It’s Here!!

Grand Vic Nov 13 2018

Hello everyone and happy Tuesday! We have such great news to share with you all today!

We had a pretty special arrival last night here on island. The Grand Vic pulled into Enighed Pond just a bit after dark. That means that we will soon have three barges to transport vehicles between St. John and St. Thomas.

The new barge is pretty impressive. It’s roughly 160 feet, according to one of the gentleman we spoke to at the dock this morning. It can also hold up to 60 cars. This number will obviously be less when trucks hop on, but regardless, it can hold a lot. And that’s great!

The Grand Vic isn’t operating just yet, but hopefully it will soon. And as always, I still urge you all to rent on St. John even when the third barge begins operating.

Want to check out the status of the Grand Vic yourself? If so, then check it out on Marine Traffic. You can use the app or website to track its movements.

That’s all we have for you today. So happy to be able to share such positive news! Have a great day everyone!

What’s on the Market?

Trunk Bay Sunday afternoon

Trunk Bay Sunday afternoon

Hello everyone and happy Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I certainly did as it was my birthday!! :)

So I woke up this morning thinking about housing. Housing prices are pretty high here on island, so many of us rent. Well the rental market is pretty tough here, especially following the storms. Being a small little island in the middle of the Caribbean, housing is tight to begin with. Factor in the hurricanes and the fact that many owners prefer to short term their homes as vacation rentals (which is fine – totally their choice), well let’s just say that it’s extremely hard to find a place to live here.

That being said, I started to peruse the MLS listings this morning in hope that I would find a unicorn – something inexpensive, but something I liked. You know, a nice place where I can raise little Dalton. I found that there are a lot of options, and that prompted me to write this story.

I know that many of you are interested in real estate here on island St. John, so here’s a quick rundown of what’s currently available and what’s been selling…

As of this morning, November 12th, there are 343 listings on the MLS. This breaks down to 114 homes (this number includes many hurricane-damaged homes), 28 condos, 197 land parcels and four commercial listings.

Of the 114 homes, the highest priced is 1 Peter Bay, which is listed for $14.25 million. Just a tad above my price range – haha. The least expensive is a one bedroom, Caribbean cottage on Coral Bay. The asking price for that house is $348,000.

1 Peter Bay

1 Peter Bay is listed for $14.25 million.

This Coral Bay cottage is listed for $348,000.

This Coral Bay cottage is listed for $348,000.

Yes, a small one bedroom home is listed for $348,000. I told you housing was pricey!

Now let’s move on to the condos. Of the 28 condos listed for sale, 12 are located over at Sirenusa. They range in price from $1.25 million up to $2.3 million. The least expensive condo for sale is a one bedroom out in Coral Bay. That is listed for $300,000.

There is a ton of land for sale ranging in price from $45,000 for a quarter acre in Coral Bay to an $8 million parcel located directly across the street from Maho Bay.

And as far as commercial listings, we currently have four. Bamboula and Colombo’s are the only businesses currently listed for sale. (Click here to read about Bamboula and click here to read about Colombo’s.) There building where Aqua Bistro is located is also for sale, as is a bed and breakfast building in Coral Bay.

So now you’re probably wondering what’s selling. Well as of today (from what is posted on various real estate websites), 50 homes have sold so far in 2018 with the average selling price of just over $1 million. Four condos sold with an average selling price of $512,500. And 24 land parcels sold with an average price of just under $200,000.

And just to give you something to compare that to, 38 homes, 19 land parcels and 5 condos sold in all of 2017. I’m no real estate expert but I’d say that the market is doing well this year.

So that’s all we have for you today folks. Just some stuff for you to ponder today. :) And if you are looking for more info on St. John Real Estate, please check out our real estate advertisers – 340 Real Estate, American Paradise, Holiday Homes, Islandia Real Estate and Re/Max Island Paradise Realty.

The Waterfalls at the Petroglyphs

The pic was taken over Great Cruz Bay the morning of November 10th, which happens to be my birthday! Pic courtesy of Kat from DC.

The pic was taken over Great Cruz Bay the morning of November 10th, which happens to be my birthday! Pic courtesy of Kat from DC.

Hello everyone and happy Saturday! So yesterday I had a News of St. John Island Tour along with our friends at Flyaway Charters. Our guests really wanted to check out the petroglyphs, and Flyaway Charters happily obliged. The great thing is that they were able to hike in from the bottom, rather than make the 2.6 mile trek each way.

So this tour was planned awhile back. At the time, we had no idea what treat our guests were in for. :)

As many of you probably know by now, we had a ton of rain this past Thursday. Rain totals on the Cruz Bay side were between eight and 10 inches. It was bananas. But do you know what’s pretty cool about getting that much rain? It means there’s going to be an amazing waterfall at the petroglyphs. Check out this little video we made with the help of Flyaway Charters:

And here’s a beautiful pic they took for us.

