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jonrobin
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I was wondering what people think about which is better?
I know it is a matter of options but I was just lookig for pros and cons of both. We are coming on the 20th to look for a place to live but not sure where we should be. I will be working at the JFL hospital so it is in the middle a far as commute goes. Thanks

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Topic starter Posted : April 10, 2016 9:53 pm
Alana33
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East ends of all our islands are dry and hot.
Which means you may have to purchase water if you've got a cistern and water runs out plus may need to use AC more often in summer than in other locations.

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Posted : April 10, 2016 10:35 pm
AandA2VI
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WEST. 😉

But really it depends on what YOU like.
East is nice - quiet - cleaner - maybe a tad safer BUT its friggin H.O.T and dry and $$$ AC bill. I mean like seriously dry... took that east photo last month and its even dryer now.

West is quiet too - cool breezes - even chilly some nights (also depends on where/how you house is situated) GREAT beaches and diving - more small town feel - more run down lol sorry Fsted - more local produce/farms - No AC bill.

EAST:

WEST:

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Posted : April 11, 2016 2:53 am
Scubadoo
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Middle. Not too hot+dry, not too wet. Not too far from C'sted or anywhere else. Just like that porridge the little girl stole from the 3 bears.

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Posted : April 11, 2016 3:58 am
Gator's Mom
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Upwind from the Limetree Bay terminal, the dump and the rum factories, both for quality of air and quality of what ends up in your cistern.

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Posted : April 11, 2016 9:41 am
watruw8ing4
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LOL! That pic of East is extreme east, where nobody lives. Yes, east is drier. But that only means we get more sunshiny hours and fewer skeeters. And it's hotter too. But not by much if you compare weather stations. And the humidity is a tad lower, so we tend to have fewer mold and mildew problems. We do have more dust, though. As for the AC, I only used it a few nights last summer, and I know some out this way who never use it. Depends on where you live and how your home and its windows are situated.

Btw, it's greener where we live now than it was a month ago.

Either way, it's personal preference. While I currently live east, I wouldn't mind living west or center either, as long as I'm here. It's all beautiful.

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Posted : April 11, 2016 12:52 pm
speee1dy
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i live in town-way too noisy and bright

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Posted : April 11, 2016 1:57 pm
caribstx
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If you live in the west and work in the east, you'll be driving into the very bright sun both ways.

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Posted : April 11, 2016 5:10 pm
LiquidFluoride
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If you live in the west and work in the east, you'll be driving into the very bright sun both ways.

This describes my work commute, luckily I live mostly west and work "just west" (haha.. seems like 2/3 the island is called west?) so it's only a 10 min thing.

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Posted : April 11, 2016 6:16 pm
OldTart
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"East or West, home's the best." You can slough of the old adage but it's timeless.

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Posted : April 11, 2016 6:38 pm
jonrobin
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Thank you all for the responses. I think mid island will be good then I can take all your advice.

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Topic starter Posted : April 11, 2016 7:34 pm
speee1dy
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if you are working at the hospital, there are some rentals right within walking distance of the hospital-not sure if any are available or not

call pam at gallows bay coldwell banker, just do a search on here to fin a link for her

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Posted : April 11, 2016 8:44 pm
jonrobin
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Thanks Speedy. There are some but they are 1 bedroom and we are looking for 2. We have a couple that we are going to look at. There are 2 at Granada Del Mar and then 1 at Queste Verde and 1 in Coakley Bay. We are working with a realtor and looking on Craigslist.

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Topic starter Posted : April 11, 2016 9:39 pm
islandjoan
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Hi Jon and Robin

Coakley Bay is a great place to live also. A bit longer drive to the hospital than from Questa Verde or Granada del mar but not too long. They have a backup generator, I believe. If you google Coakley Bay condos newsletter you should be able to find their website and newsletters.

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Posted : April 11, 2016 10:08 pm
jonrobin
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Thanks Joan I have looked at there website and it looks very nice. Everyone on this board has been a big help and we really appreciate it. Keep the advice coming. We hope to meet some of you once we get settled in.

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Topic starter Posted : April 11, 2016 10:38 pm
daveb722
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We went to Coakley bay and saw a few condo's there. Some are real nice and some were real fixer uppers. I would choose those in the very front, or you will always be overlooking the roofs of the other units. Not something we could do long term. The pool was really nice. Not sure about the restaurant. I think there is a salon on site as well.

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Posted : April 11, 2016 10:53 pm
terry
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If you are looking for a house to rent I would look in the Judith's Fancy or Queen Quarter area.
Both very nice areas, quiet, and safe. J F is gated.

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Posted : April 12, 2016 12:50 am
AandA2VI
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LOL! That pic of East is extreme east, where nobody lives. Yes, east is drier.

lol yea because I don't typically drive around taking pics of people's houses 😉 It was for more of a visual. U have cactus out there - we have mahogany trees.

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Posted : April 12, 2016 4:58 am
speee1dy
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you are welcome-good luck

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Posted : April 12, 2016 11:24 am
Alana33
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AandA2VI, Mahogany trees shed every single leaf on the tree every year. Lots of leaves to rake! I have 2 60 ft. plus trees in the lower back yard.
They also have large seed pods that pop open with seeds that have a unique design to allow them to sail on the winds for dispersal. A flat edge on one side and a curved wing on the other.

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Posted : April 12, 2016 11:34 am
AandA2VI
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LOL who rakes their yard in the VI??? Thats crazy talk girl 😉

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Posted : April 15, 2016 6:06 am
OldTart
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LOL who rakes their yard in the VI??? Thats crazy talk girl 😉

I do along with plenty of others ...

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Posted : April 15, 2016 9:29 am
Alana33
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Raking the yard is the least of it!
My handyman has to sweep the roof when the tree is shedding.

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Posted : April 15, 2016 10:29 am
Gator's Mom
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Ah yes, the difference between owning and renting - raking leaves vs appreciating trees. LOL

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Posted : April 15, 2016 10:41 am
OldTart
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Ah yes, the difference between owning and renting - raking leaves vs appreciating trees. LOL

Ho ho ho. I rent and rake (and weed and prune and grow)!

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Posted : April 15, 2016 11:26 am
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