LOCATION. Croix Vista is located at an elevation of 400 feet in the peaceful, quiet and scenic neighborhood called Skytop. Skytop refers to the top of the tall hill that towers over Fish Bay, on the south shore of St John. As the name implies, Skytop homes enjoy the highest elevations and excellent views. The Croix Vista views sweep more than 180 degrees from east to west and include the National Park, the Caribbean Sea, Fish Bay, Rendezvous Bay, St Croix and the south shore of St John. Croix Vista’s south facing orientation results in comfortable tropical breezes and sun on your decks all day – this is definitely another sun lover’s vi...lla - but the covered deck areas also allow you to relax outside in a shaded area. This location also provides enough privacy for “tan everywhere” sunbathing. Cruz Bay is a 10 – 15 minute drive on paved roads, except for ½ mile of unpaved road in Fish Bay.
DESIGN. Croix Vista is a spacious (5100+ sq. ft.), especially well furnished and very comfortable 2-level villa. You park on the upper level and enter into the upper great room which contains a granite and mahogany kitchen, dining area with a table for 8, a half bath and a small seating area. Oversized and screened arched mahogany doors open to the fantastic views and an 800 sq. ft coral stone (non skid), partially covered deck with cushioned furniture. Located on either side of the upper great room are large bedrooms/baths that open to the deck. Exterior coral stone (non skid) stairs lead down to the lower level where the floor plan is similar to the upper level with a kitchen and dining area, plus a larger living area with a wet bar and home theater system. Like the upper level, two large bedrooms/baths are located on either side of the lower great room. The 16’ x 8’ pool is on the lower level and is surrounded by a 70’ x 20’ sq. ft. coral stone (non skid), partially covered deck with cushioned recliners and other deck furniture.
View of the lower and upper decks of Croix Vista
The view from the pool deck
Close up view of the lower deck
The upper living area contains the primary kitchen and dining areas
There is also a seating area on the upper deck, just off the dining room
The lower level has a large living area and a smaller kitchen and dining area
LIVING/DINING. The 600 sq. ft. lower level great room is the audio-visual and entertainment heart of this villa with a 50” high definition plasma satellite TV, a surround sound system, a wet bar and comfy cushioned rattan furniture. There is also a 500 sq. ft. great room on the upper level but most of this area is devoted to the kitchen and dining areas. A stereo/CD plays through 10 speakers in the great rooms and on the decks of both levels.
The primary dining station is the mahogany table and chair set that seats 8 on the upper level, but, as you would expect, there is also a dining table for 6-8 on the lower level and also casual dining at smaller tables on both decks.
The table in the upper level dining room seats 8-10
Dinner with tropical breeze and a Caribbean view
KITCHEN. Both kitchens (there are 2) are defined by beautiful stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and custom mahogany cabinets. The lower level kitchen as a 4-burner gas stove and oven, a full size s/s refrigerator and a sink, while the larger upper level kitchen (the primary kitchen) has a 4-burner electric s/s stone and oven, s/s refrigerator, dishwasher, sink and a bar/counter with bar chairs. Both kitchens are well equipped with microwave ovens, coffeemakers, blenders and cookware and kitchenware. Each level also has a gas barbeque grill on the deck and there is a washer/dryer on the lower level.
The mahogany and granite kitchen at Croix Vista
The upper level left (east) master bedroom suite
The pillow view from the master bedroom suite
BEDROOMS. The four large, air conditioned bedrooms (4 kings) could serve as models of tasteful bedroom décor. For example, the 550 sq. ft. upper east (left) master bedroom includes a king 4-posted mahogany bed plus a pull out twin sofa bed, an antique chest of drawers and desk, and antique armoire with 32” satellite TV, lounge chairs and floor lamps for reading, a walk in closet, a cathedral ceiling, a mahogany and granite bathroom and lovely views from everywhere in the bedroom. The upper level west (right) bedroom (300 sq. ft), and the lower level right bedroom (400 sq. ft.), are similar in comfort and fine décor. The lower left king bedroom (250 sq. ft.) is smaller but also tastefully decorated. All the bedrooms are air conditioned with very quiet and effective built in a/c (not wall units).
All bedrooms provide very good privacy and all (except the lower left bedroom) have walk in closets and arched and screened mahogany doors that open to a deck and splendid views. All the bedrooms also have tiled baths and showers with mahogany and granite vanities, plus 32” Sony flat screen, high definition satellite TVs.
The upper level right (west) bedroom
The pillow view from the upper right bedroom
Both bedrooms on the upper level open on to the upper deck with these magnificent views...
The living room and bar area separates the two lower level bedrooms
The lower level right (west) bedroom
The pillow view from the lower level right bedroom
The lower level left bedroom
CARIBBEAN VILLAS' COMMENTS. The views from Skytop have always been quite stunning, but getting to this neighborhood was always a bit of a chore. Not any longer, for the road to Skytop is now paved, and Skytop has become an accessible and very desirable rental location. Completed in the summer of 2006, Croix Vista is our first Skytop villa, and it’s an excellent introduction to this peaceful and scenic neighborhood.
The interior furnishings and décor of Croix Vista are a definite cut above most St John rental homes. For example, look at the varnished mahogany arched doors and windows. In a masonry home this is a very expensive building option, but it gives Croix Vista a rich classic look. The lovely, designer selected antique furnishings and the tasteful interior décor also give this home a look of traditional beauty.
Overall rating:4.6 / 5.0based on 39 reviews and 97 properties
Croix Vista Saint John, U.S. Virgin Islands, Caribbean
Additional Location Information
Croix Vista is located at an elevation of 400 feet in the peaceful, quiet and scenic neighborhood called Skytop. Skytop refers to the top of the tall hill that towers over Fish Bay, on the south shore of St John. As the name implies, Skytop homes enjoy the highest elevations and excellent views. The Croix Vista views sweep more than 180 degrees from east to west and include the National Park, the Caribbean Sea, Fish Bay, Rendezvous Bay, St Croix and the south shore of St John. Croix Vista’s south facing orientation results in comfortable tropical breezes and sun on your decks all day – this is definitely another sun lover’s villa - but the covered deck areas also allow you to relax outside in a shaded area. This location also provides enough privacy for “tan everywhere” sunbathing. Cruz Bay is a 10 – 15 minute drive on paved roads, except for ½ mile of unpaved road in Fish Bay.
Last updated on September 17, 2014
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