Contemplating move to the VI.
My wife and I are contemplating a move to the islands. We would like to know, because we have 4 children ranging from 2 to 13, about the school system. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Also, are there particular areas that someone could suggest looking for a rental home? Also, any ideas on prices for a nice neighborhood for a 3-4 bedroom house?
I think that if you try out the search function, your questions will be answered in abundance. I'm kind of "new" in that I don't have a lot of posts, but I've been reading this site for a few years now and most come in "the door" with the same questions you pose.
Search your topics, give them a read and let us know if you can't find anything there!
Great group of people on here that are more than willing to help out and do what they can to help those of us considering the move make a very informed decision or to just bounce ideas off of!
Oh, what island in particular is your family interested in?
Cost of living can be pretty high here for families. Most statesiders prefer private schools, so tuition is an added expense. Rental homes vary widely, with view being a big factor -- IMHO, the ocean view is the deal maker for living in the VI but it does add to the cost. There are a lot more smaller apartments for rent than there are 3-4 bedroom homes. Haven't looked at rental prices for larger properties lately, but I'm guessing you might be able to get something acceptable for say $3500/month, plus utilities which can run pretty high for a home with kids. You can watch the ads for rentals in the Daily News and Island Trader online to get an idea.
You will likely find that your standard of living in terms of your buying power is less here. You may have to cut corners on eating out, upscale clothing, electronics, etc. Trade-off is getting to know a new culture and of course the natural beauty of the Caribbean. Since homes here are (mostly) not air conditioned, it can take a while to get used to the heat & tropical critters that come into open homes (I find it is much harder to keep a house clean here). Trade-off is no boots, gloves, hats, coats, and snow shoveling!
Thank you all for taking the time to answer. This is a big move and we appreciate all the great information in this forum.