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.
Bedrooms. The four large, air conditioned bedrooms (3 kings, 1 set of twins) 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 twin’s 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 twin’s 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.
Living/Dining areas. 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.
Kitchens. 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.
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. Other outstanding features include:
A home theater system with a 50” satellite dish high definition plasma TV, with a multiple speaker surround sound system,
Kitchen, living and dining areas and gas BBQ grills on both levels,
A spacious partially covered and tiled (non skid) deck on both levels, offering some clothing optional privacy,
Oversized and elegant a/c bedrooms, each with the excellent privacy and a flat screen satellite TV, a 10 speaker stereo/CD system, with indoor and outdoor speakers on both levels,
A pool on the lower level and excellent views from almost every room in the villa.
With its “2 homes within one home” design this is definitely a great choice for 2 or more couples or families. This villa will also delight the more demanding guests who desire a richer, more elegant interior décor than that found in most rental homes.