I am being transferred to STT for work and will be employed by The Ritz-Carlton. As such, it is most practical for me to live on the East End. There is a condo for sale in Cabrita Point which has definitely captured my imagination. However, it seems that the Cabrita Point Condos were in their hay-days about a decade ago. What I have found now is that everything is overgrown, run down, boarded up, and covered with wild cats. HOWEVER, if it is safe and just dingy from the outside I can be content within my own 4 little walls. 🙂
So the questions I would have are:
1.) Is it safe for a single female to live at the Cabrita Point condos?
2.) So close to the ocean do I have to worry about storm surge on the 1st floor?
That's the basics of what I have! Thank you for your assistance!
During the time I was looking for a place in St. Thomas (before deciding to locate in St. Croix), I visited Cabrita Point several times.
It has some advantages, e.g., proximity to Red Hook and lower prices, But IMHO it was the worst of all the places I visited - a bit scary.
1. I don't think so. I would not encourage my daughter to live there.
2. Yes. I saw some damage in the units I visited.
Others may have different views.
Ice water In my opinion Cabrita point condos are very safe. Yes it's run down from the outside but don't let that sway your decision. My brother in law lived there for 2 years and I stayed for a month on my honeymoon and will be returning there for vacation in 5 weeks. It's very secluded so there's no through traffic and the cops drive thru quite often. I know a couple that live there they are Property managers for a couple units and are very aware of what's going on around there. The buildings are built on stilts so their 2-3 ft above grade my guess is the water would have to come up pretty high to affect the units. Best of luck, Justin Smith
My wife and I ran Cabrita Point almost every morning and IMO it is very safe. Looked at multiple units in Cabrita Point Condos for our associates that transferred on Island and they were definitely hit or miss as far as condition. You could walk to work so that is a plus. There are usually a few one bedroom places available in the neighberhoods surrounding the Ritz Carlton so you might want to check that out as well although a lot of those are word of mouth.
My family and I have owned two condos at Cabrita over the years. I would consider Cabrita safe, however, like any area on St. Thomas, you need to take precautions.
Regarding storm surge, I stayed in our first floor unit for Hurricane Jose back in 1999. It was only a cat 1 and we never had any problems. I have no idea how the condos did during Marlyn as that was before my time.
Thank you! I'm willing to put a little sweat equity into a place so the inside is what I want - I'm just basically looking into the above questions. It seems to be pretty much a hung jury... 🙁
I enjoy owning the space I live in, and really would like to buy. (Plus I want to own something before the economy turns again. 🙂 )
I will keep looking though for places that might be better all around. Do any of you have a trusted realator you could reccomend?
BTW - As I'm origionally from Alaska I've got street smarts when it comes to bears... I've also lived quite a few months in third world countries. i.e. Honduras, Mexico... As such that is why I'm not so concerned about outwards appearences. I'm happy so long as the neighbours and I all look out for one another. 🙂
Oh and one last question... Really and truly how long will it take to get a good idea for what might work if I'm renting? My contact will be in terms of years so duration of time is not an issue. If there are ANY happy people on the island who live a legal life, I will adapt until I too am content. 🙂 Benefits of always pretending I'm a vagabond gipsy, I have no hard and fast rules about life, and what I require to be happy. 🙂
You should rent for 6-9 months. Don't rush the the process. You need to locate in the area that feels good to you and is reasonable. There is a big difference between the north side and the east side. This is a small island but travel from one side to another is not easy. Although you may not stay at your job you want to be located near.
One more point. I think Cabrita is in a good spot.And if you want to be by the Ritz it is probably the best location short of purchasing a detached home. They are a little run down and there will probably need to be some sort of assessment to get the in shape. You should look at what you would own. There are basically two types of condos. One type has the land and the buildings owned by the condo owners. The other, and the one to avoid, is where a third party owns the land and you own the condos. And for me the developer built the condos far to low to the ground, and the water.
I can't imagine how hard the learning curve would be without all of your assistance! Thank you fir the time and thought put into my detailed questions! You've undoubtedly saved me from endless hassle, and potentially dangerous situations.
As such, with The Ritz-Carlton being an oft mentioned location, and one of the few places that get landmarked on a map 😉 Would you please be willing to offer locations where you would suggest me to rent from? That would be safe and close to work?
Again I genuinely appreciate your assistance! 🙂