x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Luxury setting amid earthy tones

The Life: Casa Palapa in Dominican Republic fuses ethnic Mexican style of architecture with modern amenities for US $16 million.

Casa Palapa, designed by the Mexican architect Marco Aldaco, is on sale for US$16.5 million. Cesar Herrera / Christie's International Real Estate
Casa Palapa, designed by the Mexican architect Marco Aldaco, is on sale for US$16.5 million. Cesar Herrera / Christie's International Real Estate

Bohemian architecture commonly associated with rundown areas comes at a steep price when it goes upmarket.

Casa Palapa in the Dominican Republic, designed by the Mexican architect and artist Marco Aldaco, is among those that reflect the sun-kissed beaches of the Caribbean and the earthy tones of its environment in a luxury setting.

A palapa, with its thatched roof, use of indigenous materials and nine-metre tall ceilings, is central to the property that has a price tag of US$16.5 million. The property is located in the resort paradise of Casa De Campo and ocean-front area of Punta Minitas in the south-east of the nation, 110 kilometres from the capital Santo Domingo.

The architect's touches are found in the structure's open, airy spaces and the traditional palapa style - popular in tropical locales for over 2,000 years because of the ability to make the transition from outdoor to indoor seem seamless.

Spread over a hectare, the palapa's rear pillars are attached to a wall and the rest of the structure is open to the sea breezes, according to Christie's real estate website where the property is listed.

The main family house is connected by thatched terraces and walkways lined with palm trees, which lead to the Grand Palapa, which can be used to welcome guests.

Winding walkways lead to a pool near the ocean and surrounded by bushes.

An arbour covered in white-flowering vines and an ornamental garden can be used for alfresco dining. More walkways through exotic flower beds take visitors to a guesthouse.

The furnishings such as bedside tables and closets are built into the walls. Long clay banquettes lined with cushions are used as sofas.

The property comes with six bedrooms and a private beach. The guesthouse has its own beach. Casa Palapa has its own marina, a tennis court, orchard and heliport.

 

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