House Hunting on Anguilla: An Oceanfront Retreat for $985,000

This three-bedroom, two-bath beachfront home sits on the east coast of Anguilla, the British Overseas Territory in the Caribbean Sea.

The 1,300-square-foot house is anchored by a terra-cotta-tiled great room beneath a cathedral ceiling. Bright and airy, the room’s open plan includes a living area, dining space and kitchen. Three arched doorways open to a 1,200-square-foot veranda overlooking the beach. A strategically positioned sofa provides ocean views from the living room.

“We watch whales from January through April,” said the seller, Preston Dalglish, who commissioned the house with his wife, Terry, in 2005. “We’ll see pelicans, sea turtles and the occasional dolphin.”

At the home’s front door, sightlines stretch through the house to the Caribbean Sea and islands beyond. “That’s a wow factor,” said Elaine Hearn of Properties in Paradise, the listing agent. “You can see St. Martin in the distance, and St. Bart’s on a clear day.” An infinity-edge swimming pool separates the house from the beach, which is accessible by stairs from a pool deck.

Postcard ocean views continue from the master bedroom, set to the left of the great room. On the opposite side of the house, two guest bedrooms share a small bathroom. A wood door leads from one of the bedrooms to the pool deck.

In the kitchen, solid maple cabinets complement stainless-steel GE Profile gas appliances installed in 2018, after Hurricane Irma. “GE’s the only brand that sells and services on the island, so it’s in most homes,” Ms. Hearn said.

Doors and window frames are made of South American red cedar, with louvers in place of glass. “They’re heavily constructed, but let in air,” Ms. Hearn said. “The home’s withstood four hurricanes with virtually no structural damage because it was built for this climate, which is not always the case.” During hurricane season, the owners also attach metal shutters to the home’s exterior.

After researching 18th-century Caribbean homes, the Dalglishes opted for Anguilla stone with traditional gingerbread trim along the home’s exterior edges. They also planted lush indigenous flora throughout the grounds, including hibiscus, bougainvillea, banana plants, cactuses and coconut palms. A hand-laid stone wall surrounds the half-acre property. “The gardens, stone and gingerbread add charm,” Ms Hearn said. ”Most houses here are concrete-based.”

The house is solar-powered, a rarity on Anguilla, according to Mr. Dalglish. “Maybe a dozen homes on the island have solar,” he said, noting that electricity costs are “drastically below” what most islanders pay. “When we’re not here in summer, the bills are $10 per month, the minimum the utility requires to stay active,” he said. A 40,000-gallon concrete cistern collects rainwater for daily use. The home’s…

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