Moving to STX in 2 wks. Any help welcome!
My husband just got a permanent job at the refinery there in STX, and we will be moving there asap. Does anyone know of the company Virgin Island Rentals? We don't have time to fly in and house hunt, and although we would never send money to a "company" without knowing their credentials, I have a dog and its impossible to find an affordable pet friendly place to rent long term, especially w/ tourist season around the corner... are they reliable to do business with?
Also, what are hurricane procedures with dogs? I am from the Texas Gulf Coast, so very used to hurricanes, but w/ the option to evacuate if need-be....not an option on STX I hear. Is it mandated to head to a shelter...my dog is a spastic rescue, so not good w/ people and animals...can't board him and won't leave him. I'm afraid this is the spot between the rock and hard place.
Thanks for any info you guys have!
when we have hurricanes, they do open shelters. dont know if they accept animals. when we have storms come through we just bunker down at home. there is no mandatory evacuation that i know of. the only place you can go is up. have good hurricane shutters. a genrator for your freezer/fridge a grill for cooking and not oo much of a roof overhang. you do have to worry about flooding during the heavy rains.
dont know anything about the company you mentioned, but we use pam at coldwell banker in gallows bay.
good luck on your move. just remember ( if you have been reading these boards ) we have the highest cost of electric in the us. i think it is about .48 kwh or is it pkw . look at your most recent electric bill and times your usage by .48 and see what you get.
I would strongly advise you to NOT rent anything sight unseen. Unless you have a trusted contact on island or someone Hovensa trusts,you should plan to live in temporary place until you see and approve a more permanent home. Hurricane season is almost over, so hopefully you will not need to cope with that problem this year.
I see that Juanita has respond to you. She is a regular on this board and many people have been satisfied with her short term housing.
I have to echo stxer. Pet friendly rentals are hard to find with just the internet. Once you arrive here, you'll find pet friendly rentals a BIT easier to track down. Sign a short term rental: 3 months or less, then get a GOOD, REPUTABLE agent to help you with your long term search.
If virgin Island rentals is Casita Properties, I can tell you I have 2 very close friends who were tenants there. Both were happy and pleased. Both moved for different reasons, one bought his own condo---and the other moved into one of the vacant units I had here at THE INN At PELICAN HEIGHTS, and later moved to a better fit for his family and pets.
Juanita has also referred potential tenants to me, which I have never had any issues with.
Her location is mid-island. I have been there and visited friends. Well kept and tenant and pet friendly. Simply put, I recommend Virgin Island Rentals to anyone new arriving on the island looking for a short term solution.
Just like tenants I have who arrive on island for the first time, once you get here its important to have a safe and secure place to call home. After you arrive, you can than explore other rentals and compare to your existing. Location of work to rental will be a key part in your decision, and the island has so much of a variety of rentals to choose, you will find THE BEST fit for you and your pet.......and it might be at your starting point with Virgin Island Rentals.
Good Luck and feel free to PM me for any additional questions.
Re: Moving to STX in 2 wks. Any help welcome! new
October 12, 2011 10:48AM Registered: 5 years ago
Actually it's Casita Properties....www.virginislandsrentals.com is just our website address.
Juanita on STX
VI resident since 1996
I third that you don't rent anything sight unseen. How far your money goes is a very different thing here on island and everyone's preferences are different. It's a adjustment and I would never let anyone I cared about rent sight unseen on this island. I've had renters that have done it and seemed happy but I just don't think it's the smart way to go. Most of the rentals will be in the local paper, which is not available online. The realtors only have a small handful. Give yourself a week or two in temporary housing, explore the island and find out which part you want to live on and where you want to live. You will not regret that in the long run at all, but the odds are better that you will regret renting sight unseen.