Blackbeard's Castle Hits the Market!
By William True
Since 1967, a local family has accumulated and preserved almost three acres, including eight centuries-old estates, in downtown Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, USVI. This unique compilation includes Estate Skytsborg aka Blackbeard’s Castle, Haagensen House, Villa Notman, Hotel 1829, Bank House, Magens-Pedersen Estate, Mendlicott Estate and the Brittania House. The grounds, restored homes and botanical gardens are absolutely stunning.
This rare collection of connected properties is being offered for $18,000,000. A licensed real estate professional with a successful buyer stands to earn as much as a $135,000 referral fee or up to $540,000 in commission for those licensed in the USVI.
If that's not enough, the owner, a retiring licensed real estate broker in the USVI, is offering a 10 day Caribbean cruise to whoever is lucky enough to procure the buyer. Blackbeard surely must love Realtors!
The image below is an aerial showing one of the historic estates, Blackbeard's Castle.
While previously maintained as private residenses, the estates are currently being used as a historic walking tour and Bed & Breakfast. All of the properties are in the Kongens historic district. The historical significance behind each of the eight properties is impressive as well as fascinating. All of the properties date back to the 18th and 19th century and have been homes to the wealthy and elite of that time and protected the island from invaders.
The Magens-Pedersen estate for example, is the only archaeological dig site in the entire Caribbean and the only completely intact estate on St. Thomas. The most recent excavation was performed by Syracuse University and led by Professor Douglas Armstrong. Dr Armstrong is essentially the Indiana Jones of the Caribbean. He has been involved in the dig and restoration for over a decade.
The complete site is made up of 20 separate parcels. Because of historic and sentimental value, the owner will only sell the entire compound to a sole buyer, one that will preserve these majestic estates. Google any of these estates, like the Haagensen House, select images, and you will find thousands of pictures of a meticulously restored estate. These are not reproductions; everything is authentic and furnishings conveys! Blackbeard's Castle itself is a National Historic Landmark. Legend has it that Blackbeard used the tower as a lookout and a safe place to secure his treasure.
From detailed historical findings to illustrative descriptions of each property, everything regarding each and every one of these estates can be found on EstateSkytsborg.com.
The views from atop Blackbeard’s Hill are simply breathtaking. Enjoy video footage and photography available in the photo gallery. Check out all the things to do on the island as well as learn how purchasing real estate in St. Thomas can be a huge tax benefit to American Citizens. These trophy estates may never become available again. For more information or media inquires, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, call/text (941) 918-1956 or check out these Frequently Asked Questions.