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kristinthomas
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Hello everyone!

My husband and I are planning a move to STX with three small children. We both plan to work in Christiansted and would like a small private home preferably with a yard for them to play in safely. My question is where would we need to look? Needing rent to be 1500$ or less.
I've been looking at local realtors selections in our price range and most of the are described to be "mid island" is this far from Csted?
Thanks!

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Topic starter Posted : February 19, 2014 1:14 am
speee1dy
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christiansted itself does not have many or if any houses with yards. i live in town and we have a very small yard. not big enough to throw a ball or anything like that and not level. go to google maps and look at it. will give you an idea of the topography, other areas have much more land with houses.

1500 or less, you should be able to find something but not be what you were expecting.

when are you planning the move. do you already have jobs lined up

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Posted : February 22, 2014 11:05 am
divinggirl
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Most people generally refer to areas on St. Croix as being in Christiansted, Frederiksted or Mid-island. C'sted -east- & F'sted -west- are the two "towns" and anything in between is considered Mid-island. So a "mid-island" location could be quite close to C'sted or closer to F'sted.

It is really necessary to be here to get a feel for each area/neighborhood. I would recommend a pre-move visit to determine what area "feels' right for you. It is very possible to find a rental home with a yard in Christiansted (maybe not directly "in town" but within a couple minutes drive). I have a 3-4 minute commute to town and have a very large fenced yard. The concept of "in town" is a bit different here than in the states. Typically in the states you would need to drive 10-15 minutes to be out of town but here it's only a couple minutes drive and you are not in town.

I would recommend contacting a realtor and checking out various areas. Do not commit to a rental property until you are here to see it in person.

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Posted : February 22, 2014 1:51 pm
OldTart
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I would recommend a pre-move visit to determine what area "feels' right for you.

I'd go further and say this is a "must". Moving here "cold" (if that's the plan) with three young children is really a recipe for disaster.

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Posted : February 22, 2014 2:14 pm
kristinthomas
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Thanks very much for the suggestions.
Definitely planning a visit first, maybe 2 weeks. We are hoping to both get a job lined up on that trip and start working pretty quickly after arriving.

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Topic starter Posted : February 24, 2014 1:45 am
speee1dy
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you will enjoy your time here. have fun and relax

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Posted : February 24, 2014 12:22 pm
mtdoramike
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I would recommend a pre-move visit to determine what area "feels' right for you.

I'd go further and say this is a "must". Moving here "cold" (if that's the plan) with three young children is really a recipe for disaster.

Yep, I can see this not ending very well unless you have job skills that are in very high demand because you will be on an island where opportunities are very limited. It's tough enough for a single person or couple, but with three toddlers. All I can say is, good luck to you and enjoy the adventure.

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Posted : February 24, 2014 2:02 pm
ikory
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I moved here with a 2 and 4 year old with no pre-visit. First time ever coming to the Caribbean. You should easily find a place with that budget. We decided on a condo on the beach with a pool. Greatest experience I could give my kids. Swimming and sand castles almost daily. Sea spray killed the TV first month but that just meant more time outside. You will have an awesome adventure, good luck.

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Posted : February 25, 2014 9:35 pm
sheiba
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I also moved to stx with kids and no PMV. I did do some research and I did have a job lined up. It has all worked out for the good.

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Posted : February 26, 2014 12:10 am
kristinthomas
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Thanks for your responses, really I appreciate it!
It's looking like a PMV might not happen, so it's good to hear it's been done with toddlers. I'm confident with our lifestyle that a move to STX will be very enjoyable and the kids will be in heaven.

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Topic starter Posted : April 6, 2014 2:19 pm
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