virgin islands: The Blizzard of 2015 Impacts the Virgin Islands! - 01/27/15 06:14 PM

The blizzard of 2015 dropped record breaking snow falls on Boston and much of the East Coast of the United States.  Two deaths have been attributed to the storm. The economic impact is estimated at $500 million dollars. Some 8,500 domestic flights were canceled. All tragic losses.
So you are probably wondering how the blizzard of 2015  impacted the Virgin Islands. No, it did not dump any snow on us here, nor did our average 85 degree weather waver at all.  Our high season for tourism runs from around Thanksgiving, in late November  until the thaw of … (18 comments)

virgin islands: Custom Home For Sale in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands - 02/11/14 07:41 AM
 I have just listed this custom built home, now for sale on St. Thomas in the Virgin Island.  Please click on the tour above to get  more complete information on this lovely custom home.
This  home  for sale in the Virgin Islands, was built in 2004 and consists of four bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms and is approximately 4500 square feet. There are high end finish's like marble, travertine, mahogany and granite. The home is being sold unfurnished except for the magnificent china cabinet in the dinning room. There is an endless list of amenities, from the Caribbean Sea views from the South shores of St. Thomas to … (5 comments)

virgin islands: Golf Course Condo For Sale In St. Thomas, Virgin Islands - 01/20/14 10:58 PM

You know you have arrived at the Mahogany Run Golf Course,St. Thomas, Virgin Islands when you see this sign.
 What an awesome place to be able to live, a golf course condo. Right on one of the stellar golf courses in the Caribbean. An extensive remodeled one bedroom condo, with new flooring throughout, a completely new bathroom, extended bedroom, energy saving appliances, on demand hot water heater and a dedicated generator with an automatic transfer switch,  which can independently support the entire unit in the event of a power outage.
Located on the North side of St. Thomas in a gated, golf community with … (6 comments)

virgin islands: The Perfect Home for Family and Entertaining - 11/23/13 12:07 AM
This lovely home has a Spanish flair with a covered courtyard just steps from the front door. The pool in not the typical "splash" pool you find on St. Thomas, but a good size. There is a jetted tub that accommodates six people. The home and all indoor/outdoor living spaces are wired for appliances as well as a sound system. there are three bedrooms and three bathrooms in the the main house. The en suite master tub is jetted as well.  The pool house has a powder room and there is an efficiency apartment beside the pool.
Your friends will look … (2 comments)

virgin islands: Things to do When You Visiting St. Thomas U. S. Virign Islands - 09/04/13 10:34 AM
First let me warn you that if you are where you need to be quiet, you might want to turn off the sound on your device.  
A good friend came to visit me in St. Thomas and I played tourist on St. Thomas and St. John as well. My friend is one of these very organized traveler and had selected some things to do while visiting St. Thomas.  
Zip lining is not something I would ordinarily do in St. Thomas or anywhere for that matter. But, trying to be a good host, I agreed.

"Tree Limin' … (9 comments)

virgin islands: Finaning Property in the Virgin Islands and Interest Rates - 07/19/13 12:17 AM
Most of my customers have recently asked about the impact of increasing interest rates on financing property  in the Virgin Islands. Interest rates tend to be slightly higher in the Virgin Islands than on the mainland across the board.
Unlike the mainland where 80% of residential mortgages are written by Bank of America, Chase Bank, Wells Fargo and Citibank; the major institutions financing property in the Virgin Islands are First Liberty, Scotia Bank, First Bank and Banco Popular.
Financing  property in the Virgin Islands has been tight, as it has on the mainland. Low interest rates have cause banks … (3 comments)

virgin islands: So You Want to Start an EDC Business in the Virgin Islands - 07/08/13 11:22 AM

Are you contemplating  starting an EDC (Economic Development Commission) business in the Virgin Islands?  Probably the first question I need to know is, how soon do you anticipate making an exploratory trip to the Virgin Islands? Seminars are being conducted around the mainland to introduce business owners to the advantages of starting or moving a business to the  Virgin Islands under the EDC. 
If you are considering starting an EDC business in the Virgin Islands your preliminary research should include speaking with  some people who are in the know. There are a number of attorneys who … (2 comments)

virgin islands: A Virign Ilsands Happy Fourth of July, Emancipation Day and Carnival! - 07/04/13 02:10 AM
Happy Fourth of July to all. Enjoy your picnics, and fireworks and most of all families.
In the Virgin Islands we also celebrate Emancipation Day on the third of July and St. John is approaching the culmination of their Carnival celebration. St. John Carnival runs from the beginning of June and culminates on the 4th of July.
That is a whole lot of beach time and picnicking, ENJOY and stay SAFE.

virgin islands: Home For Sale In St. Thomas - 03/29/13 11:34 AM

virgin islands: Homes for Sale in St. Thomas, Open Houses In St. Thomas - 03/27/13 10:20 AM

