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Here at IRG Ltd we love nothing more than being at the forefront of real estate news. “There’s no denying that there’s a lot of movement in the luxury home and design industry at the moment.” says Jeremy Hurst, Associate Broker at the IRG head office in Grand Cayman. “We only need to glance at the latest Haute Living news and we see an active and very healthy industry.” In the Cayman Islands, where the offshore financial industry supports a tax free lifestyle and where we enjoy pure white beaches and the warm Caribbean climate we have luxury properties of the ultimate in design and build, but now with the new Kimpton Hotel planned for our world famous Seven Mile Beach, we are looking forward to the ultimate in modern design that maximizes sun and glorious azure ocean views. Miles adds; “Cayman has so much to offer in terms of abundance of light and hypnotizing views. Picturesque windows and open living plans are necessary in order to justify the Caribbean beauty". Dart Realty, the Developers of the particular strip of Seven Mile Beach and famed Camana Bay assembled a team of industry leaders to articulate Cayman’s modern Caribbean aesthetic for the island’s first design-driven resort. As project architect, SB Architects brings a world-wide reputation for design excellence and expertise in large-scale Caribbean resorts. The resort’s lush grounds and abundance of open green spaces will be designed by landscape architect EDSA. Interiors by Powerstrip Studio and restaurants and lounges by Mark Zeff Design will capture the highly-stylized ambiance and playful spirit that characterize Kimpton hotels, with distinctly Caribbean style. Miles says; "The ultra modern design trend with clean and sharp lines appears to be a trend which many designers are now following. Interior designers are following suit by matching the architecture with soft accents that enhance the feeling of space and does not detract from the view and surroundings”.

The cleared development site of the Kimpton Hotel which will open its doors in 2016 Looking at luxury property on the West Coast of the USA, we ask the question "Infamous or famous?" when we learn that rock star Kid Rock has just listed his five bedrooms, five bathrooms, 8,305 square feet home in Malibu for $13.4 million. With a Bali inspired theme the home is accented with beautiful wood work and quite honestly it’s hard to visualize a rock star such as Kid Rock living in this serene home. On the east coast of the USA, you can trust New York City to top the real estate charts with the rocking $130 million listing price of the River House Penthouse. This single family residence covers 5 levels, 30 rooms and an indoor swimming pool. The likes of Gloria Vanderbilt, Richard Nixon and Diane Keaton were all rejected by the exclusive private club.

River House Penthouse, NYC, currently listed for $130 million We then turn our luxury property radar south to Miami we find Beach House 8 which is a glamorous collaboration between Ugo Colombo and Morabito Properties. The structure features eight luxury condo units at 3651 Collins Avenue. The project was designed by Arquitectonica to take full advantage of the space, offering open-concept residences, outdoor garden waterfalls and floor-to-ceiling windows. The ultimate in modern luxury and design the condos are listed at $6,600.

Beach House 8, Miami, currently listed for $6.6 million Miles adds; "Conversely, in Grand Cayman, we are proud to list modern and elegant luxury homes that would attract the serious investor and many of them are equivalent in price to those on Haute Living for example. Add our sought after global affiliates Knight Frank and Luxury Portfolio into the picture and you as a discerning buyer can view the Cayman Islands as a sound and secure investment destination which also affords a safe and quality lifestyle. Cayman Islands Brokers and Realtors use a multiple listing system which provides the prospective buyer with the benefit of a huge network of realtors and therefore a quality choice of listings which answers to the buyer’s personal taste and requirements.

Old Prospect Groves, South Sound, Grand Cayman. Sold at its first viewing