Extraordinary Property of the Week: 9-1-1 Peterborg, “Villa Serena” in St. Thomas

Villa Serena’s waterfront environment is unique. With mangoes, papayas, starfruit, pomegranates, the smell of Ylang Ylang and Night Jasmine waft through the ample rooms & mingle with the sounds of the ocean, turning the beautiful home into a sensory spa. Private stone path to your own private beach. Natural coral and limestone floors with Mahogany doors throughout.

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Top St. Croix Broker Honors go to USVI Sotheby’s International Realty’s own Chris Hanley!

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U.S. Virgin Islands Sotheby’s International Realty takes great pride in congratulating Chris Hanley and the Farchette & Hanley Team on earning the distinguished honor of the top broker on St. Croix in 2014. Hanley has been a dedicated broker for 26 years, starting his real estate career at his mother’s brokerage after his college graduation in May 1989.
Three months later, the island and the real estate market would suffer a devastating blow from Hurricane Hugo, crippling the St. Croix economy and housing market for the foreseeable future.
“The early 90’s proved to be a really tough market with no end in sight” Hanley said, “especially difficult as a rookie in the business. I definitely thought long and hard about my future on St. Croix in the real estate business. I briefly looked at other job opportunities in the states, but there was just something about this island that kept calling me back. Having grown up here, this is where I call home and I was determined to make it work.”
Hanley is not new to this top honor, having earned the number one ranking on St. Croix and the U.S. Virgin Islands multiple times in recent years. But this year’s accomplishment is especially gratifying.
Hanley commented, “It’s much easier to be successful in real estate when you are in the midst of a booming market. It’s the bad times that really test your strength in this business. Looking back, I have spent the majority of my career fighting through the down cycles, only enjoying one up cycle from 2000 to 2008, when our market came to a screeching halt. So I guess you could say that’s all I’ve ever known and was forced to learn how to thrive in a tough market.”
St. Croix has taken the brunt of the recession in the U.S. Virgin Islands, hit also with the closure of Hovensa oil refinery in 2012.But statistics show the market is slowly improving with more buyers in the marketplace now than the island has seen over the last few years. St. Croix has also seen a significant boost from recent exposure through various media outlets. Many buyers who had never heard of St. Croix are learning about this hidden gem on Home and Garden Television’s show Caribbean Life.
“We were able to feature St. Croix in the first and second seasons of Caribbean Life and the response has been so positive,” Hanley said “It’s amazing how many people were not aware of our island…and so pleasantly surprised at how livable St. Croix is compared to other Caribbean locations.”
When asked what advice he would give to up-and-comers in the real estate business, Hanley said, “Take a team approach to this business. My wife Kerri and I have worked together for more than 20 years. We make a good pair because we are able to complement each other’s strengths in real estate. We definitely couldn’t do this without our dedicated support staff…Arisa Camacho and Brianna Burns work diligently to keep us organized, focused and in-line. Each person excels at their part, so our clients and customers are able to benefit from four people working hard for them.”
Chris and Kerri Hanley were recently featured on the HGTV show Caribbean Life. Chris is the managing broker of the Farchette & Hanley Team, formerly Farchette & Hanley Real Estate, which was founded in 1930 by John Farchette.

Chris and Kerri Hanley were recently featured on the HGTV show Caribbean Life. Chris is the managing broker of the Farchette & Hanley Team, formerly Farchette & Hanley Real Estate, which was founded in 1930 by John Farchette.

Extraordinary Property of the Week: 1A-3 Hansen Bay in St. John

Commanding an incredible 270 degree panorama from atop a rocky ridge set 100 feet above a surf-lined cove, this exceptionally charming villa offers uninterrupted views of the horizon from the Sir Francis Drake Channel clear across Coral Bay to the top of Bordeaux Mountain. Solid masonry construction, professional landscaping, gated entrance and tasteful furnishings highlight this impeccably maintained property. Follow the staircase down a dramatic cliff front to discover access to your own pocket beach with world class snorkeling.

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Extraordinary Deal of the Week: 54 Cotton Valley in Christiansted, St. Croix

Quintessential Buck Island view from this amazing 2+ acres on the sought-after east end! The land is perfectly positioned to catch the eastern trade winds and keep the palm trees swaying. One of the most magnificent aspects of this large acreage is the extremely private setting; close to the beach, stores, downtown Christiansted, etc., but once home, you are in your own private oasis!

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Extraordinary Property of the Week: 36 Southgate Farm in Christiansted, St. Croix

Classic Caribbean Oasis. Located in the family friendly neighborhood of Southgate Farm, this West Indian/Danish style home is the perfect place to make your own! Walking into the main house the first thing that catches your eyes are the beautiful high cypress ceilings. There are 4 large bedrooms, each with a full bath and large closet. The master bedroom has its own patio that can be shared with the adjacent guest room. There is a lovely kitchen and huge living/dining area that look out onto the stunning pool deck. Great outside dining and entertainment areas as well. Next to the main house is a guest apartment which has 1 bed/bath and full kitchen. Underneath the house is a very large storage room which has a 30 KW Diesel Generator. Additionally, the house has 2 cisterns at 12,165 a gallon, 10KW Solar PV System and has been a vacation rental for a few years with rates being very profitable. With two restaurants just steps away, a marina and beach, this is a deal you cannot pass up!

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Extraordinary Property of the Week: 29-M North Slob in Christiansted, St. Croix

If you are looking for perfection, look no further. This exquisite and fairly new 2/2 home with ”bonus room” looks directly at Buck Island, and has all the bells and whistles you’d expect in a high-end home. Fantastic outdoor living area, saline solar heated pool, nanawall doors, generator, amazing kitchen w/ Italian pendant lights, super sized island, plans & plumbed to a site for a guest house

It’s hard to imagine a home nicer than this one, or in a better location. Built in 2007, it sits smack in front of Buck Island – in an area with only a few homes – so it’s very peaceful and quiet up there, and the views are mind boggling! You can see the Yacht club, in addition to the beautiful beaches at Buck Island, from the pool, the 900 +/- feet of outdoor deck, the living/dining room, and both bedrooms. It’s ALL about the view here, and this home has views in spades, from EVERYWHERE!

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