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Tropical Properties Newsletter July 2020

Summer in St. John!

July is a wonderful month of celebration in St. John, as we welcome summer visitors. If you’re planning a trip to the island, make sure to plan ahead for some fun on the water. Whether you choose a sailboat, a private charter, a catamaran, a fishing boat or even a dinghy, you’re sure to enjoy the ultimate in socially distanced vacation time! We’re happy to share that the schedule of flights has increased of late, with JetBlue announcing new flights from New York to St. Thomas. The airline is also resuming flights from Boston to the U.S. Virgin Islands in September. Delta, American, Spirit and United are also increasing flights in the coming month, so it might be a perfect time to plan a fall trip!

St. John Beach of the Month

Cinnamon Bay is the one of the longest white sand beaches on St John. Just like Trunk Bay, you’ll find a cay just off the beach. And just like other St John beaches you’ll find white sand, palm trees, seagrapes for shade and some good shallow water snorkeling. Cinnamon Bay is also historically one of the few places to camp on St John. When the campgrounds reopen in the coming months, after extensive renovations, guests will be able to enjoy upgraded eco-tents and cottage accommodations, and wake up to the beauty of Cinnamon Bay each day! You’ll also find bathrooms, the RainTree Café, watersports rentals and a souvenir shop. Keep with the latest news from Cinnamon Bay on the Cinnamon Bay Beach & Campground Facebook Page.

St. John Timeshare Listing of the Month

Unit 2531 at 300-A Chocolate Hole, Week 25. $10,000
This unit is attractively furnished and includes the full use of all the Westin amenities including the pool, spas, beach facilities and much more. Guaranteed third floor annual Bay Vista unit, week 25 each year (mid-June).
Call us at 340-776-6862 for information on this and other Westin timeshares for sale.

St. John Home Listing of the Month

200A-5A REM Fish Bay, $750,000

This unique home located in the flats of Fish Bay offers easy access and ample space. The home is manufactured by Deltech and sustained minimal damage in the 2017 storms. Home has been engineered for Hurricane prone areas. This home has many ”Green Home” features, such as Trek Deck porch, re-cycled cement siding and interior walls, sustainable forest wood, engineered roof for ventilation and cooling. Large Interior great room, spacious kitchen, and three large bedrooms. Tiled floors. Perfect for a family. Well water available for gardens, laundry, and other non-potable uses. Lot is large and can accommodate expansion or sub-division. Very breezy with large shaded deck. Satellite internet and Love City Community Network back-up. Quiet neighborhood.

St. John Commercial Listing of the Month

Island Style Weddings $190,000

Here is your chance to assist clients in creating lasting memories as they plan for and exchange vows during their weddings in paradise. Island Style Weddings has been providing award-winning five-star events for over 18 years. With an extensive contact base, websites, and an incredible social media platform this business has a reputation second to none. Also to convey is a large inventory of outstanding ceremony decor, tables and chairs, lighting, linens, equipment, and special license to operate in the National Park. This turn-key business with a manager in place awaits your creative genius. The current owner will assist in making a smooth transition for your current and future success.

New Residential Listings in St. John

Listed between May 15, 2020 and June 15, 2020
$615,000 | Carolina | 1 BD 1 BA | 1.104 SF
$580,000 | Zootenvaal | 1 BD 1 BA | 892 SF
$1,400,000 | Carolina | 4 BD 4 BA | 3,150 SF
$1,395,000 | Chocolate Hole | 3 BD 3 BA | 3,000 SF
$805,000 | REM Pastory | 2 BD 3 BA | 2,344 SF
$949,000 | Pastory | 2 BD 2 BA | 2,400 SF
$1,299,000 | Pastory | 2 BD 2 BA | 2,400 SF
$730,000 | Carolina | 2 BD 3 BA | 2,370 SF
$1,499,000 | Quaco & Zimmerman | 3 BD 2 BA | 2,040 SF
$999,000 | Carolina | 4 BD 3 BA | 2,548 SF
$1,399,000 | Carolina | 3 BD 3 BA | 3,347 SF
$4,499,000 | Rendezvous & Ditleff | 4 BD 4 BA | 5,292 SF
$1,799.000 | Glucksberg | 4 BD 4 BA | 4,050 SF
$1,999,000 | Sans Soucci & Guinea Gut | 4 BD 4.5 BA | 7,103 SF

