Happy Thanksgiving from St. John!

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Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.

It turns what we have into enough, and more.

It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.

It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.

Gratitude makes sense of our past,

brings peace for today,

and creates a vision for tomorrow.

-Melody Beattie

Hansen Bay on the east end of St. John

Great boat in Hansen bay area

Great boat in Hansen bay area!

Well it appears that I am not the only one who appreciates the beauty and serenity of the east end! This beautiful boat caught my eye this morning when I was working out in the Hansen bay area. You can get more details on vessels you site in your area at:  http://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/home/centerx:-64/centery:20/zoom:7

Currently for sale in Estate Hansen Bay you can choose from 5 homes in the price range of $735k to $2.69M or if you prefer land there are 36 parcels in the price range of $99k to $1.5M plus a few larger parcels that can be subdivided. I am glad to help with any questions you may have or show you some properties if you have plans to be on island. You can contact me at lynngiovanna@gmail.com or cell 340-344-1825. Have a sunny day! Lynn

Beach Garden – Waterfront Beauty

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”Beach Garden” is an exceptional, Bali inspired waterfront villa with 4 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, pool & hot tub privately situated on a large 1.07 acre parcel in Estate Chocolate Hole affording stunning water views with tranquil surf sounds, cooling trade wind breezes and easy water access for enjoyment of water activities. This highly successful short term rental villa has everything it takes to keep rental guests raving and coming back year after year. Designed with entertaining in mind, the villa features a custom gourmet kitchen open to a spacious formal dining & living room with wall to wall custom glass doors that capture the water views and open to the seaside verandah with tasteful outdoor living & dining areas. Recently featured in the New York Times.  $4.4M

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

Just Contracted Calabash Boom! Market Update

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This great building site, with down island views and retaining walls in place contracted quickly. We currently have 13 pending (waiting to close) land parcels and a total of 38 land sales so far this year.  We are up 40% compared to the land sales at this time last year.  We are also seeing an increase in residential construction with new homes popping up all around.  This is exciting news!  Residential sales are up by 2%, condo sales are up 33%. We are looking forward to a busy season.  I hope to see you on island.  Jane Kelly 941.544.5855  jane@islandiarealestate.com   www.islandiarealestate.com


“Yellow Bird” cottage in Estate Enighed

"Yellow Bird" cottage in the Cruz Bay area

“Yellow Bird” cottage in the Cruz Bay area

If you follow our blog, you may be aware that we are experiencing a lot of the sales activity with homes in the price range under $1M and the inventory is getting smaller and smaller. “Yellow Bird” cottage has been experiencing a lot of showing activity and that of course, is a strong indicator that an offer will soon come Click to view listing(s). This well maintained Caribbean style cottage has just been reduced to $685,000 and the seller is ready to negotiate an offer. Please let me know what questions you may have as I think this one is not going to be available much longer! I can be reached at lynngiovanna@gmail.com cell 340-344-1825. Have a sunny day! Lynn


The Tradewinds newspaper, which closed last month, has been resurected by a group of local residents.  Jamie Elliot will be running the show and we look forward to the first issue on Monday November 16th.  Pick up a copy at local vendors or read it on line.

Merry  merryvi@aol.com




Huge price reduction on Coral Bay parcel!

Nice water views

Nice water views

Just reduced to $90,000 and Seller’s want to see an offer on this .97 acre parcel in Saunder’s Gut with nice easterly sunrise views Click to view listing(s). I am glad to help with any questions you may have regarding this property or other properties on St. John actively for sale. Please contact me at lynngiovanna@gmail.com cell 340-344-1825. Have a sunny day! Lynn

St. John Realtors floating board meeting


Yesterday the St. John Board of Realtors held its annual meeting aboard the sailing vessel Kekoa, a 55 ft. custom built catamaran with room for up to 78 passengers.  Our barefoot board of directors called the meeting to order and we dispensed with the business at hand efficiently and then kicked back for a beautiful sunset cruise along the north shore of St. John.  It was the most relaxed board meeting I’ve ever attended and I hope we’ll do it again next year.  If you have a corporate group or a wedding party or just a group of friends and family I highly recommend a cruise aboard Kekoa.  The captain and crew could not have been more friendly and accommodating.   Check it out: Kekoa

And if you’re looking for a roof over your head let me help:  marty@islandiarealestate.com

Scott Beach @ Caneel Bay by Christian Wheatley Photography

Another reason to come to St. John!  Enjoy……
Click on the pic and make your next reservation today.  We have some pretty properties to show you.  All the best from St. John, Jane Kelly

The Point At Privateer



‘Privateer Point’ – St. John’s most dramatic home site is now offered for sale. For a spectacular private estate, one cannot find better than the 14 acres of Privateer Point. Surrounded by water on 3 sides with unlimited views of most of the British Virgins, it just does not get better than Privateer Point. Construction will be easy with a concrete driveway and electric already run for approximately 600 feet to one of the relatively flat building sites. Three pocket beaches add to the charm of this nature lover’s paradise.  Reduced from $9.15M to $7.5M

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

Buying Real Estate with your IRA

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Yes you can buy real estate with your self-directed IRA (Individual Retirement Account).

Even on St. John.  It has been done and it’s not as difficult as you might think.

If your IRA is with a brokerage firm you may need to transfer funds to be used for real estate to a qualified trustee or custodian that specializes in real estate.

If you want to do your own research first there is plenty of information available on the internet such as:


There are specific IRS rules and restrictions that apply.  Your tax adviser should be consulted.

For information on property here contact me: marty@islandiarealestate.com

Happy investing!


It’s time to plan your winter get away!

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Trunk bay beach; does it get any better than this?!!


Can you believe it, the Christmas decorations are out at K-Mart! That can only mean snow forecasts soon come so it’s time to start planning your winter get away! There are plenty of wonderful vacation villas to choose from and of course, the beautiful Westin Resort, St. John. Check out the inventory of villas and availability with our friends at Catered To www.cateredto.com and if you are considering purchasing your own piece of paradise, I would be glad to help you! Please contact me at lynngiovanna@gmail.com cell 340-344-1825 and let me know what type of villa works for your family’s needs. Our beautiful beaches await! Have a sunny day! Lynn

Rental Condo At A Reasonable Price.





“Cruz Views” – Beautiful views to St. Thomas and sunsets, proximity to the pool and sundeck, and walking distance to town, make these condos  very popular rentals. This unique unit, #7,  has been completely refurbished and includes new tile floors, mahogany cabinets, new furniture, and is now a “platinum level” rental. Many recent improvements including new sliding glass doors to the private patio and new split unit air conditioners.  Rent now for around $150/night or buy the unit for $445,000

For more information contact Merry  34- 776-6666  merryvi@aol.com

Best Location On St John?



Located near Chateau Bordeaux  in the middle of the island, “Casa Bueno” has spectacular panoramic views of the British Virgins and the Sir Francis Drake Channel. Features include paved access and driveway, air conditioning, large cistern, masonry construction and a location high on lush Bordeaux Mountain. Just a short drive to North Shore beaches and Coral Bay. A successful short term rental.  Recently reduced to $1.299M    For more information contact  Merry  merryvi@aol.com  340 776-6666

Well priced parcel in Estate Saunders Gut

Nice water views

Nice water views

It is good to see the current sales activity in land. There are currently 237 active land listings with 42 parcels priced under $150k. Nice water views from this .97 acre parcel located in Saunders Gut for $130,000 and sellers are motivated to see an offer! Click to view listing(s) I am glad to help you find your special parcel on St. John, USVI! Please contact me at lynngiovanna@gmail.com cell 340-344-1825. Have a sunny day! Lynn