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Celebrate the Holidays in St. John!

As we have now approached the busy season and the holidays are among us, let’s talk this month about buying a parcel of land, home, condo or vacation villa on St. John.  It can be an easy dream come true! Whether you are looking for your perfect island residence or rental property, we can help you find your perfect St John property and assist you with every detail, from contract to closing and more. To help you get started, check out the multitude of listings available on our website by clicking on the tab called “St John Real Estate MLS” or just give us a call and we can help you expedite your search with expert advice on location, size, bedrooms, price, views, amenities and other details – we have residential properties for every taste and budget that will meet your budget and expectations.  Enjoy Your Holiday Season!

St. John Beach of the Month

Francis Beach is a fantastic family beach! It doesn’t get the crowds that some of the other beaches get. The long white sand beach offers plenty of space with ample shade. Unlike some of the other St John beaches – Francis has a wide beach regardless of tides. Shaded parking provides convenient access to the beach. Francis Bay beach has something for everyone …white sand, good sun, shade, excellent swimming and snorkeling!

St. John Timeshare Listing of the Month

479 Chocolate Hole, Week 1-2. $17,000

Enjoy week 1 guaranteed in a beautiful spacious 1 bedroom/2 bathroom at the Westin St. John. Vaulted ceilings, full kitchen, washer / dryer, balcony. Access to pool and grills located next to building in addition to the 1/4 acre swimming pool on main property. Also comes with 95,700 ”options” points which can be used to trade to any of the Westin or Sheraton vacation ownership properties such as Vail, Cancun, Scottsdale and Hawaii. Same unit also available week 2, for a 14-night stay in the same unit.

 

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.

 

New Residential Listings in St. John

Listed between November 15, 2020 and December 15, 2020

$3,495,000 | Rendezvous & Ditleff | 6 BD 7 BA | 5,610 SF

$950,000 | Carolina | 3 BD 3.5 BA | 3,265 SF

$805,000 | Carolina | 3 BD 2.5 BA | 3,200 SF

$1,375,000 | Carolina | 3 BD 3 BA | 1,842 SF

$1,349,000 | Carolina | 3 BD 3 BA | 3,347 SF

$6,150,000 | Peter Bay | 4 BD 4.5 BA | 5,361 SF

$999,000 | Carolina | 2 BD 2 BA | 2,371 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 in St. John

Listed between November 15, 2020 and December 15, 2020

$150,000 | Carolina

$125,000 | Calabash Boom

$199,000 | Carolina

$395,000 | Sans Soucci & Guinea Gut

$199,000| Fish Bay

$238,000 | Zootenvaal

Featured St. John Land Listing

6Y-5A Hansen Bay $ 595,000

BEAUTIFUL DOWNHILL BUILD BEACHFRONT 1.26+/- ACRE lot in Hansen Bay on St. John’s east end. This vacant lot has magnificent views, underground utilities, paved roads, and rights to TWO additional beaches, Newfound Cottages, and related facilities. The lot offers a convenient downhill build, paved road in place through the lot, down island breezes, on the secluded side of St. John, a large lot!!!, moderate slope, split stamp tax.

St. John Trail of the Month: Francis Trail

This trail is built and maintained by Friends of Virgin Islands National Park, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting our National Park. A large portion of this trail is ADA and eco friendly. Almost half of the trail is built as a raised platform to protect the ecosystem of the local salt pond. Here you’ll find many native species of birds and ducks. It is also common to see lots of land crabs, hermit crabs, iguanas, deer, mongoose, and, of course, donkeys.

The trail can be completed as a loop using the dirt road or treated as an out-and-back if one wants to park in the paved area and enjoy a short hike to the beach. Hiking this way you’ll see some ruins on the right side from when this entire area of the island was used to raise cattle.

St. John Villa of the Month

Caribbean Palm Villa features 3 master suites all with ocean views and private balconies. Each master suite is equipped with an en-suite bath and private outdoor shower which also have ocean views. The gourmet kitchen also features ocean views, granite, stainless steel appliances, and is fully stocked with cooking utensils to ensure you will have everything you need to cook your favorite meal. Just off the kitchen is the great room with 18 ft vaulted tongue and groove cypress ceilings and the Caribbean Sea beyond. Lounge in the great room and enjoy the view over Fish Bay and Rendezvous Bay through the many 10 ft French doors that wrap the great room on two sides.

The decor of the villa is an elegant yet but rustic theme which would mimic a Mediterranean/Tuscan villa that has met the Caribbean. Travertine floors, tongue and groove cypress ceilings with exposed beams, Reclaimed Chicago Brick Pavers on the veranda and pool patio and reclaimed barn wood custom cabinetry. All doors in the villa are 8 ft reclaimed barn wood as well. Vintage vanities with high end finishes in each room.

St. John Charity of the month: Island Green Living Association

Over the years Island Green Living Association has been a trailblazer in initiating meaningful change on St. John and throughout the territory including the establishment of the island’s ReSource Depot, which has allowed 290,000 lbs. of building materials to be repurposed/reused to date, items that would have otherwise wound up in the overflowing landfills. The organization also launched Green Building and Green Villa Certificate programs that encourage builders to use eco-friendly practices. Island Green launched the Preserve St. John initiative to combat recycling issues on the island and has organized countless beach cleanups of bottles, cans and other debris. To date, tens of thousands of aluminum cans have been collected and crushed for recycling. Green education and reward programs with both private and public schools and local organizations have been created. Island Green has also been a leader in advocating for legislation to ban straws, plastic bags, and now oxybenzone in sunscreen, working with legislators to write bills and cosponsor town hall events to educate the community on the vital issues. One of our proudest accomplishments was preserving the air we breathe with the “Ban the Burn” campaign to prevent the burning of hurricane debris on all three islands following the devastating effects of Irma and Maria.

New Customer Review

We bought our property from Dan a few years ago. He is a wealth of knowledge about anything STJ related. He was very honest and gave us his opinions about which property was best for our future plans. We couldn’t be any happier! Dan made the entire purchasing process, from start to finish, as easy and painless as possible. Communication is important to me and he was and is there to help me out and answer any questions or solve any problems I may have. I can always count on Dan to be on the other end with an answer or a plan! We value and trust his advice and opinions completely. I would hands down recommend Dan and look forward to working with him again.

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Meet the Tropical Properties Team

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.

Hannah Jones photoHannah 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!

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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.

Susan Nicholas

Susan Nicholas, Real Estate Agent

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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