Relocating this month, possible apartment in Nadir... is this a safe area?
My boyfriend and I are moving to St. Thomas at the end of the month. We have a possible apartment we can rent on Mariendal road in Estate Nadir right between Bovoni road and Redhook road. We are not bringing a car and like this apartment because it is on the safari bus route. Can anyone tell me what this area is like? We're hoping it'll be safe enough to walk to the grocery store, or bike to red hook. Any info would be helpful. Thanks!
I can't stress this enough - DO NOT TAKE ANY APARTMENT SIGHT UNSEEN! If you want to be within easy distance of Red Hook and right on the safari route, see if Rhoda's Guest House has space for you temporarily until you can find something you can look at personally.
Nadir isn't known as a good area and nowhere here is it safe to ride a bicycle.
None other than that, as I said, it's not generally known as a safe area. I'm always hesitant to dismiss an entire estate as there are several with poor reputations whose vibe entirely changes once you get off the main drag while the unsafe parts are in pockets. I've been a resident of STT for over three decades, have lived in several different areas and wouldn't consider Nadir. The main point is that taking any place sight unseen is a recipe for disaster. The convenience of Rhoda's place would suit you very well. Be sensible and don't take chances.
I agree with not committing to a rental until you have seen it in person. Then you can see location and neighborhood to determine if it fits your needs. Nadir might be ok if it is near your work.
Being on safari route is a good option in the beginning, but keep in mind that there is no set schedule and safari's (and taxi's) do not run after dark (social activities and general errands will be very limited without a vehicle). As mentioned previously, a bicycle is not an option on these narrows roads and shopping is almost never in walking distance.
I agree that Rhoda's Guest house typically has short term housing advantages and they are near shopping, eating, and safari routes. In the town area, Chrystal Palace or AirB&B locations can provide short-term options also.
I know that it would be a feeling of relief to know you had an apartment upon arrival, but it will be better to have a temporary place upon arrival and finding housing in person. Once you arrive in person, you can look at 5-10 apartments that are available for immediate occupancy and will have an apartment within a few days of arriving on island.
Just a quick correction - safaris don't run after dark (which falls very early here), and most VITRAN buses close their runs shortly thereafter - but regular taxis run all day and through the night.
Crystal Palace is a good suggestion if Ronnie has space available. It's located above town but Ronnie has helped many newcomers find their footing here.