Greetings to all you St Croix lovers out there!

Our perfect winter weather is starting to give way to true summer. It’s hot hot hot – and the ocean feels just amazing!

And there’s just nothing like a good cold beer on a hot summer’s day, right? Well guess what? We now have another local Brewery concocting some pretty nice new brews! Read all about it below!

Other exciting things are happening on our little rock! Plans have been approved for a new surgical center here….great news since our hospital is still limping along from damages sustained in hurricane Maria.

The real estate market is still slow; nearly 17% fewer listings this year compared with last year, and average sales price is down by 33% year to date, compared with 2017 year to date. Good time to scoop up a bargain! See our picks below for great deals!

If you tried to contact us in early May and did not receive a response, please forgive us. We experienced a major email system crash and were “incommunicado” for a few days…..traumatic I tell ya!!…..but we are back on line and ready to respond! Please don’t hesitate to email us with your questions about St Croix and “Island Life!” We are happy to help!

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Leatherback Brewing company

The founders of Leatherback Brewing Company (www.leatherbackbrewing.com) share a love of St. Croix and craft beer. The idea to start a brewery came together easily over good conversation and well of course, a beer.

Each of the owners had followed their own path into the world of craft beer, however they all agreed that St. Croix was the perfect place to continue the journey. Three of the four founders proudly call St Croix home and the fourth doesn’t miss a chance to work and play in this sunny locale.

The brewery and tasting room are located in the William Roebuck Industrial Park on the south side of the island. Several styles of beer are being brewed with some featuring local ingredients. Beer is canned and kegged on site. Visitors can tour the facility and learn about the brewing process. The tasting room features an indoor and outdoor bar with a family friendly atmosphere.

The company’s namesake, the Leatherback turtle, perfectly embodies the spirit of the company. These majestic sea turtles are world travelers, yet those born here always return, recognizing the special quality of the island. Leatherback turtles are born on just a few of the beaches in St Croix and although they may roam thousands of miles exploring the distant seas, when the time comes they return to give life to the next generation.

The owners support the outdoor island lifestyle on the island and support local initiatives that protect the environment, promote the welfare of our neighbors, and nurture the potential of the island. We are so happy to have them and proud to help promote (and consume) their great products!

Currently, the brewery is producing six craft beers, with more to come. Our favorite is, of course, ISLAND LIFE Lager….

Island Life
Lager
This crisp and flavorful lager will soothe your soul on a hot day. Kick back, relax, and experience island life with a locally-crafted, golden lager.

Reef Life
India Pale Ale
This bold and juicy IPA is packed with Citra and Mosaic hops. It’s the perfect companion to a day of island exploration. Celebrate the reef life with a hand-crafted IPA.

Limin’
Session Wheat
Brewed with malted and unmalted wheat and German pilsner malt; hopped with Hallertau Blanc and Citra which lend white grape and citrus notes to this refreshing and crisp low-ABV beer.

Smooth Sailing
Oatmeal Stout
Brewed with two kinds of oats for a creamy mouthfeel and smooth finish. Chocolate and roasted malts impart a rich black color and crystal malt adds a touch of sweetness. Balanced with classic Centennial hops, this beer goes down easy.

Sweet Bottom Ale
Blonde Ale
A refreshing light bodied ale with a smooth maltiness and clean finish. A touch of noble hops adds balance with just a hint of citrus.

Saison
Saison
A refreshing, medium bodied, French-style ale crafted with local basil, lemongrass and ginger.

In addition to their tasting room, you can also purchase these beers at most grocery stores and markets, as well as most of the restaurants and bars here on the island. For a full list, see their website (www.leatherbackbrewing.com)

Of course, DRINK RESPONSIBLY!

Healthcare in St Croix

Great news for St Croix! Liberty Medical Development announced that it has closed on financing for full development of its ambulatory surgical center facilities at Estate Diamond, St. Croix, in the former Innovative building.

Total capital funding for the project is in excess of $5 million, of which more than $1.25 million has already been invested, according to the announcement.

Liberty Medical Development LLC is a U.S. Virgin Islands limited liability company and beneficiary under the Virgin Islands Economic Development Program.

The surgical center will offer operating and surgical procedure rooms with clinic offices for several local medical practices. Due for completion in about eight months, the center will employ at least 14 full-time workers.

