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Long term rentals / Pet friendly environment?

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My boyfriend and I are thinking of heading to St. John to live for 8-10 months, however we have several questions that we are hoping we can get some answers too! I have been looking quite a bit on the property management websites to try and find a long term rental, however all I keep finding is weekly vacation rentals. Does anyone know of a good website that offers long term rentals that are relatively inexpensive or have a contact that I could call to inquire?? We are trying to find something between $900 and $1,200, per month... is this possible?

Also, we have a golden retriever that we would never go anywhere without. So I was hoping to get a bit more information about whether or not it is a pet friendly island. We live on a small island now in North Carolina, and they are pretty strict here and will not allow dogs on the beach. Are the rules the same for St. John?

Any suggestions or answers would be extremely helpful!

Thanks a bunch ;o)

Posted : October 15, 2008 12:59 am
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Now is not a good time to get an answer. The people on island are busy getting prepared for hurricane Omar. You might repost in a few days. When things dry out and the power is back on, we will all hear how things are going.

St John is very expensive to rent ($2000 - $3000 a month is usual for a small house) Most rentals are short term. You will have better luck getting long term rentals when you are island.

Check back soon.

Posted : October 15, 2008 2:36 pm
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Hi Mandie,

There is no website for long-term rentals, because many people say they will come but then never show up. This is also why rentals require first and last month's rent plus a security deposit. Once you're on the island, people trust that you're a bit more serious. On St. John in particular, it's very hard to find a long-term rental from far away unless you know someone. It's nearly impossible to find a pet-friendly rental from afar.

It sounds like you have never been here. Come for a pre-move visit, check the bulletin board at Connections and the Love City Trader for an idea of available rentals and rates, get the scoop on grocery prices and utilities (*much* higher than North Carolina), figure out how much you'd have to spend on a 4WD and its gas tank -- and then decide if you would enjoy spending 8 months here.

A dog-friendly rental in your price range is unlikely, especially for a dog that big. To give you an example, I rent a 600 sf 1-bedroom apartment for roughly the upper end of your price range, no pets allowed -- and I'm getting a very good deal by STJ standards.

Dogs are not allowed on any of the National Park beaches.

Posted : October 16, 2008 12:47 pm
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If you are going to Saint John then your objective of 900-1200 might be hard to get. Especially since you are going to have a pet, even if he is great to be with. Most renting people don't allow pets. The damage is just too much. We have rental units but have nothing available, but allow pets with an extra deposit.. Assume you will need to pay first, last, security and pet security. That is FOUR months rent up front.

So keep looking at the island trader for the best rentals.

I STRONGLY suggest that you do a pre move visit. Understand the island. Find a place and a job and then come back with the dog. If you can't afford that then you probably can't afford Saint John. STT might be a better choice and STX is probably the best $ bet.


Posted : October 16, 2008 2:14 pm
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Why St. John? Would you consider STT or STX instead... ? Much easier to find pet friendly places and people friendly (ok not friendly but friendlier than STJ) prices. Unless STJ is offering something you can't get on the other virgins. ... like a job. 🙂

Posted : October 18, 2008 9:02 pm
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limetime2, I have not experienced people on STT or STX being any friendlier than on STJ -- the opposite, if anything. Why do you say that?

Posted : October 19, 2008 10:02 pm
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fdr, if you reread limetime2's post, you will see that s/he referred to the friendliness of prices, not people.

Posted : October 19, 2008 10:52 pm
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