Frederiksted Waterfront Properties…

Recently, two of Frederiksted’s iconic historic waterfront properties have changed hands, and both the buyers have plans to turn them into bed and breakfast establishments.  So exciting!

Currently, there is one nice beachfront villa on the market, and another one soon to be listed, by colleagues of ours, both under a million dollars. Contact us for more details so you can wake up to this!!!

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Happy New Year

I can’t tell you how wonderful St Croix is right now. The weather is absolutely perfect, the island is so very GREEN, and the ocean so very BLUE! Our restaurants are busy and serving up wonderful food, and people are so happy to have power again!! Life is GOOD on St Croix!

As you probably know, the west end of the island took the brunt of the storm, and had the most damage. They have struggled to get back on their feet out there. But the spirit in the west is amazing… there are some truly outstanding individuals there and a great community spirit. I’m happy to report, first hand, that Frederiksted is up and running, and looking really nice.

I took my significant other out a few weeks ago and we spent the night at The Fred and visited many of the bars and restaurants out there, in addition to enjoying the amazing waters of the west. We were treated SO NICELY by everyone we came in contact with – and I wanted to dedicate this newsletter to “all things West” here in St Croix.

It’s amazing that for an island this small (only 26 miles from east to west), that many folks who live out east rarely, if ever, make it out west, and vice versa. This is ESPECIALLY the case after the storm. Driving these roads in the dark, after having a few adult beverages, is just not a good idea. We still have some serious potholes, lines and poles are down and encroaching into the streets in some places, and street lights are not working. It’s not a fun drive. But Frederiksted sure is fun! We enjoyed our “staycation” there immensely!

So read all about what’s shaking in Frederiksted – and don’t be hesitant at all to book at trip on this end of the island (if you can find one! I’m afraid the secret is out!!).

West is Best!!

Special People in Frederiksted

Of course, there is no way to name every person in Frederiksted who is “special” and went above and beyond during the storm, but there are a few people I DO know about that I want to acknowledge- and thank – for all their efforts to help our island community:

Kathy and Randy Tiddark: these are the owners of Caribbean Breeze Apartments and rentals – and they were both heros, in my eyes and in the eyes of others, in their efforts to get Frederiksted back on its feet.

Emily Weston: owner of Lyric Sails and the Tap Deck Bar – also was very active in the Frederiksted cleanup. She’s a busy and industrious lady with a fierce love for our island!

Diane Burns: Realtor with Coldwell Banker, based in Frederiksted, was actively involved in clean-up efforts and helping the community re-build.

April Pelosi and Robert Jones: owners of the Lost Dog, kept everyone full of pizza and beer, all the while searching for a new location for their business.

There are countless others who were heroes: ALL the proprietors of businesses out West were very active in the reconstruction and rebuilding efforts -and I, for one, am very grateful to them for all their hard work, their passion, and their unwavering love for our island in general and Frederiksted in particular. Makes me very proud!

The Fred

Fred lobby (1)_previewIf you follow us on Facebook, we’ve been sharing all the good press that “the Fred,” St Croix’s newest boutique hotel, has been getting lately! Their opening was delayed a bit by Maria, but they are open now, let me tell you – this place is AMAZING! First of all, the check in experience is delightful! We were warmly greeted and the staff went out of their way to make sure we had everything we needed. The attention to detail is apparent from the moment you step in the door, and that continued throughout our stay. They are currently offering tremendous discounts – rooms are about 1/3 what they will be when the property is finished.

The lobby is bold and beautiful. Homemade cookies (to die for) were waiting for us; I must say we probably took more than our fair share. They were SOO good!

We were “upgraded” to a beautiful room in the “love shack” – which is the closest room to the ocean. The views from there are amazing, and the room is beautifully appointed. The bed and pillows were ultra-comfortable and the linens were the best! I think they even plan to sell them there. And believe me; you’ll want to buy some!

The soaps, shampoos and towels are luscious and the mini fridge is stocked with everything you can imagine, including Rasta popcorn (my favorite)! Not one detail has been overlooked – nor expense spared – to make your stay at the Fred memorable and outstanding.

We also treated ourselves to a massage and hair cut at Fred’s spa. Both were outta this world…we’ll make the long journey from east to west (about a 45 min. drive) to repeat these experiences!

