Known as King’s Treat, which is a clever play on words for King’s Street (the palm-shaded drive leading to the property), this novel-worthy hideaway consists of a main house and guest cottage that are nestled within a walled garden. Enhanced with wide verandas that capture passing breezes, King’s Treat allows both David and his guests to create their own starring and supporting roles while basking in the sun and nearby surf. “I firmly believe in the romance and drama of the tropics, just as I was inspired probably at a very early age by the works of such greats as Somerset Maugham, Joseph Conrad, and Graham Greene,” he admits. “As a result, the place has shamelessly become like a piece of set design.
Built in the late 1800s for a sea captain, King’s Treat had just about taken its last bow when David bought it. But even after years of neglect and being buffeted by countless storms, it held a magic that begged to be rekindled. “Unlike many of the historic homes in the area that have been reworked to the point of being unrecognizable, I was determined to restore the place to its former glory,” he explains. David also set out to modernize the structures without diminishing their vernacular charm. In the process, he replaced the roofs and most of the interior and exterior walls, along with adding plumbing, electricity, air conditioning, and a new kitchen.