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St. Thomas/St. John Power Outage Goes Into Twelfth Hour

St. Thomas/St. John Power Outage Goes Into Twelfth Hour 1

For those of you visiting right now, you might be wondering why in the heck you haven’t had power since just before midnight last night.  For those of you who live here, you know why and I share your frustrations.  For those of you planning a trip in the future, you might want to read on just to discover how common this massive inconvenience of a third world problem is in America’s Paradise…

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Fourth of July Events Planned for Vaccinated Participants

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If you have ever been to St. John over the Fourth of July, you know what a grand celebration it is!  In a normal year, St.John Carnival is the week leading up to, not only the US Independence Day holiday, but also the Virgin Islands Emancipation Day on July 3.  A week filled with late night music and exhausted residents 🙂 begins with the much anticipated food fair and culminates on the morning of July 3 with an early morning/late night Jouvert celebration and a mid-day, very St. John style, parade on the fourth.  Generally, there are also fireworks that evening.

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Real Estate Spotlight: Coral Bay Fixer Upper Offers a Unique Island Opportunity

Real Estate Spotlight: Coral Bay Fixer Upper Offers a Unique Island Opportunity 4

Good Morning!  I hope you all had a glorious weekend and that your Monday is off to a great start!  Today I have to share with you a blank canvas of a two bedroom, one bathroom home in Coral Bay’s Quacco & Zimmerman neighborhood with incredible views and the opportunity to 100% personalize your island dwelling.  It is currently on the market for under $500k and awaiting a new owner and their personal touch to finish up the renovations…Let’s take a look.

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When I say fixer upper, it is true. This home needs some work.  However, it is currently livable and protected from the elements with electricity, running water and septic all operable.

The home is fully permitted unless the new owners opt to change the current footprint.  However, there is space for a pool, additional cottage or workroom space that would need to be permitted if you wanted to add on eventually.  It is a sturdy build with a masonry frame and has survived all of the major storms that have passed over St. John since 1987.  Even Irma couldn’t knock this one down and we all know how hard she hit over in this area!  The foundation may want some further reinforcement but the walls, windows and roof are all fully dried in and ready to go.

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Decking and roof are solid construction

Let’s head to the 1200 square feet of interior space to see what adventure awaits 🙂  First, one of the major projects on this home was a kitchen update and that is nearly completed.  The floors need some clean up but they are newly tiled and the countertops, cabinets and appliances are all new!  The ceiling is beautiful new wood and the lighting is al ready to go…Just awaiting some fixtures with your personal touch!

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Really all the kitchen needs is a cleanup and some interior design!  Light fixtures, a beautifully tiled backsplash and some pops of color are all this newly updates galley needs to be checked off the to do list.

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The full bathroom is also ready to go with some more newly tiled floors, functional fixtures and toilet and gorgeous wood paneled ceilings.  These two rooms are currently fully functional and literally just asking for a personal touch!

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Now, let’s get into some of the “unfinished business.”  The rest of the interior space (living/dining area and two bedrooms) will need to be completely  finished out.  The rooms are dry and safe, but could use some lovin’.  I feel that the beauty to a space like this is that you can make it FULLY your own!  You could install drop ceilings to match the kitchen and bath or leave the lofted ceilings with exposed beams to maximize the space.  Light fixtures, flooring, paint colors…All of it is yours to decide.  This home is a great match up for the right person with motivation and design know how!

It’s almost as if all the hard (and expensive) work was already done…Leaving just the fun stuff and finishing touches up to the new owner.

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The additional interior spaces are in several different phases of completion.  The smaller of the two bedrooms pictured below has has had a bit more attention than that in the previous photo.

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The location of this fixer upper is incredible for those of you who love the natural privacy, peace and quiet and seclusion of Coral Bay that you will enjoy from your covered, wrap around deck with sounds of the surf and nature.

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Located in Quaco & Zimmerman, this lot is uniquely situated in a quiet neighborhood with a pond and mangroves situated in front of it that is a part of Lagoon Point Nursery, a privately owned nature preserve and marine sanctuary and nursery.

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The large parcel in front of the .31 acre lot is owned by Lagoon Point Nursery.

So, your unobstructed views of the sunrise each morning will stand the test of time and development 🙂

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Unobstructed Eastern view from your deck

Additionally, you’ll have all of the conveniences you need close by. Head to the south to find Miss Lucy’s and the newly re-opened Concordia Eco Resort or to the north for some provisions at Calabash Market and dinner at Pizzabar in Paradise.  Also, this home is a quick drive to Salt Pond, the Ram Head trail or Lameshur if you’re looking to play outside in your new backyard!

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Salt Pond

This home is awaiting some character, charm and a bit of elbow greases from its new owners and is currently on the market as is/where is with 340 Real Estate for just $495,000!  Check out the full listing and contact Tammy Donnelly today to chat details on this great opportunity of a Coral Bay fixer upper.

 

Real Estate Spotlight: The Search for Your Island Home Ends With Villa Equinox

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This morning I am sharing with you a stunningly beautiful home that spans across the hillside high above Fish Bay. This home was built with the care and love of the original owner and a long time St. John resident. He built the home with his family and the environment around him in mind and that thoughtfulness shines in the clever details, artistry and functionality throughout this comfortable yet spacious villa. I’d like to introduce to you today this spectacular residence with equally spectacular panoramic views of the Caribbean: Villa Equinox.

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NPS Caneel Bay Environmental Investigation Report Released Today

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Earlier this week, the National Park Service announced that they would release the findings of their environmental assessments of Caneel Bay Resort today, June 10.  The Engineering Evaluation and Cost Analysis draft report is now available to the public for viewing.

This report includes “the collection, survey and inspection of soil and groundwater samples, buried waste and building materials present in the designated study area, and a analysis conducted by an independent, accredited laboratory. The resulting draft report covers the methodology, results and findings, alternatives to address any risks identified as unacceptable to human health or the environment, and recommended cleanup actions.”

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COVID Update- Cruise Ships, Mask Mandates and Travel Testing

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Good Morning world!  I watched the Governor’s Press Conference on Monday and, although there are no relevant changes to the policies in place, I thought it might be time for a gentle reminder about the ones that have been rolling for quite some time.  He did have a brief update on rising COVID numbers and cruise travel that I thought to be interesting to share as well.

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Villa Spotlight: Newly Listed Boutique Vacation Rental in Cruz Bay

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Good Morning! I have seen A LOT of messages and posts about last minute rentals. With the predictably busy summer season upon us, accommodations have been tough to find. Well, for those of you on the hunt, I have to share with you today a newly renovated, boutique style rental that is just a moment’s stroll from downtown Cruz Bay. The Peacock is a fresh listing on the vacation rental market, has all the comforts of home, beautiful views, funky decor AND availability in June, July and August!

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Summertime Sunsets

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Good Morning and a happy Monday to you all!  We experienced an ABSOLUTELY spectacular sunset last night.  Which isn’t out of the ordinary for this time of year.  As the rainy season kicks into full gear, afternoon showers that clear up just before the golden hour can lend themselves to “clearing the air,” if you will.  And yesterday afternoon’s brief shower resulted in a stunning sunset show!

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