New Condo Listings in St. John

Listed between May 15, 2020 and June 15, 2020

$245,000 | Enighed | 1 BD 1 BA | 900 SF

$379,000 | Enighed | 1 BD 1 BA | 700 SF

$1,195,000 | Enighed | 3 BD 3 BA | 2,100 SF

Zoning Requirements in the U.S. Virgin Islands

When buying land, it’s very important to make sure that you look at the zoning. Zoning in the U.S. Virgin Islands determines how large of a house you will be able to build on a specified lot. Certain special requirements apply, such as the 50-foot set back from the high tide mark for waterfront properties. We have all the details on our website. Make sure to ask us about zoning for any property that you might be considering for purchase.

 

New Land Listings on St. John

Listed between May 15, 2020 and June 15, 2020

$799,000 | Carolina

$450,000 | Chocolate Hole

$949,000 | Pastory

$1,299,000 | Pastory

$225,000 | Hansen Bay

$139,500| Chocolate Hole

$595,000 | Rendezvous & Ditleff

$1,955,000 | REM Bethany

$94,000 | Glucksberg

$89,000 | Glucksberg

$99,000 | Glucksberg

$94,000 | Glucksberg

$350,000 | Glucksberg

 

8-23 Emmaus $225,000

FLAT lot with a STUNNING VIEW! This quarter-acre is located in Coral Bay, on Sea Grape Hill. These stunning views of the British Virgin Islands, Hurricane Hole, and the town of Coral Bay offer magnificent vistas morning, noon, and night. Wrapped with road frontage for ample use of property, design, and building make this lot appealing to builders.

North Shore Beaches like Maho and Trunk Bay are a short 10-minute drive away. The shops and restaurants of Coral Bay are walking distance and the town of Cruz Bay is a 25-minute drive. Owners are motivated to sell and will entertain any reasonable offer.

St. John Trail of the Month: Cinnamon Bay Trail

The more experienced hikers will enjoy the Cinnamon Bay Trail. The beginning of the trail starts off with a steep hill. After a strenuous hike up the hill, find the flat rock that makes a perfect bench for relaxing and catching your breath. Along the trail, you’ll see bay rum trees and a variety of fruit trees. The Cinnamon Bay Trail is 1.1 miles and mostly woodsy and shaded. Once you reach Centerline Road, head left and you will meet up with the Reef Bay Trail.

Sold Listings on St. John

Sold between May 15, 2020 and June 15, 2020

$1,000,000 | Villa, Contant| 3 BD 3 BA | 5,918 SF

$555,000| Villa, Carolina | 3 BD 2 BA | 3,140 SF

$750,000 | Villa, Fish Bay | 3 BD 3 BA | 2,458 SF

$350,000 | Villa, Fortsberg| 3 BD 2 BA | 1,443 SF

$2,725,000 | Villa, Contant| 5 BD 6 BA | 7,242 SF

 

St. John Villa of the Month: The Cliff House

The Cliff House is one of the first homes built in St. John’s exclusive Peter Bay community. The location was chosen for its uniquely beautiful setting on three acres atop a cliff, overlooking incredible beaches, the neighboring British Virgin Islands, The Sir Frances Drake Channel, and the Virgin Islands National Park. Along with the amazing views, enjoy a wonderful home that offers near-constant trade wind breezes, luxurious furnishings, and complete relaxation and privacy. The Cliff House Villa is truly an island paradise unto itself. The very large and spacious villa has 4 large bedrooms along with a state of the art fitness gym on site. This home will have you feeling relaxed as the days of your stay melt away, you may feel the need to go absolutely nowhere.
However, many world-class beaches are in immediate proximity. Including Maho Bay, Cinnamon Bay, and world-famous Trunk Bay. This newly renovated home offers glorious and near-constant trade wind breezes and sounds of the ocean 100 feet below. Cliff House is located within steps of a beautiful private white sand beach in an exclusive private gated community on St. John.

