Cafe Roma Gets Nice Price Reduction

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For those of you who have a dream of operating an Italian restaurant on St. John, your dream just got a little cheaper as Cafe Roma recently had a nice price reduction.

Cafe Roma listed for sale in late 2015. Why? Because owner John Hiebert is looking forward to pursuing other opportunities over on St. Thomas, the island he calls home. It has a great location – just one block from the ferry dock in Cruz Bay – and has some of the best pizza and Italian food on island.

You may recall that a fire destroyed the restaurant back in 2013. It was rebuilt from top to bottom and looks absolutely great. Check out some pics…

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Cafe Roma is now listed at $249,000. For more information, please contact Jeff Saplis of Seaglass Properties at (340) 998-2997.

Buy a Piece of St. John at a Fraction of the Cost

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By now I know that a lot of you thought about packing everything up and moving to St. John, but for one reason or another, a full time leap just may not be in the cards. Well today we have a great alternative that you may be interested in – the Grande View Residences at Grande Bay.

The Grande View Residences at Grande Bay offer all of the advantages of second home ownership, yet are complimented with the amenities and personal services of a luxury resort. Owners have exclusive access to Grande Bay’s Jeep Club, Yacht Club, concierge services, indoor gym, pool and spa and more.

Pricing for a one-bedroom unit starts at $19,700 per week. Two bedroom units start at $25,900 per week. The units are beautifully appointed and conveniently located right in the heart of Cruz Bay. Check out a few pics…

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Looks pretty great, doesn’t it?

If you’re interested in learning more about the Grande View Residences at Grande Bay, please call 888-383-9019 or click here to visit its website

On the Market: Beautiful Views in Calabash Boom

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Looking to purchase an affordable home that has fantastic views of Coral Bay harbor and beyond? Then look no further than Bonny’s Abode…

Bonny’s Abode is a fun, eclectic and cozy cottage that has panoramic views of Hurricane Hole, the entrance to Coral Harbor, Estate Fortsberg, St. John’s East End, the BVIs and beyond. This two bedroom, two bath home is sectioned off into two units – the downstairs studio currently has a longterm tenant.

There is plenty of room on the property to build another home should you be interested in doing so. The .27-acre parcel has beautiful rock formations and fruit trees which cover the entire property. Check out some pics…

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Bonny’s Abode is being offered by 340 Real Estate Co. for $575,000. Want more information? Contact Tammy at 340 Real Estate Co. at 340RealEstateCo@gmail.com

The Christ of the Caribbean Statue

Image credit: Dean Hulse via See St. John

Image credit: Dean Hulse via See St. John

Over the weekend we told you about the legend of Easter Rock and how it rolls down to Hawksnest Bay the night before Easter so it can get a drink of water. Well that got me thinking about some other fun facts and tales around here that you may not be familiar with. So today we’d like to tell you about the Christ of the Caribbean statue that used to sit up on Peace Hill.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Peace Hill, it’s located off of North Shore Road between Gibney and Jumbie beaches. There’s a small parking lot that fits a handful of cars adjacent to a very short trail that leads up to Peace Hill.

There are the ruins of an old windmill at the top of the hill and the views up there are simply stunning. You can see over Caneel Bay and out to St. Thomas to the west, Jost Van Dyke to the north and St. John’s North Shore and out to Tortola to the east.

Check out a few pics:

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For just over 40 years, a very impressive statue stood high atop Peace Hill – Christ of the Caribbean. According to the owners of Hummingbird Hill (a villa here on St. John), Colonel Wadsworth commissioned St. Johnians Terrence Powell and Thomas Thomas to construct the statue in 1953. Its purpose was to oversee and bless the land and sea.

“Remarkably, as it seemed to have the properties of a sail, the creation withstood numerous hurricanes,” the owners of Hummingbird Hill wrote on their website. “However, it finally succumbed to the strength of Hurricane Marylyn in 1995. The islanders decided not reconstruct the statue. Much like the petroglyphs, the Christ of the Caribbean was a symbol of St. John and you could find, for example, gold and silver pendants in the shape of the statue in local shops. After almost twenty years, they are harder to find.”

