Pyramid Point, an architectural tour de force commanding a private peninsula on St. Croix, offered for US$8,000,000
Main residence of the gated sanctuary is distinguished by a geometric and modular design with seven arresting pyramid structures capping all seven rooms
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands (January tk, 2019) — Christie’s International Real Estate, with its exclusive Affiliate John Foster Real Estate, is pleased to announce the sale of acclaimed Pyramid Point.
Stark-white exteriors elegantly enhanced by walls of glass and seven pyramid-shaped spires, inspired by the original owners’ travels to Egypt, define this visionary architectural design, not to mention the home’s name. Inside, the result is six soaring pyramidal vaulted ceilings of African mahogany with beautiful skylights at their peaks to welcome in the sun and starlit night skies. The exception is the entry atrium, with its pyramid constructed entirely of glass to sustain the plant life indoors and spill even more light into the surrounding rooms. Three private stand-alone bedroom modules, again topped by pyramids, connect to the main living area and pool deck through outdoor patios and walks.
The art of the home’s architecture is perhaps best appreciated at night, fully illuminated from within through the sliding walls of glass and the roof’s pyramidal peaks, seemingly suspended on the water on its four-and-one-half-acre private peninsula.
Rick Moeser, executive director of Christie’s International Real Estate said: “Recently, Architectural Digest dedicated an entire coffee-table book, “Private Views, Inside the World’s Greatest Homes,” to the best in interior design and architecture. The 30 estates chosen were those owned by design icons such as Ralph Lauren, David Bowie, Catherine the Great and Georgio Armani. Pyramid House was also included in this select group.”
The 5,000-square-foot main residence, with its three additional cottages adding another 5,000 square feet, were conceived and then completed in 1989 by its former owners, Donald C. Smith and his wife, Carol A. Groh. Mr. Smith was then the chairman of the global architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill — responsible for some of the world’s most environmentally advanced buildings and significant public spaces — and Ms. Groh is an acclaimed interior designer. The current owners purchased the home in 2007.
The architectural theme begins at the stone and stainless-steel front gate, topped with a white pyramid frame. Proceeding down the palm-lined and landscaped gravel drive, the ocean vista remains partially hidden from view while continuing up the granite walkway passing a grand cylindrical stone structure, reminiscent of the sugar mills that once sustained the island economy, and the cottages on the estate grounds. Finally, upon stepping into the landscaped atrium entry the crystal ocean waters are on dramatic view beyond the glass walls of the living room.
Minimalist interiors perfectly harmonize with its Caribbean island backdrop by allowing nature to lead the design. Sea-foam marble floors throughout, imported from China, mirror the ocean’s color. White walls are warmed by wood ceilings. The living and dining rooms are surrounded on three sides by sliding walls of glass inviting in the ocean views and sea breezes. An elegant dining table — a marble slab with a lighted, pyramid-themed glass inset and perched on another block of marble — is included in the sale, as are other of the home’s bespoke appointments.
The property includes three additional cottages for guests and extended family. The Reef House, the Beach House and the Tamarind House are ultimately private and offer a total of five additional bedroom suites, spacious living areas, kitchens and private patios overlooking the water.
Outside an oasis of serenity awaits with covered terraces off the living room and three bedrooms overlooking the pool, another terrace off the dining room for alfresco entertaining, grassy expanses, native plantings, swaying palm trees, some connected by hammocks, and the blue-tiled circular pool on a deck of silver-white granite from Sicily. Shoys Beach, arguably the island’s most beautiful, is directly accessed from the property down a short stairway. The tip of the point is encircled by a fabulous snorkeling reef with all manner of sea life. There is also ample land to build tennis courts and additional buildings.
The night views of the twinkling lights of the historic town of Christiansted and the more distant landfall are enchanting. There are two additional stone sugar mill buildings on the property, complementing the one at the entry. Two are used for equipment storage and one as a beach changing room with facilities. Golf, tennis and fine dining are nearby in the adjacent Buccaneer Resort. Yacht owners can moor their vessels next to Pyramid Point at the Green Cay Marina.
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