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St. John Real Estate Guide
Just east of St Thomas lies the smallest of the US Virgin Islands, St. John. Only 9 miles long and 2 miles wide, St John offers a serene atmosphere and quiet island lifestyle. With about 60% of its land serving as a national park, St John real estate makes a prime location for lovers of natural beauty.
St. John is known as the Love City, and there is much to adore about this little paradise. St John’s most obvious virtues are the warm climate and the stunning views. Temperatures hover in the upper 70s in winter and upper 80s in summer, making St. John homes a year-round sanctuary from chillier climates stateside. More beautiful still is the island’s mountainous silhouette piercing out of the warm Caribbean waters at sunset.
There is a rich history on St. John that is still being made to this day. Incredibly, the earliest inhabitants resided on St. John as early as 710 B.C. Whether you are visiting for a day, a week, a season, or are lucky enough to call St. John home, make sure that you don’t miss out on all this island has to offer.
Neighborhoods in St. John
St. John is comprised of five quarters: Cruz Bay, Coral Bay, Maho Bay, Reef Bay, and East End. St. John’s busy main port, with plenty of restaurants and activity, While the island is home to about 4,500 year-round residents, the majority of people live in Cruz Bay or in Coral Bay.
Cruz Bay is the island’s main port, with hourly ferries running to and from St. Thomas between the hours of 6 a.m. and midnight. Cruz Bay Town buzzes with art lovers roaming through galleries, shoppers seeking bargain jewelry, and diners delighting in waterfront bistros. For buyers seeking luxury real estate, explore nearby homes in Chocolate Hole – just a 10 minute drive to North Shore beaches and a 5 minute drive to happy hour in Cruz Bay.
If condos are more your speed, Cruz Bay has abundant residences to choose from. Popular condominium complexes in Cruz Bay include Gallows Point Resort, Grande Bay Resort, The Hills, Lavender Hill Suites, Cruz Views, Upper Deck Villas, and more. Explore Cruz Bay condos for sale or contact a Holiday Homes real estate agent for more info,
Meanwhile, on the other side of paradise, sits Coral Bay Quarter— known as St John’s “other city.” Coral Bay is a quieter alternative to Cruz Bay Town, offering more simplicity and tranquility. Like Cruz Bay, Coral Bay is home to conveniences including mail centers, health centers, and grocery stores – but no gas stations. To get to Cruz Bay, take the scenic route along the north shore and enjoy views of tropical aquamarine waters as you drive.
On hillsides above Coral Bay, Ajax Peak & Mamey Peak breathe in sea breezes and exceptional panoramas of the Caribbean sea. Just a bit more remote than Coral Bay, these peaks are pockets boasting St. John’s natural beauty and wildlife (including iconic donkeys), while offering proximity to shopping, restaurants, beaches and hiking.
For those who like to take a deep breath, real estate in Maho Bay Quarter on St. John’s North Shore makes an easy place to live and love. Some say Maho Bay is home to St. John’s most beautiful beaches – not to mention the Caribbean’s beloved Sea Turtles! Maho Bay Beach itself offers gentle waters where you can paddle board or snorkel.
Within Maho Bay, popular areas for buying real estate or purchasing a home include Peter Bay, one of the island’s most luxurious high-end neighborhoods, and Catherineberg, a lush and quiet neighborhood overlooking Cinnamon Bay.
Head down to the southernmost part of St. John and you’ll discover Reef Bay Quarter. Most of Reef Bay extends into Virgin Islands national park. On a clear day, Reef Bay offers views of St. Croix. One prominent neighborhood in Reef Bay Quarter is Fish Bay. Fish Bay itself is a famous shark nursery, where brave residents can can wade up to these amazing creatures. The Fish Bay neighborhood is considered the most similar area in St. John to stateside neighborhood – complete with street signs!
However, if you seek serene and unspoiled real estate, Ditleff Point has no match. This peninsula offers dramatic views and a private beach, but most notably, it is one of the rare places where you can watch the both the sunrise at dawn and the sunset over twinkling St. Thomas. Ditleff Point is an ideal area to invest in real estate and build your dream home in St. John.
Finally, the East End Quarter is the quietest nook on the island of St, John, boasting lovely views of the British Virgin Islands across the water. Real estate in East End is for those seeking a true escape from it all. It is separated from Coral Bay by acres of Virgin Islands National Park. For those seeking real estate somewhere remote and peaceful, St. John’s East End is the perfect place to soak in the sun and let the stress melt away.
About St. John Real Estate
Architecture on St John is designed to complement the near-perfect climate and and scenery. Homes are typically situated for a sea breeze t0 sweep through the property and easily cool the home. Accordingly, homes are often built with an open layout, vaulted ceilings, and ceiling fans to maximize airflow. St John homes often feature large patios and “dipping pools” in which you can enjoy the sun. Inside, you will find cold tile floor coverings and sophisticated mahogany cabinetry.
For those buying land and starting from scratch, see our complete guide to building a home on St John. Building a home on St John can be expensive due to restraints in water access and building materials. But, locals will tell you there’s no better place to retire than the Love City, so building in your dream home on our tiny island is absolutely worth the investment.
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