LUCKY to Live on St. John in March 2020

It’s March on St. John and we are all feeling LUCKY to live this beautiful life on the island. Restaurants, hotels and attractions continue to re-open, and some of our favorite events take place this month. We hope you’ll come and join in the fun!

March 4: Michael Bernier Live at Drink St. John. Evolvement Music and Enjoy Your Life Present Michael Bernier – USVI Tour 2020 from 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm.

March 4-6: VI Jam Fest. For the second year, this 3-day music festival presented by Cruz Bay Music brings some of the island’s favorite performers together at Maho Crossroads. Catch Zach Deputy, Chali 2NA, Passafire, Erin Hart and more for fun and music on the beach!

March 6: Wine & Unwind. Are you a wine enthusiast, food lover or enjoy the vibe good music brings? Join us at the Grand Opening of Drifters’ Tiki Bar for a wine and food pairing party at 6:30 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by DJ General Kuntry and the RVP Band out of St. John! Catering by St. John Catering and Private Chefs!

March 7: Friends Annual Meeting. National Park Service, Friends, and community leaders will be in attendance and deliver updates on priorities for the Park in 2020. In addition, a cultural showcase at the event will include bread making, gardening, charcoal making, and basket weaving demonstrations.

Mar 13–14: Sol Driven Train. On da beach! Just get off the ferry and turn right. You will find one of the best bars in the world, and Sol Driven Train jamming out for the weekend. Join us at the Beach Bar St. John for two nights of great music.

Every Monday and Tuesday: Reef Bay Hike with the Friends of Virgin Islands National Park. This three-mile guided hike of Reef Bay Trail takes about three and one-half hours from the trailhead to the beach and ends with a 40-minute boat ride back to the Cruz Bay Visitor Center.

St. John Beach of the Month: Scott Bay Beach

There are many beaches on St. John that are only accessible by boat, and one of the best is Scott Bay Beach. It’s part of the Caneel Bay Resort that is now closed, but you can take a boat to get there or go with a guide from Virgin Islands EcoTours. These tours allow guests to hike and explore the Caneel Bay Peninsula. There’s amazing kayaking and snorkeling at Scott Bay Beach, and it’s an ideal location for viewing green sea turtles and stingrays. You’ll love the crystal clear water with a white sandy bottom, it makes the snorkeling fantastic!

St. John Timeshare Listing of the Month

Unit 3122 at the Westin St. John, Week 12. $16,900

Beautiful 1 bedroom 2 bathroom fully furnished villa in the hillside location at the Westin St. John. Next to a beautiful swimming pool and grill station. Full kitchen, washer/dryer as well as access to all Westin amenities such as 1/4 acre swimming pool and gym. Call us at 340-776-6862 for information on this and other Westin timeshares for sale.

New Residential Listings in St. John

Listed between January 15, 2020 and February 15, 2020

$7,750,000 | Catherineberg |5 BD 5 BA | 7.204 SF

$4,500,000 | Peter Bay | 4 BD 5 BA | 8,000 SF

$3,195,000 | Rendezvous | 3 BD 3 BA | 3,676 SF

$2,450,000 | Emmaus | 2 BD 1 BA |1,850 SF

$2,295,000 | Rendezvous | 5 BD 4.5 BA | 5,860 SF

$1,450,000 |Quaco & Zimmerman | 5 BD 3 BA | 5,192 SF

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

$1,350,000 | Hansen Bay | 4 BD 5 BA | 3,120 SF

$1,295,000 | Emmaus | 3 BD 3 BA | 3,233 SF

$1,275,000 | Fish Bay | 2 BD 3 BA | 2,370 SF

$1,250,000 | Hansen Bay | 3 BD 3 BA | 4,083 SF

$1,195,000 | Enighed | 5 BD | 4.5 BA 3,100 SF

$1,150,000 | Carolina | 2 BD 1 BA | 1,950 SF

$895,000 | Glucksberg | 3 BD 2 BA | 2,300 SF

$860,000 | Fish Bay | 2 BD 3 BA | 4,010 SF

$850,000 | Carolina | 8 BD 8 BA | 4,080 SF

$745,000 | Enighed | 4 BD 3 BA | 2,300 SF

$695,000 | Contant | 2 BD 3 BA | 1,950 SF

$599,000 | Carolina | 1 BD 2 BA | 2,055 SF

$525,000 | Carolina | 1 BD 1 BA | 1,171 SF

Featured St. John Residential Listing: Villa Kismet

New pricing on a genuine architectural masterpiece – Villa Kismet stands among only a handful of truly world-class estates in the Caribbean. From its ultra-private perch atop Maria’s Bluff, the villa offers 360-degree views framing miles of open ocean, numerous protected bays, sleepy outlying cays and thousands of acres of green hillsides within the vast VI National Park. A sprawling compound befitting its one-of-a-kind location, Kismet’s subtle Moroccan undertones are woven throughout the artisan quality finishes of its numerous guest suites, common living areas, billiards room, home theater, and separate caretaker’s residence. Offered for $6,250,000.

