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Camvic
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June 21, 2017 3:44 pm  

My name is Chris. My fiance and I are looking for a home to rent in St. Croix once our current lease ends in September. We have spent a lot of time reading through these pages and some facebook pages. We were hoping to get some information on the names of any realtors that work with rental properties in the $800 - $1100 range..

We have one lab that weighs about 55 lbs and one cat that will be moving with us. We can provide letters of recommendation for both pets from past neighbors, sitters, and landlords if needed.

We are also interested in any resources other then this site that people have found helpful.
Are there any resources in the area to help with finding employment?

Thank You


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Alana33
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June 21, 2017 11:18 pm  

You'll have to wait until cooler temps to be able to transport your dog in cargo on any domestic airlines, ditto cat if it's too large to meet requirements to fly in cabin. Unless you plan on flying a private pet charter flight and they're expensive.
Good luck.


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Camvic
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June 22, 2017 2:59 am  

Yeah we already have pet transport figured out. Mostly working on trying to find realtors that work in our price range and pets.


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Dasher
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June 23, 2017 7:10 pm  

Chris Hanley is a realtor my wife and I have been working with.

Chris Hanley

You make no mention of having done any "pre move visits" - hopefully you've done a few and know what to expect.

Good luck!

Dan


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Camvic
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June 23, 2017 8:48 pm  

We have spent a lot of time in St. Thomas and St. John. however only spent a say in St. Croix.

We are worried about not having visited for longer but have decided that we are ready to go and experience the unknown.


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pilatesgal318
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June 24, 2017 7:55 pm  

Camvic,

St. Thomas and St. John are VERY different than St. Croix! Just be prepared for your island experience there to be dissimilar to your visits to STT/STJ. Hopefully, it will be a good decision for you and you will be happy with that choice. Best of luck!

pilatesgal318


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zimmerman
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June 28, 2017 8:14 pm  

Hey Chris,

My fiance and I are planning to move to St. Croix in the fall as well (hopefully October)! We are going for our honeymoon in August to do a pre-move visit and scope out some potential rental properties. We have found the website www.stcroixforrent.com to be helpful and give an idea of what's available in our price range.

We'll let you know how our trip in August goes. Have y'all made any effort to look for jobs or planning on figuring that out after you move? We've been looking into options, but it seems it's easier to find a job once you are actually on the island.

Thanks!


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Camvic
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July 3, 2017 11:34 pm  

Yeah we were looking but instead just decided to get a month long air bnb to give us time to look around and find a place to live and work.

We are finding it difficult to get much information. I cant wait to hear from you once you go. How long are you staying?

What area are you looking at for housing? Any animals or kids?


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July 4, 2017 10:51 am  

so are you saying those are questions asked of you? and you find them irrelevant?

each question you are asked is relevant because each persons situation is different.


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speee1dy
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July 4, 2017 10:51 am  

so are you saying those are questions asked of you? and you find them irrelevant?

each question you are asked is relevant because each persons situation is different.


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Camvic
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July 6, 2017 12:37 am  

I'm I sorry don't know what you are asking


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speee1dy
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July 6, 2017 10:46 am  

the part thats BOLD, from you . i was confused on what you were trying to say here. just asking for clarification

Yeah we were looking but instead just decided to get a month long air bnb to give us time to look around and find a place to live and work.

We are finding it difficult to get much information. I cant wait to hear from you once you go. How long are you staying?

What area are you looking at for housing? Any animals or kids?


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Camvic
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July 6, 2017 3:21 pm  

Oh I mean that it is hard to get information because we aren't there yet, nothing is tangible, I can read all of the blogs and forums in the world but i don't know anything really about where to look for a house or if I want to work in my major or what i feel about the education system. because I'm not there.

So hopefully having a month to get to explore and experience will help me to know what we are looking for

Also almost all of the blogs are following the process of a middle aged or older couple with millions retiring or investing and moving. This experience is very different from the experience of which I will have, so it is difficult to find information.


