‘Sea-ing’ the view from Stella

‘Sea-ing’ the view from Stella

Sunday, May 26, 2013

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Second city scribe and philanthropist Manuela Goren describes the once rickety Randolins property as a hard sell, but perhaps the small private beach, the natural saltwater pool and spectacular sunset views made it a tad easier for her to envisage the possibilities.

One of the oldest villas on the West Drive at the beach, Randolins has been transformed, thanks to the efforts of a design team — architect Nancy Maffessanti, project manager Nancy Pinchas, contractor Paul Brown and decorator Jane Sorton — who worked tirelessly to create Stella By The Sea.

"After we bought it we were not sure that we wanted to leave our house at Tryall on the hill, but as we were putting more and more time and work into making Stella By The Sea a house we could be proud of, we also realised that we loved being at the beach," shares Goren, who opened up the incredibly beautiful location to SO.

Stella By The Sea is a melding of contemporary Caribbean aesthetics with whimsical creativity that seeks to achieve the purest form of tropical tranquility. The old furniture items found in the house have been recycled and the new pieces are made by local artisans.

There's that gorgeous indoor-outdoor appeal; that brand of chic-meets-rustic, understated-yet-opulent charm that makes the property absolutely magical.

It's clear, too, that the magic extended to the production team, since the house was basically built between April 15 and November 15 2012 — a feat Goren praises, saying: "When Jamaicans start working they can do anything!"

"Anything" indeed, since the scope of the seven-month project included the house and the guest house, which stands on four-and-a-half acres and is itself about 18,000 square feet, but still manages to feel very "homey" and not some enormous, rambling place.

Naturally, those who come fall in love.

"My guests so far love the property because they have privacy and space since each bedroom is quite large and features an outdoor patio," says Goren.

There are, too, fabulous courtyard spaces, perfect for hosting parties or perhaps playing catch-up over drinks at the bar while watching the sunset from the stone table vantage point.

A space like this, naturally, offers many a spot which could easily become a favourite.

"My favourite spots are the 'cocoon' seat overlooking the sea where I can retreat even when it's a little windy, and my closet," Goren shares.

And as if this dream locale can get any better, there's oodles of closet space for those fabulous sarongs, summer hats, sun dresses and elegant outfits...just ask Goren.

"For the first time in my life I cannot complain that I do not have enough space for my things!"



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