Another Sunset Picture & Another Sale

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A great picture by the listing agent, Merry Nash, for this Virgin Grand Estates lot.  I was the selling agent and the buyer is a talented architect.  This was the best priced property in this gated community, a win for everyone.  Listings and sales, let us know how we can make your dreams happen.  Jane Kelly 951.544.5855 – 340.776.6666

Exceptional sunset views!

"Six Palms" sunset views

“Six Palms” sunset views

“Six Palms” is an exceptional Caribbean style villa with stunning sunset, St. Thomas views over Pillsbury Sound situated on .23 acre parcel consisting of a main house with 3 bedrooms x 2.5 bathrooms, spacious great room and kitchen with indoor & outdoor living/dining areas and a separate pod consisting of 2 bedrooms x 2 bathrooms with a quaint “cocktail” salt water pool situated between the 2 pods Click to view listing(s) . This exceptional property is used as a private, secondary property and is well maintained and lovingly cared for. It has not been in short term rentals but has everything it takes to be a successful short term rental villa. Please contact me if you would like to preview “Six Palms” or have questions regarding real estate on St. John, USVI lynngiovanna@gmail.com cell 340-344-1825. Have a sunny day! Lynn

Market Shows 50% Increase in Sales!

Sunset at Sea Clusion

Monday mornings I like to review the market statistics, such as ‘Price Range Statistics’, ‘Property Type Year to Date Activity Report’, and ‘Year Over Year Comparison’.   It’s fun to look at the numbers.  For instance, the average price for the 9 properties that sold so far this year is, $1,054,444; Residential sales have been coming in at 91.6% of list price; The average sale price is down by 13%  while the sales are up 50% compared to this time last year.  Keep in mind our market is a small one, the 50% increase in sales comes down to 6 properties sold at this time last year and this year we have a grand total of 9.  Pending properties are up 46% from last year at this time, with 22 homes under contract.

This sunset picture was taken last night at the villa SEAclusion on Ajax Peak, where you have dual views, the North Shore, Coral Harbor and down island to Norman Island and beyond.  VRBO #512438, a beautiful villa in a great location.  Questions about real estate contact Jane 941.544.5855

 

 

Salomon Bay, St. John

‘Cool clear water’…. so inviting.  Jump right in the temperature is just fine! The weather has been amazing and the real estate market is making waves. Questions?  Let me assist you, Jane@islandiarealestate.com 941.544.5855 (c) 340.776.6666 (o)   Video by our famed St. Johnian photographer, Christian Wheatley.

Big Price Reduction

Parcel 11Rem Glucksberg has just been reduced by $33,000 to $96,900.  Location is near the end of the road at “Gift Hill Estates” and just to the north east of the very popular rental house, “Starstruck”.  Nice sunset views over Pillsbury Sound.  MLS# 16-78    Click to view listing(s)

View from top of property

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

Vacation adventures with Ginger

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Great adventures under water!

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Relaxing in the pool is not too bad either!

What can I say?? I have a bias opinion about St. John; I live here and I love it here! So it’s not really fair to ask you to take my word for it; I might try to sell you a house or something! So I thought it would be a good idea to talk to Ginger about her vacation. My first and favorite question: Where are you staying?

“Beach Garden Villa” on St. John – A Day in Paradise

Just reflecting back on our wonderful vacation at “Beach Garden” in St. John. We enjoyed several days of relaxation around the house: Each morning we had our coffee on our private patio before venturing out to snorkel around Chocolate Hole. Boy did we see some beautiful fish! I found some amazing shells and even harvested my own conch for homemade conch salad. After our morning swim we lounged poolside and read under the shade of the cabana…so nice! Click to view listing(s)

Stay tuned to our blog for more on Ginger’s great vacation on St. John! If you would like to vacation at “Beach Garden” (Ginger’s recommendation!) please contact our friends at Catered To www.cateredto.com or if you are interested in purchasing a great property on island, please contact me with your questions regarding real estate on St. John, USVI lynngiovanna@gmail.com cell 340-344-1825. Now is always a good time to plan your vacation adventure of St. John! Have a sunny day! Lynn

ST. JOHN LUXURY REAL ESTATE STUCK?

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132 Chocolate Hole  St. John, USVI 00830

The market for high end homes on St. John appears to be “stuck.” At the peak of the market in 2005 there were 5 sales of high end villas ranging in price from $3.6 to $8.75 million. Since 2010 the average number of homes per year selling for at least $3 million is two. In each of the last two years only one home has sold in that price range. There are currently 30 homes listed on the St. John MLS for $3 million or more. Supply is overwhelming demand.

