Where to live on STT?
As a 20-something female, where would be the best (and safe) place to live on STT? I can not afford to do a PMV but my company is putting me up in a hotel for a week to search for a place and I want to make the most of that week!
Many of my future co workers live on the North side but suggested that I may like the east end as they think the most "young" expats live there. I have seen a bunch of apartment listings a near Frenchmans Bay/Marriott area as well. I will be working all over the island at different buildings depending on the day so I am not making commute a factor in my decision.
I know the crime topic has been beaten to death on this board but my number 1 concern is being safe, being near a beach where I can go hang out alone without worrying and being somewhere convenient to some night life (not a huge partier but would like to have some fun on the weekends)
I appreciate any and all input!
First off, no expats here.
We're a US Territory.
Either Northside or east end will be fine as well as south side.
West end may prove far for commuting.
Our neighborhoods are not like those in the states so you'll just have to look around while staying in hotel for a week.
East End has lots of bars and restaurants in a relatively small location and walking distance to each other (Red Hook). Just use common sense walking around alone as you would anywhere else.
Best thing to do is wait until you get here and then start exploring different areas to see which suits you best. North side, South side, East end, West End - and the only places which are a little trickier where accessibility is concerned are the far West End and North West.
It's impossible to single out "bad" areas - there are little pockets everywhere which are less desirable but they're easy enough to spot with the naked eye! Once you start to get your bearings you'll see how easy it is to get from A to B - and you may well end up deciding that the North side is the place to be just as I have after living many years on the South side and the East end! Good luck to you!
You might reconsider taking commute into account, because if you're going to have to go all over the island for work, it would be easiest to be centrally located, so you can get just about anywhere easily and quickly. The GNS (great north side) is best for commute (if you have a car) and is pretty quick to get to Red Hook on the east end to party, and also real close to town restaurants. You can avoid the heavy traffic areas to get to many parts of the island from there. It's mostly apartments in houses; few condos, and only a house apartment would be walking distance to a beach.
If you really want to be able to WALK to a beach (and feel secure doing so), then a waterfront condo complex on the east end or Frenchman's Bay/Bolongo would be the only options I believe. From either you will have some traffic and a long commute to the LNS (little north side) and west end, but if work doesn't take you over there, your good.
There are certainly - walk to the beach -- locations on the North side -- Dorothea Beach is an easy one and there are a few places very close to Hull Bay and Palm Beach - Caret Bay has some places close enough to walk from and Sorgenfrei as well - a bit more upscale but out on Peterborg there are some rentals within beach walking distance -- Mandahl and TuTu bays have some rentals too.
I don't think the OP will find it easy to get a rental close to a beach but it sure can be done if you know the areas and spend the time looking.