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Bombi
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There are a minority of "Normal" people in the VI, there are, however the most diverse collection on interesting people here to enjoy.

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Posted : February 18, 2014 10:36 pm
picaflores
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I'd like to add my 2 cents.

From June til October I worked with several contractor guys from Dallas working here on Stx.
They were baffled about how hard it was for them to get used to "the heat" here, I guess they meant the humidity because obviously they are used to much higher temps in TX.
These guys were working on a construction project here, which is what they do in TX, so they know what it is like to work in the heat...

They were also shocked at prices of groceries here compared to there.

They had company provided housing, so they did not have to worry about a power bill...

So for us, 2 people, 2 bedroom/2 bath house, Wapa power bill around $200, that is your basic stuff, like a fan, computers, lights, electric range, electric water heater, no dryer, no AC... and being careful about it, turning things of when leaving...
our last rental was about $120 but with gas stove and gas water heater.

I have a friend here who has AC on 24/7, on island or not, not to big a house, he used to pay $800/month, now up to $1400. I mention this, because of what I know, that is what most people do in Dallas area.

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Posted : February 18, 2014 10:47 pm
Texas
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Just make sure you don't have Verizon. To use it here is $2 a minute. ATT and Sprint ok.

Oh well that is good to know. Do you all have T-Mobile on the Islands?

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Topic starter Posted : February 19, 2014 3:48 pm
mtdoramike
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Our house is up for sale on STX right now, East End (desirable neighborhood), 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths (2 bedrooms have ensuite baths), 1800 sq feet, 3/4 acres with Buck Island view, whole house generator, gazebo, pool, fruit trees - $345,000. Prices on STX are lower these days.

That sounds like a steal of a price and shouldn't sit for long.

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Posted : February 19, 2014 5:50 pm
JulieKay
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Our house is up for sale on STX right now, East End (desirable neighborhood), 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths (2 bedrooms have ensuite baths), 1800 sq feet, 3/4 acres with Buck Island view, whole house generator, gazebo, pool, fruit trees - $345,000. Prices on STX are lower these days.

That sounds like a steal of a price and shouldn't sit for long.

Yeah, you would think - we wish. It's been for sale since November...it's in very good condition too, we're "regular maintenance" kinda folks. Main thing is it was built in 1989 right after Hugo so it's a bit older than some of the competition.

Please send a buyer! *raises flag* This is a house for "normal" people, ha ha! 😀

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Posted : February 19, 2014 5:53 pm
speee1dy
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I KNOW OF OTHER NICE HOUSES that have been for sale for well over a year out east too. still sitting.

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Posted : February 19, 2014 6:07 pm
JulieKay
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Yep yep yep...

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Posted : February 19, 2014 6:21 pm
speee1dy
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i was just curious what The OP's definition of Normal is?

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Posted : February 20, 2014 12:54 am
JulieKay
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I once read a psychological definition of "sane" as being "the ability to deal with uncertainty." Beyond that there's not much that can be concretely pinned down. Maybe that's the only definition of normal.

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Posted : February 20, 2014 1:03 am
STXBob
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i was just curious what The OP's definition of Normal is?

The OP attempted to define Normal in his OP. "So what Area(s) in St Thomas & St. John do normal folks live in? People that make between $35,000 - $85,000 a year?"

But in 2010 (via Wikipedia) "The median income for a household in the territory was $24,704, and the median income for a family was $28,553", which is well below the stateside average of $40,584, so maybe the OP wants to know where the Above Normal live.

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Posted : February 20, 2014 1:28 am
speee1dy
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lol to both of you

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Posted : February 20, 2014 1:32 pm
mtdoramike
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Our house is up for sale on STX right now, East End (desirable neighborhood), 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths (2 bedrooms have ensuite baths), 1800 sq feet, 3/4 acres with Buck Island view, whole house generator, gazebo, pool, fruit trees - $345,000. Prices on STX are lower these days.

That sounds like a steal of a price and shouldn't sit for long.

Yeah, you would think - we wish. It's been for sale since November...it's in very good condition too, we're "regular maintenance" kinda folks. Main thing is it was built in 1989 right after Hugo so it's a bit older than some of the competition.

Please send a buyer! *raises flag* This is a house for "normal" people, ha ha! 😀

Yes, it might be older, but I bet it was built a sight better after Hugo than if it were built before then. I imagine a lot of building codes got changed after that storm went through the islands.

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Posted : February 21, 2014 2:09 pm
rmb2830
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actually building code revisions did not happen for a while...We were able to rebuild a year after Hugo, exactly as it was before it blew away. A year after Marilyn had to do it differently

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Posted : February 21, 2014 3:01 pm
Alana33
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How about this: Normal people don't live here and Normal people don't move here!:D

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Posted : February 21, 2014 3:40 pm
Lalalaine
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Ok, I know this question does seem silly. I do understand the responses. That being said I lived in Trinidad. When I read this link I guess I was looking for more of a where not to go response. I know in Trini (and everywhere) there are just certain places "normal" people 😉 wouldn't want to go. In my house/apartment searching that's what I want to know. Where do I definitely want to stay away from?

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Posted : February 25, 2014 3:10 pm
gonetropo
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Sound advice!

Also, most people rent rather than own on the islands unless you are independantly wealthy, family owns property on the island. Most houses with a piece of property in a good area will run you $500.000 and up. That is a nice livable home. But if you are looking for 3 bedrooms, master suites, 3 baths on an acre of property, I would venture a guess of more close to $1,000.000.

Also most don't live in town or even near town. The northside and eastside of the Island are great and what you would call suburbs.

There are nice neighborhoods all over the island of St. Croix, not just east and north. You just need to not be afraid of living near 'natives'. Come for a visit, look around, don't be afraid to mix, have an open mind, and make your own decisions. I'll be more than happy to help.
BTW, most people I know own their homes. West Indians love to build large concrete houses. I have owned my own home for decades and almost everyone I know is a homeowner. Do yourself a big favor and get some insight from different segments of the population.

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Posted : February 26, 2014 8:52 am
Maho555
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Inquiring of your home for sale. Is it listed with a broker and available to view online? We are on island and viewing property. Address?

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Posted : March 15, 2014 3:35 pm
Exit Zero
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Since this thread is a bit dated a PM to the person you are asking for an address from is likely reached by PM more efficiently.

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Posted : March 15, 2014 6:03 pm
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