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Retirement in St. Croix: Your Decision

Sunset St. Croix Virgin Islands

Deciding to retire in St. Croix set in motion life-changing events for me.  I had always wanted to live by the ocean, and had vacationed at the beach, but I didn't want to deal with the consequences of leaving the "familiar".

When my dear Mother, my best friend, died from cancer only two months after her diagnosis, I evaluated my life.  I realized how tired I was of doing what everyone else expected of me, and how I really did want to live my dream.

I sold my house, business, and furniture, remarried, and then we looked for a place to move that met our most important criteria.  When we visited St. Croix, we both knew the island was where we wanted to settle permanently.

My saga of the process and the decisions is too long to recount here, but I'll gladly send you my thoughts on rearranging your life.   You should consider if you want to spend your retirement years doing what YOU want and where YOU want.   Let's talk about the benefits of St. Croix - just fill out the form below.

Retiring in St. Croix - Where do You Start?

Here are some questions you should ask yourself:

1.  Is "Island Living" right for you?  It's not for everyone - Island Fever is a real problem for many.
2.  Do you get impatient easily? The pace in the Virgin Islands is much slower than on the mainland.
3.  Do bureauocracy and red tape frustrate you?  We have a vast amount of it here - you live with it or get stressed.
4.  Do you object to drinking alcohol (or others)?  There is a lot of alcohol consumed here, for many reasons.
5.  Is shopping a big part of your life?  We have plenty of stores, but they usually won't have exactly what you want.

And things to consider:

1.  Cost of living:  From gas to rent to groceries to utilities, everything is more expensive than on the mainland. 
2.  Can you afford the housing you want:  Search our MLS to study costs, and email me for a thorough real estate market analysis.
3.  Can you work in St. Croix:  Yes, you can, and there are plenty of opportunities for salaried and volunteer positions.
4.  Family ties:  St. Croix is far away from many places in the mainland.  It's not a day trip to visit family.
5.  Medical pressures:  Retirement in St. Croix brings some medical challenges.  You may need to return periodically to the "states" for specialists.
6.  Travel:  This can be expensive and time-consuming.  Better to have folks visit you (and they will!).

Relocation to St. Croix, Virgin Islands

Hopefully this short list will help you begin thinking about the consequences of a decision to move here.  I have no regrets and am thrilled to be an ambassador of the Virgin Islands and help with your relocation. 

Let me know on the form below what your questions are, and I'll get back to you right away.  Your privacy is guaranteed.

Kim Lucas
USVI Sotheby's International Realty

kim.lucas@sothebysrealty.com
340.626.3758

 

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