The hurricanes have, of course, set things back a bit; the pool(s) are not finished, and some rooms are still under construction. BUT….the current rates reflect that – and even though the place is unfinished, we felt we got an INCREDIBLE bargain for our stay there. Totally worth it even unfinished!

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TOP: Lobby (left). Rainbow view from the room (right).
BOTTOM: Entrance to the Fred (left). Guest Room (middle). View from the room’s balcony (right).

Estate Mt Washington reduced to $1.9M

1+Great+House+2.jpgEstate Mt Washington just reduced their price from $2,600,000 to $1,900,000! Quite a bargain, considering it appraised for over 7 million several years ago. It sits on over 11 acres and includes a lovely 3 bedroom 2.5 bath home, a 2 bedroom 2 bath guest house that adjoins the home, two 2/2 freestanding cottages, a former stable that has been used as a yogi studio, furniture store, and other things over the years, and a beautiful labyrinth; (a spiritual walking path). The property borders a large preserve, and the views are over the valley (which can not be built on) and out to the sea. A nice lap pool can be found at the main house, which is also furnished with period antiques. This is truly one of the most beautiful properties on the island!

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TOP row: Dining terrace, with period antiques (left). Labyrinth (right).
MIDDLE row: Porch with ocean view framed by hills (left). Master bath with claw foot tub (right).
BOTTOM row: Lap pool (left). Former stables (right).

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Also in Frederiksted

Other Places to Stay

Inn on Strand (formerly the Frederiksted Hotel) – Great location, right on Strand St in town, and of course right across from the water. Walk everywhere in town!

Cottages by the Sea – Great bungalows right on the best beach on the island! Not “fancy” – but very functional and fun!

Sandcastles by the Beach – Under new management – and with a nice ambiance, great restaurant, and wonderful staff. The beach there is simply amazing

Caribbean Breeze Apts & Vacation Rentals – A few blocks back from the beach, this place feels like your own tropical oasis – and now has a pool, too!

Restaurants

 The LA Cafe is a long running establishment on the west end. Home of the famous “Dirty Banana” drink, this is an authentic “Cruzian” bar. Why is it named the LA Cafe, you might ask? The proprietor used to live in LA and was a chef for one of the airlines headquartered there. He goes by several names…we know him as “Bert.” He’s a delight and there’s nothing more I enjoy than making him laugh. He has the best laugh in the world!!
domino club girls_preview The Domino Club, which is in the rainforest, has also reopened. Here, you can mingle with some REAL beer drinking pigs! Fun spot – and a photo MUST on your tour of the West!
Louie and Nacho’s Beach Bar – One of Frederiksted’s new spots – overlooking the most beautiful turquoise water in the world! The restaurant has been totally redesigned and remodeled to take advantage of the beautiful views and to give their excellent wait staff full access to all the patrons. The service is great! Creative and delicious tacos and other flavorful dishes compliment the great setting. And I’d like to point out that they started this endeavor a couple of months before the storms. It would have been pretty easy to just pack it up and leave – but they hung in – helped out – and are now hopefully going to be rewarded with a loyal following!
TapDeck  Tap Deck Bar & Billiards – A little to the south of town, upstairs above Molly’s Polly’s and Franklin’s – you’ll find the Tap Deck bar, home of several great beers on tap, scrumptious tapas, and refreshing and creative mixed drinks. Live music is featured occasionally, and pool tables afford some entertainment as well. This bar has some nice views, too, and has what many are looking for….AIR CONDITIONING!
lost_dog Lost Dog – No visit to Frederiksted is complete without grabbing a beer from the Lost Dog. The home of the original Dog was badly damaged in the hurricane – but the bar only had to move a couple of doors down to find their new home. Only drinks for now – hopefully they will be back to making good pizza soon!
Pollys Polly’s at the Pier is a great spot to catch breakfast or lunch, or an early afternoon Chocolate frappe (yep – Guilty… they are to die for!!). Always fresh ingredients served with a big smile!
beachside-cafe The Beachside Cafe is now open and serving delicious things from their grill (limited menu, but good!). The bar is open as well. Wonderful place to grab a drink and watch the sunset!
turtles_deli Turtles Deli is just down the street from the Fred and just below Louie and Nacho’s – and they serve amazing deli sandwiches and salads, right on the beach.
VillaMorales Villa Morales – just a little east of Frederiksted is one great “mom and pop” restaurant with the best breaded shrimp I’ve ever tasted! The owners, Angie and JT, are pillars of the Frederiksted community and masters of Puerto Rican cuisine! Only open Thursday – Saturday, don’t miss it!
rythms Rhythms at Rainbow Beach – This is the quintessential “beach bar” – with great food and drinks (try the “Lime in de Coconut!”), volleyball, jet skis, and all sorts of other fun things to do on a beautiful beach just north of town.

