Any experience building or owning force 10 homes? Any concerns or issues with the construction, upkeep, rust, or bad weather performance?
Prices? Unexpected costs in building?
Contractor who build these on St. John?
Back in 1992, we purchased a beautiful property on St. John and seriously considered building a Force10 home. The concept is solid and we had completed extensive research on the product.
We ended up selling the property and building a villa in the Grenadines but we would seriously consider this as a cost effective method for building a home in the Caribbean.
I don't know what island you are on but I believe that there is a dealer/contractor on St. Croix. We dealt with David Holzman on St. John.....a long time ago!
In our opinion, it is difficult to own a home on any island. St. John has a few additional issues as it is more remote, difficult to get there and also hard to obtain the daily things you need. Plus, real estate is now expensive and the cost of living is expensive. And if you are financing, insurance is very expensive.
It is beautiful but you pay for that in the long run. After being in the Grenadines for a few years, we ended up on STX which we really liked. But even living there after a few years had it's issues for us.
You can certainly get a lot more for you money on St. Croix and still be on an island with beautiful beaches and scenery. Also, the cost of daily living is less on STX and stuff is much more obtainable. You have a choice, but not much! We used to ship quite a few things from the States, including groceries from Walmart when they shipped there for FREE.
On St. John, you may find yourself making a lot of trips to St. Thomas for supplies which at first is fun and then becomes a real hassle.
We loved living in the islands for 12 years but that was enough for us.
2008 is forever ago! Haha.
I would SERIOUSLY consider renting for at LEAST two years in STJ. STJ has its own demons that the others don't IMO. It's MUCH smaller and I've known several people and they've all sold or are selling their place over there. Two of them moved to STT and love it now but hated all the challenges on STJ and the overal everyone SO up in your business. It's "small town" to the max.