My husband and I are being relocated to St. Croix VI in September.
I am not familiar with the island, he is going to work in Christiansted.
Where is the best location to rent something?
are you going to have a car?
What's your monthly rental budget?
yes we have a care, and our budget is up to 1800 a month
best place depends on a lot of factors about your family situation and what you are seeking. If your husband will be working in Christiansted, then you likely want something not too far east or west of town to keep it simple as you get used to the island. You may want a house or you may want a condo. Houses take different kinds of maintenance than mainlanders are used to, so a condo sometimes makes a good starting place while you get comfortable.
There are condos in a variety of sizes, most are not new as the majority of complexes were built in the 60's and 70's with the most recent built in the 90's. Some complexes are gated and others are not. If you have pets, a condo probably isn't going to work since most complexes do not allow tenants to have pets even if some are starting to allow owners to have one or two small pets.
To give you more precise suggestions, a little more info would help. But if you are interested in a large 1-BDR ocean-front condo with views across Christiansted Harbor and with a great breeze, I own one that will become available by September and I'd happily send you pictures and information. It's in a gated community about 8 minutes drive to town and well within your budget, leaving you some monthly $$ available for a little travel and fun to explore what island life can be.
Feel free to call if you'd like to talk about it or other options in the area. Private Messages are ok, too.
Thank you, we do not have any pets, but would like a 2 bedroom
I would suggest you look at Colony Cove. Just west of C'sted, nice landscaping and pool. Both rental and units for sale. My friend is trying to sell his - I think it's 301. Take a look.
I have a 2 bedroom condo at Colony Cove that would work great for you. Please send me a private message. It's within your budget. Thanks.
I would recommend queste verde condominiums 3 min. drive to christiansted. Mail delivery on sight no going to post office, no going to wapa-condo bills you, cistern and city water, gated and security, convienent to everything, very large nice swimming pool ,office open 9-5 but someone available 24 hrs for emergency, nice views available, 1 2 or 3 bdrms. 2 bdrms available for $1000-$2000 depending on the view. Not really a vacation place, more permanent residents. I know there are several units available. you can call any realtor, they all have access to the listings or look on craigslist and this board.
Pelican Covealso nice, may pay a little more-beach and restaurant right there.
(and keep in mind, you can haggle prices, especially now-many rentals available.)
I suggest that you do NOT sign ANY long term lease or rental until you are on island and have time to look around for yourself. We like the east end, but there are many other great options.
i would think that rental prices would have dropped due to not having the guaranteed rentals from hovensa. def. look around before you sign a lease. you might be able to get something cheaper than 1800, i would think so anyhow.
I also have a 2-BDR available at Colony Cove. It's on the 2nd floor of B building and is an end unit that is well maintained, has responsive landlords if issues do develop, and has a great view across the gardens and pool to the ocean and Buck Island.
Good idea not to sign anything long term. Rent for a month (many available) while getting familiar with island and areas.
I remember thinking, the furthest I will have to drive is 28 miles, right? no big deal? but what I didnt know is 28 miles on the island is equivalant to driving 60 miles stateside.
I would also suggest Queens Quarters as it is a very safe, quiet neighborhood. Personally I would not stay at Colony Cove as it is way close to the projects. Pelican Cove is nice has a great pool and is safe too. Judith's Fancy might be a nice area too, as it is more of a neighborhood.
There are some great areas out there, but I would definitely look around before signing a long term rental.
7 months on island and I'm about to move into my 4rth place hahaha.