Staying Strong and Safe on St. John in April 2020

It’s April on St. John and the island is as beautiful as ever. We don’t have our normal events and meetups to share since the island is on quarantine like the rest of the United States due to the COVID-19 threat, and visitors are not permitted to enter.  While visiting isn’t possible right now, it’s still an excellent time to plan future trips and make moves towards finding your dream home on the island.

Here at Tropical Properties, our office is remote-equipped and our agents are reachable by cell phone as they are working from home to support our clients. We are also able to conduct virtual tours for those who want to learn more about properties for sale. Interest rates are low, which makes it an excellent time to purchase a home here on the island. We will be posting updates on our Facebook page as the situation develops.

Photo by Kerry Childers Photography These unusual, older ruins are mortared to an exixsting rock outcropping. First ruins I have seen this close to the water, but what better place; Little Lameshur Bay St. John, USVI.

St. John Beach of the Month: Lameshur Bay

Located on St. John’s south shore, Lameshur Bay is remote and peaceful, with a beautiful sand beach, sugar mill ruins and access to several great hiking trails make it one of my top choices for best beaches on St John. There are usually plenty of places to park close to the beach. The beach itself is gently shaded with soft white sand, picnic tables, and BBQ grills. If you’re snorkeling, make sure to go far enough from shore to where it’s all seagrass. You’ll be rewarded with views of sea turtles and rays, octopus, rays, barracuda, tangs, parrotfish, Caribbean lobsters, coral banded shrimp, and Queen Angelfish. The bay doesn’t get large surf because it’s protected on the sides.

St. John Business for Sale

Have you ever wanted to own your own business in the Virgin Islands? Check out this opportunity to be your own boss as well as take in some sunshine. Sadie Sea is a U.S. Coast Guard licensed and inspected 40′ Lindsey Trawler with shaded seating downstairs and a sunny upper deck to satisfy whatever your cruising pleasures may be. Sadie Sea is a big boat and can carry 32 passengers in U.S waters (12 in BVI waters) so she is perfect for large groups or for a more intimate experience we can take a minimum of 4 passengers. Contact Tropical Properties for details.

New Residential Listings in St. John

Listed between February 15 and March 15, 2020

$6,250,000 | Chocolate Hole | 7 BD 8.5 BA | 11,680 SF

$3,950,000 | Chocolate Hole | 4 BD 4.5 BA | 6,883 SF

$3,900,000 | Fish Bay | 5 BD 4.5 BA | 8,816 SF

$2,175,000 | Sans Soucci | 3 BD 3.5 BA | 4,500 SF

$970,000 | Freemans Ground | 2 BD 1 BA | 984 SF

$849,000 | Carolina | 2 BD 2.5 BA | 2,153 SF

$365,000 | Carolina | 1 BD 1 BA | 660 SF

$179,000 | Eden | 1 BD 1 BA | 280 SF

Featured St. John Residential Listing

Vida De Mar | 5 beds 5 baths 5,560 sqft  | $1,999,000

Successful, turn-key rental villa priced below market value! ”Vida De Mar” is an exceptional BEACHFRONT villa nestled in lush tropical landscaping with private beach access just steps from the water’s edge in Dever’s Bay. Well-appointed for the perfect tropical vacation or family retreat with 5 private bedroom suites with en-suite baths and a/c. One suite also has a kitchenette that can be used as a caretaker’s cottage if desired. Designed for fun & entertaining, the large pool is equipped for volleyball or relaxing on pool floats, lounge in the sun or shade, soak in the views in the zen soaking tub, or stroll down to the beach to take a refreshing swim. These amenities, along with the location, make ”Vida De Mar” a popular rental villa with impressive income and many repeat guests.

Why You Should Consider Living on St. John

St. John, US Virgin Islands offers a unique and laid-back lifestyle that attracts many people that want to escape from the “rat race” of life. Our island is truly the best of both worlds. You get the tropical paradise experience of living on a lush island with incredible beaches, but you’re just a quick ferry ride away from the services and amenities of St. Thomas. St. John and St. Thomas are both U.S. territories, making transport between the two islands simple and hassle-free. This is especially valuable to those buying property on St. John since they don’t have to deal with international laws and immigration restrictions. Read more about our incredible island, today on the blog!

