Nestled against the lush riverside bamboo patches of Maraval, the Villas at Haleland Park are an oasis of serenity. The innovative architectural elements of this 30-unit residential community transform each unit into an exclusively private retreat.
Once inside the walls of the spacious compound, surrounded by the mature, beautifully landscaped grounds, residents may well forget that the villas are only a short commute from the heart of the hustle and bustle that is Port of Spain. Minutes from the north coast of Trinidad and its long, sandy stretches, Haleland Park, one of the most desirable addresses in northern Trinidad, is located adjacent to the St Andrews Golf Club—an 18-hole, world-class golf course. The area was once a Spanish settlement in the 18th century, and to pay homage to the rich ancestry of the region, the developers of the villas commissioned architect Stephen Mendes to design the property with its heritage in mind.
With their clay tile roofs, ornate wrought-iron balconies, and urns tumbling over with bougainvillea, the villas seamlessly combine old-world Spanish style with more modern features, reflected in the use of skylights, sleek finishes and advanced technology. The community at the Villas at Haleland Park is subtly divided into two sections, aptly named La Silla and Las Colinas. La Silla refers to “the saddle,’’ a feature prominently revered in place and street names throughout Maraval in deference to the mountain pass extending from Maraval into Santa Cruz.
La Silla villas comprise 19 beautifully laid out units, each 2,835 square feet, with three en suite bedrooms, spacious patios, and private gardens. Ten of these villas are “stand alone,’’ eight of which boast private, distinctly designed plunge pools. It is easy to imagine waking up in the master bedroom here—enjoying a cup of coffee on your private balcony patio overlooking the pool, with the rich green of the hills beyond, the birdsong interrupted only by the soothing sounds of the gentle cascade of the pool waterfall.
Las Colinas, meaning “the hills,’’ consists of 11 townhouses, all with private gardens, unique plunge pools, and two-car garages. Each 3,433-square-foot villa has three en suite bedrooms with private balconies, and an office overlooking an interior central court—the focal point of the villa, with high ceilings capped by a dazzling, remote-controlled skylight. At the flick of a switch, shades silently glide into place overhead, adjusting the lighting and mood instantly.
The kitchens in all of the units at the Villas of Haleland Park come fully equipped with high-end GE Monogram stainless-steel appliances, including a refrigerator, cook-top, oven, range hood, dishwasher, garbage compactor and microwave. Each unit is also outfitted with a matching washer and dryer in the adjacent, well-appointed laundry nook.
An impressive team of gardeners, housekeepers, plumbers and electricians tends the compound, keeping the grounds in pristine condition. Invisible to the unknowing, a concealed outdoor passageway runs behind the back wall of each unit, providing access for maintenance teams through discrete gates tucked into the garden walls. Another highly coveted aspect lending to the desirability of the Villas is the unparallelled security system. Alarm systems are installed in each unit, complete with exterior cameras that are monitored around the clock by guards at the two security booths on site.
At the heart of the property, the Wellness Centre and Spa provides residents with 24-hour access to its facilities, including state-of-the-art TECHNOGYM equipment, his and her locker rooms, and a private massage room for use by tenants and their personal masseurs. Residents at the Villas also enjoy the convenience of access to concierge services offered by the on-site office, situated right next door to the gym.
The elegantly appointed Villas at Haleland Park are a unique investment opportunity, offering not only prime real estate replete with all desirable amenities, but also a peaceful, private retreat to call home.