STJ or STT Older Couple Seeks 2BR for Long Term Rental
We are looking for almost any place on STJ and would consider the east-side near Red Hook on STT. We are an older couple 50+ and have become empty nesters. We do have two dogs and two cats, all house trained. A non refundable security deposit for the pets is expected. We would like a 2BR 1+BA house or condo semi-furnished, as we expect to buy once we are established on the island. Ideally we would like at least a 6 month lease and then work on a month to month basis. Please PM or email us at email@example.com
Check the classified forum on this site. Click on Forum List on the upper left. Also you might want to post there as well. Check the Island Trader which comes out every Thursday but if you're not on-island yet, don't rent sight unseen. Good luck finding what you need!
Hi Ric - I'm relocating also and I've also been looking at rentals on CraigsList...
Separate but related topic...I'm cuious to know how you have planned to get your pets to the islands? I'm relocating and having trouble moving my 2 cats myself due to the airline restriction of maximum one (1) pet per person in cabin and if the island temperature on the arrival day is estimated to be 85F or higher they can't go in the cargo/baggage area. With 4 pets and two of you, what is your plan?
Anyone out there who reads this and has advice, I'm all ears!
I had planned to move here with two cats, but one passed away just a couple of months before my departure. 🙁 Anyway, it was something that I built into my moving budget -- a round-trip plane ticket for a friend, plus a portion of his expenses while here. Yes, all of that would have been expensive, but way cheaper than the option of doing a charter. (Instead, sadly, I wound up with $2K in vet bills, which was quite a bit more than I would have spent to get him here, and just one cat travelling with me.)
I personally would never send an animal via cargo; too many things can go wrong. Your pet could be traumatized for life, or worse.
Around mid to late sept is when the heat embargo is usually over. Another way around this is to fly at night. When temperatures are always cooler. You may need to plan your travel or a couple of days to do this. Or just wait till October it should definitely be safe then.
Also Continental has a/c cargo holds. That'll get you to PR where you could take a cape air flight where they are a lot more loose about this kind of thing.
Thanks fdr & Betty - sad story about your cat fdr. I have a friend lined up to fly with me and there's a night flight out of MIA on AA so I"ll shoot for that.
Ricspraitlin - I just found my long-term rental through Craigslist - a 2br that allows cats - so I recommend you also look there as a resource.
Caribee, I would STRONGLY suggest that you not make any non-refundable deposits until you see the unit in person. It may be a wonderful place in a great neighborhood, but you should see for yourself before commiting.
Hi Linda - thanks for the sage advice. We made a deal to go for 1 month and if I like it we go long-term. If I don't, then I can leave. I will let the landlord know at the 15-day mark, at which time I pay the deposit. Seems like a fair deal to me - at the worst I stay 1 month (paid up-front) and use the time to find a better place!
Good plan and good luck.
The cats will fly first and the dogs will follow later in the fall. We are arriving on STJ in 3 weeks to check out a few places. As Linda stated I want to see the place and location before making any commitment.
I object to the idea that 50 something constitutes being "older" 😮
I concur Michael. 50+ is just a little closer to the end than the beginning. 🙂
Caribee4me - I'm moving down in Oct. and was pleased to find out that Delta Airlines just changed their pet travel requirements. They allow 2 pets to be carried on in first class, 2 in business class and 4 in coach. most airlines do not allow this many animals to be carried on. it's still one carry on per person but the airline allows two of the same type of pet to be in one kennel and count as one pet. Here's the link: http://www.delta.com/planning_reservations/special_travel_needs/pet_travel_information/pet_travel_options/index.jsp.
I know this is a bit after you posted your question but I thought it might be helpful for anyone considering moving with pets! 🙂
Thanks for the Delta update, I will check with them to confirm.
Scenic Properties has long term rentals on STJ. Ric and Carol told me they have 10+ properties available.
Long term rentals on St. John.
Thanks for all the links and information. We are scheduled to see 5 properties while we are on island later this month. Hopefully we will find something to accommodate our needs.
Ric, pick up the paper when you first get here, that will have the best deals in it. Try making appointments right away too, and do not be discourage if people do not call you back. Call them back again until you get them. I would definitely try to see more then just five. 🙂
You'll find a lot more listings in the Island Trader than you will in the Daily News so definitely pick that up.
Thanks for the advise, we will pick up both papers.
Also check...hmmm...Connections? It's a mail service in Cruz bay and, if memory serves (lol...it often doesn't) it's painted purple. They have a board inside with ads for rental properties, cars, employment etc that don't make it into the local papers.
Keep calling back especially if you are dialing a local land line number and expecting a call back on your cell phone with a stateside area code - many people will not call back any area code but 340 - if they will incur a long distance charge - so keep trying back someplace you are really interested in.
Connections just got a new paint job this summer; it's currently somewhere between purple and "oh my gawd!!!!!!" 😉
We arrive on STJ this Monday September 21st and would like more places to see while on island. Any 2BR rentals please PM or post them here so we can arrange a meeting.