Perched on a hillside in Saint Barts, this contemporary villa stands out due ti its generous heated infinity pool, water-fall stone garden and mesmerizing ocean views. With enough space for a large family, Villa Avenstar is structured on three levels and accommodates five bedrooms. Here is more from the official project description: “The villa’s hub is on the second and main level, whose open floor plan encompasses a large living room with home cinema, a dining area, a well-equipped gourmet kitchen and a guest bath. The pool and as a spacious terrace for sunning, relaxing and alfresco dining are also on this level; a second very large deck is on the lower level making Avenstar the perfect venue for hosting a wedding or other special event. There is a beautiful master bedroom with bath en suite and showers for two on both the first and second levels. The lower level has three bedrooms; two being large king bedrooms with baths en suite and one bedroom for the children with two double beds and an en suite bath“. If the photos below don’t provide enough inspiration, renting the villa is also possible, at costs ranging from $25,070 to $35,070 per week.
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