On the Market: Beautiful Views Near Gifft Hill

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Yesterday we told you about a great income producing property. Well today we’d like to share with you one of the best parcels available on island – well in our opinion. :)

It’s a gentle, sloping downhill parcel with panoramic views of Pillsbury Sound, St. Thomas and the surrounding cays. Why is that so special? Because it means this property has incredible, year-round sunset views. This .31 acre parcel is located at the end of a private dead end road, allowing you a ton of privacy. Listed at $129,000, it’s definitely a must-see.


Want to learn more? Contact Tammy at 340 Real Estate Co. at 340RealEstateCo@gmail.com

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On the Market: Coral Sunrises

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The view of Coral Bay from Coral Sunrises

Today we’d like to tell you about a great opportunity for those of you who’d like to live on St. John while generating some rental income, or for those of you looking for a great investment.

Coral Sunrises is a well-built masonry home with views of Coral Bay, the harbor and beyond. The property features three individual apartments, all which are currently generating a good amount of income. The property also features a large salt water pool and ample deck space. The home is full shuttered to protect it from storms. The property is also fully fenced and has a gray water irrigation system. Lastly it features a 10KW diesel generator with an auto-transfer switch.

The property includes a two-bedroom unit that currently generates $2,000 a month with a lease through the end of this month. It also has a one-bedroom unit that currently generates $1,400 month with a lease through the end of November. The third unit is a studio that generates $1,050 in rental income each month with a lease that ends at the end of December. All of the rents include electric, Dish TV and internet.

Check out a few pics:

Ample outdoor deck space

Ample outdoor deck space

Ample parking

Ample parking

Covered deck space

Covered deck space

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Coral Sunrises is being offered for $695,000. If this sounds of interest to you or if you would like to learn more, please contact Diama Beam of RE/MAX Island Paradise at dbeam@remax.net. You can also visit Island’s Paradise’s website www.ReMaxStJohnRealEstate.com

Harvesting Salt at Salt Pond

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For those of you who routinely follow the goings on on St. John, you’re probably aware that the island has not received significant rain in roughly two months. Our cisterns are empty and our hillsides are particularly crunchy looking. So while it stinks that our island is in desperate need of rain, there is one positive that has come out of our latest draught – Salt Pond is actually producing salt!

So you might be thinking – of course a salt pond would produce salt. But that’s not always true. Conditions need to be right in order for this to happen. And from what we hear, this hasn’t happened in about four years. I’m clearly not an expert on this, so I looked to one of the island’s most knowledgeable residents for a better explanation – Mr. Gerald Singer. Here’s what he had to say on his website:

Because of its location on this arid and windswept part of the island, Salt Pond is the most likely place to find 100% natural St. John sea salt – no fat, no carbs, no cholesterol, no preservatives.

How Does the Salt Get There?
Saltwater enters the pond from the sea by seepage at high tides and by waves breaking over the surface during storms. Salt Pond is one of the only places on St. John that is below sea level. This condition prevents significant amounts of pond water from flowing back out to sea. Constant, intense sunlight and ever-present trade winds encourage an exceptionally high rate of evaporation. When rain is scarce, the water becomes extremely salty. Water can only hold a certain amount of salt in solution and when the salinity of the pond reaches that point, the salt crystallizes.

As the water level continues to drop, and more and more water is evaporated, a layer of salt is left along the edges of the pond. The longer the dry period, the higher the temperature, and the stronger the winds, the more this salt layer will extend towards the center of the pond and the thicker the layer becomes.

You can collect salt during these times by scooping up the salt with your hands, if it is still wet and soft. If the salt layer is dry and hard, use a knife or other sharp tool. (If you’ve forgotten to bring a container, just walk over to nearby Drunk Bay where there is a great deal of flotsam, and you’ll probably find something you can use.)

After the salt is collected, drain off as much water as possible and put it in the sun to dry further. You may be left with fine powdery salt, which you can enjoy on your food immediately or, if the dried crystals are large, you will first need to grind them up or pound them out.

The salt obtained from salt ponds is particularly tasty and healthy, containing all the minerals that are present in the sea, which include all those essential to the human body. So during the next dry spell, take the trail to St. John’s best salt pond for collecting salt and bring some back home.

