George Town

George Town is the capital of the Cayman Islands. It is located on the southwest corner of Grand Cayman and has a busy port, with an influx of several cruise ships almost daily and cargo ships unloading most evenings.

The main roads in George Town are North and South Church Street, which run through town parallel to the sea. Walkers Road has most of the schools on it (Truth for Youth, Cayman Academy, Calvary Baptist, John Gray, CIFEC, St. Ignatius, Cayman Prep, Sprogs – in that order from GT end to the South Sound end) and also many residential properties. Smith Road, Shedden Road and Eastern Avenue cut through town and run down to the waterfront roads off North and South Church Street.

Most of the properties in George Town are mid-range in price. It is a good area to live in if you have school-aged kids, as the main school areas are on Smith Road and Walkers Road and are literally five minutes from the town centre. Also, with increasing traffic levels, it means you will avoid the main rush hour traffic jams (the routes in from West Bay/Seven Mile Beach and the Eastern Districts are slow-moving at peak times). Private prep and high schools in this area include St. Ignatius Catholic School, Cayman Prep and High School, Triple C, Cayman Academy, Calvary Baptist Christian Academy as well as Truth for Youth.

A lovely neighbourhood off Walkers Road where houses occasionally come up for sale (and are quickly snapped up) is the upscale Webster’s Estates. All the homes sit on larger than usual plots, have mature shade trees, large gardens and are architect designed. No apartment complexes have been allowed to be built in Webster’s Estates, so there is a quiet community and family feel to the area.

On the apartment front, there are many condominiums for rent off Walkers Road starting at CI$1,000 for a studio, CI$1,500-CI$2,500 for a one-bedroom apartment and CI$2,000 – CI$2,800 for a two-bedroom unit. Some of these apartments look and feel dated, so it is worth looking around and not getting discouraged, as there are some gems as well. A few of the nicer options in this area include the townhouses at The Retreats and also the L’Ambience complex off Fairbanks Road. The latter has a multitude of mature shade trees, lush landscaping, two pools and huge communal grassy areas. These are family oriented complexes and pets are allowed.

If you are looking for high-end luxury, then check out Casa Luna, SeaView and Oceana. All are on the waterfront in George Town and offer luxury living for upwards of CI$1 million.