safest area on St. Thomas
Hi, In your opinion, what is the safest area on St. Thomas to live? I'm bringing my children so I'm willing to pay more to live in a "good" area. For example, are there gated communities or communities that you pay more to live in because they are safer? By safe I mean I don't have to be scared to walk from my car to my door at night or I don't have to be worried about being home alone at night with my children. This may sound dramatic but I'm just being honest. Thanks 🙂
thank you 🙂 Mostly I was just hoping for suggestions on communities that are known to be safe like, "east side is good" or "such and such has nice homes and is pretty safe" I know you aren't perfectly safe anywhere, I was just hoping for suggestions on where to start. As I mentioned, i'll pay more to be in a better area I just don't know where to start looking.
I know you aren't perfectly safe anywhere,
Apart from the obvious areas you wouldn't even look into living in anyway (housing projects, dark town back streets) it's more that, "you aren't particularly unsafe anywhere". In my opinion, gated communities tend to be a little insular where neighbors don't get to know neighbors whereas in more "rural" (which isn't really the right word) you're more likely to get to know the people around you and you watch out for each other. Many areas have active neighborhood watch programs which have proven a great deterrent but a gate and a code can be totally ineffective.
You need to make a PMV if you haven't already done one so you have a better understanding of the island layout. Where you live is going to be very much dependent on where you'll be working and where your children are going to be going to school. Once you have that sorted out you start looking in areas convenient to both. I've lived on the South side and the East end now am very happily on the North side. Frankly I think it's one of the safest and best areas all around to live but there's no public transportation and no school buses so that has to be taken into consideration.
It's just an almost impossible question to answer when we just don't have the carefully delineated and landscaped neighborhoods common to many parts of the mainland. For over 16 years I lived in Smith Bay which so many (ill educated) people consider "dangerous" based on one small area of high crime. Frankly, my neighbors there were awesome. I was about the only white face in the 'hood but couldn't have asked for better folks around me. We all worked together to keep our little area clean and crime-free and whenever a hand was needed it was graciously extended. That same community closeness is true of many areas of the island - and not so much in others. See, it's an enigma!
You need to come see for yourself. Good luck!
thanks so much guys! that's all a big help. I was thinking of using an agency to find a home to rent- like seaglass properties. Maybe they could help with this question as well. I see some nice ones on what it says is "great northside"
But you need to make that PMV and NEVER take a place sight unseen.