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Re: Very broad question - Yesterday
I live in the Northeast while also residing on St.Croix part-time. The six months of expenses advice is sound but would invariably deter many from making the move. Yet if you are going to work for the gov't it may take several months after being hired from getting that first pay check, for example. You will save on heat but may pay just as much or more on air conditioning. Groceries and eating ouby AJ - General/Relocating
Re: WAPA progress on STX - 5 months ago
I'malso in Judith's Fancy and still waiting for power.by AJ - General/Relocating
I think the idea to come for an extended visit of at least a month is a really good one. Its very challenging right now, and it will be awhile before things return to normal. But there are good, hard-working, and friendly people here and if you want to try something different its probably less different than places which are non US (aside from Canada). While I have friends whose kids have done fiby AJ - General/Relocating
Re: Judith's Fancy - 7 months ago
Thanks I was able to see my home in Judith's Fancy. I had friends staying there who told me there was only minor damage but it is gratifying to be able see it for myself.by AJ - General/Relocating
Hi we communicated over the C'mas holidays. I'm glad to hear you're adjusting well, and hope you continue to enjoy the island.by AJ - General/Relocating
Re: Chaise Cushion Replacements - 1 year ago
I would check out Cost U Less and/or Kmartby AJ - General/Relocating
Re: Is WAPA open? - 2 years ago
SITC that is perhaps the funniest reply I have ever seen on this board.by AJ - General/Relocating
Re: Area to live and areas not to - 3 years ago
Timaja I came as a child. It was my parent's decision to move here a long time ago. It took me awhile to adjust to living here coming from Chicago. Now I love my time on island. Obviously when you come you will be looking closely at the schools. If you would like additional information why don't you PM me, because I have no interest in getting into long debates simply because I express my opinionby AJ - General/Relocating
Re: Area to live and areas not to - 3 years ago
I too am a former Chicagoan who now lives part time in Judith's Fancy. What is said above is true - the rust and corrosion problem is perpetual. On the other hand the neighborhood is quiet and as secure as any neighborhood on the island. To put it in Chicago terms Judith's Fancy, Shoy's and parts of East End feel safer than many other areas. But not as safe as living on the North Shore of Chicagoby AJ - General/Relocating
Re: Gas in Puerto Rico - 3 years ago
I am sure no one cares but as someone who has lived on both the mainland and on St.Croix for 40 years, I can tell you that until recently - not long before the refinery closed, the price of gas on St.Croix was much cheaper than the mainland. For a long time it was maybe half the mainland price and was consistently over a dollar less in the 2000's. True almost everything else costs more but we inby AJ - General/Relocating
Re: Neighborhoods within 10 minutes of JFL - 3 years ago
Without a doubt Judith's Fancy. 10 minutes from C'sted, less than 10 minutes from JFL, proximity to the sea, and security.by AJ - General/Relocating
Re: Chucky Deemed Ineligible - 3 years ago
So if other jurisdictions are allowed to elect crooks and felons, so should the VI? What a great idea!by AJ - General/Relocating
Re: buying a condo vs home - 3 years ago
Old Tart and mtdoramike are completely correct. I say that with the experience of over 40 years of living part time in the islands the last ten years as a property owner. Rent, spend an extended amount of time here, and then consider your options. Owning property is an entirely different deal from being on vacation.by AJ - General/Relocating
Re: Upholstery STT - 4 years ago
How about upholstering on St.Croix? Any suggestions?by AJ - General/Relocating
Re: Living Part Time in the VIs - 4 years ago
I live in St.Croix for three months a year. One in the winter, and two in the summer. I rent my house out to snow birds for the rest of the winter. If you're near the water it is rarely really hot here, especially if you have multiple fans. I wouldn't buy a car until you have really figured out the finances. Renting a car is relatively cheap and you don't have to have another insurance policy whiby AJ - General/Relocating
I highly endorse the pre move visit. It should be long enough for you to look at housing choices, job prospects, etc.by AJ - General/Relocating
Re: Nonstop from Charlotte to STX? - 4 years ago
I have a ticket on that flight for Dec. and to return in January. It is a reasonable fair for a C'mas season flight. I bought the ticket 3 mos. ago.by AJ - General/Relocating
Criminals do deserve some constitutional rights. Nothing in the constitution eliminates all of their constitutional rights. If you believe it does please specify where in the constitution is specifies that criminals are to be deprived of all their constitutional rights. Arpaio is a racist menace who is popular in an extremely right wing state for just that reason. Furthermore, not everyone who iby AJ - Under a Coconut Tree
Re: Retire St Croix - 5 years ago
STXBob no fair counting the gross receipts tax because its reflected in the price you pay for groceries, gas, etc. Otherwise you would be double counting. Gonetropo thank you for considering the overall financial picture in a way few people on these boards do. I have a vacation home in STX and as I approach retirement age my current inclination is to maintain a stateside residence and keep my vacby AJ - General/Relocating
Re: biggest surprise upon moving - 5 years ago
Linda J I agree and disagree with you. My parents and their friends entertained a lot at home. But like in the US people go out much more than they did in the 60's and 70's. But at the same time people can have too much to drink at friend's homes as easily as they do at restaurants and bars. Its cheaper. But the VI is a bad place for someone with a drinking problem! I have no idea if alcoholism iby AJ - General/Relocating
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