Pretty neat, right?

You can still see some of the ruins of the old Christ of the Caribbean statue up at Peace Hill. This plaque remains nearby.

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More news you can use today, folks. Have a great day everyone!

The Legend of Easter Rock

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How may of you have driven past the large boulder on North Shore Road between Gibney beach and Peace Hill and wondered what its backstory was? At least a few of you, I’m sure. Well this Easter weekend we’d like to share with you the legend of Easter Rock.

Legend has it that every year on the night before Easter – that’s tonight folks!! – Easter Rock makes its way down to Hawksnest Bay where it takes a drink of water and then rolls back up to its perch on North Shore Road. This all happens before the sun rises over the hill, according to the legend, so no one is around to actually witness it. So even during the driest of droughts, Easter Rock will still be wet on Easter morning.

I’m taking a mini vacay this week, so I can’t check it this year. But if one of you can on our behalf, I’d love to see some pics. :)

So legend aside, curious as to how Easter Rock came to be? Here’s its geological backstory straight from See St. John:

Although geologists have not yet succeeded in explaining Easter Rock’s propensity to go down to the sea on Easter Sunday for a drink of water, they can tell us about the origin of this massive boulder, which is the only one of its kind in the valley.

The outer crust of the Earth consists of large masses of slowly moving rock called tectonic plates. About 100 million years ago, one of these plates, called the North American plate, which was moving towards the west, encountered another tectonic plate called the Caribbean plate, which was moving in the same direction.

Life in the Caribbean has long been classified as slower moving than in the fast-paced world of continental America. This phenomenon apparently has a historical and geological foundation because a significant factor in the creation of many of the Caribbean islands, including St. John, is the fact that the Caribbean plate happened to be moving at a slower pace than its continental counterpart.

Consequently, when the North American plate overtook the slower moving Caribbean plate, the American plate, being denser and heavier, slid under the Caribbean plate and pushed it up. The friction from the two giant masses of solid rock grinding against one another produced a heat so intense that it melted some of the rock between the two plates. The fiery, liquefied rock, called magma, built up in enclosed pockets, called magma chambers, and exerted an ever-increasing pressure on the surrounding rock. When that pressure became so great that it could not be contained any longer, the magma broke through its rocky chamber and spewed forth violently into the ocean. This event is called a volcano.

Normally, when super-hot magma comes in contact with cold ocean water, the magma explodes and is dispersed over a great area. In this case, however, the eruption occurred at a depth of 15,000 feet, or nearly three miles, below the surface of the ocean. At this great depth the water pressure is nearly 7,000 pounds per square inch, a pressure that was sufficient to keep the magma from exploding on contact with water and instead causing it to be deposited on the ocean floor in giant solid sheets.

Coinciding with this volcanic activity and the laying down of rock, the action of the American plate sliding under the Caribbean plate caused the latter to bulge at the edges. The combination of these events resulted in the beginnings of a mountain range that was to become the islands of the Greater Antilles. This process of volcanic activity and uplifting continued for millions of years and caused the newly formed mountains to move closer to the surface.

It was during the next period of St. John’s development that Easter Rock was born. A series of volcanoes erupted in the area of what is today called Pillsbury Sound. This time the water was relatively shallow and the volcanoes erupted explosively. The shower of rocks, solidified volcanic ash, and molten lava added substance and height to the older solid sheets of rock and, in conjunction with the continued uplifting of the area, eventually brought parts of the rocky underwater mass above sea level to form islands.

The awesome power of these violent eruptions also served to break off huge chunks of the older rock, heaving them into the air. One of these massive fragments ended up just above what was to become Hawksnest Bay. That majestic boulder, now known as Easter Rock, not only goes down to the sea every Easter for a drink of water, but also serves as an enduring reminder of the fiery beginnings of the island of St. John.

And there you have it. News you can use today, folks.

Have a great weekend everyone!