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(@klpmtm)
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Ok. So after reading many posts & comments to my previous post. My next couple of questions are these....

What part of the island has diverse & "Safe" neighborhoods? We currently live outside of San Diego, CA. We are "white" and are the minority. My girls and I are very active in the sports community. We r one of the very few white families in the predominantly Hispanic soccer community & the only white family on our girls African-American track team. We want to be in a culturally diverse neighborhood. We want to integrate ourselves in the culture. Our plan/goal is to make STT our lifetime home. Our girls love the fact that they have friend of many different cultures. Cuz as they say, "we r all people."

Is there any tension between islanders & maintainers? And if so how would u suggest we integrate ourselves to lessen any tensions?

Thank you ahead of time for any recommendations!

 
Posted : September 14, 2014 9:59 pm
(@noOne)
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It's good that your children are integrated now, that will make it easier. There is some tension toward mainlanders in general (of all different ethnicity) like anywhere else, there is "racism" of any kind. I would not say it is any worse or better in the islands, but the "outsider" feeling is a good bit higher. It will take time, but I think your girls would do fine.

I especially recommend a private school, like Antilles http://www.antilles.vi/ or All Saints http://www.allsaintsvi.org/ I personally preferred Antilles because of the religious aspect of All Saints and its location was not as good as Antilles related to where I lived on the island (Frenchmans Bay).

I don't know about track teams, but soccer is very popular down there. Antilles also has a large field for sports, and a sports building. I would suggest getting your daughters into volleyball, SCUBA diving, sailing, windsurfing, and I hear paddle boarding is popular now.

Good luck.

Edit: Oh I'd recommend Frenchmans Bay area to live in, or the North Side.

 
Posted : September 15, 2014 4:17 am
(@alana33)
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You probably want to make the decision abut where your kids will be going to school and where you'll be working BEFORE making a decision on where you'll be living as while a small island, commuting distances and travel time can make a big difference when having to drop kids off, get to work and back and forth, daily.

Neighborhoods are different here as you'll discover so you'll have to figure those things out first before deciding where to live. You have options on East End, near Red Hook,
North and South sides. Living out West End would be far to travel for school, work, etc. but people do. Whatever floats your boat.

Most neighborhoods are diverse but unlike those in the states.
When you get here, you'll see what I mean.

 
Posted : September 15, 2014 11:34 am
(@Finatic)
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So you changed your dream lifetime home from STX to STT?

 
Posted : September 16, 2014 1:32 pm
(@klpmtm)
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Darn it all! I was wondering why people were asking me about us changing to STT. Lol. The I reread my original post. No, I meant STX.
How do I change/ edit my post?

 
Posted : September 17, 2014 2:09 am
(@stxres2011)
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I have been on STX for 3.5 years - moved here in May 2011 from San Diego, CA where I resided for 10 years. I lived in La Jolla and North Park. There is literally no single San Diego reference point to compare to island life. Being considered the white minority in a San Diego County neighborhood does not compare to being the white minority on the islands. You have to live it to understand it and the diversity of San Diego being a border town with a lot of people relocating from all over the world is way too big to compare to the diversity of a small island.

In terms of safety you can compare the islands to SD with a reference point - think of North Park, Hillcrest, Linda Vista communities - there were good streets/blocks to live on and there were horrible streets/blocks right along side the good ones.

Two things I will never miss from living in SD are the traffic and the meth. Thankfully in 3.5 years I have never been frightened by a tweeker while I walk the dog.

 
Posted : September 18, 2014 7:59 pm
(@noOne)
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Two things I will never miss from living in SD are the traffic and the meth. Thankfully in 3.5 years I have never been frightened by a tweeker while I walk the dog.

The islands don't get much meth or heroin, meth is either made in the USA or (more likely) imported from Mexico or Asia. Heroin comes from Asia with some coming from Central America. Other exotic drugs like ecstasy or LSD are also uncommon in the islands.

The islands do get a lot of cocaine coming through, with a lot of alcohol abuse because both are so cheap and readily available. Of course crack follows cocaine. Marijuana of varying degrees of strength are available as well.

 
Posted : September 18, 2014 9:50 pm
(@MissJustice)
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Racial situation better here than anyone I have lived in the states

 
Posted : September 18, 2014 10:17 pm
(@Gumbo)
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Racial situation better here than anyone I have lived in the states

Me too

 
Posted : September 20, 2014 12:06 pm
(@speee1dy)
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i never found the racial situation to be bad in the areas i lived in the states.

 
Posted : September 21, 2014 12:25 am
(@fllisa)
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Do any of you residents/regular posters live in Mary's Fancy? There is a home for sale there for a very low price - much less than other homes listed in the area. The listing says it's in "fair" condition but I'm thinking that might be a generous description considering the price.

 
Posted : September 23, 2014 1:14 pm
(@Phizz)
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I live in Mary's Fancy and love it. I almost bought this house, but it went into foreclosure at the point that I was ready to buy. At this price it will go fast! Check to make sure it's not in foreclosure or a short sale, which could take up to a year to complete a sale..

This is a well built house with a strange layout (two small rooms off the two large bedrooms between the bedrooms and the pool). Great neighborhood.

The terrazzo floors needed regrinding and polishing.
The pool needed major work.
The plumbing in general needs major updating.
The kitchen needs gutting and re-doing.
The bathrooms are OK -- but could be updated.
Large, very pleasant apartment -- should rent for $700 minimum.
The lot is very nice, set back into Mary's Fancy, so quite quiet and private.

At this price -- buy it!!

 
Posted : September 23, 2014 1:52 pm
(@klpmtm)
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IS Mary's Fancy in STX or STT? And how to I find out all the different areas/quarters names of STX?

I've looked for maps to compare them to the real estate listing but they still seem to not match up.

 
Posted : September 23, 2014 2:48 pm
CruzanIron
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Mary's Fancy is on STX

 
Posted : September 23, 2014 3:29 pm
CruzanIron
(@cruzaniron)
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Map with neighborhood names

 
Posted : September 23, 2014 3:31 pm
(@klpmtm)
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Thanks CruzanIron!!!!

 
Posted : September 23, 2014 3:40 pm
(@fllisa)
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Phizz -Thanks - yes, that's the house! As soon as it came up on the listings I told my husband (the handyman - right up his alley) it won't last any time. I sure wish we were closer to our possible move, although the whole reason I keep looking at real estate listings now is so we won't miss a fantastic buy.

 
Posted : September 23, 2014 4:18 pm
(@Kokonut)
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Here is another map option for the VI. This one can identify owners of specific plots and is very cool.

http://www.mapgeo.com/usvi/

 
Posted : September 23, 2014 4:37 pm
CruzanIron
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Awesome map! Thank you!

 
Posted : September 23, 2014 5:11 pm
Dante
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Here is another map option for the VI. This one can identify owners of specific plots and is very cool.

http://www.mapgeo.com/usvi/

Very cool site, thank you.

 
Posted : September 23, 2014 5:20 pm
(@klpmtm)
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Cool map kokonut. I'm still trying to figure it all out! LOL!

 
Posted : September 23, 2014 6:43 pm
(@Finatic)
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A heads up that Kokonut's map is outdated for owner info. It is a cool format though.

 
Posted : September 23, 2014 8:17 pm
(@sunshinefun)
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Great map Kokonut! Thanks!

 
Posted : September 24, 2014 12:20 pm
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