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HELP! Where to live live on St.Thomas?

 
ougrad
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Hello, everybody first time poster here. I've been reading all of the useful information and message posts for a couple weeks now. From all the information gathered I have determined that a move to St.T would be the best island for me but know lies the question of where at on this big island. First let me give you some background information so you can see what type of area I'm looking for.

My buddy and i will be graduating from college next November and want to move down to St.T next December. It will be just a temporary move as we just want to take a few months break down there before heading off into the "real" world. With that said we're young guys who like to have A GOOD TIME and socialize. So ideally we would want a location where we could get a 2 bedroom apt. within walking distance of all the bars and clubs. I'm leaving jobs out of the equation because through reading this board its seems as though living in your ideal location is way harder than getting a job. We both have experience in the bar scene(I used to be a bouncer/my friend is a bartender) so getting a job shouldn't be too much of a problem. I really don't know the layout of St.T at all of any of its cities. That's why I have no idea what city/neighborhood would be suitable of a couple of young guys in their early 20s who like to party. Also any area within walking distance to the BEACH would be great as well. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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Topic starter Posted : November 26, 2007 4:06 pm
amanda4882
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Hey OUGRAD,
St Thomas really only has one city to speak of, Charlotte Amalie. You dont want to live there. A few bars and no beach! If I were you I would look on the East End . Red Hook is becoming the place to be. You will find Bars and a place to live. you will be close to beaches and you could always ferry over to St John for more beaches and bars.
Have Fun!

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Posted : November 26, 2007 4:29 pm
letahl
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I agree Red Hook would be a good choice under these criteria.

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Posted : November 26, 2007 4:48 pm
Juanita
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Definitely Red Hook!

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Posted : November 26, 2007 5:50 pm
Ms Information
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As others have said their is just CA where all the cruise ships come in. It sounds like you might be happier moving to St Martin or the Florida Cays.

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Posted : November 26, 2007 11:04 pm
ougrad
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So everybody seems to say that Red Hook would be a good place to live at for a few months. So I have a couple of questions: 1.) What are the prices(approximately) of a 2 bedroom apt. in that neighborhood and 2.) Do you know where I could find a detailed map online of St. Thomas so I could locate where exactly Red Hook is at? Thank you guys for all your responses, they are really helpful!

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Topic starter Posted : November 27, 2007 5:11 pm
amanda4882
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Finding a place is the problem. Alot of rentals are word of mouth and you have to be here. Prices in Red Hook are not to bad. You should be able to find a place for around $1500.
Here is a link to a map online ( http://usvimaps.com/ ). It will allow you to zoom in and see different areas. you can also use Google maps if you want to see a Satelite view.
If you want good advice, read the info on this site, save some cash, come down and you will be suprised how easy it is for two hard working guys to get everything they want.

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Posted : November 27, 2007 5:37 pm
ougrad
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So if I were to live and work in Red Hook would I have to have a vehicle? I'm trying to save costs here, cause I'll only be in the VI seasonally, so I don't want to get a car. Is everything close enough in Red Hook that I don't need a one?

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Topic starter Posted : November 28, 2007 4:45 pm
Talonz82
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Hello, Just back from a fact finding trip to STT, the commute from red hook to crown bay marina or havensite can be arduous....there were five cruise ships in on Tuesday the 27th and we had a tough time maybe 40 minutes from red hook to Charlotte Amalie...if you have a casual time constraint no problem. A car would be a must have. I picked up an island trader and a daily news and was pleasantly surprised with the amount of used cars at what I consider reasonable rates

Please plan a fact finding trip you will learn alot....as I did!

Peace

Keep and eye out for a relocation story.

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Posted : November 28, 2007 8:33 pm
Trade
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If you're a US citizen you would need a work permit to work in Sint Maarten. Some do without but it's really risky.

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Posted : November 28, 2007 9:46 pm
amanda4882
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You do not need a car. Why in the world would you need to go to Charlotte Amalie if you were already living and working in Red Hook. If you absolutely need to go to town you can get on the dollar taxi or go with friends, someone is bound to have a car. Seriously, you will have all you need in Red Hook, the only reason to go to Charlotte Amalie is for the airport.

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Posted : November 29, 2007 12:13 am
Juanita
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Amanda,
Really good advice is worth repeating. I have lots of experience with the younger set who come down to experience the island life for a while. Don't bother with a car, live close to where you work. Work downhill from where you live!!

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Posted : November 29, 2007 12:25 am
ougrad
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Hey, Juanita you say that you have experience with the younger set. So do you have any advice for myself a young guy coming to work for the winter?

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Topic starter Posted : December 3, 2007 1:05 am
carafa.m
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you guys should live in red hook or near it. my friend and i are doing the same thing as you guys, except we plan on staying a few years. i'll be a teacher and she is a nurse but i'll most likely waitress/bartend also. my friend's parents own a condo right outside of red hook. it's not walking distance, but there's a beach and a pool. the actual town of red hook is about a 5 minute drive so you can just hop the safari and take it there. Here is the website for the condo if you want to take a look. http://hideaway-villa.com/ it's really nice and if you don't mind having girl housemates then it's a good place. (long term rental prices are different than vacation prices.) the time that you guys are coming is perfect to find a season job, you should make good money. good luck...

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Posted : December 6, 2007 1:48 pm
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