One couple doesn’t want to wait for the market to become “unstuck” and has decided to take bold action in order to get their property sold this year. They own an oceanfront pool villa in upscale Estate Chocolate Hole that they have been operating as an extremely successful vacation rental but, due to family circumstances, are ready to move on. After much thought they have decided to get aggressive and have slashed their price from $3.9 million down to $2,830,000 – a reduction of over $1 MILLION!

The home is a lovely 4 bedroom retreat on a full acre with beach access for swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, etc. It also includes a honeymoon cottage in a private setting with its own spa and outdoor lounge. Live in it or live off it: as a family compound you have your own little resort; as a vacation rental the annual revenues approach $500,000!

For more info contact: marty@islandiarealestate.com

Great views at a great price!

Great sunrise views!

Great sunrise views!

Priced to sell in Coral Bay! This .23 acre parcel is located on 108, Lower Bordeaux road (PAVED!) and has stunning sunrise, down island views and beyond Click to view listing(s) For more information on this great deal 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

It’s All About the Land

60 Rem Aerial DOME HOUSE 2

Stunning waterfront peninsula property. Dramatic, private, 1.95 acre estate has panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea, St. John’s South Shore, and the National Park. Breathtaking sun and moonrises and gentle trade winds await you as the new owner at this ‘end of the road’ estate. This property is priced below the most recent neighboring vacant waterfront land sale, which sold at $19.30 per square foot.  The Dome House is an added bonus at the price of $17.65 per square foot for 1.95 acres of waterfront land.  Enjoy the Geodesic Dome House with the option of building the home or family compound of your dreams.

Questions?  Contact Jane Kelly (o) 340.776.6666 (c) 941.544.5855

First Quarter Sales

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We have the first quarter sales numbers in for out MLS.  Sales for 2016 are bit better for the first quarter of 2016 over last year.  As of 3/31/16 six homes have closed this year compared with 4 in the same period of 2015.  Four sold for less than $1M and one was over $2M.

Land sales were about the same with eleven sold so far this year compared with ten last year.  Five parcels sold for less than $200,000 and one was $3M.

Condo sales so far are three compared with one in the first quarter of last year.

Islandia has double the dollar amount in sales on St John’s Multiple Listing Service so far this year than our closest competitor.  We have also participated in the only two home sales in the past two years over $4M and sold the only land parcel over $3M.  These numbers do not include brokering the sale of the Pond Bay property which was not on our MLS.

Altogether, we are pleased with numbers so far in 2016.  Let’s hope they continue to improve.  Rental agents tell me that short term rentals are better than any time since 2008.  This is important as sales tend to follow rentals on St John.

For more information on Real Estate on St John contact Merry  340 776-6666  merryvi@aol.com

 

Caneel Beach Bar & Grill

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On our way to Caneel Beach Bar & Grill we came upon a donkey feasting for free in the well-maintained gardens at the resort, where  wild animals roam unrestrained on the beautiful grounds.  We passed by the donkey and had a wonderful sushi dinner at the grill where the atmosphere is relaxed and the food is delicious!  You can enjoy Japanese, Sushi, and American Caribbean food, or simply have a cocktail at the bar or at the upper deck and watch the sunset over the beach.  My next adventure at Caneel will be to park in their lot for a small token and do a short hike to Honeymoon Beach. One of the best parts of the day will be our stop for cocktails and snacks on our journey back, and then your parking is free!  For Real Estate contact Jane Kelly (c) 941.544.5855 (o) 340.776.6666

“Paradise on the Rocks”

Great out door living space

Great out door living space

“Paradise on the Rocks” is a well maintained 3 bedroom x 3 bathroom villa centrally located in Ajax Peak neighborhood close to beaches, Coral Bay shops & restaurants and Cruz Bay Town Click to view listing(s)
Priced well at $795,000 this property is catching a lot of attention, previewed often and the sellers are ready to negotiate an offer! Please let me know if I can help with any questions or make arrangements to show you this villa. I can be reached at lynngiovanna@gmail.com or cell 340-344-1825. Have a great holiday weekend! Lynn

Blues Festival This Weekend

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The third annual St. John Blues Festival is going to take over the island March 25 – 27.  Estate Susannaberg Ruins is the main site for the event.  Click on this link to get the scoop…..    stjohnbluesblowout.com/

To get a real estate market update contact Jane at…..jane@islandiarealestate.com or 941.544.5855

Estate Calabash Boom

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Live the dream!  Great building site in the Coral Bay Quarter of the island.  16 Estate Calabash Boom has exquisite down island views and an easy downhill build.  Also included with the sale are Force 10 residential building plans.  Call or email me with any questions!  jane@islandiarealestate.com  941.544.5855 (c) 340.776.6666 (o)  Offered at $199,000

 

Colibri-Reduced By Almost $300,000

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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. Now just $2.699M   See listing details at: Click to view listing(s)

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