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AandA2VI
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July 7, 2017 7:20 pm  

Starting in a temp place first is a great idea. We did that when we moved here - both STT and STX - and it was very beneficial to figuring out where we wanted to rent. We are a late 30s couple no kids, like to dive, drink and eat.

For STT I love north side - for STX I love west but east does have pretty views, like cotton valley area. My friend lives up high and has a killer view of buck.

Frederiksted area Pros cons:

Cheaper
Cooler
No need for AC (mostly)
Better beaches!!
Dryer
Pier scuba diving / snorkeling (the bomb)

Not much to do
More bugs and critters
Wetter
More mold
Rentals aren't as nice but we got lucky
Less places to eat... although there's a few good ones now

Really the island is East, West, and Mid... naturally lol but I mean that's where's you'll for into the scale. Sounds crazy but you won't really venture out of the ""east, west or mid that you live in that often but you will get to know everyone in your neighborhood. I only know a few mid islanders and they all eventually moved west, my eastie friends I only see every few weeks if that. My house (near rainforest) to cotton valley takes over an hour - just for reference. East is just too hot for me and I refuse to use AC lol. North shore is really nice too so look into that. I couldn't live there as it doesn't get hardly any cell service and I need that badly for my business. Great diving over there though.

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SkysTheLimit
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July 9, 2017 6:38 pm  

I've been to STT and STJ several times. No comparison is right. STX is the island to live on! Unless you're a boater. STT and STJ are way better situated for day trips and such. STT just seems crowded, horribly winding roads, traffic, hill sides of homes built on every lot. Incredible views!!!!! STJ just seems to remote and expensive. I don't want to depend on and pay the ferry.

LOVE the North Shore of STX! We get good rain, cooling breezes, fertile soil, views to the other islands, tons of fruit trees, close to farmers and farm stands, and Cane Bay.

North Shore bars and restaurants:
Flyer's at Salt River Marina
Rowdy Joes
Above the Cliff
Sylvie's Place
Off the Wall
Sunny Shore Up breakfast food truck.
Eat at Cane Bay
Spratnet "Calvin's"
Carambola Beach Resort
and let's not forget,........ Bernard's "World famous since 2016" Juice Bar. Haha
All within a 5 minute drive.

Chickens, goats, horses, doves, deer, cows, donkeys,...

30 minutes to F'sted, 30 minutes to C'sted. 20 minutes to Sunny Isle, 20 minutes to Kmart west.

My second choice would be West End.

We have never lived east, but the heat and lack of rain puts me off. I like BIG trees.

It can be difficult finding a rental on the North Shore because they get snapped up right away and people don't vacate frequently.

Good luck with your move. STX is awesome!

Alan
St. Croix resident since 2000


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Scubadoo
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July 9, 2017 10:43 pm  

Good luck with your move. STX is awesome!

Shhhh - don't let the secret out:D


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AandA2VI
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July 12, 2017 1:17 pm  

Sky's- what do you do for cell service over there? One of those booster things? We dive the wall all the time but it's annoying not ever haveing cell service. Dangerous even. Also heard north shore is more prone to break ins based on remoteness or something but always wondered if that was true? Like those cottages that cane bay dive staff rent... heard they're broken into frequently.

I preferred northshore when I moved here but was advised against it by people I talked to.

FWIW STT RULES! :@)

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Scubadoo
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July 12, 2017 3:08 pm  

AT&T service is a bit spotty but works most places on North Shore for me. It was always dead at Carambola unless they fixed it. Whenever I was at Villa Margerita I had to walk up the hill towards the NPS building to get a signal, the hill was blocking it.


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ernieandmaryjo
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July 12, 2017 5:09 pm  

It's a little better now at Off the Wall, no longer have to stand by the road to get signal. Still nothing at Cane Bay. Maybe someone plugged in the cell tower there on the hill above Lavalee.


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SkysTheLimit
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July 13, 2017 11:27 am  

Cell service on North Shore. WIFI calling enabled at the house. Out and about, I just deal with it. Carambola put up a tower and above OTW is a recent tower. It's gotten better.

Alan
St. Croix resident since 2000


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