New Land Listings in St. John

Listed between February 15, 2020 and March 15, 2020

$1,000,000 | Peter Bay

$595,000 | Hansen Bay

$360,000 | Pastory

$299,000 | Sans Soucci

$249,000 | Pastory

$248,000 | Leinster Bay

$239,000 | Hansen Bay

$235,000 | Fish Bay

$235,000 | Quaco & Zimmerman

$225,000 | Emmaus

$199,000 | Chocolate Hole

$199,000 | Adrian

$145,000 | Carolina

$95,000 | Carolina

$85,000 | Carolina

Featured St. John Land Listings

$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 lot, down island breezes, on the secluded side of St. John, large lot!!!, moderate slope, split stamp tax.

$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. 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: Ram Head Trail

The Ram Head Trail is one of our best hikes here on St. John. The full hike is nearly 5 miles round trip, and it has a big payoff: at the top of Ram Head you’ll enjoy a 360-degree view of paradise. Here’s how to get there: park at the Salt Pond parking lot, hike down to and across Salt Pond Bay to find the trailhead. The trail takes you across Blue Cobblestone Beach and then up to Ram Head. You’ll want to bring plenty of water and wear some sturdy shoes. Make sure to enjoy swimming and snorkeling at Salt Pond Beach to cool off after this challenging hike. Just follow the trail, watch out for cactus, take your time, and rest often.

Featured St. John Condo Listing

$1,195,000 | Cruz Bay | 3 beds | 2 baths | 1,873 sqft

This luxurious waterfront Condo is just steps from Cruz Bay’s beach, restaurants, and bustling shops. The unit is a three-bedroom that features Granite Countertops, modern appliances, deeded covered parking and a separate owner’s storage closet. A new bar on the balcony has been installed which is perfect for cocktails and catching the late afternoon sunset. Recent updates include a screen and fence for extra privacy, as wells as freshly painted columns on the balcony. This unit is fully furnished and a turnkey rental with a property manager already in place. Grande Bay amenities feature 24-hour security, concierge, a coffee bar in the lobby, access to Residensea (The Grande Bay Power Boat), 24-hour ocean view gym, pool, and jacuzzi.

Sold Listings on St. John

Sold between February 15, 2020 and March 15, 2020

$1,050,000 | Rendezvous Bay | 4 BD 3 BA | 3,320 SF

$915,000 | Chocolate Hole | 2 BD 2 BA | 2,640 SF

$465,000 | Hansen Bay | Land

$100,000 | Concordia | Land

$70,000 | Hansen Bay | Land

$70,000 | Eden | Land

St. John Villa of the Month: Andante by the Sea

Andante By the Sea is located just minutes away from the small town of Cruz Bay, with its restaurants and shopping. This luxurious villa rental is ideally situated on St. John’s scenic southeastern shore to take advantage of the cooling trade winds. Andante is nestled on a shelf carved into the living rock directly above beautiful Hart Bay… high enough to look down on birds in flight… low enough to hear the sea.

This villa features Mediterranean-inspired design with accents of native stone. The property’s panoramic decks offer spectacular views of both sunrise and sunset… a full 270-degrees from glittering St. Thomas east to Ram’s Head!

There are three large bedrooms, all with sea views, private decks, full baths, and air conditioning. A canopied king-size bed and rattan furnishings with a Victorian flair grace the master bedroom. Two guest bedrooms have twin beds easily converted to comfortable kings.

The villa is tastefully furnished throughout in contemporary tropical rattan and teak with eclectic accents from around the world. Vaulted cypress-beamed ceilings and overhead fans accent the great room, kitchen, and two upper bedrooms.

St. John Charity of the month: Love City Strong

We’ve highlighted Love City Strong before, but their work has become even more vital during the current crisis.  The nonprofit disaster recovery operation has shifted focus and is now distributing food to local children. They are modeling their belief that health and safety must always come first, especially as the vast majority of their clients are seniors or immunocompromised. While some of their rebuilding projects have been impacted by this ever-changing health emergency, they are committed to seeing them through to completion in a timely manner, to continue St. John’s recovery and growth. Love City Strong is providing current St. John information and resources on their Twitter page.

New Customer Review

Take a look at what a Tropical Properties client had to say about his experience renting a villa on St. John: “I can’t say enough about Dan Boudreaux – his passion for the island, knowledge, and genuine desire to grow long-term business is clear. For future trips, I’ll look to consult Dan for sure…and if / when we ever seek to purchase property – he’ll be the first professional we’ll call.”

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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.

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.