Where Birds Fly Below


Once upon a time my wife and I built a dream house that touches the sky. Casa Cascadas is so high above the Caribbean island of Vieques that after a night’s dreaming I can lean back against the pillows and watch morning birds fly below.

But in this life there are no happily-ever-afters. Dreams end and we wake to a new day. As a widower for more than a year, I’ve come to realize that two homes are too much.

So Casa Cascadas, my House of Waterfalls, is on the market. It’s time for her to fulfill someone else’s dream.


To be very practical, Casa Cascadas is not just another pretty face. She’s a revenue generator. I’ve operated a very successful bed-and-breakfast there, as well as renting it to guests by the week or month—earning $30,000 in revenue for each of the past seven years.

The house was featured in a story about its architect, John Hix, in the March 5, 2012, issue of Newsweek.

Vieques is the Caribbean’s most distinctive and compelling vacation destinations . . . voted by Travel & Leisure as “The Best Caribbean Island.”

Casa Cascadas is without exaggeration the crown of the island, nestled on a 300-foot-high mountain ridge. It enjoys the acknowledged best view on Vieques, the unspoiled, undiscovered “Little Sister Island” of Puerto Rico.

The house is situated on a private lane that overlooks a sweeping expanse of wooded parkland, commanding a postcard view of the three bays of Vieques–and directly overlooking the world-famous Bioluminescent Bay. 

The home’s matchless concrete construction follows the Japanese wabi-sabi tradition. 



It is graced with arresting art at every turn – commissioned paintings by artists of note, imported Balinese statuary, a collection of antique Buddha images, custom-sculpted falling waters.



Attuned to  the soothing murmur of its several water features, this expansive home offers breathtaking, sunrise-to-sunset vistas of the Caribbean Sea, St. Croix and the mountainous El Yunque rainforest.

On the property is a landscaped orchard of star fruit, sea grape, orange, lemon, banana, pineapple, grapefruit, lemon grass, natal plum, kei apple and tropical, flowering plantings of every description.

Centrally located within minutes of the island’s many pristine Caribbean and Atlantic beaches, Casa Cascadas  is in itself a work of art. Among its distinctive features:

  • Fifty-two-foot parallelogram-shaped swimming pool
  • Expansive pool deck with shower, accented by Balinese statuary
  • Sequestered meditation garden with a custom-designed water wall and a commissioned mobile sculpture
  • Sunbrella-shaded, upper-floor loggia with custom-built lounges and antique marble bas relief
  • Spacious Chef’s Pantry
  • Gated parking court
  • Solar hot water



There are two very private suites on the upper level of the house, each with a built-in, king-size, tempurpedic platform bed and a bathroom with custom-designed double sink and open-air shower.  Also on the upper level is a kitchenette with its own sink, mini-fridge, and stovetop. 



Vieques is part of the United States. There are no passport or visa requirements, and access is easy via major carriers, with frequent, 18-minute connecting flights from San Juan.

All the details are at the Sotheby’s website: http://puertoricosothebysrealty.com/eng/sales/detail/310-l-2519-7ccftm/bluffside-vieques-island-marvel-vieques-pr-00765

If you have a dream like I did or know someone who does—to touch the sky and watch birds fly below—a perfect piece of paradise is waiting.

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  • John Salonich
    commented 2017-08-23 15:57:31 -0400
    Vieques is frequently featured on Boston’s Channel 5 [WCVB-TV] program Chronicle. Yes, a great venue for certain. Wish you much success in selling your dream home, but as with any prperty, they have their life cycle and now must belong to someone else’s dreams.
  • Glen Wielgus
    commented 2017-08-20 01:26:39 -0400
    Beautiful home in a wonderful location.
  • Ed Lewis
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  • Art Fiacco
    commented 2017-08-19 19:07:06 -0400
    Good Luck Peter!