River Doree Beach Property For Sale

  • $1,500,000.00
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River Doree Beach Property For Sale

St Lucia
  • $1,500,000.00

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Property Description

This 23-acre ocean side property is located in the community of River Doree, district of
Choiseul, on the South-West Coast of St. Lucia. It has been identified as a location ideal for
an eco-friendly, low impact resort community, retirement village or retreat center.
River Doree Beach is strategically located just 20 minutes from the Hewanorra
International Airport, and 35 minutes to the town of Soufriere. This area one of the most
naturally stunning and culturally rich parts of the island. The region is collectively referred
to as the "Bread Basket of Saint Lucia."

Nearby attractions include the Balenbouche Estate Heritage site, the Saltibus Rainforest
Trail and Waterfall, several Amerindian archeological sites, the Laborie village and beach,
and the Choiseul village and Arts and Craft Center. The small community of River Doree is
home to the island’s oldest church, the River Doree Anglican church, built in 1846 and one
of the islands first schools, built in 1848.

The property offers 23 acres of freehold land including 928 feet of water frontage, which
amounts to an additional 4.8 acres of queen’s chain. It is located just a few hundred yards
from the main road, bounded by an old estate road to the North, a small residential
development to the East, the River Doree to the West and the Caribbean Sea to the South.
On one side the land drops off to a small ravine and to the Anse Touloulu beach which is
accessed via the old estate road. On the other side it slopes down to the lush forested
banks of the river, which further downstream creates a beautiful lagoon opening up onto
a small sandy beach. Three beaches adjoin the property, the River Doree Beach, a small
adjoining bay also suitable for swimming, and a larger beautiful black sand beach, Anse
Touloulu.

The Pitons, St. Lucia’s trademark twin volcanic peaks, can be seen from the property, as
well as the setting sun over the Caribbean Sea.

The River Doree, one of the islands largest rivers, runs along the Western boundary. The
olf French name ‘Riviere Doree’ means “gold river,” named after the false gold found in
the riverbed. The old stone ruins and machinery of an 18 th century sugar mill can be found
alongside the river. The remains of two other stone structures are at a higher elevation.

The property is also a significant archeological site where many Amerindian artifacts
have been recovered. The Choiseul area is known for its strong Amerindian influence, still
seen in some of the traditions, particularly pottery and basket making, as well as
traditional boat building. Choiseul/La Pointe Carib was the last stronghold of the Carib
Indians, and most certainly the River Doree Beach beach was used to launch the wooden
fishing canoes upon which they depended for their livelihood.

The River Doree, one of the islands largest rivers, runs along the Western boundary. The olf French name ‘Riviere Doree’ means “gold river,” named after the false gold found in the riverbed. The old stone ruins and machinery of an 18th century sugar mill can be found alongside the river. The remains of two other stone structures are at a higher elevation.
The property is also a significant archeological site where many Amerindian artifacts have been recovered. The Choiseul area is known for its strong Amerindian influence, still seen in some of the traditions, particularly pottery and basket making, as well as traditional boat building. Choiseul/La Pointe Carib was the last stronghold of the Carib Indians, and most certainly the River Doree Beach beach was used to launch the wooden fishing canoes upon which they depended for their livelihood.

ABOUT RIVER DOREE

The River Doree, one of the islands largest rivers, runs along the Western boundary. The olf French name ‘Riviere Doree’ means “gold river,” named after the false gold found in the riverbed. The old stone ruins and machinery of an 18th century sugar mill can be found alongside the river. The remains of two other stone structures are at a higher elevation.

The property is also a significant archeological site where many Amerindian artifacts have been recovered. The Choiseul area is known for its strong Amerindian influence, still seen in some of the traditions, particularly pottery and basket making, as well as traditional boat building. Choiseul/La Pointe Carib was the last stronghold of the Carib Indians, and most certainly the River Doree Beach beach was used to launch the wooden fishing canoes upon which they depended for their livelihood.

River Doree beach and river

The property offers a range of possibilities with few restrictions other than preserving the natural beauty of the land, beach and watershed area which is responsible for much of its appeal. The nearby rural communities offer readily available labor, local knowledge, and a friendly, welcoming spirit. The main road and utilities are easily accessed. Shopping, banking, a hospital, airport and other amenities are just a 20 minute drive away. Laborie and Choiseul harbor offer anchorages for small to medium sized vessels, and a marina is planned for the area. Two major hotels have already been approved for the South of St. Lucia, a Ritz Carlton just South of Laborie, and the Fairmount just North of Choiseul.

River Doree Beach could be a private retreat for just a few, a small resort community, or even St. Lucia’s first luxury campsite. It would be an ideal place for a community-based tourism project which utilizes and enhances the existing archeological, historical, ecological and cultural resources by integrating educational field trips, cultural exchanges, skills training, appropriate technology, eco-tours and farm to table initiatives. With the right vision and commitment, River Doree Beach could stand out as a prime example of a successful contemporary tourism product which appeals to the sophisticated traveler and is embraced by the local community, today and well into the future.

Vision

Elements of a development might include:

  • Eco-lodges
  • Retreat Center
  • Private vacation homes
  • Restaurant & Bar
  • Museum/Interpretation Center
  • Outdoor theatre in the old sugar mill
  • Art and craft village/studios for local artisans
  • Skills training center, vocational workshops
  • Meeting space and offices
  • Management, staff and volunteer housing
  • Nature trails
  • Organic farming; permaculture, agro processing
  • Renewable energy generation
  • Holistic Health Centre & Spa
  • Yoga deck and meditation platforms

River Doree Property Zoning

The St. Lucia government recognizes the need for development and enhancing livelihoods in the South of St. Lucia, which is currently much less developed than the North. The Anse de la Riviere property can request approval for residential, agricultural, commercial purposes or a mix of the above. The application must be submitted to the Ministry of Planning Development Control Authority.

Environmental Impact Assessment For River Doree Lands

An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for any projected development is required by the Government of St. Lucia. Guidelines for the EIA are obtained from the Ministry of Planning.

  • Address River Doree, Coiseul
  • City Choiseul
  • State/county Saint Lucia

Details

Updated on April 4, 2018 at 10:23 am
  • Price: $1,500,000.00
  • Land Area: 23 Acres
  • Property Type: Land
  • Property Status: For Sale

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