The West Coast of BC offers a landscape like no other; vast sun- and sea-bleached trunks of Douglas fir lie tumbled on sandy beaches, orcas surface on the Sound, eagles soar over centuries-old fir, Pacific dogwood, towering arbutus, lodgepole pine and yellow cedar. In the midst of all this majesty sits the peninsula island that separates Five Coves from Zorro Bay — off the grid, yet five minutes from the nearest liquor store. It’s the perfect West Coast wilderness island. Five Coves in British Columbia’s stunning Howe Sound — North America’s southernmost fjord — offers splendid isolation, just minutes from Vancouver. Facing south, verdant islands dot the Sound
The Brazilian Private Island market is really coming alive in 2011. In the last three months alone about 10 properties have come on the market. With Brazil’s rapidly expanding economy it could be a good time to purchase property in this tropical country. One of the newest luxury islands to come on the market is Ilha Dos Porcos a 3 acre island in the popular Angra dos Reis This beautiful island with private beach is located in a state-legislated wildlife conservation zone. It is located near to the airport, and has 900m2 of existing constructions.
For many people renting an island is the first step towards island ownership. However when on a private island rental it is hard to shake the feeling of ownership.
After the Hurricane Katrina tragedy, designers and engineers began working together to developa plan to keep the residents of the Big Easy safe during times of flooding. One idea being proposed is a giant floating building called NOAH, which stands for New Orleans Arcology Habitat. The habitat boasts 20,000 residential units as well as 3 hotels and 500 timeshare units. Also housed within its triangular walls is loads of commercial space, 8000 parking spaces as well as cultural spaces, public works and schools
Although it’s name sounds like something out of a science fiction movie, there is nothing artificial about this beautiful brazilian island. This island is literally awe-inspiring, as is its location. The sea surrounding the island is crystal clear. The island is 98,000 square meters in area, with a circumference of 1,250 meters The island falls under ZCVS zoning, meaning that it’s a conservation area for wildlife. Per regulation, you can build on up to 50% more of the existing square footage (the current square footage is 5,770 square feet)
You don’t need to travel to the Caribbean for a luxurious private island getaway. If you live in the UK they are numerous private island hotels virtually in your back yard.
I recently posted an article about three Italian Islands that recently came on the market. The Wall Street Journal picked up the story and provided a little more information on these exlusive island properties.
In a recent article The National blames screen icon Marlon Brando for the explosion of the private island market. For whatever reason the hottest properties on the market right now are Private Islands.
Although many dream of owning a private island, it is not always economical for the average individual. It is for that reason that more and more private island parcels are coming on the market. One of the most recent parcels to come on the market is a 1.4 acre parcel on Long Cay in Belize. Included in the purchase price of the property is a recently built cabin and car. The cabin which sleeps 8 includes a fully equipped kitchen, high velocity ceiling fans, maintenance tools, hot water propane tank, water purification system and pump, and a power system to ensure self sufficiency on your island property
After the tragic earthquake in Haiti last year many engineers and designers are looking for ways to prevent this disaster from happening again. One amazing alternative housing concept that has been proposed comes from world famous architect Vincent Callebaut. His coral reef design is a floating housing concept designed to house up to 1,000 Haitian families. Built upon seismic piers off the coast of the mainland, the prefabricated, modular units can be fit into a wave-like matrix as space is needed. Each family would have a plot of land to grow their own food, and their passive home would minimize energy usage, while renewable energy sources would make the entire project carbon neutral. Source: Inhabitat