New ‘turn-key’ service for wealthy residents launched
MOVING to a new place can be daunting, and finding a home is just one of the tasks.
But wealthy residents moving to Jersey can now take advantage of a new service – which includes purchasing a ‘turn-key’ home complete with all furnishings and, if they want it, even a new car in the garage.
And DiCasa Jersey will even set new arrivals up with everything from schools and health and sports clubs to doctors, private jets and even stylists and personal shoppers.
The company has been started by interior designers and property developers Jojo DiCasa and Jane Cook, who are originally from Yorkshire and have been buying up property in Jersey for the past 12 months.
Its portfolio ranges from £4.5 million properties to those costing £12m and currently consists of nine properties which are in development at key sites around the Island.
The first project, Cresta – a luxury four-bedroom home with views over St Aubin’s Bay, is now on sale for £5.5 million.
‘People have such busy lifestyles and today’s global buyers are looking for that rarefied standard of style and service – this is what DiCasa will deliver,’ said Ms DiCasa. ‘It’s not just about buying a new home, it’s about arriving with just your suitcases to a house that is completely furnished and filled with everything you could possibly desire. When you buy a DiCasa property, we will move your family, find the right schools, join health and sports clubs for you, even register you with the right health clinics and have a new car in your garage. Essentially, with DiCasa you are not just buying a new home, you are buying a lifestyle and indeed peace of mind.’
The duo have worked in the industry for 20 years and have designed homes for a number of celebrities across the UK, although client discretion means they will not name names. They have an office in a former church in Gorey from which they can continue the concierge service if clients wish.
‘Our aim has been to meet the needs of today’s consumers in Jersey,’ said Ms Cook. ‘We consider the environmental, social and economic impact before we even begin a refurbishment, working closely with the local community. Jersey is such a special place, it is important to us that a DiCasa home represents our commitment to sustainable construction and greener living.’
The company is working with local businesses including Rok Construction Ltd, with whom they have signed a long-term build contract, Pastella Kitchens & Bathrooms, Trinity Joinery and architects Axis Mason.
The new business comes at a time when the States is taking steps to encourage more investment into Jersey via high-net-worth individuals.
Earlier this year it was reported that one such step that had been taken was to relax the rules so that super-wealthy immigrants can buy and then let any properties to Islanders who have entitled or licensed status. Previously high-net-worth immigrants had only been able to buy local real estate other than their own home using a property development company.