This is the view from the balcony of a home that was open for broker viewing today in St. Thomas.
Located in Estate Lerkenlund on the North side of St. Thomas, this concrete home has three bedrooms and three bathrooms, is approximately 2,135 sq. ft. with deeded access to the pristine waters of Magen's Bay. There is a path in your front yard that leads directly to the water so you can enjoy swimming, snorkling, and kayaking.The home enjoys an open floor plan and cool breezes. Offered at $559,000 MLS 13-331.
Another home shown today was located on the North … (3 comments)

virgin islands: Things to do in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands - 03/19/13 09:36 PM
All kinds of musical events take place throughout the Caribbean Islands. You may want to check out this up coming event!

virgin islands: St. Thomas Real Estate Rental - Just listed - Estate Pearl - 01/08/13 08:56 AM
St. Thomas Real Estate rental in Estate Pearl. Located close to town, the University, the beach and the airport. Convenient to work and play.
If you are relocating to St. Thomas and are looking for real estate to rent, here is a unit for you to consider. Offered at only $1,450 a month and the rent includes  cable and internet services.
If you are new to the island it is sometimes wise to rent until you first decide if living on St. Thomas is for you and you are familiar enough with the island and the real estate market in … (8 comments)

virgin islands: St. Thomas, Virgin Islands - Open Houses - 12/06/12 10:22 AM
In St. Thomas, Virgin Islands open houses are generally for brokers but customers are welcome.
This week we had five properties where brokers held open houses. Be sure to click on the photo tab in the upper right corner of each listing so you can view all the pictures of each property.
1-7 Bakkeroe is a spacious and gracious home on the South side of St. Thomas with a wonderful Harbor view  It is a five bedroom, six and a half bathroom home, with approximately seven thousand square feet on three levels, Offered at $3,950,000.
2 DD Bjerge Gade is a beautifully restored home in a historic … (6 comments)

virgin islands: Home for Sale on St. John - Open House Amarilla Villa - 12/04/12 09:13 AM

                                                             Nick greets Donajen on the steps
Home for Sale on St. John - open house - Amarilla Villa
St. John is the smallest of the three main U. S, Virgin islands. Historically the value of homes for sale onSt. johnhave been high due to the fact that the majority of it's land mass is protected and will never be developed. This also creates a quieter atmosphere than the more urban feel of St. Thomas.
As the economy has changed more homes on St. John are becoming more affordable and are excellent buys for the quality of … (1 comments)

virgin islands: Knowing Your Land In the Virgin Islands - 12/01/12 10:26 AM

Do you do business on a wing and a prayer? Probably not, so why would you buy property that way?
Upon taking a new listing, in the Virgin Islands, I like to gather as much information in preparation for the closing. One item I like to have is a Land Title Survey or As Built Survey. This lets potential buyers know in advance where exactly the dwelling sits on the lot relative to the boundaries.
There are a number of good surveyors on the island, an icon in the community is a firm called Brian Moseley … (8 comments)

virgin islands: One Last Blog on My Thanksgiving in the West Indies - 11/27/12 04:17 AM

Okay, you may be tired of hearing about St. Kitts so I will share my day trip to Nevis, St. Kitts' sister island as pointed out by Gail Robinson of Fairfield CT., who remembered her encounter with the monkeys on Nevis.
To get to Nevis it was as short ferry ride. Similar to going to St. John from St. Thomas they have a car ferry. You just drive on and the boat takes you over and you drive off.
Both St. Kitts and Nevis have volcanoes on them, they have not erupted in more than thirty years but there are always … (2 comments)

virgin islands: Kenneling Pets in St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands - 11/22/12 04:23 AM
                  My Shiba Inu with orchids I grew on our partial constructed deck in St. Thomas, Virgin islands
I live in paradise, but every once in a while I get the urge to travel out side St. Thomas and the Virgin Islands. I have a dog, a Shiba Inu, named Foxie. She was a wedding gift from my husband and was a fuzzy, 4 oz. cutie when I received her. I have to make arrangements to care for her when I travel.
There are several Veterinarians on St. Thomas and in the Virgin Islands. I … (3 comments)

virgin islands: Thanksgiving - Dining Out in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands - 11/20/12 07:50 AM

Whether you are a full time resident of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands or just here on vacation. Some people don't feel like cooking on the holiday, It is nice to take a break and to use that time to fully enjoy the family.
One of my choices for dining out for holidays is the The Ritz Carlton. Normally I shy away from buffets but this one is exquisite. On most holidays there is a lavish banquet prepared and severed in a large dining room just off of the water. The ambiance is great and the service is … (5 comments)

virgin islands: Wintberg, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands - Home of Sale - 11/19/12 05:46 AM
This is a modern home, perched on Wintberg Peak, in Estate Wintberg, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands; completely renovated and air conditioned. A four bedroom, four bathroom home on the North side of the Island, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. This Wintberg home has a horseshoe driveway and court yard pool. This home in Wintberg, in the Virgin Islands is furnished in a modern zen style. If desired the furnishing can be included for the right price. The kitchen in this Wintberg home has birch cabinets and stainless appliances. The bathrooms are finished with natural travertine. There is a formal dining … (2 comments)

virgin islands: Inspiration For You From the Virgin Islands - 11/18/12 12:17 AM

A little inspiration for the day:
"Before you act, listen.
Before you react, think.
Before you spend, earn.
Before you criticize, wait.
Before you pray, forgive.
Before you quit, try."
Ernest Hemingway 

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St Thomas, VI

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