The ambulatory surgical center will be fully accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care and will house practices specializing in orthopedics, obstetrics and gynecology, general surgery, cardiology, oral surgery, and dentistry, according to information provided by Liberty.

Participating physicians include Dr. Anne Treasure, Dr. Byron Biscoe, Dr. Duane Jones, Dr. Renee Georges, Dr. Jeffrey Chase, Dr. Horace Griffith and Dr. Alexander Lenard.

Currently, Plessen Healthcare, a newly built multi-speciality outpatient medical center, is providing many of these services, and has been a wonderful resource since Hurricane Maria damaged the Juan Luis hospital.

GotoStCroix recently featured information on them, so thanks to Jennie Ogden, Editor, for the following info:

Founded by Dr. Jan Tawakol and Dr. Tasnim Khan, Plessen Healthcare and Plessen Medical Group are working to improve local healthcare on St. Croix and to attract medical tourism to the island. With a new facility and an expanding patient base, Plessen hopes to also attract more specialized medical professionals to St. Croix which will expand the medical services available here on the island.

Their physicians and nurse practitioners offer a wide range of general services and internal medicine subspecialties dedicated to chronic disease prevention. Their goal is to provide healthcare management systems that prevent chronic disease, slow the progression of existing conditions while providing high quality care and facilities for all stages of chronic diseases. They provide both traditional preventative treatments as well as holistic approaches for comprehensive care that addresses early prevention.

The Plessen Medical Group provides adult primary care, women’s health services, and general health maintenance services, but the clinic also specializes in internal medicine and management of chronic illnesses like hypertension and kidney disease. Plessen also offers a host of subspecialties, including: Nephrology, Interventional Nephrology, Hypertension, Electrolyte Disturbances, Acute & Chronic Kidney Disease, Dialysis Access Care, 24 hour Blood Pressure Monitoring, and Spirometry Lung Function Testing. The facility also includes an optical shop and a fully accredited Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC), which is currently offering much needed ophthalmologic services. They started the ASC with an emphasis on cataract and glaucoma procedures in order to address a backlog of almost 800 residents in the USVI needing “urgent eye surgery”. The ASC was also recently approved to perform vascular surgery, and Plessen has plans to expand and offer other specialized surgeries in the near future.

If you are looking for an efficient and committed healthcare provider, Plessen is the best place to start. Here are some important facts you should know about Plessen Healthcare and some of the special services they offer:

  • Plessen accepts Medicare and most major insurance. For those with little or no insurance, Plessen does offer patient financing support.
  • The Plessen Medical Group and ASC are centrally located just outside of downtown Christiansted in the lower level of the Government Employee Retirement System Building in Golden Rock.
  • Plessen is set up to be a Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH). For those not familiar with this concept, it is a care delivery model that allows patient treatment to be coordinated and centralized through a primary care physician to ensure that you receive the necessary care when and where you need it. Basically, this means Plessen will coordinate and keep your medical records from all of your doctors and specialists, schedule recurring appointments or lab work, provide referrals, and more.
  • For those traveling to St. Croix for treatment at Plessen, they will arrange transportation to and from the seaport or airport for your convenience.
  • The Plessen medical staff offers House Calls to hotels that partner with them, currently The Buccaneer and Chenay Bay Beach Resort.

Now that you have decided to visit Plessen for yourself, how do you go about making an appointment to set up your healthcare? Dr. Tawakol offered some very helpful suggestions to make your patient transition into the Plessen Medical Group seamless:

  1. Contact Plessen Medical Group ahead of time so that they can provide you with the proper Medical Record Release and Patient Registration forms, and get you set up as a patient in their electronic system. To contact Plessen call (340) 227-4255 or visit their website at www.plessenhealthcare.com/contact.html.
  2. Have your doctor’s office(s) fax your medical records/history to Plessen on their HIPPA compliant fax line at (949) 222-2719, where it will be saved directly into your electronic patient file.
  3. Schedule your first appointment a couple of weeks in advance so that the Plessen staff can provide you with paperwork to get any necessary lab work done, and have the results submitted back to the Plessen Medical Group, before your first appointment.

Whether you were born and raised on St. Croix, you are moving to the island, or you are willing to travel for quality medical care here in the Caribbean, Plessen Healthcare will take excellent care of you.

