Westcoast: The latest stage in the Flatts renaissance

Stunning views looking out over Flatts Harbour, arriving at work by boat and taking a dip in the water at lunchtime.

Those are just some of the possibilities available to an individual or business looking to be located in the heart of Bermuda halfway between Hamilton and LF Wade International Airport, with all of the amenities needed right on your doorstep.

Westcoast, which was designed and developed by the father and son team of Westport Architecture, Stephen and Tripp West, offers all of that and more.

  • <B>Family affair:</B> Father and son team Stephen West (left) and Tripp West, developers of Westcoast in Flatts.

    Family affair: Father and son team Stephen West (left) and Tripp West, developers of Westcoast in Flatts.

  • <B>Flatts renaissance:</B> Westcoast

    Flatts renaissance: Westcoast


Stunning views looking out over Flatts Harbour, arriving at work by boat and taking a dip in the water at lunchtime.

Those are just some of the possibilities available to an individual or business looking to be located in the heart of Bermuda halfway between Hamilton and LF Wade International Airport, with all of the amenities needed right on your doorstep.

Westcoast, which was designed and developed by the father and son team of Westport Architecture, Stephen and Tripp West, offers all of that and more.

The building, which is based at 7 North Shore Road, features everything from a bay window and a dock to a terrace balcony.

And the property, which is the latest development in the renaissance of Flatts, follows the recent addition of Indigo restaurant and the refurbishment of the Brightside Guest Apartments, complementing Rustico restaurant and the Bermuda Aquarium and Zoo and enhancing the ambience of the village.

Martha Thorson-Gould, who is the marketing consultant for the property, believes one of its main selling points is the whole lifestyle experience, with the option to take the boat to work and moor up on the dock or to drive and park in one of the six underground spaces, in addition to the chance to impress clients with three golf courses within easy reach.

"It is a completely new mindset of coming to work - you can arrive by boat, dive off the dock to go for a swim, get your fresh fish from the fisherman next door or dine out at one of the restaurants in the village," she said.

"It is ready to move into and can be customised in any way to meet the needs of a prospective tenant.

"There is a lot of potential, for example, the chairman can have a private office upstairs or boardroom meetings can be held out on the terrace."

"It could be perfect for a hedge fund company or manager who wants to nip in and out of work or a law firm or set of partners."

With 375,000 square feet (sq ft) of commercial property available in Hamilton at the moment according to Coldwell Banker Bermuda Realty, Ms Thorson-Gould reckons the relaxed setting of Flatts village compared to the hustle and bustle of the city with its overinflated prices, offers good value for money and could be ideal for a business seeking to upgrade their facilities or downsize their operation and make the most of the space available.

Ms Thorson-Gould, who is originally from New York and has extensive experience in marketing high end real estate, having been the project manager of the Belmont Hills development, the managing director of the Corcoram Sunshine Marketing Group and worked with Montana and Transworld Oil, and has previously done some consultancy work with the Wests, has been busy marketing the property overseas as well, advertising in the Financial Times in London and the Wall Street Journal in the US.

Tripp West said he was of the philosophy that if you had to go to work you might as well do so in a place which you like, enjoying a nice and healthy environment, in addition to the provision of privacy.

"The location is the key thing for us - you can be at the bank or on a plane in 10 minutes from here," he said. "We are creating a whole lifestyle experience here and we think it is a brilliant working environment.

"There are a group of many things that create this space."

Stephen West said the property was located on the prettiest inlet of water in the world and it was a joy to work on such an exciting project from start to finish.

"The most important thing is to honour Flatts - the whole idea was that we designed a building to fit into Flatts," he said.

"The whole thing was a huge challenge and every day we had to work something out and that was more fun."

The Wests, who relocated their own office from Hamilton to Flatts 10 years ago, two doors down from the building, bought the commercial use property two years later and received planning permission soon after, building the sea wall in November 2007, and taking eight months to build the foundations and seven weeks to build the place from the ground upwards, using the services of Keith Hodgkins of Onsite Engineering Services Ltd. and Crisson Construction Ltd.

The first thing that strikes you on entering the property is the use of light and space and the inlet orange colour of the building, which was developed by the Pembroke Paint Company and is unique to Flatts, draws the visitor inside.

The building, which measures a total of 5,363 sq ft inside and out, combines the old and the new, comprising stone walls and wooden window frames with bamboo floors and laminated sound-proof windows, as well as rain water pipes encased in buttresses on the outside.

The ground floor comes complete with a kitchen and a bathroom with a shower, while the first floor features a bathroom.

The underground car parking, which is secured by an electronic garage door, was built two-and-a-half feet below sea level with 36 piles set in a five-inch hard rock base foundation covered with a four-inch mud slab and a membrane, and is in flood with the water automatically pumped out afterwards.

The development was completed in September and put on the market last month, with an open house held for real estate brokers to popular acclaim.

Rent costs $27,000 per month plus maintenance and service charges.

"There is so much scope - tenants can brand the building in their own name," said Tripp West.

"We are extremely flexible in terms of customising it to meet the needs of the tenant and it will be very easy to lease from us because we have got a lot of resources at our fingertips."

For more information can contact Martha Thorson-Gould on 505-3446 or e-mail mtgould@northrock.bm

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