10 June 2020
Throughout history, community has played a key role in the progress of civilisation and the well-being of humanity. This year, the global COVID-19 pandemic has challenged communities to distance themselves socially, pushing people to connect digitally. However, as the Cayman Islands, and the world, begins to re-open, people are looking for new ways to stay connected safely. The isolation of social distancing has fuelled the desire to reconnect and real estate is one option that may address this.
Moving from isolated, suburban areas into neighbourhoods offering safe proximity to others and the kinship of community is a likely outcome of the crisis and one that may change the local real estate landscape. Camana Bay’s thoughtful design approach, which underscores the value of community, is poised to meet the demand for human connection.
The Camana Bay community
As social creatures, most humans crave connection with one another and rely on their 'village' for survival. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs identifies love and belonging among the necessary components (which include shelter) required to achieve self-actualisation. The principles of New Urbanism, which are at the foundation of Camana Bay’s master plan, celebrate community through human-centric design.
These core principles of New Urbanism, which include walkability, sustainability, diversity and mixed-use facilities, contribute to human connection and well-being. As an established community built on these principles, Camana Bay also offers its visitors and residents, soon to include OLEA homeowners, effortless access to conveniences, comforts, entertainment, experiences and amenities that elevate quality of life.
OLEA’s enhanced value
OLEA, Camana Bay’s first for-sale residential community, has resumed construction of Phase one and two after a government-mandated pause in response to COVID-19. Upon completion, OLEA’s new homeowners and residents will enjoy the many benefits of community life in a modern island village.
Set against the backdrop of the bustling Seven Mile Beach corridor and within walking distance to the best experiences in the Cayman Islands, OLEA’s unique mix of luxurious comforts, superior conveniences and sense of community is unprecedented on Grand Cayman, extending OLEA’s value beyond a dollar amount.
The waterfront neighbourhood, which includes duplexes, townhomes and condominiums, will boast the Cayman Islands’ first lazy river along with health-inspiring amenities such as a fully equipped gym, an outdoor yoga and meditation garden, a community herb and produce garden, a resort-style pool, pedestrian footpaths and access to biking and jogging trails.
A community herb garden is just one of the many amenities at OLEA in Camana Bay
OLEA’s connectivity to Camana Bay’s green spaces, leisure activities and rich tapestry of experiences and people nurtures a special community spirit, making it one of the best places to live.
About the author
Andrea Lumsden has worked with Dart since 2013 and has been writing professionally since 2003. Graduating from the University of Central Florida with a BA in Communication, Andrea has worked with clients across a range of industries, including financial services and real estate. Raised in Cayman by Costa Rican and American parents, she’s a New Yorker at heart who enjoys reading and travelling with her husband and three children.