Retail Stores

You’ll find four SCUBA shops in Frederiksted, all are great! Mollys/SCUBA West, Cane Bay Dive Shop, N2 the Blue, and Adventures in Diving. Guaranteed you’ll leave your diving experience with new friends and great memories, no matter which diving outfit you choose!

Susan Mango (Pier 69 courtyard) – Susan Connant just opened her shop in the Pier 69 Courtyard and what a bright spot it is! So much colorful island wear and fabulous fabrics. Susan is also a fantastic designer (Design on a Dime Interiors….check her out on Facebook!), and one of the nicest, most fun people I’ve met in a long time!

Franklin’s on the Waterfront is a classy little shop with yummy things for your home and body! Great candles, wonderful kitchen items, cool jewelry, and other treasures.

Fun Activities

Lyric sails – For a fantastic evening on the water, do yourself a favor and book a trip on Lyric Sails. They leave the Frederiksted pier about sunset and you can enjoy wonderful tapas, rum punch, or purchase wine or a mixed drink while listening to wonderful live music. To check out their schedule, go here: www.lyricsails.com A wonderful thing to do for a special occasion – or just for a great evening out on the water.

 

Larry Safady

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Another special person that makes Frederiksted his home is artist Larry Safady. I recently caught up with him and wanted to share with you a little about his amazing artist!

Larry Safady, a native Californian, discovered the beauty of the Virgin Islands about nine years ago, when he spent some extended time in St John with a friend. He fell in love with the people, the flora and fauna, and the luscious waters of the Caribbean. He was seeking a more “livable” and affordable place in the Virgin Islands, and someone turned him on to St Croix; he has been coming here regularly for the last six years and staying in Frederiksted… home of “the best beaches in the world!” Larry loves the water and spends a lot of time in it!! No better place to do that than in St Croix!

When on-island, Larry has accomplished many things, including being a featured as the “Artist in Residence” at the Caribbean Museum for the Arts, where he enjoyed teaching various mediums to both adults and children (including watercolor, sculpture, clay), as well as getting to indulge in his passion for painting, sculpture and art made from “found objects.”

I first saw Larry’s work when it was on exhibition at balter, one of St Croix’s most beautiful and sumptuous restaurants. I was mesmerized by the emotion captured in his art. The paintings on display included a lot of slavery motifs. There was real pain expressed in those paintings. When I asked him about the theme for this body of work, he said that after coming to the islands, he developed an emotional response to the horrors of slavery (which are less obvious in the states) that tend to stare you in the face here: ruins, sugar mills, even dungeons. They say some people wear their feelings on their sleeves. Larry wears his on his canvases! What Larry produces will stir feelings in you, I imagine. They certainly touched me, and others who were with me that evening.

If you’d like to see more of Larry’s work, friend him on Facebook or give him a call. He will be in St Croix soon, hopefully for a while, and if you are on-island then, maybe you too, can see and be touched by his work.

MM • BLUE BOY • 12x10 • Repurposed wood _ Acrylics MM • RED GIRL BARRED • 12x 18 • Watercolor behind found Rusty Plate

MM _ Halo of Pain _ 16%2 2x 12x 10 • Ceramic, Barbed Wire and Charred Wood. AcrylicsjpgMM • SLAVE LABORER • 10x 18 x 3 • Repurposed Shovel • AcrylicsMM _ BURNT MEMORY _ 1 4x 20x 4 • Burnt Rusty Drawer and Wire • Acrylics

MM _ BARRED _ 20 x 30 x 4 • Ceramics in Repurposed Wood Box with Seed Pods • Acrylics20526319_1657541250936457_313416471293982478_n

TOP: Blue Boy, Red Girl Barred, Looking Out
MMIDDLE: Halo of Pain, Slave Laborer, Burnt Memory
BOTTOM:  Barred, (UNKNOWN)