Famous Caribbean Developer, Jet Set Pioneer Dies

Residential News » Residential Real Estate Edition | By Kevin Brass | August 30, 2010 11:03 AM ET

Colin Tennant, the debonair London socialite who helped create the Caribbean jet set scene, died last Friday on St. Lucia.

Although best known for developing Mustique as the getaway spot for Princess Margaret, David Bowie, Mick Jaggar and his other high society pals, Tennant, more formally known as Lord Glenconner, spent the later part of his life on St. Lucia, where he started buying property in 1982.

Most recently the 83-year-old maverick was working on Glenconner Beach, a collection of five villas on land adjacent to his home, Beau Estate, on a secluded cove underneath the Pitons, the island's iconic twin peaks. The land, Val des Pitons, is surrounded by a UNSECO World Heritage.

Tennant's land neighbors the Jalousie Plantation, which just last week received an investment to fund renovations. It will re-launch next year as Tides Sugar Beach.

See related REAL ESTATE CHANNEL News Story: St. Lucia's Jalousie Plantation Gets New Investors

Like many projects, Glenconner Beach had been discussed and delayed for years. But the family issued a statement Saturday vowing to finish the villas:

"Lord Glenconner's vision for his development on St. Lucia was to employ the concepts he used successfully on Mustique, where he sold luxurious homes to his celebrity friends and others who appreciated his foresight.  The Glenconner Beach development will continue as planned under the stewardship of his business partner Roger Myers and will serve to keep his memory alive in St Lucia, in the Val des Pitons, which he so loved."

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