/Listings/Detail/listID/162003

 

 

New Video Listings!

 

Our YouTube Channel is growing!

We create and upload new video listings weekly.

Take a look at our three newest videos.

 

Dukes Townhouses

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kzt0SKnGwk

These newly built townhouse is one of four that are currently up for rent. The houses are beautifully done with high end finishes throughout. The bedrooms are very spacious with ample closet space available. The living, dining and kitchen areas are open plan and flow freely onto a quaint patio where you can enjoy a peaceful breakfast. The units are fully furnished and can be rented as such for $2,300 per month. Unfurnished, they can be rented for $1,900 per month. The units are ideally located in the quiet countryside of Dukes in St. Thomas, where the cooling breezes are constant and peace and quiet resonates. No pets are allowed.

http://www.bribarbados.com/listings/detail/listID/164541

 

Boarded Hall Green

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34tc5ef_mSw

Boarded Hall Green is a new eco-friendly gated Condominium Community, now being constructed by the new roundabout at the intersection of Boarded Hall, Carmichael and Frere Pilgrim. BHG provides modern,architect-designed living for its occupants. Available are 1 studio, 4 one-bedroom, 8 two-bedroom and 1 four-bedroom apartments. Its "green" features include – numerous large trees, shrubs, plants and grassed areas, all irrigated from our on-site water treatment plant, solar-powered street lights, recyclable garbage disposal ,solar heated water and optional (extra cost) solar photovoltaic electricity. There is also a communal pool, with a gazebo, wet bar, toilet facilities and entertaining area and an on-site property management office. The neighborhood is centrally located with easy access to Bridgetown, the South Coast and ABC Highway, but its view overlooking the St.George Valley offers a countryside feel.

http://www.bribarbados.com/listings/detail/listID/164193

 

#41 Elizabeth Park

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRtp8MTLiQo

Expansive 5 bedroom, 4 bathroom home located on an elevated lot in an established neighbourhood. The main house consists of 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms while the apartment houses the remaining 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The bedrooms of the main house are on the upper level. The master has an en suite bathroom while the other two bedrooms share the second bathroom. The main level has a large open plan living and dining area flowing out to a covered patio affording spectacular vistas across to the ocean.

The lower level apartment offers its own private entrance making it a possible source of rental income and can be easily converted into a 1 bedroom and studio. Both the master and 2nd bedrooms have en suite bathrooms. The apartment has a separate office area with a safe,laundry area and storage space.

On site is a standalone building with washrooms currently being used as a school. This structure is not included in the sale price however it is available to be negotiated into the sale. The property is on a cul-de-sac in a quiet neighbourhood, and is being sold unfurnished.

http://www.bribarbados.com/listings/detail/listID/169761

 

Enjoy!

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Website Updated!

'Galviston'

Strathclyde, St. Michael

 

This grand 3 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom traditional home, comes with a self contained 1 bed/1 bath cottage on the property. The 120 year old home retains its traditional details with beautiful hardwood floors, crown molding and shuttered windows. The mature gardens offer lots of space for entertaining and the cottage provides a great rental opportunity or extra storage space.

This property has recently been updated with a price reduction from US $625,000 to US $430,000! To go with this new competitive price is a new video listing that can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gX2BxNlsX9Q

 

167 Port St. Charles

Port St. Charles Marina Resort, St. Peter

http://www.bribarbados.com/listings/detail/listID/169066

Just Listed! 3 Bedroom, 3.5 Bathroom Lagoon Front Condo

This intimate and well maintained ground floor unit is approached through landscaped gardens. Inside you are greeted by an atmosphere of informal luxury, a haven overlooking the tranquil waters of the lagoon. The living room, with its heavenly view of the aquamarine water, leads onto the terrace, which provides a delightful area for outdoor dining just steps away from the water's edge.

The spacious master bedroom is beautifully decorated, with a large bathroom tiled in marble. This bedroom also leads onto the terrace where a plunge pool and loungers invite you to relax and enjoy the view of the beautiful waters of the lagoon. The second and third bedrooms are equally spacious with their own en-suite marble tiled bathrooms.

The well-appointed kitchen is designed for easy living and casual meals, with an open counter area, which provides a bar or serving area and looks over the terrace to an unparalleled view of the lagoon. Laundry facilities are quietly tucked away for use when needed.

Residents can enjoy a choice of air-conditioning, ceiling fans or the cooling Trade Winds that blow through the apartment. The relaxed luxury of Port St. Charles is evident in this residence, where waterfront Caribbean living can be experienced in comfort.

Have a look inside this stunning unit at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjwconuDoRc

 

 

Sargassum On Our Shores!

Sargassum is a free floating algae that grows in the Sargasso Sea located in the mid-north Atlantic Ocean. Normally, the ocean currents keep the majority of the Sargassum in that sea except during periods of high winds and hurricane activity. In hurricane season, weeds are broken off and swept towards the Caribbean.

We, in Barbados, are accustomed to this Sargassum in small numbers, seasonally from May to September. However, for the past 6 months we have been noticing an invasion of incredible quantities of Sargassum piling up on the North, East and South Coast beaches due to changing weather and temperature patterns. 

The buildup of sargassum on our beaches is unattractive and has a pungent, unmistakable stench which attracts bugs as it decomposes in the sun. This is a deterrent to locals and visitors from our beaches, coastal hotels and restaurants. Our fragile and important Tourism Industry could suffer as the Sargassum continues to build up on the shores of our island.

On the other hand, the Sargassum does have a benefit. Once rinsed of the salt, it proves to be a great fertiliser for the many farms, fields and home gardens around the island.

So how do you feel about the Sargassum and are you interested in using it around your home gardens? Tell us over on our Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Boardwalk.Realty.Inc or on Twitter at http://twitter.com/BRIBarbados.

 

Interior Design Trends For 2015!

 

Happy New Year from all of us at Boardwalk Realty!

 

To kick off the new year, here are a few of the new trends in interior design for 2015.

 

Dark, Moody Colours

For a while now, bright and light colours have been dominating interior design. White kitchens, walls and floors were all the rave but now there seems to be a shift in hue to the darker side of the colour wheel. For this new year, think blues, red and purples!

 

"Wood" Porcelain Tiles 

Hardwood floors have always been a beautiful and popular flooring choice, however, they can be difficult to maintain if you have children or pets. For these reasons, more people are turning to porcelain tiles which beautifully recreate the look and even textures of many different wood grains with much less upkeep.

 

Hi-Tech Appliances

As our cell phones and computers advance technologically, so do our appliances. From web controlled security cameras to touchscreen refrigerators, our homes are ready to step into the new year.


 

Copper Fixtures

Copper is 2015's 'it' metal. It's eye catching and promotes a sense of industrial warmth in the home. It doesn't take much to punch up your decor with copper, just in a few backsplash tiles, hanging fixtures or pots dangling from a rack and your home can be industrial chic in no time.

 

 

Blend of Rustic and Modern

Combining furniture from different eras makes every space more dynamic. Shop garage sales (and grandma's house) to give your space a sense of history, and a little extra warmth and depth.

 

Would you try any of these trends to freshen up your home's style in 2015? Tell us at https://www.facebook.com/Boardwalk.Realty.Inc