Are you happy
No. I'm counting down days until I moved out of here. Even if you think you are suited for island life this place throws surprisng non stop situations that you won't encounter antwhere else. It takes a toll.
As a 15 year STX resident and business owner, I'm mostly happy and content living here. However, that's because I've found most of the ways of getting around the bureaucracy and avoiding the archaic and time consuming nonsense that frustrates most who live here. But, like many who come here, I won't be staying forever and am actively working on my exit plan. I'm here for a good time, not a long time.
If I was any happier i couldn't stand myself. I am here for a good time and a long time, so have a good time. No exit plan for me plan on being buried here, (hopefully not soon), 8 years and counting.
My wife and I, both in our 60’s, will be retiring on STX during the winter months begin in January 2021, and I’m counting the days. I’ve shared some of our story on other posts but briefly, we purchased a home in January and have now made 3 visits to the island. I was all in from day one on STX but my wife was concerned about the crime at first. After 3 visits she’s gradually learning the do’s and don’t’s and getting more comfortable. Importantly we love island life, we’ve had a summer home on Martha’s Vineyard since 1995 and our island vacations during winters over the last 30 years have always been great. We understand the pace of life and the premium it costs live on an island of this size and accept those trade offs. Our plan is to split our time between the Caribbean and New England as long as we have our health, mobility and the energy to remain active, which hopefully is many years. The island has a lot to offer if you dive in (no pun intended) and the people have been incredibly welcoming and kind.