Waterfall Petroglyphs 11-9-18

Pretty awesome, right??!!

If you’d like to spend the day with us, please send me an email at jenn@newsofstjohn.com. Or visit www.newsofstjohn.com/islandtour for more information.

Have a great day everyone!

Miss Lucy’s Set to Reopen for Season

miss lucy's sign november 2018

Hello everyone and happy Friday! Today we have some quick news, but it’s good news!

Miss Lucy’s, the popular restaurant out past Coral Bay, is set to reopen this on December 2nd. And the best part? They’re reopening with their famous brunch!

(November 11th edit from Jenn: Miss Lucy’s stated they were reopening on November 11th. Unfortunately they had to push back that date to December 2nd. :( )

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Miss Lucy’s was expected to reopen November 11th. Unfortunately they had to push back their reopening date to December 2nd.

The fact that Miss Lucy’s is serving brunch again is a pretty big deal around here, especially considering this has not happened since mid-2017. Miss Lucy’s brunch isn’t just popular because of the delicious food, but also because of the great jazz music that goes along with it.

In fact, Miss Lucy’s is reopening for brunch, lunch and dinner beginning this week. Great news all around!

Brunch is served every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and dinner is served from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Miss Lucy’s was closed on Mondays earlier this year. We’re assuming that is still the case this season, but we do not know that for certain. When we do, we will let you all know!

Well, that’s all we have for you today! Enjoy the last day of your workweek… the weekend is so close!!

New Menu & New Hours at Popular Coral Bay Restaurant

oasis street sign

For those of you who love the Coral Bay Caribbean Oasis just as much as I do, you are going to love today’s “news”!

We were out and about on a News of St. John Tour yesterday and stopped by the Oasis for a quick bite. We were lucky enough to chat with Karen, the owner over at Oasis, for a bit, and she had such great news to share with us!

Karen has decided to open up for breakfast this season. From 6 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., you can now get a variety of coffee drinks, breakfast sandwiches and muffins. Oasis then closes for lunch, but reopens for dinner at 4 p.m. Here are a couple of pics of the menus:

oasis breakfast menu

The menu changes daily at Oasis. Here is what Karen was offering on Wednesday.

The menu changes daily at Oasis. Here is what Karen was offering on Wednesday.

Karen changes her dinner menu daily, so the pic above is just an example. You can see what’s on the menu by visiting Oasis’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/coralbayoasis

And now here’s a fun fact about the Oasis… It is the only restaurant on St. John with a drive thru window! Check it out!

oasis drive thru window

And lastly, we’d like to thank Karen for simply being a good human. For those of you who have been on St. John over the past several months, you may have noticed groups of people wearing purple shirts. Well they’re the volunteers from All Hands and Hearts, and they are doing amazing work here on island. When they first arrived on St. John, they helped countless residents remove debris from their homes. They are now working to rebuild many homes across the island. Since they have been on island, Karen has invited them into her restaurant so they could relax in the shade. And of course, she helps feed them as well. That’s simply who Karen is, and we love her for that.

So please, the next time you are on St. John, please stop by the Oasis. You won’t regret it. :)

That’s all we have for your today, folks. If you are on St. John today, stay home and stay dry. Have a great one everyone!

Friends of the Park Launches Online Villa Auction

Croix Vista

Croix Vista is one of the villas up for auctioning the 2018 auction.

Hello everyone and happy Wednesday! As you all know, yesterday was a pretty big day in the United States. So today, we’re going to help you all relax a bit (and hopefully destress) by telling you about a great new auction that’s happening online now. Interested? Well then read on! :)

Friends of the Virgin Islands National Park is currently holding its annual Villas for the Park auction. Numerous villa and hotel stays are up for grabs at a discounted price. And the best part? All of the proceeds support the Virgin Islands National Park. It doesn’t get much better than that, folks!

The businesses that generously donated stays are:

  • Cruz Bay Hotel
  • Villa Bismarkia
  • On a Clear Day
  • Bombalassy Villa
  • Hillcrest Guest House
  • Great Expectations
  • Pelican Beach Villa
  • Coral Bay Vista
  • Sea Cottage
  • Croix Vista
  • Notre Ciel
  • Out of the Blue
  • Swogjan Dragon
  • Fiddlewood Cottage
  • Cloud 9 Villa
  • Wind Ridge
  • Villa Tiffany
  • Into the Mystic
  • St. John Inn
  • Estate Lindholm
  • Treetops
  • Coral Bay Vista
  • Satinwood Villa
  • Sea Stone Villa
  • Sirenusa Residences
  • St. John Inn
  • Sunset Ridge Villas
  • The Cottage at Battery Hill
  • Tre Scalini Villa

As of Wednesday morning, the lowest bid for a stay was just $321! What a deal!

Click here to view all of the auction items and to bid on your favorite place. The auction ends on November 14th at 8 p.m. EST. Happy bidding!