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crhs78
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What areas are best to live? What areas should you stay away from?

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Topic starter Posted : February 17, 2014 6:09 pm
CruzanIron
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The living room is the best room to say in.
I stay away from the bathroom since most accidents happen there. The kithchen is pretty dangerous too.

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Posted : February 17, 2014 6:19 pm
Alana33
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Which island?

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Posted : February 17, 2014 6:30 pm
crhs78
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STT

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Topic starter Posted : February 17, 2014 6:34 pm
SkysTheLimit
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That's hard to answer. You would have to visit and look around.*-)

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Posted : February 17, 2014 6:38 pm
crhs78
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Well I have a family and am looking for someplace pretty safe and nice. Close enough to the city yet far enough for it to be somewhat quiet

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Topic starter Posted : February 17, 2014 6:43 pm
Alana33
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Have you been here previously or relocating for a job?

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Posted : February 17, 2014 6:51 pm
crhs78
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We have not, which is why I am asking and hoping to get some idea of what places to really look into and what places that are sketchy and should be avoided

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Topic starter Posted : February 17, 2014 6:56 pm
CruzanIron
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My first thoughts when someone says they want to move down here is why?

And second, are you sure that you can afford to?

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Posted : February 17, 2014 7:09 pm
crhs78
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We have no problems affording it, we just want out of the big city.

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Topic starter Posted : February 17, 2014 7:16 pm
isl3985
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Hospital Ground

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Posted : February 17, 2014 7:17 pm
OldTart
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We have not, which is why I am asking and hoping to get some idea of what places to really look into and what places that are sketchy and should be avoided

If you've read the enormous amount of information available here (see top bar scroll-down menus) you'll understand why the question you're asking is simply impossible to answer. The island is only 13 X 3 but the topography is predominantly very steep, and there are no "neighborhoods" such as those you'd likely be more accustomed to stateside. Even the previous poster's designation of Hospital Ground as (presumably) being a negative area in which to live is misleading as there are in fact some very nice residences in that designated area.

You need to make a concentrated PMV (pre move visit) particularly since you have a family and aren't a foot-free unencumbered single looking to spend a few months working in the hospitality industry. Living here is vastly different from the majority of stateside living and looking for the right area in which to live is minor in comparison to numerous other important factors.

Good luck and happy researching!

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Posted : February 17, 2014 7:32 pm
Alana33
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As Ot mentioned our neighborhoods are not like those in the states.
Where to live would depend on different factors like where you may work, which schools you chose for your children to attend and the travel logistics in your daily life while here. Are you looking to rent? How many bedroom and bathrooms will you need, do you have pets, how well furnished and updated do you want in a place to live and at what price, how's the daily commute to where you will work and kids will go to school, do you want high end, an apt., a house a condo, etc. are all factors to consider. Prices are high here so bring lots of $$$$ and reliable and no low to the ground transportation. (our roads aren't always in good condition.)

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Posted : February 17, 2014 7:57 pm
CruzanIron
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...and bring your health insurance too!

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Posted : February 17, 2014 8:11 pm
Tiberius
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While some make jokes you need to decide whether or not you want to move here with family. Research all the violent crime. Home invasions etc. Most will dance around this subject like it doesn't exist. The reference to Hospital Ground is not misleading.
The simple truth is you can find something in a nicer part of the island but the island is not big enough to fully insulate your self.
Keep in mind there are people on this board that are business owners and they have a vested interest in tourism and newbies.

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Posted : February 17, 2014 8:12 pm
isl3985
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Seriously though, as a rule of thumb I'd say don't live anywhere with an elevation of less than 300 feet or so! Except maybe Red Hook, the northside, or a gated community/condo.

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Posted : February 17, 2014 8:29 pm
Alana33
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That leaves out all ocean and beach front condos and townhouses.

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Posted : February 17, 2014 8:32 pm
isl3985
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Except maybe Red Hook, the northside, or a gated community/condo.

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Posted : February 17, 2014 8:36 pm
rosesisland
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If you are really wanting out of the big city...come to St. Croix! I could never live on STT as there are way too many people there for me and then it even gets worse when there are several cruise ships in port. You really need to do a pre-move visit before moving! Try avoiding being out alone, anywhere on any island at night. IMO

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Posted : February 18, 2014 11:01 am
OldTart
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OP, you were given a ton of information two years ago when you first posted and said you were planning on moving here with a couple of friends. Things apparently changed, you didn't come here and now you have a family to support. That obviously complicates things but the information you were given back then is the same. Good luck!

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Posted : February 18, 2014 11:35 am
mtdoramike
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I'm partial to the Northside of the Island mainly because that is where I lived and my wife's family lives. Stay away from town or even near town as far as living goes.

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Posted : February 18, 2014 7:58 pm
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