Great Cruz Bay Waterfront

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”Colibri” – Superb sunset views from this large waterfront home in Great Cruz Bay. “Colibri” has an excellent rental record with a good repeat clientele. Features include native stonework, large pool deck with gazebo, masonry construction, water views from every room and pool, and room for expansion. completely refurbished and updated just a few years ago. Great location in an upscale neighborhood and just minutes from Cruz Bay.

For more information contact Merry  merryvi@aol.com  340 776-6666

Good Start to 2016!

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Sales are off to a great start this year.   We are just 30 days into this year and our MLS shows 33 properties under contract with 7 agencies involved in these sales. Of the 32 contracts Islandia is involved with 11 of them.  Those 11 properties have a list value of over $10,200,000.  Lets hope this trend continues.

Merry  merryvi@aol.com  340 77606666

Kokomo Cottage Now Pending

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An excited couple has just contracted on this serene cottage in Estate Carolina.  The views are amazing, the peace and quiet are enchanting.  We are seeing lots of activity this 2016 season.  I currently have 5 pending contracts and I am looking forward to the sellers and buyers coming to a happy conclusion.  Now is the time to make your St. John real estate leap, before the selection diminishes!  Jane Kelly 941.544.5855 (c) 340.776.6666(o)

Waterfront in Great Cruz Bay

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“Coqui” is a lovely 3 bedroom x 3 bathroom pool villa with stunning 180 degree panoramic views sweeping west to St. Thomas and south to St. Croix with endless Caribbean views from the spacious, sun-drenched pool deck and the shady upper balconies. Click to view listing(s) This spacious .65 acre waterfront property is reasonably priced at $1,875,000. I am glad to help with any questions you may have regarding “Coqui” or other questions you may have regarding real estate on St. John, USVI. Please contact me at lynngiovanna@gmail.com cell 340-344-1825. Have a sunny day! Lynn

VOGUE Magazine ~ Step Aside, Tulum—These Are the Five Hottest Winter Escapes of 2016

The January issue of Vogue Magazine named St. John in the top 5 places to visit, we would have to agree!

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Instead of St. Barth’s, try St. John

 St. Barth’s has long been the It destination for East Coasters in the winter because of its relatively close proximity and posh hotels. If you aren’t looking to see and be seen while on vacation this time around, but still want stunning beaches and sunshine, try St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands (a short ferry ride from the main airport on St. Thomas) this year. We suggest spending plenty of time in Coral Bay on the eastern side of the island, which is more laid-back and less commercial. A few days here and you’ll forget what snow even feels like. Well, almost . . .

Where to Stay
The romantic Caneel Bay resort, about a 20-minute drive from Coral Bay, is theplace to stay on this island. The 166-room, old-school property spans 170 acres and offers seven beaches surrounded by the Virgin Islands National Park.

Where to Eat
For casual eats, Skinny Legs is the place for mouthwatering burgers, or head toShipwreck Landing for curry nut–crusted grouper. On the East End, Vie’s Snack Shack by Hansen Bay is always a must for Coral Bay repeat visitors. The West Indies rice and beans dishes are just as phenomenal as the sparkling waterfront views. You can also access Hansen Bay beach here by paying a small fee, which gets you chairs, parking, and an all-day spot on the beach.

What to Do
If you time it right, you will be there for Miss Lucy’s regular full moon parties, where you can listen to live music by local bands and watch the full moon over Coral Bay. During the day, book a boating excursion to sail and snorkel around the crystalline waters of Coral Bay. Kekoa, Palm Tree Charters, and Lion In Da Sun all lead excellent excursions. If you are a hiker, take a drive to the Cinnamon Bay trail, where you’ll come across ruins of a sugarcane factory, wildlife, and Danish burial crypts.

2015 Sales Statistics

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Another year has passed with mixed results in real estate sales.  Land sales on our Multiple Listing Service were up from 31 in 2014 to 44 in 2015.  Home sales were almost the same with 39 sales in 2014 and 38 in 2015.  Condo sales were up from 9 in 2014 to 12 in 2015.  You can always see sales history details on our web site at   http://www.islandiarealestate.com/statsummary.cfm   It is updated quarterly.

In other news I am happy to say that the new owner of Islandia Real Estate, Nick Vanassche, has just purchased the Islandia Building from our founder, Inga Hiilivirta.  The purchase assures that Islandia will be able to keep our superb location for many years to come.  Nick and a group of investors have also purchased the Tradewinds newspaper after it rather abruptly ceased publishing late last year.  We look forward to a publication now focused on public events, community affairs, local sports and school activities.  Check it out and subscribe at: http://www.stjohntradewindsnews.com/

The winter 2016 “Island Living” book has been published and features listing from Islandia, Holiday Homes and Seaglass properties.  These very attractive books are heavily distributed on St John and reach a great number of St John visitors.

 

To toot our own horn a bit, the Seaglass team had a great year.

#1. We finished #1 in sales in the USVI:  $80,792,495

#2. We finished #1 in number of transactions in the USVI: 350

#3. We sold $38.6m more in real estate than the nearest STT/STJ competitor.

#4. We had 129 more transactions than the nearest USVI competitor.

#5. We sold 9 more properties over $1m than the nearest USVI competitor.

