Reasons to Come to the Virgin Islands – Community!
This month we are sharing some of our top reasons to come to the Virgin Islands. The perfect white sand beaches, warm tropical breezes, beautiful views and crystal clear ocean waters are obviously at the top of the list! That said, there is so much more to these islands than being a tropical paradise. One of our favorite parts of living here is the sense of community that the Virgin Islands offers. Long-time residents, “snow birds,” new residents and even tourists see these islands as home and a place where one can make a difference, give back and get involved. The Virgin Islands are so small and we depend on community involvement for a slew of events, charities and organizations to function and operate. At Sea Glass, we understand the importance of giving back and being a part of the community and help in many ways with our Sea Glass Cares organization.
As a visitor or new resident of the Virgin Islands, there are so many opportunities to get involved and be a part of the community that allows our islands to thrive! Whether it is volunteering with the Friends of the National Park, helping to walk dogs at the St. John Animal Care Center or St. Thomas Humane Society, pitching in for a beach cleanup or donating your time to help St. John Cancer Fund, there are countless ways to get involved!
Sea Glass recently donated a 3-night stay at Sirenusa for a 3 bedroom villa to St. John Animal Care Center for their online auction. Have a look now and bid on this incredible villa, along with restaurant gift certificates, boat trips and more! If you are on island Saturday January 24, attend the winter gala fundraiser, The Buccaneer Ball at Eden’s Whim from 6-9pm.
As you can see, the Virgin Islands community really comes together to give back, get involved and make these islands a special place to live and visit. What more reason do you need to come to the VI?
We are excited to share all the new features our new site has to offer our users! With new tools, including the Research tab, users are able to find out information about various neighborhoods on the islands. This allows users to learn about all the areas of the Islands.
- Enjoy automatically updated Market Statistics on the areas you research. These statistics will show you the listing inventory, units sold in the last 12 months and how many homes were sold that were priced over $1,00,000 in your selected area.
Informatiom on Buying in the Virgin Islands
As with any major purchase, the decision to buy a residence in the Virgin Islands is governed by a multitude of factors. While there may be practical reasons why you are looking to buy—for instance, as an investment—there is always a strong emotional component too.
Because we have served the high-end residential market, Sea Glass Properties is sensitive to subtle but critical issues, such as your individual taste and style, as well as more practical considerations such as proximity to beaches and shops. At the same time, our unrivaled knowledge of the market gives us special understanding of the relationship between price and value and its implications to you as a purchaser.
Our goal is to listen to your needs and then help locate for you a range of properties that meet your criteria and then help you find one residence that wins your heart. From there we will guide you through the complex process of negotiating and acquiring a property.
Sea Glass Properties has exceptional experience with, and knowledge of, the residential market. Our brokers are uniquely equipped to understand your lifestyle and your needs, beyond the size and features for which you are looking.
Our interactive user friendly maps make it easy to see all the homes in one area. It allows users to to customize search options giving them a research experience that is exceptionally unique. To learn more about exploring our site check out these helpful links!
- Enjoy exploring our new site!
We are THRILLED to finally introduce to you all our brand new website! We have been working hard with our design & development team up in the states, as well as our dedicated team in St. Thomas to get this site to our very highest standards.
We focused on friendly user interface, gorgeous design, photos, unique content from experts in all things real estate and Island Living, and of course loads of stunning properties in the U.S. Virgin Islands, real estate information, and Island Living information. Our purpose of reinventing our site is for it to serve as your all-in-one resource guide to buying property,
Just as importantly, we wanted to help our clients get to know us better. There are numerous new additions! Including our Research Area, our top of the line Mortgage Calculator, Buyer Services as well as a Seller Services Section. We also integrated our sister-company Sea Glass Vacations, so you can now search Vacation Rentals and Caribbean getaways straight on our site! Many of our vacation rentals are available as “Try Before you Buy” and are also on the market for sale so you can get a taste of what Caribbean living is before you take the plunge. Stay tuned for even MORE content, downloads, and blog posts to satisfy your luxury properties, commercial spaces, vacation information and general lifestyle living!
We truly hope you enjoy it just as much as we do!
-Alison & Sarah
The Donkeys were brought to St. John to be be used as a work horse. Thy would act as the beast of burden to carry supplies up the islands rough terrain and hills.
Once sugarcane was introduced to the Caribbean, donkey’s would help transport the cane to the mills for the processing of sugar and distillation of rum. On the arid, non growing islands, the donkeys would be used to in the blazing hot salt flats to carry the heavy mineral to the waiting ships for export to both the new and old worlds.
Now with tourism the main industry in the Caribbean, the donkeys have been left to the wild. They roam the islands freely, looking for their next meal and posing for vacation photos. A life much easier than that of their island ancestors.
Wikipedia states Donkeys have a notorious reputation for stubbornness, but this has been attributed to a much stronger sense of “self preservation” than exhibited by horses. Likely based on a stronger prey instinct and a weaker connection with man, it is considerably more difficult to force or frighten a donkey into doing something it perceives to be dangerous for whatever reason. Once a person has earned their confidence they can be willing and companionable partners and very dependable in work.
Although formal studies of their behavior and cognition are rather limited, donkeys appear to be quite intelligent, cautious, friendly, playful, and eager to learn.The donkeys of St. John are loved and well taken care happy of by the community.