Twelve Things That Might Surprise You About Life on St. John

People who visit St. John see one side of the island, but you learn a LOT of new things by living here. Today on the blog, take a look at 12 things that people find surprising about living in St. John, and let us know if we missed anything that surprised YOU!

Featured St. John Condo Listing

Blue Orchid’s prime waterfront location ensures privacy as well as incomparable views. Perched on the peninsula with nothing between you and the commanding 270-degree water views, this unit is steps from the pool and beach. High finish quality throughout this completely refurbished unit with elegant fixtures and furnishings, set this unit apart from others in the complex.

New Land Listings on St. John

Listed between January 15, 2020 and February 15, 2020

$4,500,000 | Rendezvous & Ditleff

$750,000 | Hansen Bay

$750,000 Chocolate Hole

$595,000 | Friis

$500,000 | Emmaus

$479,000 | Quaco & Zimmerman

$395,000 | Emmaus

$275,000 | Emmaus

$250,000 | Sans Soucci & Guinea Gut

$225,000 | Emmaus

$199,000 | Fortsberg

$190,000 | Enighed

Featured St. John Land Listings

91 Chocolate Hole $750,000

This is a waterfront acre of land on the South Shore close to Cruz Bay town. The property includes deeded right to Chocolate Hole and Hart Bay Beaches. It’s positioned for a downhill build and faces southeast to catch cooling tradewinds.

183 Chocolate Hole $405,000

Amazing Waterfront lot with downhill build overlooking Heart Bay Beach. This lot features breathtaking sunrise views as well as easterly winds. This is a must-see parcel.

St. John Trail of the Month: Bordeaux Mountain Trail

Up for a challenge? Why not try one of the more vigorous hikes on St. John? This trail is two miles long, cutting through the side of Bordeaux Mountain, with an elevation gain of 1,282 feet. There’s a lot to discover along the way, with picturesque vistas of Great Lameshur Bay as you pass through the woods. A treat awaits you at the end of the trail, where you can explore the ruins and swim in Little Lameshur Bay. It’s a quiet and secluded beach that’s perfect for snorkeling. Make sure to bring water, swimsuits and towels so you can enjoy a nice break at the beach before making the tough hike back up the mountain.

Sold Listings on St. John

Sold between January 15, 2020 and February 15, 2020

$972,000 | Villa, Chocolate Hole | 5 BD 5 BA | 3,100 SF

$960,000 | Condo, Cruz Bay Town | 2 BD 2 BA | 1,927 SF

$220,000 | Condo, Enighed | 1 BD 1 BA | 900 SF

$170,000 | Land, Fish Bay

$125,000 | Land, Fish Bay

$82,500 | Land, Carolina

St. John Villa of the Month: Caneel Trail Side Villa

Caneel Trailside Cottage sits one mile outside Cruz Bay, high up on the ridge in the saddle between Caneel Hill and Margaret Hill, adjacent to the Virgin Islands National Park. Forty yards from the backyard, through National Parkland, is Caneel Hill Trail, which drops down to the secluded white sand beaches on the North Shore (Honeymoon Beach, Caneel Bay, and Solomon Bay) in less than 45 minutes, and drops down to the town of Cruz Bay with a half-hour hike in the other direction. A 1/4-mile hike brings you to the Caneel Hill Observation Platform, where you can see a 360-degree view of both the Caribbean and Atlantic as well as the entire Western Half of St John. From Caneel Trailside Cottage’s doorstep you can literally hike through the forest to get everywhere you will need to be on the western half of St. John.

A lush garden surrounds the private brick patio that encloses a swimming pool with teak poolside chaises and a barbecue area. A wide shaded veranda for outdoor dining and relaxing adds great space to enjoy the breeze and idle away from it all. The veranda looks out over the southwest end of St. John and offers expansive views of the Caribbean all the way to St. Croix. The house was built in 2005 and everything is high quality, state of the art, and in perfect condition.

St. John Charity of the month: St. John Cancer Fund

The St. John Cancer Fund is a grassroots organization founded to ease cancer-related financial hardships for St. John residents and their families. Since 2012, they have raised over $700,000 to benefit residents of St. John in the battle with cancer.  The St. John Cancer Fund was formally organized on July 19, 2012 with a mission to provide unrestricted financial assistance for St John residents and their families during and after diagnosis and treatments.

New Customer Review

Take a look at what a Tropical Properties client had to say about her experience purchasing building lots on St. John: “We 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

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Daniel Boudreau, Managing Broker

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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Hannah Jones, Real Estate Agent

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 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.