Tropical Properties Newsletter October 2020

Spooky season is amongst us and it’s about to get spookier… Did you know according to the Farmers’ Almanac on October 31, 2020, it will be the second full moon or blue moon. It will also be the first time a Halloween full moon has appeared for all time zones since 1944.

What is a blue moon? We have the answer for you…. The reason why its called the blue moon is because it is the second full moon in a single calendar month and for this October 31 it is also the third of 4 full Moons in a single season (Autumn). For more than half a century, whenever two full moons appeared in a single month (which happens on average every 2 1/2 to 3 years), the second has been dubbed a “Blue Moon.” In our lexicon, we describe an unusual event as happening “Once in a Blue Moon.” This expression was first noted back in 1821 and refers to occurrences that are uncommon, though not truly rare. Lastly, most blue moons are not actually blue in color. Have a spooktacular October!

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St. John Beach of the Month

Denis Bay is a pretty and quiet beach. Its powdery white sand shore is often sparsely populated, primarily because it’s only accessible by a rugged trail or by boat. The trail begins at the Peace Hill trail and descends to the western extreme of the bay. Denis Bay is part of the National Park. There is fair to good snorkeling to be had. Bring snacks and drinks with you as there are no amenities. This is certainly a great place to spend a day on St John if you’re looking for the peace and privacy that this location offers.

St. John Timeshare Listing of the Month

479 Chocolate Hole, Week 1. $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 the pool and grills located next to the building in addition to the 1/4 acre swimming pool on the 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. The same unit is 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, an 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. The lot is large and can accommodate expansion or sub-division. Very breezy with a large shaded deck. Satellite internet and Love City Community Network back-up. Quiet neighborhood.

New Residential Listings in St. John

Listed between August 15, 2020 and September 15, 2020

$355,000 | Carolina | 1 BD 1 BA | 690 SF

$1,299,000 | Rendezvous & Ditleff | 3 BD 3 BA | 2,949 SF

$832,000 | Fish Bay | 7 BD 7.5 BA | 4,744 SF

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

$1,699,000 | Chocolate Hole | 5 BD 4 BA | 4,746 SF

$675,000| Haulover | 4 BD 2 BA | 1,878 SF

$4,999,000 | Peter Bay | 5 BD 4 BA | 7,200 SF

$1,199,000 | Carolina | 3 BD 5 BA | 5,308 SF

New Condo Listings in St. John

Listed between August 15, 2020 and September 15, 2020

$965,000| Cruz Bay | 2 BD 2 BA | 1,700 SF

$415,000 | Cruz Bay Town| 0 BD 1 BA | 358 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 a house you will be able to build on a specified lot. Certain special requirements apply, such as the 50-foot setback 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 August 15, 2020 and September 15, 2020

$95,000 | Fish Bay

$220,000 | Pastory

$125,000 | Mandahl

$285,000 | Chocolate Hole

$1,950,000| Cruz Bay

$150,000 | Calabash Boom

$150,000 | Calabash Boom

$199,000 | Emmaus

Featured St. John Land Listing

10-28-8REM Carolina $199,500

This private vacant lot has magnificent views and a Caribbean breeze overlooking the BVI and down the island. The last house on the road with National Park behind it allows for all the privacy one could want! The lot comes with approved house plans and underground utilities.

St. John Trail of the Month: Peace Hill Trail

A short hike ( perhaps 100 > 125 yards ) up the trail from the parking area of Dennis Bay is Peace Hill. At the top of the grassy knoll is a wonderful early plantation windmill ruin. Peace Hill looks over Hawksnest Bay to the West and Denis Bay and Trunk Bay to the East. The views are worth the walk … so don’t miss this one!

St. John Villa of the Month

Paradise Found is a spacious luxury one bedroom with phenomenal ocean views and pool – close to town! Cruz Bay Luxury 1-bedroom villa with a private pool located in a quiet safe residential community. Very spacious and post-hurricane renovation complete.

Amenities include a chef’s kitchen, Wolf 6 burner gas stove, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, vaulted ceilings, a large deck, a pool, an outdoor shower, and sunset views of St. Thomas.

Paradise Found is the most beautiful rental for 2 adults available (can accommodate more with a sleeper sofa). Close to town, parking onsite included.

We can arrange private dinners, in-villa massages, and sunrise yoga classes airport transportation.

The unit can also be booked in conjunction with Paradise Suite and Petite Suite located in the same building for more space for family and friends. All units rented individually.

St. John Charity of the month: St John School of the Arts

Since 1980, St. John School of the Arts, a non-profit community arts school, has been dedicated to offering children and adults in the community the opportunity to receive the highest quality of instruction in arts education, encompassing dance, music theater, and art. Their goal is to help each student reach their artistic potential in a supportive and nurturing environment, extending services to various populations including special needs and underserved and at-risk youth.

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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