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MEET THE DOMUS NOVA IBIZA TEAM

Our Ibizan counterparts reflect on the past year

26th Mar 2021

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Much like the island enjoying a reset, the Domus Nova Ibiza team has used the last year to reflect and refocus our energies on what matters most. Our new landscape requires new tools and practices to reap the best rewards for our clients. Taking into account the changing needs of our buyers and tenants, we’ve adjusted the way we work, polished the experience that we deliver and expanded our portfolio into new areas.

Our team brings together more than 25 years’ experience in Ibiza and Formentera with the expertise of the Domus Nova head office in London, as well as a discerning group of trusted contacts.

Matt Crowther, Head of Ibiza

I’m responsible for the running of our Ibiza office, working closely with the team back in London to refine strategy and business objectives from a holistic perspective. In addition, I lead our sales team that works across all types of property investment on Ibiza.

For me, win-win is the only way to approach life and business. I’m not interested in winning at someone else’s expense and I’d rather walk away if it looks like someone else will get hurt. This principle is integral to my values, and I think that the people around me feel it too.

I’ve lived between London and Ibiza since 2010, when I co-founded Ibiza Delivers, a brand that soon became a byword for luxury services among the superyacht community. It was in 2016 – the year I joined Domus Nova Ibiza – that my wife and I decided to make island life permanent and took the plunge. We both have a strong connection to nature and the ocean, and wanted the same for our children.

It’s an understatement to say that living here is an adjustment from city life – not just on a practical level but from a deeper, personal perspective. Ibiza isn’t for everyone, but when it is, it really changes you.

Reagan Black, Ibiza Portfolio

Since joining Domus Nova Ibiza last year, I’ve drawn on my knowledge of the island’s property market to grow our lettings portfolio, seeking out the finest villas, fincas and apartments, as well as forging relationships with clients and suppliers. I’ve also worked with Matt in our discerning search for homes to sell. It’s a role that feels second nature to me; for several years I worked as a representative for Mr & Mrs Smith, looking after their high-profile clients in Ibiza.

More than that, the Domus Nova Ibiza ethos feels like an extension of my own interests and beliefs; our conservation work is in keeping with the environmentally friendly steps I take in my personal life. I love interiors too – especially those inspired by Gaudi, Zen or Feng Shui. It’s a joy to work with Ibiza and Formentera’s most beautiful homes.

I moved to the island nine years ago, having lived in London for about 16 years before that. What drew me? Ibiza’s good weather, laid-back pace of life and the multicultural, open-minded community. There’s so much to explore here – calas, ancient ruins, rolling hills – and its location between Europe, the Middle East and Africa means it’s easy to connect with my global family and friends.

Rupert Baird-Murray, Group Creative Director (Partnerships and New Business)

I lead creative collaborations with Ibiza’s most inspiring people, as well as developing business leads and serving as an ambassador and advisor for the Domus Nova group. With 20 years’ experience in hospitality and luxury PR, for clients such as Bella Freud, Design Museum, The Serpentine Gallery, Roberto Cavalli and Lanvin, I moved to Ibiza in 2019. My Spanish is a work in progress, but I’ve transitioned into the Ibizan lifestyle fairly easily. My role is all about building relationships, and I prefer to do this over long lunches and dinners rather than in a boardroom.

My relationship with Domus Nova goes back to the 90s, when they opened their Alexander Street office and I had just set up The Westbourne pub. Rob and Arnaud were regulars in my restaurant Rosa’s Dining Room.
I began working with them in 2018 on a California-based project but Ibiza came calling the following year, with a collaboration with tattooist Mark Mahoney and Grupo Mambo for Domus Nova Ibiza. I only intended to stay for three months, but the island’s 300 days of sunshine were irresistible.

In my spare time, I make furniture in a small workshop attached to my finca. It’s a natural fit with the design-led ethos of Domus Nova. Working with my hands helps me think outside the box; sanding is my meditation.

First Image: The Domus Nova Ibiza team. From left to right: Reagan, Matt and Rupert