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Daval
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We are coming to look at condos in the next two weeks. I posted some questions last year and got great responses. I would LOVE feedback from anyone who has experience with the following:

Coakley Bay
Grenada Del Mar
Colony Cove
Saman

We are looking for feedback on kid friendliness, management, short term rentals, the good the bad and the ugly. We've been looking for a while now and are coming back to hopefully find something before summer (if not, we'll try again in the summer).

If you don't want to respond publicly, feel free to PM me.

Thanks!!

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Posted : March 29, 2016 7:39 pm
Bombi
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The ocean water quality is suspect at Colony Cove as there are constant issues with sewage discharge. Also the units are close together so not much privacy.

optimist with low expectations on STX

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Posted : March 29, 2016 11:19 pm
Daval
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Thanks for the feedback.

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Posted : March 30, 2016 12:07 am
heavyd
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The Reef should be on that list, if you're visiting Coakley Bay. More spread out site plan, own golf course ( 9 hole), restaurant ( Duggan's Reef ), you might like it.

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Posted : March 30, 2016 1:21 pm
Alana33
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I live on STT but I've heard that the whole area known as "condo row" has water quality issues, are not in compliance with EPA/ECHO guidelines and test regularly for high levels of enterococci bacteria. This is true of many seaside resorts and condo locations on both STT and STX. You may buy there but you may not wish to swim there unless it's in a pool.

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Posted : March 30, 2016 4:04 pm
Daval
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Thanks! I will look into that. We are looking at 2br and most of the reef units we saw were 1br. But will be there in a few days and check it out.

Thanks for the feedback.

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Posted : March 30, 2016 8:11 pm
caribstx
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I rented a 2BR condo for my family at Colony Cove several years ago. I signed a year lease but we hated it so much that we left after the end of the first week. Fortunately, the management company had a high demand for units and let us go without penalty.

I don't want to say that colony Cove is bad, just that it was too noisy for me after coming from a single family home. There also is a restaurant located at the complex next door that can be bothersome with noise into the evenings.

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Posted : March 30, 2016 8:57 pm
AandA2VI
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Realtor. Kim Lucas. She'll give it to you straight up.

http://www.stcroixislandlife.com

*** The views and opinions expressed in my posts are soley those of A&A2VI and other like minded islanders. These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of the majority or any/all contributors to this site. Have a GREAT DAY!

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Posted : March 30, 2016 10:16 pm
daveb722
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There is a 2br at the reef that is amazing. It's listed at 299,000 which is a little high but compared to the other reef condo's the upgrades definitely make it worth while. From my understanding the owners won't go any lower, but according to the info I saw, they seem to do a lot of renting it out. The other 2 bedrooms there don't compare. It overlooks the golf course and the has a very good view of the ocean and I think buck island, but don't qoute me on that. I stayed at colony cove, nice to visit and stay, but not the type of complex I would want to live at.

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Posted : March 30, 2016 10:54 pm
Daval
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I spoke with her last year and appreciated her candid and honest answers. I thought she was gone, I tried to email her and did not hear back. We've been looking for a while and over time I have spoken with a few other realtors that didn't give us clear answers about stuff like some of the issues posted here. Things I'd rather know ahead of time.

Thanks everyone for the feedback!

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Posted : March 30, 2016 11:19 pm
daveb722
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I think that the realtor's get so many dreamers, it's really hard for them to keep up with those who really want to buy and I'm sure it's hard via email to determine which is which.

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Posted : March 30, 2016 11:43 pm
Scubadoo
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We worked with Kim's office to buy our condo, much of it remotely. But we were easy customers, we knew what we wanted, did meet face to face first, and had a referral. We have a few 2bdr units for sale at Pelican Cove, 2 of them priced reasonably. Very quiet there.

BTW- I assume you are aware you can look at the VI MLS on several of the realtor's web sites and get lots of info on condos for sale.

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Posted : March 31, 2016 12:36 am
Daval
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Daveb722 - I would agree! We have been looking for a while. For some it's a fast easy decision, others dreaming. It would be hard for realtors down there for sure. We probably seem like dreamers. I am hopeful we can find something that fits this next trip.

Scubadoo- we've been to pelican cove and it was nice and quiet. Seems like a great complex.

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Posted : March 31, 2016 12:54 am
Paula
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We've stayed at Coakley Bay condos since 2004 (off and on) while vacationing on St Croix. We stay 4 to 6 wks and got a feel of what it would be like to live there. We loved it. We've stayed in the F and G buildings, once in M and once in J. F and G were the most comfortable being high with great breezes. M was hot because it didn't catch the wind and the evening sun came full in. J was comfortable and close to the pool. There is an on site restaurant that's nice. Coakley also has generators if the power goes off. (I should say when) There is a beach down the hill and across the road, but we found it to be rocky. We saw people snorkeling there, though, from our condos so maybe we didn't give it a chance. Many great beaches you can drive to though. And a very nice one just up the road to the left about 5 minutes away where Big Beard brings his tour boats in to let his guests swim and picnic. Coakley has a great pool that is kept very clean. You can't beat the view from these condos!

I actually lived at Granada del Mar when it was first built in the early 70's. I know the layout very well. They also have a nice big pool. And a tennis court. We walked around them last June and it looked like it was being painted. This condo complex is not on a very swimmable beach, it's grassy and rocky. But you can walk down the beach to your east to Pelican Cove where you can swim and snorkel in front of The Palms. The Palms has nice outside and inside restaurants ,too. From this part of the island you can easily get to Food Town and Pueblo grocery stores. We spoke to a lady who lived at Granada del Mar and she really liked it. However she did say sometimes the kids who live nearby feel free to use the pool.... But she didn't seem concerned and said everyone she knew there seemed to like it. I think Coakley Bay is a step up from Granada del Mar. Just my opinion.

I've never stayed at the other two complexes. Colony Cove was built about 10 yrs after Granada, but I'm not sure about the quality of the beach water.... And Saman is out at Carambola at the golf course so not close to beach. Beautiful and lush,though.

Happy hunting!

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Posted : March 31, 2016 12:56 am
usdane
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Realtor. Kim Lucas. She'll give it to you straight up.

http://www.stcroixislandlife.com

This. Kim is awesome. We brought two properties with her.

I would look at Coakley Bay. View of Buck Island, pool, less salt spray, HOA is relatively reasonable, feels safe and wifi throughout complex. They have instant backup generator.

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Posted : April 5, 2016 5:45 am
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