New Listings:

Spacious 3/2 with 1 Bedroom Apt, Pool, Great View!

  

 

Gorgeous sea view, east-facing (great breezes), huge gallery, new pool, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, remodeled kitchens and baths, rental apartment with separate parking and entry, wonderful east end neighborhood. Walk to two beaches! This one won’t last long – it has ALL the bells and whistles! MLS 18-834 $779,000


Large Mid-Island Home with Free-standing Apt., Garage, Pool, View!

 

This 3/3.5 home is a real find! GREAT views, large pool, remodeled baths, wonderful free standing 1 BR rental apt., garage/workshop, convenient mid-island location. Bad road to house will be fixed as soon as construction completed on neighboring home. MLS 18-738 $525,000

PRICE REDUCTIONS!

Both of these amazing homes have been on the market for a while, and the owners are ready for them to go. Their loss could be YOUR gain.


ESTATE MT WASHINGTON

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Estate Mt. Washington (just the main house) appraised within the last 10 years for over 7 million dollars (furnished). Today, it, along with the other buildings on the property, can be yours for $1,900,000. We have updated photos and drone video to show off this offering, which consists of 11+ acres (easily sub-dividable), a 3/5 Great House, 2/2 Guest house, two 2/2 free-standing cottages, large horse stables, and a workshop/storage room. There’s a labyrinth on the grounds, and the property enjoys “farm status” (avocados galore) which means reduced taxes. The home(s) did well in the hurricanes too! So many possibilities for this property….wouldn’t you love to have this as your legacy property? Use it for family gatherings and pass it on to your children? Or create an income producing business here? Or establish a retreat, spa, or medical tourism destination? Watch the video here – and get in touch with us to learn more. Contact us to learn more about the ROI for this property. MLS 18-479 $1,900,000.


DREAMSCAPE in Judith’s Fancy

18, 23 & 23A Judith’s Fancy is an investor’s dream! Consisting of a large and very popular 3/3 vacation rental main house, and two free standing cottages, this home netted over $80,000 last year BEFORE the hurricanes (not including debt service)!! Hailed as one of the best vacation rentals on the island (see reviews on http://www.champagnevacationrentals.com…. Dreamscape), people love staying here, and the cottages always stay rented long term (gated community, sea view, mid-island location). Solar, wind generator, huge 2 car garage, free WIFI for all properties (tower located on the property), and your own little beach….what more can you ask for? The owner has drastically dropped the price to $1,350,000…. and says SELL!! You can do this! Live in one of the properties and rent the others! Contact us to learn more about the ROI for this property.  MLS 15-698.

ST CROIX RENTAL MARKET

If you have plans to rent something in St Croix before you buy, you may have missed the boat. The rental market is CRAZY right now on the island! There’s hardly ANYTHING to rent, and the prices have skyrocketed due to the high demand and low inventory. We have many workers on island to rebuild and repair damage from the storms. Your best bet will likely be to search on airbnb, VRBO, or craigslist, but BE CAREFUL on craigslist! There are many scams there! If it looks too good to be true, it probably is! Have a friend on island check out rentals you find and are interested in on craigslist, and if you don’t have a friend here, consider those of us here at St Croix Island Life your friends! We don’t want you to get ripped off!

Keep in mind, any rental LESS THAN three months is considered a vacation rental, and there are several companies that handle vacation rentals. In addition to those listed above, Champagne Vacation rentals, Vacation St Croix, Enjoy St Croix, StCroixForRent.com, and others (google Short term rentals in St Croix USVI) all offer short term rental options. Most real estate companies can help you with a long term (3 months or longer) rental. Keep in mind that if you have a pet, finding a rental will be EXTRA difficult. We love our furry babies too, but it sure makes finding a rental here much more complicated, and more expensive for you as well.

Right now, you can expect to pay $1000 per month for a small place to rent, and the price goes up exponentially if you are looking for waterfront, proximity to beach, nice amenities….IF you can even find something. Please do your bookings as far in advance as you can; we want you to come and be happy here! Things will settle down here in a year or so, but in the meantime, finding a good rental property is a challenge for all of us. The answer? Consider BUYING a rental property! One you can use when you come down, and rent out the rest of the time! Call us, we’ll be glad to help!