I took Gerald’s advice and did just that Monday morning. With a strainer and some Tupperware in tow, I drove out to Salt Pond and decided to do some harvesting of my own. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Salt Pond’s location, it’s out past Coral Bay. There’s a small parking lot on the lefthand side of the road where you can park. Once you arrive, walk down the dirt path and toward the beach – about five minutes. Once you get to the beach, walk to the far side where you will see a small trail on your lefthand side. In less than a minute, you will see the salt pond. When you get there, walk either left or right to get to the far side of the pond. That’s where the majority of the salt is collecting.

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Once you reach the salty areas, simply sift it in your hands or strainer to remove the mud. It’s that easy. Load it up in a bucket or other container and bring it home. I rinsed mine pretty well and sat it in the sun to dry. Once it’s perfect, I’m going to use it to cook with and also to make some scrubs. Pretty cool, right?

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Yet another reason why St. John is one of the coolest spots in the world…

Breakfast with a View

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We’re admittedly a little late to the party on this, but today we’d like to share with you one of our new favorite breakfast spots – High Tide. For those of you unfamiliar with High Tide, it’s located right on the water in Wharfside Village, just steps from the ferry dock.

High Tide started serving breakfast a few months ago, and it’s delicious! They serve it seven days a week. The best part – they serve it from 8 a.m. until noon. So if you’re a late sleeper, you’re still in luck.

They don’t have a huge menu, but their food is relatively inexpensive and very good. Their mimosas a tad pricey at $10 each, but they’re fantastic. Check out the menu:

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I ordered the standard breakfast for $10 the last time I went. My friend opted for the breakfast quesadilla for $12. Both were equally amazing. Check it out:

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So the next time you’re in town, be sure to stop by High Tide and have a mimosa for me. Cheers!

Villa Spotlight: Rendezview

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Located on the southwest end of Hart Bay, this beachfront villa is a perfect villa for newlyweds, families and small groups. Convenient to Cruz Bay, shopping, dining and the famous North Shore beaches of the National Parks, this four-bedroom, 3.5 bath villa located on Hart Bay beach offers a combination of sophistication and romantic tropical charm.

The large pool with expansive deck space is perfect for entertaining or simply spending a day lounging in the sun. The beautiful gourmet kitchen features Corian countertops, mahogany cabinets, and ocean-view cooking. Included are refrigerator, gas top range and oven, dishwasher, microwave, and additional gourmet amenities – all ideal for the gourmet chef. The formal mahogany dining table with seating for eight and a large mahogany buffet complete this pleasurable dining experience.

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The Great Room features a comfortable Seagrass loveseat with two large chairs and glass top coffee table. Two plantation style sitting chairs with mahogany accents table to give you plenty of seating for watching tv or the fabulous ocean views of the south to St. Croix and east to Ram’s head and the vast Caribbean Sea. The large mahogany armoire contains all the electronics for your viewing and listening pleasure: A 27″ Sony, flat panel TV with expanded digital cable, VCR, stereo, CD player and Bose SoundDock.

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rendezview great room

The Sunrise Master Suite
This lovely suite is named for the spectacular sunrises you see each morning from the mahogany, king size, four poster canopy bed. Sliding glass doors open to the outside deck where two relaxing chaise lounges await you. For soaking up the sun, watching the stars or enjoying the fabulous down island views. A private bath with spacious shower including a coral stone accent wall and view to the sea completes this fabulous master suite.

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The Hibiscus Suite
The Hibiscus Suite contains a stately mahogany king bed with matching nightstands. This suite is air conditioned with a full bath just outside containing a large shower and full size sink/vanity. Sliding glass door take you out to the large deck with chairs or chaise lounges for relaxing by day or night.

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The Coconut Cabana
The Coconut Cabana has two twin beds that can easily be converted to a king. Two bedroom doors give easy access to the sitting room area just outside. Directly across is the private half bath and adjacent shared shower.

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The Seaside Suite
The Seaside Suite, located on the lower level is appointed with cottage style white wicker king sized bed. A sliding glass door opens to the expansive pool deck where a large rope style hammock and pillow are ready to relax in. A private half bath with adjacent shared shower are included along with air conditioning, and large turquoise Adirondack chair for reading, listen to the sounds of the sea or gazing out at to the spectacular ocean view.

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Rates begin at $3,675 per week and vary by number of guests and by season. To learn more about Rendezview, please contact Kathy at Island Getaways at kathy@islandgetawaysinc.com or at (340) 693-7676. You can also visit Island Getaway’s website at www.islandgetawaysinc.com