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STTBound
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Good Day to all! Three friends and I are moving to STT this summer from Missouri. We currently have 3 inches of ice on the ground and powerlines. Ugh! We have made a contact here in town that used to live on St. Thomas and he operated a boat called "The Wild Thing." He still frequently visits there and has made suggestions about how and when to move.

One suggestion he has made is that you can rent these guest houses for cheaper than a lot of other property. Well, I have spent hundreds of hours already researching the moving process, reading dozens of stories on this wonderful website. I havn't been able to find any contacts for these "guest houses." Can anyone help us 4 out please? Thank you for your help. This forum is wonderful!

"Freezing in Missouri"

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Topic starter Posted : January 31, 2009 2:42 am
Trade
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http://villafairview.com/

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Posted : January 31, 2009 8:56 am
lc98
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Good morning STTBound,

I am not sure what your friend means by "guest houses" -- is he talking about someplace like Villa Fairview that Trade posted, which is for short-term stays only? Or did he mean smaller places on the main property of someone's full-time home? If the latter, they definitely exist but are the sort of thing you'd be much more likely to hear about on island rather than off, simply because most such places are rented out by an individual rather than a rental management company. Or is a "guest house" something else entirely?

Good luck and stay warm!

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Posted : January 31, 2009 11:08 am
STTBound
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Good evening. Thanks for taking the time to help me out. He was meaning smaller houses on the main property of someone else. How would someone go about lining up a place like that before actually arriving? Afterall, it would be nice to have a place to stay that first night. Also, thank you Trade because that site was interesting to me. I had not found those particular places on my own. We hit 50 degrees today! Things are lookin up. Thanks again.

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Topic starter Posted : February 1, 2009 1:35 am
mydream
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Good morning, I see there are short term rentals on STT , are there any on STX for short term.I will be moving to STX in a few months and really do not want to rent something i havn't seen. I would appreciate any help on this issue.Thank you..........Christina......

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Posted : February 1, 2009 8:29 am
lc98
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Good morning STTBound,

I hear what you are saying about wanting to arrive, put your stuff away in some drawers, and start to settle in. Other, prior advice on the topic goes along these lines: don't rent a place sight-unseen; get here first before deciding where you want to live; and don't stress out too much about finding a place until you are here. It might seem like a huge leap of faith to move down without having everything all lined up, but it works out for newcomers over and over when they do this.

That said, I did exactly the opposite from all that when I moved. 🙂 I found a place to live through an online contact, and I had a fantastic experience -- but, I got lucky. Hadn't seen it in person, only photos, so I was prepared to be disappointed. When I arrived, everything was even nicer than I expected. The neighborhood was great. My landlords were wonderful people. I could not have been happier with the whole situation. All of these things could just as easily have gone the other direction, though. It helped to know my priorities very clearly so I could ask a lot of questions.

I wish I could answer your question, but I don't know of a good way to find out about guest houses from afar. The main factor making it difficult to do so is also the main factor that will make it easy enough for you to find a good place once you arrive (or perhaps during a PMV if you go about a month before you plan to move) -- that is, that landlords aren't confident that people off-island are really going to make the move, whereas the on-island people looking for a place to live are obviously a bit more serious about it.

It seems to be an especially good time to find a place -- after years of visiting this site, I have never seen so many rentals advertised, and the rents seem to be getting cheaper every time I look (especially for high season).

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Posted : February 5, 2009 10:09 am
lc98
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@ Christina -- good morning -- do a search on this topic, and if you can't find the answers, I recommend posting a new thread with your question (it's a bit hidden here under STTBound's topic). Good luck!

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Posted : February 5, 2009 10:12 am
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