#7. We generated over 40,000 visits to our websites per month.

#8. We have over 50 homes listed above $1m.

 

 

 

Peter Bay Villa For Sale

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‘Villa Lantano’ – Magnificent North Shore views over Peter Bay to Jost Van Dyke from this spacious home in Upper Peter Bay. Features include custom kitchen with granite countertops and stainless appliances, travertine marble floors throughout, including decks, large pool deck with adjoining spa, water views from every room and pool plus lush professional landscaping. The main house has 2 large bedroom suites under the main roof and 2 large bedroom suites in a separate pod plus an efficiency apartment. Sale includes deeded access to the white powder beach at Peter Bay. Automatic 35KW backup generator. $5.9M

For more information contact Merry  merryvi@aol.com  340 776-6666

 

Fabulous Property Under Contract

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A very happy buyer has contracted on this fabulous waterfront property.  The size, just under 14 acres and the area of Lagoon Point is magnificent. The asking price 4M.  There are currently 29 ‘pending’ properties on St. John at this time, 12 residential, 3 condos, and 14 pieces of land.  Real Estate is busy this year!  It is so nice to work with a buyer that has become more enamored with the land as the transaction comes to a close. For more information about the St. John market contact Jane Kelly at 941.544.5855.   www.islandiarealestate.com  jane@islandiarealestate.com

R-3 Zoned Property Near Cruz Bay

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Three adjoining parcels located between The Market Place and Sirenusa are just right for development of apartments or a small hotel or condo complex. Grades are moderate and water views are very nice. Just 5 minutes to the amenities of Cruz Bay.  $3.7M

For more information contact Merry  merryvi@aol.com  340 776-6666

Islandia Building Sold!

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Our founding mother,Inga,  has sold the Islandia Building.  The good news is that it is staying in the family as Nick Vanassche, now owner of Islandia Real Estate, is the buyer.  The purchase assures that Islandia will be able to keep our superb location for many years to come.  Nick and a group of investors have also purchased the Tradewinds newspaper after it rather abruptly ceased publishing late last year.  We look forward to a publication now focused on public events, community affairs, local sports and school activities.  Check it out and subscribe at: http://www.stjohntradewindsnews.com/

 

Merry 340 776-6666  merryvi@aol.com

 

New York Times Names Coral Bay #4 on Places to Visit List

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From the New York Times interactive article Jan 7, 2016 (click here for the link)
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Visit the U.S. Virgin Island’s quiet corner before big development.

The beaches are less crowded, the emphasis is on local over commercial, and the people share a friendly sense of neighborhood pride. Among the town’s attractions: monthly full-moon parties at Miss Lucy’s, and a Thanksgiving “Thankspigging” pot luck pig roast hosted by the community at Skinny Legs, where the eating often swells into a singalong. But this quiet community may soon change. Visit before a proposed outlet mall and mega-marina, expected to engulf the bay, transforms the laid-back atmosphere of this little corner of the United States Virgin Islands.

As a full time resident of Coral Bay for 18 years I can say on behalf of myself and most of my neighbors, Coral Bay – we love you just the way you are!

For more information about Coral Bay and St. John contact me: marty@islandiarealestate.com

Make An Offer!

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The owner would love to see an offer on this fabulous 2 bedroom villa with a separate small cottage.  The rental home is listed at 1.125M, the price is negotiable, the location is fantastic and the access roads are paved.  You are 5 minutes to Maho Beach!  Jane Kelly 941.544.5855 www.islandiarealestate.com

Commercial Building For Sale

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The Voyages Building is for sale. Rare opportunity to own a business/residential space in the heart of Coral Bay. The first floor restaurant space is set up as a bar and restaurant. All equipment on the premesis is in as-is condition is included in sales price including stoves, ovens, walk in cooler, ice machine, and much more. There are 2 beautiful apartments on the second floor with great breezes and water views. There is a pool on the property and customer parking.  Reduced to $1.7M

For more information contact Merry  340 776-6666  merryvi@aol.com

 

Great new listing in Coral Bay – Carpenter’s dream and priced to sell!

"Coral Haven"

“Coral Haven”

Great water views!

Great water views!

“Coral Haven” is a well built guest house that consists of 2 studio apartments and start of main house located in the Seagrape Hill subdivision in Coral Bay with stunning dual bay views over Hurricane Hole, Coral Bay harbor and beyond! Priced to sell at $595,000  Click to view listing(s). The guest house was completed in 2007 along with the 22,000 gallon concrete cistern for the main house that is now ready for a new owner to take vertical; a carpenter’s dream! A real MUST SEE in this price range! For more information or to make arrangements to preview this property, please contact me at lynngiovanna@gmail.com or cell 340-344-1825. Have a sunny day & Happy new year! Lynn

Ode to the New Year!

I will not die an unlived life.

I will not live in fear of falling or catching fire.

I choose to inhabit my days, to allow my living to open me,

to make me less afraid, more accessible;

to loosen my heart until it becomes a wing, a torch, a promise.

I choose to risk my significance, to live so that which came to me as seed goes to the next as blossom,

 and that which came to me

as blossom, goes on as fruit.

— Dawna Markova

Sailing on Captain Clark's Boat

Happy New Year!!!