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Khaya; 4 Bedroom Leeward Canal Home Real Estate Opportunity

Khaya aeriel view of land parcel in proximity to the leeward channel and open ocean

After designing Fleur de Lys, Acajou, and Cotton House, all homes of traditional Caribbean architecture and interiors, our time to build contemporary Caribbean has finally come.  Millworks have always been a distinguishing factor in our builds, and Khaya will be no different.  Our primary business, TC Millwork, will be providing all of the woodworks; cabinetry, interior and exterior doors, and built-in furniture.  Millworks will primarily be built of African Mahogany, or Khaya, a genus of seven species of trees in the mahogany family and hence the name of the home.   Native stone will be another key feature within the interiors, balancing the sleek dark wood with brightness and texture. Read more about the unique location and benefits below.

Khaya aerial view of land parcel


This contemporary pre-construction home lies on a west facing canal lot in the prestigious Leeward development on the northeast point of Providenciales.  Well reputed as one of the most affluent, safe, and attractive neighborhoods, the home is walking distance to the International School and Blue Haven Marina and amenities. Only a short distance drive to Leeward Highway, the location is well appointed for either full time residents or short term visitors.  With 101’ft of canal frontage to the west, 5 minute access to the Leeward channel to the North, and a flamingo frequented wetland to the south (pictured below), this parcel is a water lovers paradise.

Khaya great room; kitchen, dining, and living

The home will showcase local materials, native stone feature walls and indigenous landscaping. Mahogany doors, ceilings, custom cabinetry and interior design to be provided by TC Millwork Ltd.  Quality local contractors will complete the project, scheduled to complete in spring of 2019.  With close proximity to the best yachting, diving and island hopping, the home is minutes to world famous beaches via boat. Leewards waterfront properties maintain excellent value and are becoming increasingly scarce opportunities.  

Khaya Bath 2 Render

Khaya Bedroom 1 Render

This pre-construction offer benefits the buyer with considerable savings on stamp duty (paid on land only), a monthly or quarterly payment schedule governed by construction progress, as well as the potential to personalize the interiors and landscaping design.

Khaya Exterior

Khaya Floor Plan

To view the listing, please visit Turks & Caicos Property.


Name origin of the Turks and Caicos

Terrestrial globe made by Vincenzo Coronelli for Louis XIV, currently displayed in the Bibliothèque nationale François Mitterrand in Paris.

How the Turks and Caicos came to be named as such is still partially shrouded in mystery. Voyages in search of salt set sail in 1585 for “Island Caycos,” a derivative of “caya hico,” the Lucayan term for “string of islands”. The “Turks” is where it gets more interesting. The rare color map “Archipelague du Mexique” pictured in the last posting is the first time the term was recorded, in 1688 by the leading cartographer of his time, Vincenzo Coronelli. Vincenzo had produced his first work at 16 and his industrious career of 140 separate works ended with his death in Venice at the age of 68. The partnership of Coronelli and Jean-Baptiste Nolin Sr. is said to have resulted in many of the best regional maps of the Americas of the period. On the said map, next to Grand Turk is written “I. de Viejo, Conciua ou Turks”. Some historians have deciphered this as a comment, erroneously written, which should have read “Concina ou Turks,” or “where the Turks gather”. In these days, Turks was a reference to pirates. Ottoman ships, manned by Turkish sailors, had the reputation of dealing in piracy, as did some Bermudians, who were beginning to settle in the TCI. Another popular theory, as told on the National Trust tour of the Cheshire Hall Plantation on Providenciales, relays that Europeans first sighting the islands witnessed hundreds of red Persian turbans on the horizon. What they misinterpreted as Turkish inhabitants was actually the plentiful native red capped cactus, thus named the “Turk’s Head Cactus”.

Information in this post was gathered from various sources including Nigel Sadler’s article “The Bermudians and the Start of the Salt Industry, ” Chapter 10 in A History of the Turks and Caicos Islands Ed. Dr. Carlton Mills. Image from