Tropical Properties Newsletter September 2020

St. John’s most respected source for buying, selling, renting, or even building your home on St. John

Has the thought of selling your island home ever crossed your mind? There a few no-obligation steps you can take to get started. First, the most important question, “how much?” We can provide an estimate of your home’s value and a detailed comparative market analysis (CMA). Together, we set your listing price. Once you are ready to list, we secure the documents and get to work! Now it’s time to prepare your home for sale and get it ready for the Real Estate Market. We bring in our professional photographers (yes we cover this expense) to photograph and take drone videos for your listing and marketing. We will create an MLS (multiple listing service) listing that broadcasts your property worldwide to all agents and offices. From there we will craft a winning marketing plan for your home. We then target and identify interested home buyers. Various avenues will be used to promote your home so it can be seen by the right buyer. Just one of our marketing strategies is a partnership with Leverage, a modern and dynamic digital and social platform, which enables us to strategically promote properties to a global audience. Your home would be featured on, a curated channel of real estate and lifestyle content. From there it will be promoted to a social media audience of 58,000+ followers whose sole interested is Real Estate. Once we receive offers, we review the contracts from prospective buyers and help you choose the offer that perfectly fits your needs. We will work with you every step of the way until the closing day. There is a steady stream of work being done for you by our team. We all work on marketing and showing your home. We arrange inspections and surveys, verify financing, and work with your title company. Your Team at Tropical Properties will always be available when the time is right for you to sell your home.

St. John Beach of the Month

Gibney Beach is a stretch of white sandy beach located on Hawksnest Bay on St John Island in the United States Virgin Islands. There is vibrant wildlife both on the beach and in the bay. For simply relaxing on the beach and enjoying the nature of St. John, many people, both tourists and locals alike, visit Gibney Beach for its quieter atmosphere. This private, “off-the-beaten-path” quality of Gibney Beach is because there are no water sport rentals, eateries, and only limited parking available. Seagrape trees and palms line the shore creating shade. There are tree-covered picnic tables for those who wish to bring their own meal and enjoy family and friends at the beach.

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.

St. John Commercial Listing of the Month

13-A Carolina $350,000

Major Price Reduction!! Come live your dream, on the beautiful island of St. John, in the US Virgin Islands! This exceptional opportunity to purchase The Danforth is waiting for you. As a Waterfront restaurant, you have the trade winds that blow through, along with the ambiance of the harbor. Contact us today!

New Residential Listings in St. John

Listed between July 15, 2020 and August 15, 2020

$1,475,000 | Chocolate Hole | 3 BD 3 BA | 2,700 SF

$499,000 | Carolina | 1 BD 2 BA | 1,550 SF

$1,395,000 | Chocolate Hole | 5 BD 5 BA | 4,250 SF

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

$3,595,000 | Chocolate Hole | 6 BD 8 BA | 6,500 SF


New Condo Listings in St. John

Listed between July 15, 2020 and August 15, 2020

$1,749,000 | Bethany | 3 BD 3.5 BA | 3,900 SF

$1,250,000 | Cruz Bay Town| 3 BD 2 BA | 1,873 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 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 May 15, 2020 and June 15, 2020

$199,599 | Carolina

$200,000 | Rem Calabash Boom

$615,000 | Fortsberg

$590,000 |Hansen Bay

$99,000| Bethany

$249,000 | Carolina

$199,000 | Rem Emmaus

$199,000 | Emmaus

Featured St. John Land Listing

6-3-68 Carolina $85,000

This Coral Bay lot is conveniently located just off Centerline Road, with deeded access to Johnson Bay Beach. Paved Roads, almost 1/2 acre, mountain views, few minute drive to Coral Bay for restaurants, bars, boating, stores, and more, priced for building, with the option to owner finance. Be sure to place this lot on your must-see list. You can view this property anytime you travel to or from Coral Bay.

St. John Trail of the Month: Brown Bay Trail

Brown Bay trails is a moderate trail approximately 1.5 miles from point to point. The trail branches eastward through dry vegetation to a narrow strip of sand and a coral rubble beach that is slightly off the main trail. It is believed to be said an old cemetery lies almost directly across from the beach path however you may find it deep in the thick brush. Along the way, you will also find views of the British Virgin Islands. On the descent, you’ll be treated to views of Coral Bay, Hurricane Hole, and the East End of St. John. Just before reaching the parking area, visitors will pass ruins of a 1900’s cattle farm, uphill and adjacent to the Hermitage Trail.

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

Andante is your luxury vacation home in St. John that offers both stunning panoramic views and unmatched privacy. The word ‘Andante’ defines a moderately slow, relaxed, and leisurely tempo in music. At Andante, our guests have every opportunity to slow down, rest, relax, rejuvenate, and renew. Stay minutes from the small town of Cruz Bay, with its restaurants and shopping.

This rental home situated on St. John’s scenic southeastern shore faces into the cooling trade winds. Designed in a modified Mediterranean-style, this home utilizes accents of native stone. Andante is nestled on a shelf carved into the living rock above beautiful Hart Bay. You will be high enough to look down on birds in flight, yet low enough to hear the sea. Andante is unusual in that its panoramic decks offer spectacular views of both sunrise and sunset. You will have a full 270-degree view from glittering St. Thomas east to Rams Head!

St. John Charity of the month: Friends of the Virgin Islands National Park

Stunning beaches, miles of trails, marine life, fauna, and flora in abundance! Some 60% of St. John is Virgin Islands National Park and Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument.  Founded in 1988, the Friends of Virgin Islands National Park is a non-profit working with the National Parks Service to advance the protection and preservation of these natural and cultural resources and to promote their responsible enjoyment.

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