St. John Charity of the month: Team River Runner

Team River Runner (TRR) was founded at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in 2004 by Washington, D.C. area kayak enthusiast Joe Mornini who has been hosting trips for TRR members to St. John since 2007. While the group was forced to cancel its 2008 trip due to lack of funds, that will never and has not been the case since with the continual support of St John’s community. Their annual fundraiser, the Chaotic Kayak Race, has been canceled due to Covid 19 and rescheduled for 2021. Follow their page for updates and make plans to participate next year!

New Customer Review

Take a look at what a Tropical Properties client had to say about his experience with Tropical Properties: Dan Boudreau is very helpful and takes care of his customers, highly recommend contacting him for St John real estate.

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Meet the Tropical Properties Team

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Daniel Boudreau, Managing Broker

dan@tropicalpropertiesvi.com

Born and raised outside of Boston, MA, Daniel moved to St. John in 2008, where he worked as a bartender and eventually owner of a locally-loved bar for five years. After selling his successful business, he decided to take his knowledge of the St. John market and extensive contacts and pursue a career in Real Estate. As Managing Broker at Tropical Properties Real Estate and Development, Daniel has an unmatched devotion to his clients. By working tirelessly on their behalf and always offering candid advice, he earns the respect of his clients. Daniel’s success in the real estate industry, based almost exclusively on positive referrals, has made him perfectly equipped for his current role as the President-Elect of the St. John Board of Realtors.

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Theresa Sim, Real Estate Agent

theresa@tropicalpropertiesvi.com

Theresa M. Sim has been a resident of St. John for over 10 years now. She is just one of the full-time Real Estate agents at Tropical Properties and is currently working on her Brokers License. She came to visit back in 2008 and never left! Her journey started at Maho Bay Campgrounds, an Eco-Resort that was nestled in US Virgin Islands National Park. Since then, she’s obtained her Virgin Islands Real Estate License, 100-ton Captain’s License and founded a handful of small businesses ranging from cleaning/maintenance services to gift baskets and retail sales which ultimately lead to the foundation of a property management company, Azure Vacation Homes. She also volunteers at St. John Rescue as a board member and carries the nationally registered EMR and HAM radio operator certifications and looks forward to upgrading to EMT. She also volunteers for the Pets with Wings Program to help relocate island pets to forever homes in the States.

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Hannah Jones, Real Estate Agent

hannah@tropicalpropertiesvi.com

Hannah Jones grew up on Kauai, Hawaii, so she is no stranger to living on beautiful islands.  She moved to St. John 14 years ago with her family, after falling in love with the island on a vacation.  After working mostly in hospitality management and sales, the transition to real estate felt natural. Helping other people realize their dream of living in paradise is what motivates Hannah to find the perfect piece of land or already constructed home for her customers.  Her genuine interest in her customers and their needs makes her easy to work with whether they are buying or selling.  Her professionalism and attention to detail ensure that her customers are satisfied and happy, it’s a win/win!

 

Susan Nicholas

Susan Nicholas, Real Estate Agent

susan@tropicalpropertiesvi.com

Susan was born and raised in Melrose just North of Boston, Massachusetts. After obtaining an Associate’s Degree in Business Technology she went onto starting off her career by working for Top Corporate Insurance and Investment Firms in Boston. Back in 2000 Susan and her husband moved to Moultonborough NH (Lake Winnipesaukee) where she embarked on her career as a Real Estate Agent & Vacation Rental Specialist while raising a family. She loves to take time out of her day to teach tumble to dancers. Susan and her family vacationed on St John for years, fell in love and now call the island home. She bought her home here on St John through Tropical Properties and is now a part of the Tropical Properties team. She loves making people’s dreams a reality! She is professional, courteous, loves to communicate, cares about her customers, and has attention to detail. She will guide you all the way through the buying/selling process.

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