Dream House | Greenwich home stuns with high-impact architecture and design | Way of life


You will never understand the nature of living on forested slopes in the misty mountains, at high altitudes near the skies – until you come here yourself and embrace its life-changing way of life.

Today we find ourselves in such a place. A World Heritage Site designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) assessed as having “outstanding universal value” for humanity. Lush grounds including a fauna of 1,000 plants and 200 species of birds (many of which are found only in Jamaica); springs and waterfalls; hiking trails and biking adventures; views to die for; unpolluted air, and peace, silence and good health in a wild environment.

It’s all part of the Blue and John Crow Mountain National Park and, within its perimeter, a community 4,000 feet above sea level known as Greenwich, New Castle. This is where we highlight a mountain home discovery, with its high-impact architecture and interior design.

The contemporary family home to the sky, for Tania and David McConnell (co-owners of one of the world’s largest wine and spirits distributors), is a three-level composition of six bedrooms in the clouds (master bedroom with its own office ), with seven bathrooms. The beamed ceiling living and dining areas flow effortlessly, with the focal point being the fireplace emitting warmth and creating an ambience of relaxation and romance! In fact, there are two. The basement houses a games room and a TV room, equipped with pool tables and table tennis.

Multi-level wraparound viewing and recreation decks flow outward from the living, dining and sleeping areas as they sit high above Kingston and the surrounding breathtaking alpine vistas. breath of Mother Nature. The heated infinity pool blends in perfectly with the exterior lines of the building. A hot tub is bubbling elsewhere.

Built on an acre and a quarter, construction was very difficult due to weather conditions and location. The floors are greenheart wood. The kitchen counters smile with a quartz finish and the color scheme is light gray on the outside and light gray and beige on the inside.

It’s paradise found! The summit of your dreams, hidden from societal pressures below. Do you really feel the need to come down from the mountain? Or do you have apprehensions of such actions? The choice is entirely yours.

n Barry Rattray is a designer and builder of dream homes. Email your comments to barry-rattray@hotmail.com and lifestyle@gleanerjm.com.


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